Not-a-Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 5 out of 5

Published: August 2nd 2012 by Bloomsbury  


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.



Many years ago I received an ARC copy of this book from Emma at Bloomsbury. I'd recently read Rae Carson's The Girl of Fire and Thorns from her Bitter Kingdom series, so was keen to get my teeth into another fantasy series. There is something about women writing fantasy that makes it far more enjoyable than men. Maybe it's the way women writers use more emotion into the story to provoke our hearts rather than the story being the plot and summation that follows.

Either way, I read it, I loved it. And I didn't review it on here. My Goodread's review is minus the written review but just to prove I'm not faking, here's my copy I received from Emma with the cover art missing!

I'm sorry I never got to write my review and it would be pointless for me to review it now as the series has become the behemoth that I'm sure Bloomsbury and Sarah J. Maas hoped it would be.

All I will say is, it's not a book where the lead character will win you over. Celaena Sardothien is ruled by her head at all times not her heart. She is selfish, she is sometimes unkind. But she has reasons for hiding behind the moniker of Assassin and they aren't to become the King's Champion. That's just a chance that goes in her favour.

My review of the next book in the series, , is here. I did actually get to write that one! Book three, Heir of Fire is here

Sorry, Emma. Sorry, Bloomsbury. My bad....



Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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