Throne of Glass reviewed

Featured in

    Throne of Glass kickstarted a series that propelled Sarah J. Maas to worldwide fame. In Throne of Glass reviewed, we review the first book in the set.

    Throne of Glass is the first book in a popular series of novels among young adults and fantasy book lovers. Sarah J. Maas crafts a riveting world that she has built upon in later books in the Throne of Glass series.

    Our review looks at the book that started everything off and later titles in the series you may want to read.

    The story and motifs of Throne of Glass

    Throne of Glass follows the story of Celaena Sardothien. An assassin living in the fictional kingdom of Adarlan, she receives an invitation to the king’s court.

    Only she isn’t there to kill the king.

    She’s there for a chance to become the king’s champion, thus escaping her destiny of imprisonment in the Salt Mines of Endovier for her crimes.

    However, her freedom won’t come without trials.

    Sardothien must enter a competition in which she’ll face twenty-three other killers and criminals. Only by coming out on top will she earn her freedom.

    Along the way, she finds that the Crown Prince of Adarlan, Prince Dorian Havilliard, offers protection. But she also receives unexpected help from Chaol Westfall, who serves as the captain of the guard.

    As a synopsis, this makes Throne of Glass sound similar to The Hunger Games. We have female protagonists, in this case, a teenage assassin, and a deadly competition where killing offers a route to freedom.

    However, Throne of Glass distinguishes itself with its fantasy setting. You could call it a cross between The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, though that description is reductive.

    Without getting into spoilers, it’s the relationships that build between the characters that propel the book forward. While the fantasy setting is novel, the love triangle between Chaol, Dorian, and Celaena that maintains your interest.

    Sarah J. Maas also takes an interesting approach to Calaena’s personal story, unveiling small fragments of the assassin’s past as the novel progresses.

    For parents worried about adult content, Throne of Glass is also one of the best books to introduce to your teenagers. Though it involves violence, there are no sex scenes or situations of a similar nature.

    Character breakdown

    The Throne of Glass books have developed a fascinating group of characters. The first title in the series introduces us to the following:

    Celaena Sardothien 

    Celaena is the main character of the book. Orphaned at an early age, she seems destined for a life of imprisonment due to her work as an assassin. However, she gains a chance at freedom, which allows her to demonstrate her powerful will and physical strength.

    Princess Nehemia Ytger

    As a visitor to Adarlan from the kingdom of Eyllwe, Nehemia’s experiences outside Celaena’s home sees the two become friends. She’s often involved in many of the character-building elements of the novel.

    Prince Dorian Havilliard

    As Adarlan’s crown prince, Dorian offers a contrast to his evil father. He serves as Celaena’s patron and offers protection, as well as being one of two love interests.

    Chaol Westfall

    Chaol serves as the captain of the King’s Guard. He’s a stoic and reserved young man who trains Celaena for the trials she’ll endure in the king’s competition. His duty forces him to mask his feelings for his charge.

    Lady Kaltain Rompier

    As a Lady of Adarlan, Kaltain is already in a relationship with a character named Duke Perrington. However, she develops an interest in Prince Dorian, leading to her becoming a romantic (and dangerous) rival to Celaena.

    Series overview

    Throne of Glass, and the later books in the series, is published by Bloomsbury. The collection is available as a box set. But if you want to read the book series in the right order, here’s how to do it.

    The Assassin’s Blade

    The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of five novellas that explore Celaena Sardothien’s early life. They serve as a prequel to the main series.

    Throne of Glass

    Throne of Glass is the first book in the series. It’s almost as much a Cinderella story as it is a fantasy novel.

    Crown of Midnight

    This is the second book in the Throne of Glass series. It introduces some new characters, such as Manon Blackbeak.

    Heir of Fire

    Heir of Fire takes Celaena across the Wendlyn Sea so she can avenge the death of her friend.

    Queen of Shadows

    Caleana returns to Rifthold to do battle against those who took everybody she loved from her.

    Empire of Storms

    The fifth book in the series focuses on the war that threatens to tear apart the land of Erilea.

    Tower of Dawn

    Serving as a parallel novel to Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn follows Chaol and his group as they try to get help from Antica for the upcoming war.

    Listen to amazing fantasy novels with Speechify Audiobooks

    You may have already added the Throne of Glass books to your Amazon wishlist. But if you still have an appetite for epic fantasy after reading them, Speechify Audiobooks is here to help.

    With its library of 60,000 books, Speechify has something for everybody. Furthermore, you get your first audiobook for free when you sign up. If you want to learn more, check out the collection available on Speechify Audiobooks today.

    FAQ

    Does Throne of Glass have inappropriate scenes?

    All scenes in Throne of Glass are appropriate for a young adult reader.

    Can a 14-year-old read Throne of Glass?

    A 14-year-old can read Throne of Glass. Though it depicts violent scenes, they’re not grossly violent. It also contains no sex scenes.

    Is Throne of Glass a romance?

    The romance between the three lead characters is a constant subplot in the book. However, it’s more accurately categorized as a fantasy novel.

    What does Throne of Glass mean?

    Throne of Glass is the title of Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times book. Several later titles in the series have also become bestsellers.

    What is Celaena Sardothien’s other name?

    Aelin Galathynius.

    Does Sarah J. Maas write other books?

    Yes, she’s the author of the A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) series. She also writes the Crescent City series.

    Who is Elena Havilliard?

    Elena is the first Queen of Adarlan. She is also the daughter of King Brannon, the Fae king.

    Cliff Weitzman

    Cliff Weitzman

    Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.

    Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify

    Recent Blogs

    • How to download YouTube audio
      How to download YouTube audio
      Arrow
    • Speechify 3.0 Released.
      Speechify 3.0 is the Best Text to Speech App Yet.
      Arrow
    • Voice API
      Voice API: Everything You Need to Know
      Arrow
    • Text to audio
      Best text to speech generator apps
      Arrow
    • The best AI tools other than ChatGPT
      The best AI tools other than ChatGPT
      Arrow
    • Top voice over marketplaces reviewed
      Top voice over marketplaces reviewed
      Arrow
    • Speechify Studio vs. Descript
      Speechify Studio vs. Descript
      Arrow
    • Google Cloud Text to Speech API
      Everything to Know About Google Cloud Text to Speech API
      Arrow
    • Source of Joe Biden deepfake revealed after election interference
      Source of Joe Biden deepfake revealed after election interference
      Arrow
    • How to listen to scientific papers
      How to listen to scientific papers
      Arrow
    • How to add music to CapCut
      How to add music to CapCut
      Arrow
    • What is CapCut?
      What is CapCut?
      Arrow
    • VEED vs. InVideo
      VEED vs. InVideo
      Arrow
    • Speechify Studio vs. Kapwing
      Speechify Studio vs. Kapwing
      Arrow
    • Voices.com vs. Voice123
      Voices.com vs. Voice123
      Arrow
    • Voices.com vs. Fiverr Voice Over
      Voices.com vs. Fiverr Voice Over
      Arrow
    • Fiverr voice overs vs. Speechify Voice Over Studio
      Fiverr voice overs vs. Speechify Voice Over Studio
      Arrow
    • Voices.com vs. Speechify Voice Over Studio
      Voices.com vs. Speechify Voice Over Studio
      Arrow
    • Voice123 vs. Speechify Voice Over Studio
      Voice123 vs. Speechify Voice Over Studio
      Arrow
    • Voice123 vs. Fiverr voice overs
      Voice123 vs. Fiverr voice overs
      Arrow
    • HeyGen vs. Synthesia
      HeyGen vs. Synthesia
      Arrow
    • Hour One vs. Synthesia
      Hour One vs. Synthesia
      Arrow
    • HeyGen vs. Hour One
      HeyGen vs. Hour One
      Arrow
    • Speechify makes Google’s Favorite Chrome Extensions of 2023 list
      Speechify makes Google’s Favorite Chrome Extensions of 2023 list
      Arrow
    • How to Add a Voice Over to Vimeo Video: A Comprehensive Guide
      How to Add a Voice Over to Vimeo Video: A Comprehensive Guide
      Arrow
    • How to Add a Voice Over to Canva Video: A Comprehensive Guide
      How to Add a Voice Over to Canva Video: A Comprehensive Guide
      Arrow
    • What is Speech AI: Explained
      What is Speech AI: Explained
      Arrow
    • How to Add a Voice Over to Canva Video
      How to Add a Voice Over to Canva Video
      Arrow
    • The Ultimate Guide to Speech AI
      The Ultimate Guide to Speech AI
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      The Best Celebrity Voice Generators in 2024
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      YouTube Text to Speech: Elevating Your Video Content with Speechify
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      The 7 best alternatives to Synthesia.io
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Everything you need to know about text to speech on TikTok
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      The 10 best text-to-speech apps for Android
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      How to convert a PDF to speech
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      The top girl voice changers
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      How to use Siri text to speech
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Obama text to speech
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Robot Voice Generators: The Futuristic Frontier of Audio Creation
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      PDF Read Aloud: Free & Paid Options
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Alternatives to FakeYou text to speech
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      All About Deepfake Voices
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      TikTok voice generator
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Text to speech GoAnimate
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      The best celebrity text to speech voice generators
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      PDF Audio Reader
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      How to get text to speech Indian voices
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Elevating Your Anime Experience with Anime Voice Generators
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Best text to speech online
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Top 50 movies based on books you should read
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Download audio
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      How to use text-to-speech for Quandale Dingle meme sounds
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Top 5 apps that read out text
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      The top female text to speech voices
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Female voice changer
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Sonic text to speech voice generator online
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Best AI voice generators – The Ultimate List
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Voice changer
      Arrow
    • Fan Fiction Audiobooks: The Fusion of Storytelling and Fandom
      Text to speech in Powerpoint
      Arrow
    footer-waves