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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: Buddy Read and Book Expectations

Buddy Read:

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend! Tomorrow Coffee Loving Bookaholic and I will be starting our buddy read of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. If you have a copy, you are welcome to join us, as we will be discussing the first half of the book this coming Wednesday, and discussing the rest of the book in 1 week. If you have already read the book, feel free to join the discussion for each part and let us know what you think!


The Book:

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Book Title: Throne of Glass

Book Author: Sarah J. Maas

Good Reads Synopsis: 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.



I am a Maas newbie, but have heard plenty of wild and crazy things about both of her popular series. I am hoping for action, adventure, magic and fantasy! I have heard that this book is not as fast paced as the rest of the series, but that I will enjoy it nonetheless.

I have heard that her fans tend to love the ACOTAR series more, but have also heard much controversy over the books and the sex scenes in the series. I am hoping I do not find that with this series. I like more left to the imagination when it comes to sex scenes.

Other than that, I have tried to steer clear of a lot of the hype, so I am able to form my own opinion. I am looking forward to reading this with my Bookaholic buddy Alex, and hoping for some fun discussion!

If you decide to read along with us, or plan to read in the future, what are your expectations of the book and series?

Q & A with Alex:

Me: What are you most excited about in regards to the series and book 1.

Alex:ย I am mostly excited about finding out, if this book will have me gripped right from the start, or if I will need some time to get into it. I think my biggest excitement is towards these characters and the world and to see it finally all come together after hearing so much about this series. I really want to be part of this world and i really want to like this book to have me turning the pages. I think I am mostly excited about finding out, if the hype for this book or the series in general is deserved.

Me: To answer my own question, I am most excited about the fantasy and action. I am also excited about the potential to have highly developed characters. I want to fall in love with the series like I have seen so many others do.

Me: What expectations do you have of the author after hearing all the rumors about the ACOTAR series?

Alex: Honestly, I have very high expectations of the writing style. I heard so many great things about Sarah J. Maas’ writing and how she can create great characters and a great world that will have you shook. So basically, i am ready to be blown away and sucked in. But I also heard, that there is not much diversity in this series, which only gets better in the later books. So i do not have that many expectations for “Throne of Glass”. I also heard, that this series is YA and not New Adult like the ACOTAR series. So i think it won’t be that graphic and full of sex scenes, which is fine for me, because I didn’t want to start with her New Adult series, I wanted to start with YA.

Me: Again, to answer my own question, I have similar expectation to Alex. I expect a unique, developed writing style and mind blowing characters and plot twists!

Me: Have you heard anything negative regarding this series, and book 1, that you are hoping to prove wrong?

Alex: The only negative thing I heard is that “Throne of Glass” is one of the weakest books and the series just picks up and gets better and better with the following sequels. I hope, that “Throne of Glass” will prove me wrong, because if I don’t like this book, I won’t continue with the series, because I don’t want to invest my time in stories and characters that I don’t like, even if the following books are supposed to be better.

Me: To answer my final question, I have heard the same as Alex in regards to this being the weakest book of the series. I am hoping that I will love it and want to immediately move in to the next book!

Make sure to head over to Alex’s blog at Coffee Loving Bookaholic to see her post and to read her half of the Q & A!


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62 thoughts on “Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: Buddy Read and Book Expectations

  1. Great questions! And I’m so excited that you’re reading this series! It’s one of my all time favorites. And I would definitely agree with a lot of what you’ve heard. Compared to the other books (and I just recently read the last one that’s currently out) this one probably isn’t as action packed but I still really enjoyed it. I think Maas does a good job of giving you just enough on the characters to make you want to learn more.

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      1. I think I was expecting the action and fantasy. I feel like I got plenty of both, but just not the way I expected. At least with action I thought we’d get to see more sneaking and assassinating, maybe Celaena taking out more competitors, but even though it didn’t exactly play out that way I liked the way the direction of the story.

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  2. This is so exciting! I hope you guys enjoy it! I may be in the minority, but I actually enjoyed the Throne of Glass series more than ACOTAR.

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    1. I am happy to hear that!! So, when you started to read it, what were your expectations? You will have to participate in our discussion as we go along and compare your thoughts and let us know what you liked about it more than ACOTAR! โค

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      1. Sounds like the perfect excuse for a reread! ๐Ÿ˜€

        Going into it, I was mostly on board for the tough lady assassin! But there was also some great character- and friendship-building with a little bit of magic and suspense, so I was on board with the series from the very beginning!

        I might be a little biased, because I read all of the Throne of Glass series (so far) before starting ACOTAR, so I guess it has first love on its side. But there was a lot I loved about Throne of Glass! I’ll leave it at that, because I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys, but I can’t wait to see your discussions! โค

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      2. Oooh!! You going to re-read it this week with us then?? It would be fun!! โค

        Those characteristics are what have made me excited to read it!!

        I have a feeling I will like this one more than ACOTAR too. ACOTAR sounds great, but there is so much out there that my expectations are all over the place.

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      3. I just started rereading it today, so I’ll probably be a ways behind you guys, but I can’t wait to see your discussions!

        And that’s the same reason it took me so long to start ACOTAR. People seemed to have such differing opinions that I wasn’t sure what my expectations should be!

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  3. I haven’t heard much about this series so I’m looking forward to reading what you ladies have to say about it! I hope you enjoy it! Happy Reading โค

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      1. Agreed. This book has a lot of characters, and all with 2 names, both foreign. That can make it a little hard to follow. Other than that, very interesting! There is a black cat in the book that does magic tricks, walks on his hind legs, and drinks vodka.

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  4. Happy buddy reading! I’m currently writing my review for ACOTAR and I never read the Throne of Glass series. I can’t wait for your review! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’š

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      1. I don’t think I will. I’ll probably send an e-mail to the author telling her why I couldn’t finish the book ๐Ÿ˜Š
        I’d feel uncomfortable posting a review about the book. So I think it would be best if I just explained what didn’t work for me ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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