Hey guys, this week I will be reviewing Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas! I hope that you guys enjoy this review.
Release date: August 7, 2012
Hardcover page count: 416
My rating: 4/5
Throne of Glass follows the story of Celena, an assassin who has been sent to a slave labor camp to rot. But, when the Crown Prince comes knocking at her door to pull her out of prison and into the fierce competition to become the King's Champion, she knows that she must go. Fighting her way to the top, the only thing standing between her and freedom is twenty two other opponents and the four years she would have to serve as the king's personal assassin if she wins. But, it will not be as straight forwards as she thinks it will be. Princesses from enemy kingdoms, handsome princes, and of course a hint of deadly magic stands in her way. Will she be able to survive?
This is actually my second time reading this book. When I originally read it, I thought nothing of it and put it away. But this time, I read it deeper, hoping that I can finally get a glimpse at what all the hype is about. So let's begin on the pros. For one, Maas creates a beautiful world with world building like no other. She constantly hints at magic, but keeps it scarce. She has created a large and powerful kingdom, filled with revolts and terrible kings. And she has created beautiful locations, one being the castle of glass itself and other's being the fabulous libraries and mysterious hallways.
Now on to her characters. I love how each of her characters have personalities of their own. For example, the princess Nehemia is first seen as just a pretty foreign princess, but then is revealed to be a kind friend. But throughout the book, even more layers are revealed. Maas does this with many of her characters, making us engaged with them as we dig into them.
Her plot was was a lot like this too, seeming to be simple and straight forwards at first, but soon turning into something deeper and more serious as the book went on.
So, I am only giving this book a four out of five for one reason, the writing style. Now don't get my wrong, Sarah J. Maas's writing style is a gift from a literal goddess which you would know if you have read A Court of Thrones and Roses. So, I am only saying this because Throne of Glass is her first book and obviously her oldest, her writing style has obviously since evolved. So, what is wrong with the writing in this book you may ask? For one thing, Maas has done a few things in the book to over exaggerate her characters and their actions. The one that I can give the best example of is Celaena, who seems to fully take on the book trope of an assassin. For one, she starts the book with only one though in her head being kill, kill, kill. And as the novel goes on, she takes on even more tropes like intense sarcasm and the strange ability to still regain most of her strength and be almost the same kick ass assassin that she was before being sent to a slave labor camp for a year. And yes, people do describe her as looking like a skeleton, but then why is she still so damn strong?
And secondly, my other complaint with her writing style in this book is the exclamation points. Yes, I am complaining about the the punctuation. Though it is mainly just in the first half, Maas begins the novel with a whole mess of over use through these exclamation marks. And while I understand that they are used to convey a point, I just find them super annoying. Though, this might be because I am currently working on the second draft of this book I am writing where I am finding the same over use of exclamation points and over exaggeration of the broody kick ass yet out of shape assassin type, I find that other people might be able to notice them too.
Anyway, this book was still amazing. I am currently reading the sequel and will hopefully have a review for it next week. I have read Sarah J. Maas's other series A Court of Thrones and Roses, and have fallen in instant love with them, so I hope that I can experience the same with this series. And hopefully, I will be able to follow my slow obsession with this series through these posts.
So, I would like to recommend this book for anyone looking for a fantasy book set in a different place and time with only a hint of magic. If you are looking for lush worlds and dangerous political plots, this book is definitely the one for you. And, this book is even VERY loosely based on Cinderella so if you are into re-tellings I would recommend this book as well.
I hope that you have enjoyed this review. If there are any other books that you would like me to review, please let me know down in the comments!
Until next time!
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