Review | Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

Recently I’ve been rereading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and I realised I never reviewed most of the books in the series. Candyce and I did a buddy review (our very first one!) of Tower of Dawn when it was released and I reviewed book 4 on Goodreads (in Dutch) but that’s it. So I thought this reread was the perfect time to review the books again. There might be some spoilers as I will also comment on some things to come. Let’s dive in!

Review | Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here.
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 by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA on 07/01/2023
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 432

I loved rereading Throne of Glass, it’s been 5 years since I last read this one and I’m happy to say I still loved it. This is definitely an easy start to the series and I could’ve never expected where this series was going when I first read the book. The book isn’t that complex but knowing where Celaena, Dorian and Chaol end up and seeing the start of their journey here is just wonderful.

This was such a YA book with the love triangle haha. I’m happy that won’t last much longer but it was a bit hard to get through again. Dorian has always been one of my favorite characters (as you might’ve seen in my favorite royals post) so I was team Dorian all the way. I loved his love for reading, just like Celaena. Yes he is a bit cocky but also kind and caring and loyal.

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

Another thing I adored about this book was the tournament aspect. I’m a sucker for a (magical) tournament and with the added mystery surrounding the murders made this such a me book. It’s not surprising I immediately loved this series when I picked it up the first time. When people talk about the series, they usually talk about the later books and yes this first one has some flaws but I don’t think it gets enough credit.

There is already so much that you will recognise if you’ve read the whole series. Some off handed comments and seemingly unimportant details that will become so important later on. The jewel thief, Lysandra, a comment about the assassins from the Red Dessert and Celaena’s time there, and of course anything about Terassen just to name a few. You could fill a whole post just with all the details haha.

“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

This series in general but also this book has so many quotes that are unforgettable! Although I forgot it was the ghost queen (I can’t believe I forgot her name again!) who said; You could rattle the stars, if only you dared, haha. I was so sure that was Nehemia! Who is such a badass by the way. Knowing what will happen is already breaking my heart again and again. I really appreciate her character, she has such strength and love for her people. She is also incredibly smart and uses peoples prejudices against them, something I love!

I always adored Sarah J. Maas for including Celaena’s period. Most (YA) books shy away from this and I’m always quite annoyed when that happens. So yes, I’m still so happy when I read that part. Something that doesn’t make me happy though… Every single time Sam is mentioned or hinted at haha. I just feel my heart shatter whenever I read his name. For the longest time I was hoping he would come back to live one way or another haha. He is one of the kindest characters in this book and I will love him forever.

“I will not be afraid, she vowed, wrapping the familiar words around her heart.”

I could probably talk about this book for days but for now I will leave it at this. This is the perfect start to this amazing series. It starts ‘small’ but it’s going to build into something much, much bigger and it will make you laugh, cry, shatter your heart but also make you incredibly happy!

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