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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a novel about an eighteen year old assassin. Not just any assassin though: she is the most feared assassin in the land, Calaena Sardothien. Her name was spoken with fear for years. Her impressive skills were not enough, however, to avoid capture as the result of a betrayal. She was imprisoned and sent to the salt mines, a death camp, as a slave. She survives the harsh treatment for a year before being sent for by the Crown Prince, who has a proposition for her, and that is where the story begins. She is offered the chance to enter a competition with the opportunity to be the King’s champion. Calaena takes up the offer and we follow her on her journey through the competition. Unfortunately, she not only has to fight the other contestants but also a mysterious creature that is slowly killing off the competitors as well as deal with the inner turmoil of potentially having to fight for a king she has always stood against.

The plot moved at a fast pace which kept me on the edge of my seat. Although it was moving at such a fast pace, it didn’t feel like events were being rushed through, and the characters were still thoroughly developed.

Calaena was, in my opinion, a wonderfully written character. All of her many flaws were understandable and not unnecessarily tragic. She was not the most trusting, which is entirely expected after being sent to a death camp. She was terribly proud which I often find annoying but in this case, I didn’t because it was, again,entirely justified. The reasons for why she was the way that she was were all laid out in ways that made her an interesting and three dimensional character. The banter between Calaena and Dorian, the Crown Prince, and Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, add a bit of humour to an otherwise dark setting. Throne of Glass - book cover

I wholeheartedly enjoyed this book. The ending left many things unresolved which will no doubt be dealt with in the upcoming sequel which is set to be released in fall 2013. If you want to read a book about an assassin, this one will not disappoint.


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Staff Editor: Throne of Glass is on the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Reading List for 2013. This list has lots of other great reading suggestions.


  • The Lie Tree
  • The way he lived
  • A drop of night
  • Thief of lies
  • Defender
  • Character, driven
  • Every young adult's break-up survival guide
  • Hidden gold
  • The heart of stone
  • The last boy and girl in the world
  • The epidemic
  • I see reality
  • Finding Hope
  • Under the Dusty Moon
  • Flawd
  • Dark energy
  • Hot pterodactyl boyfriend
  • Harmony House
  • Burning
  • See no color
  • One of us
  • A tangle of gold
  • It should have been a #GoodDay
  • Beautiful broken things
  • The radiant road
  • Speak a word for freedom
  • When we collided
  • Hit count
  • Fig
  • The beast of Cretacea
  • Essential maps for the lost
  • Queen
  • Exit, pursued by a bear
  • The Raven King
  • Breakaway
  • The forbidden orchid
  • The young adult's guide to public speaking