2019 Book Review #11: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass - Sarah Maas
Finished March 19, took 12 days to read
3 Stars on Goodreads
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2/3 Young Adult
I had incredibly high hopes for this series as I devoured Sarah Maas’s other series: A Court of Thorn and Roses. Unfortunately, Throne of Glass did not draw me quite as quickly. I can’t quite put my finger on why, as there were a lot of similarities between the two first books of each series.
We meet Celaena, an imprisoned assassin who is working off her sentence (for what, we don’t know and actually never find out, but I would assume murder) in the mines. The mines are basically a death camp where the evil King sends his enemies to perish. Celaena somehow got caught (ratted out by a friend is what we are led to believe) but we don’t know how or why she ended up in the work camp. Now that I think about it, that might be my biggest gripe with the novel. We don’t know enough about Celaena’s back story to genuinely care about her, but in A Court of Thorn and Roses we learn about Feyre’s back story and motivations immediately. But I digress.
Celaena is set free on the condition that she compete in a challenge to become the King’s Champion. If she beats out the other champion candidates, she will have to serve the King in whatever capacity he chooses, and then she is set free after a certain period of time. Apparently the King is total asshole who slaughters entire populations, bans magic, and is just a dick. But we don’t really know what he did or why he wants to kill everyone, aside from amassing a lot of power.
Celaena is acting as champion for the king’s son, Prince Dorian. Dorian is super handsome and of course is more than just a douchebag Prince and has feelings. He forms one part of a love triangle with Celaena, the other part going to Chaol, the Captain of the Guard. Very little development happens with anyone throughout the entire book. Also, sometimes I wish authors would keep names a bit more simple. Chaol? What is that? How am I supposed to even say it? Just name him Cole.
The Champion Games begin, and all of the sudden contestants start getting murdered. Celaena doesn’t know who to trust, and there is magic, but magic is gone. So what is happening? OMG! And people kiss! And there are ghosts and weird scary symbols that we don’t know anything about!
I am frustrated with this book because there was not enough world building. I don’t need to be spoon fed information, but we are given very little information about any of the main characters’ pasts, which prevents us from forming a bond with them. We are told that magic has been eradicated, but all of the sudden magic exists again, but we don’t know the boundaries. I am sure all of this will be explained in the next few books, but it did not make for a good first entry into the series.
Surely others will disagree with me, but this book gets a big old three star MEH rating from me. I will likely read the second entry in the hopes that the series gets better, but I don’t have high hopes. I am disappointed and will just have to wait for more entries into the Court of Thorn and Roses series instead.