Novel: Throne of Glass


Bibliographical Information: 

Title- Throne of Glass

Author- Sarah J. Maas

ISBN- 1299906953

Publisher- Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Copyright- 2012

Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure, YA

Interest Age: 14 and up

Reader’s Annotation: Celaena Sardothien can gain her freedom from a notorious labor camp by agreeing to be the Crown Prince’s champion in a battle to become the royal assassin.

Plot Summary:

Celaena Sardothien is known as the Assassin of Adarlan and has the reputation to boot. She was sentenced to hard labor to salt mines for her crimes. She is taken from the mines to meet with the Crown Prince. He chooses her as his champion in the King’s competition to find a royal assassin. If Celaena wins, she gains her freedom but has to work for the man who put her away. If she loses, she heads back to the salt mines. She goes up against other criminals, while trying to keep her identity of Assassin of Adarlan a secret to help her win the competition. Celaena begins to form friendships with the Crown Prince and his best friend the captain of the guard, Chaol. She continues to train at the castle, and learns of ancient magic. When the champions start to get killed off in mysterious circumstances, Celaena must figure out the mystery and continue to train to become the royal assassin.

Critical Evaluation:

I like the plot behind this book! I think this story was written very well! Sarah includes a lot of backstory and information in this book, but it does not feel rushed at all. The characters are relatable but I do believe that some added backstory would be nice concerning Celaena’s original training as an assassin. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I think teens will too!

Author Bio/Information:

“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. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel, is available now.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies” (“About Sarah”, n.d.).

Ties to Curriculum Units: N/A

Booktalking Ideas: 

What moral implications does Celaena have to face in her line of work?

Challenging Issues: 

There may be some challenging in regards to magic use, but I will explain the plot of the story line and how the plot promotes good vs. evil. Overall, I choose this book because it has an interesting story line and is a new popular release.


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