Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: StarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Fantasy

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 kings 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.

*****

Same disappointment I had with Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers. =(

I’ve always been a fan of strong heroines, especially in fantasy books. What i don’t like in Throne of Glass is that I saw more of Celaena getting fancy on court life instead of ripping other assassin’s jaws and kicking other thiefs’ butts. Yes, she’s fearsome. and yes, she can handle herself. But the constant frolicking with Dorian instead of parrying swords with him is annoying. (Have you guessed which team I’m rooting for? Haha!)

Dorian is a handsome prince. A ladies man. I don’t get why Celeana would be drawn to him. you’d think for an assassin, she’s inclined to fighters, soldiers like Chaol. Hmph. At least Dorian was helpless, and Chaol was there in Celeana’s death match, intense and daring. Go, boy!

I like Chaol being quiet and reserved. I like the curtness and animosity between him and Celaena, since he’s a Captain of the Guard and she’s Adarlan’s Assassin. I just wish he had more scenes, more POV in the book. I mean, the love triangle was obviously one-sided, with Dorian having more face time with Chaol. They are friends, so imagine where Maas will take us in book two. Yeah, predictable i know.

The action scenes are kept at a minimum. The story behind Celaena being orphaned and eventually being an assassin is vague. The story is rich though, even if i did find it too long for any heart-thumping scene to come along.

Ms. Maas, I want more fighting scenes, please. I did not taste the danger of Celaena as the most feared assassin. give me some solid evidence!

Fantasy lovers will devour Throne of Glass. I admit that i will read the next installment, but if Chaol is still not getting any, there will some serious bashing for Adarlan’s Assassin.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Imprint:

Pub Date: 08/07/2012

Thank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury for granting my galley request.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  1. Now that I think of it, the gladiatorial like competition for the king’s champion left much to be desired, it wasn’t explored as much as I would have liked. There could have been more action scenes among the contestants no? But overall, I liked the book. And I prefer Chaol too. I found Dorian quite annoying. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | reading is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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