Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas



Title: Throne of Glass
Series: Throne of Glass #1 
Author: Sarah J. Maas 
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Publication Date: August 7, 2012 
Format: Hardback 

Page Count: 404

Rating: 


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. (taken from goodreads.com)


After reading raving reviews, spotting Throne of Glass coloring books in stores, and having multiple people recommend the series to me, I finally decided to give Sarah J. Maas' most popular series a shot. I read her other series and fell in love with A Court of Mist and Fury, so I figured it was about time I delved into Caelena's world to discover what all of the fuss was about. 

Caelena is your classic Katniss wannabe. I hate comparing heroines to each other, but honestly, I was scoffing at Caelena so often throughout the novel. She's packed with contradictions: she is not girly, but adores dresses and shopping. She's extremely athletic, but she'd rather read than run. She's beautiful, fierce, stubborn, kind, and basically every single attribute that can be given to a YA heroine. I kind of rolled my eyes as she checked every single box in the overdone YA badass. 


The story was entertaining, but nothing to write home about if you ask me. The YA heroine shows everyone else and is forced to battle for her freedom while she falls for two men. Yes, there's a love triangle, and it's not all that great. 

The one thing that kept me from really disliking the story was the end and the hint at an interesting back story. Maas wrote this book quite a long time ago, and I believe her writing has improved in more recent books I've read. Therefore, I'm clinging to the hope that this series will continue to improve as she expands upon interesting histories and politics. 

So, to sum it all up, I'm not the hugest fan of this series yet. However, I am willing to keep giving it a shot simply because everyone else seems to be so in love with it. Maybe the next book will impress me a little more. 

            

Definitely didn't hate Throne of Glass, but I really don't see what all of the fuss is about. 
Maybe the sequels are better? Can you guys attest to that?