Feb 12, 2014

DeeJay Reviews: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas #fantasy


Throne of Glass
by Sarah J. Maas

Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating
Sort of disappointing

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 three years and then be granted her freedom. 

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. 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.(Goodreads)

Throne of Glass was a surprise to me and not in that warm and fuzzy kind of way either. I was so excited for this book, enjoyed the first half and then was totally let down. I honestly can’t even fathom why this book is as highly rated as it is.

First, the good.

The characters were great, which is the primary reason I even finished this book. Celaena Sardothian, the prince’s champion for the competition, was snarky and full of attitude, but she was a survivor. She didn’t need any man to come along and be her savior, which is always a plus in female MCs. I liked Prince Dorian as well. He was sweet and cute, kind of like a puppy. You wanted to pet him, but you wouldn’t let him climb up on the furniture. He was sort of whipped as far as princes go, but that was the downfall of being the son to a tyrant king. 

It was Chaol Westfall that did it for me. I’ll take the rough and rugged warrior over the cutety-tooty prince any day. Both men were kind individuals who were trapped in their roles by a duty neither of them really wanted. Especially Dorian. This boy so did not want to be a prince! Or maybe it was more that he wanted the privilege that came with being royalty without the responsibilities. Chaol on the other hand, took his duties very seriously and accepted his role without complaint. I liked the way they treated Celaena and how they still managed to be friends even with their different societal statuses.

Now, the not so good.

The world building left a lot to be desired. I know this is a fantasy world but that only means that world building is that much more important. Except for the glass castle and the mines, I really wasn’t given many details about anything else. I’m sure some would argue that it was because the story didn’t take place anywhere else, but that raises a whole new set of issues.

I understand that this so-called deadly competition was a “secret”, so the author couldn’t very well send the competitors frolicking all over the countryside. But this story sure could have benefitted from some variety because this deadly competition (if it can even be called that) was about as LAME as deadly competitions go. Honestly, I feel a bit gipped. There was plenty of death in this book, but as the synopsis says, it had nothing to do with the competition. I mean, it was sheer laziness on the author’s part to offer us excitement on a monumental level and then kick off the competition with some lame ass archery challenge. SERIOUSLY??? And to be honest the challenges didn’t get any better. I was bored stiff and actually wanted everyone to drop dead so that we could just focus on the romance aspect of this book. Obviously that’s what this book wanted to be anyway. A romance novel.

The worst part though? Celaena, an assassin, the deadliest woman in the world......makes not a single kill this entire book. *Read the sentence again*

That last bit did it for me. Not a single kill, ya’ll. I don’t know if the author wanted to keep her character “clean” or if again, she was just too lazy to write up any kill scenes. Either way, this is a major fail. Celaena is an ASSASSIN. She is a KILLER. I want to see BLOOD on her HANDS. What is going on here, people?

So yeah, I can’t give this book more than 2.5 stars. The half star is because I have interest in seeing more of Chaol. He is the only reason I’ll read the next book. But even he won’t be able to save another disaster like this. I need Crown of Midnight to be all of that. I’ll be checking it out...probably not soon though.

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  1. Oh man! I've been wanting to read this but I read more bad reviews than good. That's why I've been waiting on the Library copy to read it instead of buying it.
    Thanks for sharing your review. Always good stuff to know! xoxo

    1. Yes, definitely read it but keep your expectations low. This is not a great book. I don't care what anyone says. The only redeeming qualities are the characters, which is good because without them, this book would have sucked all the way around. Come back and let me know what you think once you've read it!


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