Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review : Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release DateAugust 7, 2012
Pages: 416
Source: Own

The Story:

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.
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Tag Line:

A heart of ice. A will of steel. Meet the assassin.

Opening Line:

After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.

My Review


I fell in love with  A Court of Thorns and Roses so I finally thought I would give Throne of Glass a shot . . .

And I was disappointed.

I found Throne of Glass boring and felt it fell short of Maas' writing in A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. Honestly, I had to force myself to finish it because I so much wanted to enjoy it the way I did A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury and people hyped it up. I wanted to enjoy it so much so I even started Crown of Midnight but immediately put it back on my bookshelf. Maybe I was going through a phase and it just was not the right time; I may circle back around to it sometime in the distant future

Throne of Glass pacing was slow for me. There was not enough action for an assassin read. And I could not stand Celaena. Beautiful and vain, she annoyed me - I could not sympathize with her. Throne of Glass's plot was alluring but the execution just did not do it for me. The world-building was great though. Very well fleshed out along with the lively characters. I was able to submerse myself in the story.

And the romantic tension, between her and Dorian and Westfall! The Love-Triangle was tasteful and intriguing. By the conclusion of Throne of Glass, I did not know who I was rooting for.

The Crown Prince or The Captain of the Guard . . . ?

In my opinion, Throne of Glass did not live up to its reputation but I can see why so many readers fell in love with the story. All in all, reading Throne of Glass is up to your discretion. 

Meet the Author:

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series. A New York City native, Sarah currently lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her husband and dog.

***Check out Sarah J. Maas' website for more information about her and Throne of Glass: HERE

Happy Reading!


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