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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Sarah J. Maas

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Title:Throne of Glass
Authors:Sarah J. Maas
Info:Bloomsbury USA Childrens (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 416 pages
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Tags:arc, 2012, reviewed, best of 2012

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (2012)

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Sarah J. Maas's first novel reads as such. I think maybe I would have enjoyed this more if I had not already read and loved A Court of Thorns and Roses? Throne of Glass had just enough magic and dark to keep me interested, but was a bit heavy on flowery depictions of court apparel and light on assassin action for my tastes. But I have hopes for more adventure in the next installment.

Celaena is a notorious assassin serving out a slavery sentence in the Endovier salt mines when it is unexpectedly interrupted by the appearance of the Captain of the King's Guard. Whisked away to Rifthold, the castle in which the King holds court, Celaena is given little choice regarding her participation in a competition acting as the Crown Prince's champion in order to become the King's personal assassin. Celaena grows closer with both the Crown Prince and Captain Westfall as she trains and grows used to life in the castle, but an evil lurks and as tensions run high the mutilated bodies of dead champions begin to appear in the halls. Our heroine has a tendency to be a trifle annoying, petty, and confusingly oblivious for someone heralded as a legendary assassin, but her hinted at back story and potential for badassery kept me from hating this. Turning to Crown of Midnight with hopes of less dull court life and more magic. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
This. This was not great. I wish it had been; I went in to it wanting it to be, because the first chapters built up such promise! But then, we didn't really get a badass assassin tale. We got the story of a girl with secrets, who is awfully preoccupied with boys and dresses, and mixed up in a poorly developed storyline of magic and demons, instead of just kicking the ass we'd been promised (as readers) she was going to kick. With too many things happening at once, and none of them being done with any particular pizzazz, I finished it and went 'eh'. I'll read the second one, because this whole venture is to prepare for the #booktubesff awards. But I won't necessarily be thrilled about it. ( )
  coutlaw | May 4, 2017 |
So this review is probably going to be brief, at least by my standards, because 1) I'm as sick as a dog right now and 2) I just don't care enough to write a long review.

If you thought, like I did, that this was going to be a book about a badass assassin who kicks ass and takes names...you're not going to find that here. If you're wanting a book about a spoiled brat who spends most of the book whining, well golly gee, do I have a recommendation for you (hint: it's this book).

Celaena might be billed as a badass extraordinaire who survived a horrible prison experience for a year, but...she just isn't written that way. Show me, don't tell me. Instead, she whines about her life, her attire (not fancy enough for her, apparently), the fact that the crown prince wants her, etc, etc. Ugh. I hated her.

I liked Chaol (and that's why I ended up giving the book two stars instead of one), and I felt quite sorry for him to be stuck around such dismal characters. Not a huge fan of Dorian, but let's be honest, anyone is better than Celaena. Calaena is awful. ( )
  schatzi | May 3, 2017 |
Ultimately, I’m not sure I can recommend this book. The story of an assassin who becomes the right hand of the tyrant she loathes could have been a lot better, a lot darker.

I sometimes felt as though there was a lot of fluff in the prose. Descriptions felt overwrought, and sometimes didn’t shed as much clarity as I wanted. I was a little annoyed at how many different colors Chaol’s eyes were. But this book really hooked me until the end.

That being said, I’m hard-pressed to say I’m very enthusiastic about this book. It falls closer into the ‘guilty pleasure’ category. It lacks many characters who aren’t white and may be completely heterosexual, though sequels may prove otherwise. (I’m big on picturing romantic pairings and couldn’t help but match Nehemia with the prince, or with with assassin. I feel like the former is more likely to happen.)

There are several reasons I’m going to keep reading. First, I enjoy the feeling I get from the Wyrdmarks, which superficially resemble Chartermarks, and thus Chartermagic, which was used in the Abhorsen books, a favorite series of mine. Second, I believe the hype, and suspect that Maas will tighten things up in subsequent books as she goes on. Third, I heard a spoiler for a much later book in the series that gives me gut wrenching feelings about character development so interesting I have to keep reading. I need to know why that spoiler happens and can’t wait for the fall out drama.

Also, I think the new covers make this series look that much more interesting. I’m more inclined to read a series about the angry white-haired woman on the cover of this, than the golden haired courtier on the original cover. Does Celaena wear far too many dresses in this book? Yes, but I sincerely hope that changes in the rest of the series.

I described this book to a friend as though one were reading a show on the CW. The fights are awesome, the CGI is tasteful, but the soundtrack is almost perfectly chosen. Sometimes you think the characters stop doing something Very Important to have a Talk.

I’m not even sure Celeana really grew as a character here… I can’t help but feel that this feels like the debut it is. I still hold out hope that the writing improves as the series continues, as it often does. The premise may be a weak one, but hopefully it pans out in the end. I want a rebellion! ( )
  knotbox | Apr 9, 2017 |
Was a great book once you are able to get past the first couple chapters. Also was a lot easier to read when i read the Assassins Blade and got to know a little more about the characters and why they ended up where they did. ( )
  sam276 | Mar 1, 2017 |
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"Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin."
To all my readers from FictionPress - for being with me at the beginning and staying long after the end. Thank you for everything.
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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.
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After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.… (more)

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