Best Throne of Glass Characters

Throne of Glass is a young adult high fantasy series by Sarah J Maas, telling the story of the assassin Celaena Sardothien under the rule of a tyrannical king as she forms new relationshios and uncover a conspiracy amidst her adventures. As of 2015, the series consists of four novels, excluding the prequel book Assassin's Blade which consists of novellas about Celaena's life prior to the events of Throne of Glass. A fifh book is set to be published in September 2016.

The Top Ten

Manon Blackbeak

I have loved Manon from literally the moment I met her in Heir of Fire, and she has remained my favorite throughout all of the books. When we first meet her, she's ruthless and seemingly heartless, or at least unwilling to admit she cares. By the end of the books, she is far more willing to admit attachment, and truly does care about all Abraxos, the Thirteen, her people, and the Court. While she has a great character arc, there are two things that made me love her even more: her acceptance of herself and Asterin and the Thirteen.
First: Manon is the monster under little kids' beds, and she knows it. Instead of running from herself, however, she makes peace with it, and doesn't let it change who she is. Instead, she uses it to move forward, and fight for a better world with the Court, and creates a moral greyness that I can't help but love.
Second: The relationship between Manon and Asterin is beyond spectacular. Even if I hadn't already adored her, like Aelin said: it's hard to ...more

She is the best. Manon 100% deserves to be #1. Even though she's a supposed to be a heartless witch, she still love abraxos and asterin. I love her character so much, and she really got me hooked on HoF.

Manon Blackbeak is ruthless; she kills men so she can drink their blood, and probably disembowels them just for the fun of it.

She's also a very interesting character, not just because she's a badass witch with iron teeth and claws and a wyvern for a pet, but also because in a way, her development is the subtlest, but the most recognizable.

While Celaena's development mostly consisted of her learning to accept herself, Manon is fully aware of her abilities and embraces them, but for the wrong reasons. When we first met her, she's a flintily ambitious witch who blindly follows her grandmother.

Her relationship with her wyvern, Abraxos, Elide and Asterin changed that: she went from a witch incapable of remorse to someone who sees the wrong in her grandmother's ways, feels regret, and is not afraid to fight for those who cannot stand for themselves.

And, despite her trying to believe in the contrary, she does have a heart, and it's a pretty good one.

I fell in love with manon after Heir of Fire. Her character development (while sometimes inconsistent at some parts), was amazing. She goes from a ruthless killer (who constantly has to remind herself that she has no feelings), to someone who goes against everything she was taught (by her grandmother), and sacrifices herself for her friends. She risked everything to save Elide, Asterin, the Thirteen, and Dorian, which made me fall in love even more. And come on - she is a powerful immortal with iron claws, teeth, a badass sword, and a puppy wyvern.

Nehemia Ytger

I cried when she died. I cried every time her name was said after she died. She was by far my favorite character. I love how she wasn't afraid to scream the truth at aelin. I really hate how she had to die, but it drove the plot so...she kinda had to. She is my favorite character(other than Manon)

Oh, Nehemia. She's lovely and intelligent and brave, fully accepting Celaena for who she was, all the while being stuck in a kingdom full of rich snobs and ruled by the king who enslaved and executed thousands of her people. She would have been a perfect game player in the later books with her great political mind and knowledge of Wyrdmarks, but since the white main character needs something to push her, why not murder the badass black woman? Alright, it probably sounds salty, but admit it. It's true. Nehemia's death might have been orchestrated, and it probably makes sense to a lot, but she definitely deserves better than being another plot device.

She deserved so much better. Imagine: the main trio of the series consists of Nehemia, Manon, and Chaol. Wouldn't that be awesome?

Nehemia is Amazing, she gave up her life to motivate Celeana/Aelin

Chaol Westfall

Chaol is probably one of the most underrated characters in the series. He's lost everything��"his position as the Captain of the Guard, his lover, etc. Yet, a lot of people hate him. Why? Because he quetioned Aelin's motives which, by the way, is a pretty reasonable action seeing that while he knew her as Celaena, he knew nothing about Aelin aside from the fact that she went full commando against the greatest general of the king's army, defeated him with fire, and is probably going to be hell-bent on revenge. Yep. I'd say it's pretty reasonable thing since Chaol is an IMPERFECTLY HUMAN BEING, and him worrying for his greatest friend Dorian is actually the sweetest and most heartbreaking thing of all, especially when he finally reached the conclusion that oerhaps killing him would be the best choice of all. Chaol deserves more love, and a better plotline than a love interest, though TOG5 might just give us that.

*looks at Maas*

I love Chaol far more than I’d like to admit. I need to thank my cousin for introducing me to the series and thus, him. Her hamster is named Chaol. But still, if anyone calls him Kale, that nickname will forever be taken by Gale Hawthorn from Hunger Games. He is also cute.

Chaol is one of the few characters who don't grovel at Aelin's feet. I'll always respect him for that.

He's the most complex, sensible and grounded character in the book. I love this guy!

Celaena Sardothien / Aelin Galathynius

For me, I really love Aelin/Celeana because of her difference from other heroines.
A lot of main female characters for YA novels that are described and shown as tough are super boyish. I don't think anything is wrong with that at all, but I do like how the author depicted Aelin as someone who loves luxury and dressing up but also as someone who will fight for what's rightfully theirs (A creature of luxury!).
I also love how she is super confident and doesn't deal with self-doubt like other main characters (for some books). She knows she's strong, amazing, beautiful, and powerful and isn't afraid to show the world that. (I legit sound like a super fan rn!) One of my biggest problems with some main characters is those who are "plain but has multiple or several hundred men after her".
For me though, the thing that instantly made me fall in love with her is her selfishness. (Yep, I just said that). I like how she has flaws in her personality and wants to fend for herself and not ...more

Celaena Sardothien is the type of character that you just can't help but root for; she's badass, sarcastic, feminine, and, beneath the snark and bravado, is full of conflicting emotions not just about love interests, but also about morality and her own destiny.

Though she have lost a lot of peoole important to her, she follows her own path despite the hardships it would cost her, and not just because it is the easiest way.

Celaena is also a compassionate woman, despite her terrible past and upbringing, and loves books, dancing, and music. Her character development throughout the books painted her from an arrogant assassin to a broken girl, and finally to a passionate warrior queen who fully embraces herself.

I love her sarcasm and the way she plans everything so thoroughly and meticulously. I love how unpredictable her plans are and they always keep me engaged. Aelin grows throughout the Throne of Glass series -- at first we see her as a somewhat nonchalant assassin serving her self interest which is to earn back her freedom, but over the course of the books she develops into a brave and selfless young woman who will go to great lengths to protect the people she loves and cares about. Aelin is one of my favourite book characters of all time. Love her!

Such a Badass, really complex and I can't help feeling that all her life was thrown against her and she was constantly shattered she just got back up and still put other people before her. Her love of dogs really gets me, because, for the most lethal Assassin and dangerous Queen, the fact that she feels something so mortal as to love dogs really stirs me. Her love of books I can also relate to very well. Overall She is one of the best characters in this book.

Dorian Havilliard

On sentence to sum up the series:
"Dorian didn't deserve this."
Yep, he's the best. I honestly hated his character in ToG, but he totally turned the tables afterward.
I'm so glad he was the one to kill his father. After the king killed his true love and basically ruined every part of his childhood, Dorian was the best character to do it. I love him so much!
If he had died I honesty might have just stopped reading the series because I'd just cry.

The best character in this stupid series. He is the only reason why I read this series. Tbh I only read his chapters because I didn't care about others. And I still love him, I love him.

He's black haired, blue eyed, and a charming prince. Oh, said many, just another bland but sexy love interest.


Though not the most complex character in the story, he's more than another handsome prince. He has his own problems, and he could easily have been just another part of a love triangle, Maas thankfully avoided that by giving him a great storyline and making him a flawed, but deeply lovable character. His love for books is an endearing trait, but what really makes him a special character is that while Celaena took some time to fully embrace responsibilites as a ruler of a kingdom, Dorian was aware of it for a long time and didn't find the need to think that having a difficult and important job would put him higher than everyone else. He's spent a lot of time living in his father's shadow, and though he's been questioning his father's motives for a long time, it took him quite a while to finally do something about it.

Dorian is a kind and ...more

who doesn’t want to marry dorian- on one hand he’s a cute, innocent prince who loves to read and joke around with his friends, but on the other, he’s a lamb to the slaughter (and a powerful king with cool magic (and a kinky, sexy beast)) actually love him <3

Nesryn Faliq

I swear this series would never have a shortage of badass women. I wish she was given more depth than just being Chaol's new love interes,t though she's certainly still a good character despite that. Still. If she ends up dead as well to further someone's development (which seems to be a trend for POC characters), I'll eat my dog's tail.


OMG! So cute. Fleetfoot is the best pet ever. I love how no matter who she needs to comfort, she's there. I'm gonna name my dog Fleetfoot after I get her.

I always got a smile on my face whenever Fleetfoot was in a part or mentioned.

I thought Fleetfoot was a girl?

Best good boy


He's a fearsome wyvern capable of soaring through the fiercest winds, has a roar that can shake a mountain, and teeth and claws that coukd tear through tendon and flesh... and he's obsessed with wildflowers. Honestly. What a lovable worm.

I love Abraxos, he cares about Manon so much

Aedion Ashryver

I hated him at first, but even then I loved to hate him. Aedion is an amazing character that never really had a good life. He sacrificed everything in the hopes that one day Aelin would return. He was so sweet and funny and I love how him and Rowan reacted to each other. Just everything to do with his character had me laughing, crying, or on the edge of my seat reading for more.

Fiercely loyal to Aelin, and an unofficial pain in the ass because of his Fae-male territorial bull, Aedion is a reliable man; an excellent warrior, a strong ally, and a flirt. Honestly, he'll probably flirt with a nightstand wearing a nightgown. Still, he's a well-written character, and his love for his cousin is heartwarming.

aedion is kind of epic. he cares so much about aelin and he waited so many years for her to go back to terrasen. he is too cute but also deadly and protective at the right times- so get yourself a man like aedion

He's been through a lot but he still never gave up and trusted Aelin to be alive. He's so loyal and funny. He is my favorite character.

Asterin Blackbeak

Okay. I'm going to rant! She is one of my favourite characters in the series (other than Lysandra, Rowan, Fleetfoot, and Aelin). She is soooooo loyal to Manon and I love her for it. However, it is also the cause of my dislike towards Manon. I feel like she was sometimes too cold and slightly cruel to Asterin, and didn't appreciate her loyalty, kindness, and love for her. Yes, I get it, she was raised that way, but Asterin grew up in the same environment!
Anyways, that's just my opinion on Manon and Asterin.
When she died, I was so heartbroken. I really felt like she did NOT deserve to die (and I felt that Manon should have been in her place).

Asterin is literally one of the most underrated characters in the series. I love her! I love her history, the way she dealt with it, her loyalty to Manon, and her overall personality!
However, I seriously hate Manon (no offence to anyone who loves her, just my personal opinion). I understand why people might like her but the way she treated Asterin and the way she acted didn't make me the biggest fan. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion so let me be!

I love her, she was always there for Manon, till her very last breath when she sacraficed herself with the rest of the Thirteen (I cried). Asterin's last words to Manon were "Live, Manon"

She's probably the most human of all the witches, and her love and loyalty for Manon is admirable.

The Contenders

Rowan Whitethorn

Okay, Rowan needed more time in the first few books. In Heir of Fire he was emotionless and barely did anything to show anything really interesting. Then Aelin left him behind for a lot of QoS and he missed out there too. Plus with everything else going on in the two books, it was hard to focus on him. I just wish he had more time to hook onto in the begining. I think if that had happened, people would like him a lot more. Needless to say, I still love him. He is my favorite Aelin ship (after Sam). From what we heard and learned about him, I really LOVE Rowan.

Rowan Whitethorn deserves more than the 11th position...He is such an amazing character..after sam I really thought that there was no one who could come even that close to being aelin's perfect lover but I started to get so fond of rowan his character at first is painted by Sarah j maas to be a tough,cranky, immtotal far Prince but he turned out to be such a darling on the inside...and we get to witness that change as he gradually got closer and closer to aelin...the love he has for her leaves me speechless and his soft nature which we rarely get to see unless he's with aelin or a close friend is phenomenal..and he doesn't try to pick fights with others when they're plans go astray..instead he remains calm and tries to calculate another way around the problem to reach victory...he's a true leader and a good example of how u should never judge others by they're looks because eventhough he looks rough and is big he can be so gentle and such a pillar of strength to others when they need ...more

I'd probably rank him higher, but aside from being the best warrior Aelin knows (gasp), her carranam and probably mate, and a super hot Fae prince, he doesn't really have much depth than being there to kill things and cry about his dead mate. Okay. I might be a bit biased, but this is a subjective list after all. And how he treated Celaena in TOG3 was bad, even though she and Rowaelin shippers pretty much forgive him for it, especially since Chaol is being grilled for the same reason.

rowan is that classic squishy core character, one that is so hardcore and scary on the outside, but is actually really loveable when you’re on his good side- I really do ship him and aelin, they’re so cute together

Nox Owen

When he came back, I was like laughing and smiling and falling over. In the first book I though he was going to come back, but after all that time without him, I had sorta forgot. He is a great friends for Aelin and I hope they stay that way. TEAM NOX!

After EoS everyone was screwed except Nox so I adopt this pure cinnamon bun.

Nox! I really hope he and Aelin will remain friends afterwards!

Big boy

Ansel of Briarcliff

I can't help but admire Ansel, all she wanted was her land. She had her family killed just like celeana, and she became an assassin, just like celeana. Then she tried to kill her master, just like celeana. I really think they make a great team and a formidable opponent. Ansel should play a bigger part in the series. She is fearless and fun loving.

I love her! So badass, so clever, so smart, and just such a good match with Aelin! Hope they are best friends forever!

She is so underrated! I love her friendship with Aelin in the novella!


I hate, hate, hated her character in the Assassin's Blade. She really redemed herself later, though. Lysandra has such an amazing past that I did not see coming at all. Her character is so deep, and when she comments on how people judge her when she eats too much or acts wrong it really hit hard. I love how her and Aelin were able to open up to each other. Lysandra only helped her case when she killed Arobynn.

I don't even know how to talk about her! So amazing, resourceful, strong, and gorgeous at the same time! She endured Arobynn, and dealt with Wesley's death at the same time (which is saying a lot since Arobynn killed him!). She kept herself together all these years. Go Lysandra!

I love Lysandra. She is sooooo strong and amazing! She managed to protect Evangeline, kill Arobynn, hide her feelings for Wesley, and managed to stay strong afterwards too! ( I don't think I could have even done that!)

What a badass: she's a shapeshifter in a country where magic is gone and any trace of it (however dormant) will get your head chopped off, she is constantly around the person who murdered his love and best friend, and yet. She's loving, she's fiercely loyal to her friends, and she has a thing for wicked animals. In fact, she's a pretty wicked girl. Don't be fooled by the pretty face and the frilly dresses; she's just as likely to mauk anyone's face off as Aelin.

Sam Cortland

Sam is no doubt one of the best characters in the series. He's one of those characters that you just can't help but love. He had such a big heart and truly deserved better. Life treated him terribly yet he still was an incredible person. He is truly underappreciated.

He is really cool

He is honestly my favorite ship with celeana/Aelin

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Lorcan Salvaterre

I think nobody sees, how good e is. I love his relationship with Elide. First he was such an nasty and cruel guy, but when he met her, he changed. It was such a beautyful change and I can't hate him anymore. (I never really hated him, bu now I love him) And I liked to see, that he would give his life for Elide and how much he suffered , when she hated him. And I think he can't be just a bad guy 'cause Elide wanted to die for him and she would never do that, if he was a bad boy...

lorcan is like elide’s servant, it’s kind of cute. it’s funny and adorable how such a brute and cold hearted warrior can be so kind and gentle towards someone. when lorcan nearly died, I actually couldn’t breathe properly until I knew he was safe

Elide Lochan

Nice girl lol


FENRYS IS ADORABLE AND IS SO UNDERRATED OMG- he did so much for aelin, yet he’s still so underrated. he broke his blood oath and nearly got killed for his queen- I have so so much respect for this character

Think about it, he broke the blood oath for Aelin, and almost died. No one else has done that for her.

He is so funny. RIP Connal

his humour, loyalty to Aelin! (honestly, sometimes, if Rowan wasn't there, I would ship him and Aelin!)

Sorrel Blackbeak

Sorrel (and the rest of the Thirteen) are SO underrated and all I want is to learn more about them in the next books (or possible novellas)


mort is the sass queen of throne of glass. wish we saw more of him in the series

Yrene Towers

yrene screams boss lady. like, she killed erawan whilst PREGNANT fgs. gotta admit, at first I didn’t really like her but now, she’s such an inspirational character and is so nice! I hope there can be at least ONE more book just so we can see how her baby is doing ;)

She is awesome


Brave, kind, loving. She represents the goodness of Lysandra, and as something I believe is seriously underrated in the series, I cannot help but love her.

Evangeline is filled with hope and light and she spreads that light to everyone she meets

Arobynn Hamel

He's such a bastard, honestly, but he's also such a complex and well-written character that it's easier to be intrigued than hate him.


for someone who didn’t know he had a son for so many years, gavriel was so kind and protective of aedion and I cried SO DAMN HARD when he died, it’s hard to see his name without tearing up. rip gavriel

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