Saturday, May 11, 2013

re·view : Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas 

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 king's 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.


When I picked this up and saw that Maas wrote this when she was 16 I got a little worried, but there were so many good recommendations that I decided to try anyways..
What I have to say about that? Sometimes it shows. 

But lets start from the beginning shall we?

Pacing: really enjoyed it, the book is 400 something pages and I gotta say, could not put it down.
Plot: it was predictable, but I usually don't have a problem with that. How stuff happens is still more important to me and I liked it. 
Characters: so.. I had a love/hate relationship with this. Celaena was just plain annoying a lot of the times. Full of herself much? I had to take a deep breath every time I read "best assassin in the world". argh. 
Then again the witty comebacks were awesome. I laughed out loud more times than I would admit.
Her bestie was badass. love. her.
Capitan of the guard was ok and the prince was plain annoying and vain.

Love triangle: so, something you should know about me and love triangles - I hate them.
Now talking about this one - I hate it.
I'm actually fine with the captan of the guard, the whole loving from afar thing was ok.
The prince is just stupid, all he can think about is how pretty she is. Depth much?
As for Celaena.. argh. The first problem I had is the whole, "Oh, the prince is so handsome! Too hadsome for a prince! Oh, but the captan is so handsome too, how did I not see it!" just argh,
Also had a probrem with her swooning over one guy and then the other one showed up and she wound completely forget that she was just drooling over.

Another thing that bothers me is the dialog, english is not my fist language, so it could be just me, but something in the dialog is just off. First I thought that Maas wanted to do this medieval thing to help with the mood in the book, but then there are randomly places sentences that are contemporary. It bothers me because it breaks the spell when I have to do a wtf double take. 

All in all, it's a decent book, I'm mostly interested in book #2 to see what Maas will look like now. I did enjoy the reading for the most part. :) 

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