Monday, 14 March 2016

Review: 'Throne of Glass' by Sarah J. Maas


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Pages:  422
Format: Paperback 


Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for Greatness. 

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament - fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin's heart be melted. 


I was really disappointed when I was reading this book because I had such high hopes for it that weren't lived up too. Every book blogger and booktuber I've seen raves over this series and currently nothing that I've heard rings true.

I have many problems with this book, both in the characters and the story, but let's talk about the characters first.

Celaena Sardothien is an extremely, derivative, and boring character who barely reads like a person. She has no flaws (except that she's an exceptionally bad assassin) or personality, and feels more like the author wrote the kind of person she'd like herself to be than an actual person at all. The best part of her backstory, her being an assassin, is glossed over for the majority of the story, instead we have more focus on her friendship with Nehemia and her book reading habits than anything interesting about her.

Dorian, I think, is the main love interest, and he is also extremely boring. He is originally portrayed to us as a heartbreaker, who has a string of ex-lovers but we never see anything like that. He spends most of his time trying to do something with Celaena, which doesn't seem to be sex, though we never see him as someone who falls in love easily. The only thing he has in common with Celaena is that he reads a lot, and I think a lot more tension could have been built if there was more of a focus on the fact that he is the prince and she is an assassin.

The only character I found interesting was Chaol. His stoic personality make his intentions and thoughts difficult to read, and I really wish we had had more of a focus on him throughout the book, especially as the summary made me presume he was the main love interest.

The story was also lacking. The best scenes were at the training sessions and in the competitions, but they were glossed over far too much, especially as they should have been one of Celaena's main focuses, as her freedom is entirely based in her winning the competition.

Overall, my main issue with this book is that it reads like a filler book in a series, that is just their to fill the space between the previous and the next book. Except that there is no previous book. I will, however, be continuing with the serious, mostly because I have heard such good things about it that I hope that it get's better.

Let me know if you've read the series, and whether or not it got better for you.

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