Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Romance
Series: Throne of Glass Series (Incomplete)
Throne of Glass: ★★★★
I’m going to start with the cover. Typically, I hate when covers have human representations of the characters because it robs me of the right to picture the main character the way I read her to look. But, damn, Celaena looks so badass on the cover that I couldn’t imagine it any other way. So, this time I will accept the cover and it is a check from me.
The main problem I had with the book was the length. I loved how I was swept into the world of Erilea, however there were times where I dragged my feet and had to force myself to read because things were becoming very repetitive. I was too often too thankful when the author would pass over some of the Tests. Whew. Besides that, I thought the writing was actually quite wonderful. To me, the dialogue is what was the shining star. Each character had a unique way with words and Maas was able to maintain that through every comment they made throughout the book, which made them more believable allowing them to come to life. I found that her visual descriptions were at times a bit confusing and superfluous, and shamefully I may have skimmed those parts one too many times.
CELAENA – What.A.Badass. I love this chick. She was a strong and just–despite her career choice–heroine. I found myself following and anticipating her endless sassy remarks and got caught up in her playful, witty banter with the other characters of the book. She’s not perfect, but that’s what makes her perfect. Her flaws were obvious and she owned up to it every step of the way. She was a character filled with contradictions whether it was the fact that she was a cold killing machine, yet still loved dressing in frilly dresses and stuffing her face with candy, or just the fact that there were many occasions where she always felt two directly opposing feelings. (ie. “her arms felt heavy, and light at the same time” “there was a warmth in her, but a chill ran down her back” etc etc)
CHAOL – Holy. I am in a love & hate relationship with this guy, mostly love, but I do have a bone to pick with him. I think he is absolutely adorable and Maas did an amazing job of presenting his character through his tough exterior and undeniable compassion. I enjoyed his POVs as he was trying to figure out what exactly he was feeling and where he stood. I THINK he somewhat figured it out in the end, but I’m not entirely sure. AND that **** better be a symbol foreshadowing the future, or I might flip my table. I wish there was a little bit more…
DORIAN – I have no idea why, but I kept imagining him to be much younger than he was stated to be. The way he spoke and was written into the story, I couldn’t really believe he was 19. His character was probably the least believable for me. I didn’t particularly dislike him as a character, but I couldn’t find myself rallying for him.
Overall, I had no idea what to expect when I first started reading the book. And frankly, I found myself surprised when there were mentions of Fae, gnomes, etc. It didn’t bother me, but it did take me for a loop. I gave this book a 4/5 stars because I did enjoy it and found myself engaged while reading it, however a 5/5 book for me is one that I just can’t put down and need to see what happens and then find myself in awe that the author just blew my mind. There were times while I was reading that I assumed what was about to happen next and was basically just waiting for Celaena to hurry up and figure it out.
I’ll definitely be picking up the next book in the series, Crown of Midnight, to see what happens next though. (But with Celaena’s four-year-long contract, I hope it doesn’t feel that long…) I might take a break from this series since I don’t have the second book yet and throw myself into a new world.
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