*Laughs nervously even before the common salute*
So…. hello, bookish people. Today is review today. But also fighty day. Depends on you but also depends on the fandom.
Because yes, today I’m going to review Throne of Glass. I know it’s pretty old but 1) reviewing book has no age or limit whatsoever 2) sometimes reviews of older books have get more attention of the new one.
This happen mostly because people like to discuss books.
Star to pray that the fandom doesn’t find me.
TW: mention of sexual assault, slavery, labour camp, general violence
Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.
Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.
And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.
But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.
I read the book, a part of already knowing how it would have been gone. It was a period when people were all about famous authors. The result of when I reached out for their books, well, for me was quite different. It happened with many others and it happened with Maas.
Sometimes you get a surprise and fall in love with the series. Not this time. No happy surprise here.
I wanted to know why the author and the Throne of Glass series were so loved. I was expecting to see this young adult masterpiece (maybe one of those that kicked up the section? Not saying that it was the only one, pay attention, please). But it wasn’t. Neither it wa unique or special in my eyes.
I think it’s a book in the middle, not high not low. I was excepting better but also worst, if I’m going to be 100 %sincere.
One thing put me off while I was reading and exposing my current opinions of the moment: the fans. Look, when I read a book I want people to have conversation with me, not people who tries to tell how, in the end, what I think is wrong and how I will love the series anyway. First of all is rude and second thing… it doesn’t help my reading. Or increase my love for the series. Quite the contrary.
Many told how the series got better after book one (like many others around the world). Or they told to read the books of novellas first, to see Celaena under a different light. Point is that my opinion as reader won’t change. Also, the novellas’ book was published after the first novel. If there was a book in need to make me feel in love, well, that was Throne of Glass.
In this novel many things happen, but everything felt as an introduction to something big. Not that is something new in the book panorama, since I perceive many novels to work as such. Yet in this case, we have few character and not enough stuff. We have two situations of big importance but I felt no emphasis in both of them. Things just happened.
Another issue that I had been about Celaena. She can do everything with no struggle. While I’m aware that in the world there are many talented people… not everyone in the end is actually so perfect? She’s beautiful, amazing, incredible, plus a series of likable factor like loving candies, puppies and books. She should be a bookworm with deadly skill, a warrior ready to slay with sword and assassin’s abilities… that she actually doesn’t posses.
But aside from that, what really made my eyes rolls hard too many times is that the author self insert themself in the novel, telling the reader how much Celaena is feared, amazing, beautiful… I felt like the author was trying me to tell how to feel towards here. It was like I could feel Maas’s anxiety thought the pages, while she wanted so bad for the reader to like the protagonist. I get it, but that was… everywhere.
There was so much to talk about with Celaena, especially since at the start of the book she came out of Endovier. What about see her actually starting to learn again after her body was so debilitated? Not talking about the traumatic experiences.
On the less bright side my opinion on the side character’s is not that nice anyway. I had a rocky relationship with everyone. I could not see Dorian’s role while I appreciated Chaol a little bit, mostly because he looked like the only one with a bit of common sense. With Nehemia… eh, couldn’t trust her that much.
Neither the world-building gave me such a great impression. Everything was quite vague, a mix of old style fantasy with some kind of ghost-faeri-queen and monsters…. I seriously need more background and explanations.
I gave three start to this book mostly because it kept entertained and it was a very fast read, but all the rest really didn’t work for me. Despite all, it’s that kind of series that will make me enough intrigued or curious for further development, reasons why I didn’t drop the series after the first book. But yeah, the read wasn’t that incredible experience everyone was talking about.