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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Throne of Glass

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

"In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world."


Throne of Glass is the first installment Sarah J. Maas YA fantasy series of the same name.

Yes, yes, yes and yes. SJM is the author for me.

Mostly everything about this worked for me. I really like the idea of a championship and I rather liked Celaena. I know that a lot of people don't like her and find that her character is a bit unbelievable. While improbable, I didn't mind the fact that she was a teenage assassin and rather liked how strong she was (even given that she shouldn't have been able to do much physically given what she went through). It would have been nice though if this was an adult fantasy instead of a YA.

Her name also bothers me because I pronounce it wrong every single time. I wish that it was either spelled normally and her name was something completely fictional. I kept pronouncing it like a K and not an S. I also wasn't really feeling her relationship with Dorian since it felt like insta-love.

Other than that though, I am happy I ended up enjoying this.

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