Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass | Shotgun Review

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass | Shotgun ReviewThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on August 7, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 406
Length: 12 hours 47 minutes
Format: Hardcover
Source: Giveaway/Gift
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four-half-stars

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Initial Reaction…

Michelle @ Because Reading pretty much held me at shotgun – she’ll be weighing in on my review throughout – and said I needed to read Throne of Glass. And then I won the book and there was no reason not to read it anymore. And boy am I glad!! It was flipping fabulous! I loved the characters, the magic, and the wonderfully medieval-esque fantasy world in Throne of Glass

The Characters…

The heroine of Throne of Glass is Celaena Sardothien, a teenage girl living a very adult life. At just eight years old she was orphaned and taken in by a master assassin. She trained with him and eventually became Adarlan’s Assassin. As in  – the most notorious assassin in the land. But when we meet Celaena she’s been down on her luck – she’s been caught and convicted to work in the vicious salt mines until her death. And considering the horrible conditions there, her death probably isn’t far away. But her luck is about to change – she’s getting the opportunity to enter a contest to become the king’s champion and earn her freedom.

because readingMichelle Says:
Celaena was just a totally bad ass. Has to be one of my favorite heroines.

So I pretty much adored Celaena! She’s your definitive bad-ass, independent urban fantasy heroine. She is stubborn as all hell and even more determined. I loved being inside her mind – she’s so smug! This girl does not suffer from a lack of confidence and that was great – she was not broken by her time in the mines and she has a silent strength that refuses to be broken. period. She also has pretty much no sense of limits. She teases and sometimes crosses over to purposefully spiteful. And you can’t help but love her for her flippant attitude.

Dorian, the prince, and Chaol, her guard and trainer, certainly aren’t immune to her charms. I loved both these men and a part of me seriously hates that a love triangle is forming. I’m not a huge fan of love triangles in general and ones where I like both the love interests are the worst. Someone’s going to get hurt and I’m going to hate that moment when it comes. I can only hope that something happens to make one of these two guys not quite right for Celaena and drop out of the race for her heart of their own volition. Maybe they’ll fall in love with someone else…? 

because readingMichelle Says:
Slow down young lady, Chaol is mine 🙂 I would totally fight you for him. Triangles are tough when both guys are good but I am TEAM CHAOL 🙂

Anywho – as I was saying – I love both these guys. Dorian isn’t what you’d expect from a prince, particularly the son of this horrible – downright vicious – King. He’s nothing like his father – you can tell from the start that he really has a heart and feels horribly about what his father has down as he’s conquered territories, leaving a destructive path in his wake. He also is a bit of a playboy, which makes the interactions between him and Celaena that much more interesting. And then there’s Chaol, who I personally like better than Dorian for Celaena. I think he’s a better fit for her and knows her better. I also think he’s a bit more her equal – under that reserved proper facade is a man with many of the same qualities as Celaena (IMO). I guess only time will tell if I’m right.

The Story…

because readingMichelle Says:
Did you not find the king to be so evil? I hated him.

The story for Throne of Glass surrounds Celaena’s training and participation in the challenges to be the king’s champion.I really enjoyed this element of Throne of Glass because it allowed us to see how tough Celaena is. She knows she’s out of shape from her time in the mines, so she pushes herself in her training (as does Chaol). But in addition to the competition to be the king’s champion, someone/something has been viciously killing contestants and Celaena’s not content to wait for it to come and get her. She’s a smart cookie and she’s using everything at her disposal – including allies in the castle and the expansive library – to try and get to the bottom of what’s happening.

because readingMichelle Says:
I never expected magic and I was loving it too. I just felt like Throne of Glass had everything.

All this action and mystery is amplified as Throne of Glass progresses and you realize that this is serious fantasy. Early on there are references to magic, but it feels very unimportant. Then all of a sudden – BAM – magic is there front and center. I loved it, but really wished it had been developed a little more thoroughly early on. To be fair, I think it wasn’t because this is a world where the king has worked furiously to remove magic and all the people we’re seeing are somewhat in the dark.

because readingMichelle Says:
I loved the life inside the castle too. I loved how she went from a prisoner to a royal. It was nice to see her be kind of girlie.

A final element to the story – which I also loved – was the life inside the castle. This had all the makings of everything medieval that I love. We’re in a castle and there’s all the elements of court life – the clothes, the balls, the conniving women, etc. It was the perfect mix of action, fantasy, and historical (yet fantastical) setting.

Concluding Sentiments…

because readingMichelle Says:
I told you so 🙂

Well, I may have read Throne of Glass under pressure, but I’m sure glad I did. I enjoyed every element of it and I’m thoroughly looking forward to reading the next one!

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About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J Mass

Sarah J. Maas lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she’s not busy writing YA fantasy novels, she can be found exploring the California coastline.

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18 Responses to “Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass | Shotgun Review”

    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I love her! I’ve read the first of the novellas now too and it was really good. So glad I got hooked on this series!
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      It had been on my list for quite a while too – I’m glad Michelle pushed me into reading it! Shall I give you some incentive ;)?
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I’m so glad Michelle pushed me to read it too. I’m working my way through the novellas now and have a plan setup to finish Crown of Midnight just before the third book comes out in September 🙂
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  1. Michelle
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    Wow, you have a very detailed review. Love those small remarks in pink boxes throughout the post. Very informative. I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite some time but have yet to get the book. Shall be hunting for it. Thanks for stopping by my blog last month and sorry it took me a while to reply. 🙂
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      No worries taking a while to reply – here I am replying not one but 3 months later! I hope you get a chance to read Throne of Glass – I really enjoyed it and the third book is coming out in September 🙂
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  2. Jessica @ Rabid Reads
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    You know that this is one of my favorite series right now, so I am SO glad that you loved it too. Celaena is just . . . fan-freaking-tastic. I love her. LOVE her. And I was completely caught off guard by how much of a fantasy this was too. I read the novellas before ToG was released, and I don’t think there was much magic in them at all. There was maybe a reference of two, but that was it. So good surprise 😉 PS if you wanna know about the boys, read book two!!! Most people have liked it even more than this one 😉
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I’m working on the novella’s right now and you’re right, there’s really not any magic in them so far. Sure wasn’t any in the Pirate one. You know I love my magic, but it’s okay, they’re still really good 🙂
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      That’s what I keep hearing Tanja! I’m working on the novellas right now and really enjoying them. My plan is to finish book 2 on September first so I can launch into book 3 on September 2nd when it comes out 🙂
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      LOL – Yeah Michelle was right. This time 😉 Oh I didn’t listen to it (though it would be nice to know how to say all those names). I just always like to give links if an audiobook is available.
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Michelle and I can be pretty pushy with each other about what we need to read. I’m insisting she read Marie Hall’s Crimson Night, so she’ll have a shotgun review sometime soon too 🙂
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      LOL no fighting for now 🙂 I do like Dorian, but Chaol just feels more right for her to me. I hope this isn’t one of those triangles that ends up breaking my heart!
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