Whenever a book is compared to A Game Of Thrones, I get really excited, because HELLO Game Of Thrones is such a badass book. When Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas was being touted as A Game Of Thrones for a YA audience, I was totally pumped to read it. However, I think the comparison does the book a diservice. It’s similar to Martin’s series in that it’s a fantasy, set in a fantasy world. Other than that, I personally think as someone who has read Game Of Thrones that Throne Of Glass is nothing like it. That’s not to say Throne Of Glass is bad, just don’t walk into it expecting direwolves and characters, even the safe ones, dying right and left.
Celaena Sardothien was once the most famous assassin in Adarland. THEN someone sells her out so she’s sent to prison camp to be a slave in the salt mines of Endovier. Most people don’t make it a month in Endovier, but Celaena makes it for like six months. When all hope seems to be lost, she is plucked out by Prince Dorian and Chaol who is captain of the royal guard. You see, Prince Dorian is going to put Celaena fourth as his champion in a competition to serve as the king’s champion. Y’all, the king is totally a BAD GUY. Anyways, Celaena competes and makes friends and has a little competition in her heart between Dorian and Chaol.
I wish my ARC of Throne Of Glass included a map. I’m not entirely sure if there is a map in the final copy, but I really think it would enhance the reading experience. Anyways, the entire land the characters live on is called Erilea and the country or city they are in is called Adarland. The king of Adarland has basically annexed a bunch of kingdoms including the one Celaena is originally from. PLUS there’s a visiting princess at court who becomes close with Celaena who is from an area that is super sunny. Also silent assassins from the desert are mentioned and I just think a map would really have been effective for me. I did like reading about a certain ancestor queen named Elena though and some of the legends of Erilea, which made the setting seem fascinating.
As for Celaena, she makes a passable main character. She is very kick ass and not at all modest about it. I appreciate a bit of arrogance in the characters I read. What I really liked about her is that not only does she like fighting and being a total boss, but she also likes to be pretty. I mean, yes it’s fun when girls dress like boys in books, but sometimes I just really like it when a character enjoys having long hair and being dolled up. It shows me that it is okay to be feminine but also tough. PLUS YOU GUYS! She is a huge reader. How cool is that?
How do you guys feel about love triangles? If you hate them, you probably won’t enjoy Throne Of Glass. If you are like me and have grudgingly come to accept them as a norm in YA literature, you probably won’t mind the love triangle. I know I didn’t mind it. Prince Dorian has pretty eyes and is kind of a cad, but he finds himself really attracted to Celaena and plus they like the same books. He sees her as his equal. Chaol really fights his attraction to her and totally thinks she’s going to kill them all in the night at one point. YOU GUYS! At this point I have no idea which of the suitors Sarah J. Maas created that I want to win Celaena’s heart.
Straight up though, I have to admit to you all, it took me forever to get into Throne Of Glass. I thought the beginning was not very well written. There’s a ton of exclamation marks, at least in my copy, and overuse of EXCLAIMING! in books turns me off. I know, I know, hypocritical of me to say. The pacing of the beginning is super slow though. For me, the ball really started rolling once the competition started and we got some romance in the air. Then I tore through Throne Of Glass.
Given the mixed reviews, I am a little tiny bit embarrassed to say that I throughly enjoyed Throne Of Glass once I got past the clunky beginning. However, because my blog is totally a safe place, I will freely admit that I was so torn on the love triangle. I wanted to be friends with Caelaena. ALSO! A dog appears and does not die. In all, for me, Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas was an enjoyable read and I am dying to get my hands on the sequel.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.
Other reviews of Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas:
Girls In The Stacks – “ boasts a female heroine that is smart, strong and super fierce”