“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
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 four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. 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.
Caitlynn: I was so excited to reread this series. Throne of Glass was the book that set me on the path to reading fantasy for the first time and re-entering the Erilea world has given me just as much as I hoped it would. Calaena’s journey is still so interesting and gives me so much to look forward to. I really enjoyed this reread and will keep my original rating of 5/5. I cannot wait to continue the series.
Jenn: Throne of Glass is one of those series that always comes to mind when thinking about fantasy novels. I read it early on when I was first being introduced to the bookish community and I fell in love. It was this book that made me trust the recommendations and opinions of others on booktube, Bookstagram, and the book blogs we follow. When thinking about rereading this book I was equal parts nervous and excited. I was worried it wouldn’t hold up to my original thoughts. In rereading the novel I did notice some aspects that were not positive and not apparent to me in my first read. However, similarly, I noticed great writing, foreshadowing, world building, and starts of character development that I wasn’t able to see previously. In all I would stick to my original rating of 4/5 stars.
Eden: It has been four years since I first read this book and began my journey through this series and let me tell you. I’d forgotten a lot. Or rather, I’d misplaced certain plot points. Specifically, I couldn’t remember when certain characters died or had major life crises. Though there was one thing that I was prepared for when rereading, and that was searching for all of the foreshadowing and clues that Maas left for the coming books. Honestly, reading it a second time was a great idea simply because I missed so many important clues. Like Jenn, I’ll stick with my first rating which was 4/5 stars.
Eden: What were your guys original thoughts with Throne of Glass the first time you read it. If you remember.
Jenn: It’s so hard to remember.
Caitlynn: Yeah, I just remember really enjoying it the first time I read it.
E: I was really surprised because when I looked back at my Goodreads rating, I’d given it a 4/5 stars and my memory of it was that I absolutely loved it. The fact that I’d thought I’d fallen in love with it in the first read and given it 4/5 of stars was surprising. My memory was that I adored this book, which naturally made me assume I’d given it 5 stars.
J: I also gave it 4 stars as well, but I also remember being absolutely obsessed with it and being like, “Oh my god, you guys need to read this book.”
C: You guys were apparently very harsh raters in 2015
J: Yeah, because I remember setting it down and just going, “Wow. I need other people to read this. I need other people I can talk to about this.”
C: Jenn read it in January of 2015, Eden finished in March 2015, and I finished it in August 2015.
E: And that was well after we’d told you to read it because we new you’d really like it.
C: Yeah. You know, the cover art for those books just wasn’t very good then.
E: No the cover art was terrible. The cover art now though. I love it. It’s just so good.
C: I do remember from before to now, I did notice that I wasn’t nearly as committed to her and Dorian’s relationship.
E: See, I felt even more committed because I knew Chaol was coming and I just kept going, “Ugh. He’s so boring.
J: I’ve never seen a romantic relationship between Dorian and her. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t think they ever act romantic toward each other. They act lustful, but there isn’t any kind of romantic relationship there.
E: Yeah, I never really saw them as an actual couple in the book. It was more like, “Alright, she’s this badass chick who doesn’t need a dude and she has Dorian around because she just wants to have fun.” And then the Chaol relationship started and I didn’t like it because it has always felt like he was trying to be her savior when she doesn’t need that. I genuinely can’t stand him.
J: I don’t see Chaol being protective at all. See, I see Chaol as believing in her ability and knowing that she’s strong through the entire, well, really two novels that they’re together for. I feel like he very much knows she’s going to fight her own battles. He is protective because he knows how to run the political game and she has no experience with making sure she’s playing the right side at the right time. He has experience dealing with his dad and the court and everything, so I see it him being like, “You don’t understand the repercussions of this one irrational decision that you’re making right now. I can see further along because I’ve seen the repercussions. I’ve had to give up my title and my family because I decided to follow my impulses.
E: See, I don’t mind Chaol. I just don’t like them together as a romantic relationship. I like them much more as partners in crime, but definitely not as a couple.
C: I love her and Chaol’s banter.
E: So something that I made a point to pay attention to as I went in for this reread was looking for the foreshadowing for the future books. I wanted to know how I didn’t see certain things happening, so when I started reading I was looking to see if Maas knew from the beginning where she was going with Celaena’s future or if it was just a last minute decision.
J: Yeah she really did plant those seeds. However, she did it in a way that would have allowed her to back out and go a different direction. She made sure she could get herself out of any corners she’d written herself into.
E: The one moment that stopped me and made me go, “How did I not think anything of this moment the first time I read it,” was at the beginning of Throne of Glass the fair folk came to her tent and left her flowers and I never questioned it.
C: I remember that too because I believe she addresses it in another book, but I’ve always remembered that scene. I’ve gone back to it a lot. It was literally just a passing scene in this novel so I kept telling myself that it was from another novel. It was so insignificant the first time, but I just kept going back to it. I just continued to ask, “Why did this scene stick in my head?”
E: You really don’t think anything of it while reading. Honestly, there were just moments when I was like, “Wow, I was blind.” But it was always just vague enough.
C: Overall, I don’t think I liked it anymore or any less. I think I liked it more the first time I read it, but I still enjoyed it.
E: I really liked it. The only issue was that there were times in which I was so bored because I didn’t want to read about her walking down a hallway. There were moments when it was grueling because I was ready to get to certain points in the story.
J: See, I did not feel the same way because I remembered literally nothing. I kind of remembered plot points, like where we needed to get, but I couldn’t remember if it was happening in this book or the next book. I genuinely had no clue which book anything happened.
E: I definitely experienced that. I struggled to separate book one and two so I really struggled with placing specific moments.
Have you read Throne of Glass? What did you think? Will you read it?