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Every once in a while I try a YA novel. Usually it ends with me rolling my eyes at an overblown angst-fest and predictable love-triangle, wondering why I do this to myself. Actually, I did no rolling of the eyes when it came to this novel. The heroine is very real-feeling, with a lot of inner contradictions. I like that she handled the (predictable) love triangle with as little angst as possible, and she's kind of a badass. I'm interested to see where this goes!
Such an amazing first book! It was captivating all the way through and I was constantly waiting for something huge to happen but it kept a good pace with many surprising twists and turns along the way. I really loved how the three main characters were written, they are intriguing and interesting and I also loved how the side characters were also given mysterious vibes. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
Well I finally read it, and it did not disappoint. I don’t know how this book stayed off my radar for so long. It really had all the elements of everything I love in YA fantasy. Admittedly, the storyline was predictable, but for the first book in a series, it had a surprising amount of action and I remained engaged the whole way through. The main character of the story, Celaena, serves as both a heroine and an anti-heroine. She manages to be both totally hardcore and a relatable young woman. This is a difficult mix to achieve in YA fiction and I have rarely seen it done so well.
As I noted above, this book was relatively predictable, so I knocked a star off of my rating; however, after perusing reviews for the second book in the series, it seems that Maas’ character building and plot development improves dramatically in the next installment. I am really looking forward to continuing with this series!
I usually don't like fantasy books and I found this one hard to get into at first but once I did, I loved it! Plus, its part of a longer series and the each book seems to get better and better!
Good book. I liked Dorian best, Chaol as a friend, the action was good. I did like the whole Wyrdmark thing especially when it involved Nehemia. I enjoyed reading about Celaena and the competition, but Kaltain felt like someone who wanted to act yet was not in the "loop". The duke Perrington bothered my like a thorn in my side. But I feel like later he will become much more dangerous than he seems to be or is. Overall, I liked it and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Ah. This book was a roller coaster of emotions. It was amazing. Things happen of which you’d never expect. The romance is die-hard swoon-worthy. The loyalty is always questioned. But the story has me flipping through pages like these words are oxygen.
Quick enjoyable read.
Set in a world in which magic has been banished. Except really there's magic. But it's not called magic. So that makes it not magic? :-)
Very clearly setting up for a series, this book takes its time introducing the characters. While it was obvious from the beginning that there would be a romance (most likely a triangle), the first third of the book manages to be relatively romance-free and focus more on character development. There were a few good solid friendships established - including a female-female friendship completely devoid of boy drama (because both girls have bigger issues to deal with) which I very much appreciated.
My eternal love for Les Miserables (the musical) meant that I was willing to suspend disbelief enough to sympathize with Celaena and accept that her vocation as assassin would somehow make sense in an acceptable way (rebel against evil totalitarian empire, or similar).
I plan to continue reading this the series.
Kinda boring for me, I unfortunately couldn't get through it although I heard it was a great book!!
This book was mediocre. It was entertaining enough to finish, but I have no interest in reading the prequels or sequels. If you're bored, it's a decent enough quick read, but otherwise I would suggest going for something with more depth and character development like Assassin's Fool or similar books.
This is a weird series to rate. Cause it's boring as heck in some parts, and in other parts it's pretty good. If you don't mind a sometimes slow series that's not to bad, then sure go ahead, read it. If not, do whatever you want. It's an okay ish series.
I would suggest reading assassins blade before this book, just to make sense of everything. You dont need to but i reccomend it. amazing series, couldnt put it down. love it with all my heart.
An intense and dramatic fantasy adventure story that you won't want to end and will have you reaching for the next.
Thrilling book that keeps you flipping pages. I read this book after attempting to read the prequel. I was pleasantly surprised by how much better it was. Can’t wait to read #2
Pros: Compelling plot; you’ll want the next book right away. Wordcrafting skill is good. Characters are complex and empathetic.
Negatives: Too much swagger and arrogant braggadocio for my tastes. The violence is pervasive, and in later books of the series, the explicit sexual content is unnecessary.
"Are you saying that you don't want to be with me?"
"I'm saying that... that I'm going to leave in four years, and I don't know how this could possibly end well for either of us. I'm saying I don't want to think about the options.""
"Though she had no regrets about her choice, she felt something strangely like disappointment when he said, "As you wish."
"But I'd like to remain your friend."
He put his hands in his pockets. "Always.""
I always wondered why this book was so popular, and with the 7th installment's recent release, I decided to check Throne of Glass out. I heard that some people hated this while others enjoyed it. And people who disliked Throne of Glass still went on to read Crown of Midnight, saying that Maas had actually listened to her audience, took advice, and wrote something much better. So I hope that's true, since I wasn't amazed by Throne of Glass.
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I’m really curious as to how this book/series got so much hype.
I first heard about it from a friend a couple years, who did a book report on it and didn’t like it very much. A few other people I’ve met over the years have said how much they liked it, and others said that it was okay. After finishing it myself about an hour ago, I...well...I’m pretty disappointed.
The premise seemed mildly intriguing, kind of like the Hunger Games set in a fantasy world. But, unlike the latter, we didn’t get to see as much of the action, and instead, a little more than half of the book was an enormous training montage. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love kick-butt heroines who can hold their own against and defeat all of the scheming and cocky men who look down upon them. However, I’d rather have the said heroine not only have more of a change in setting every once in a while (which, Celaena did, but very little), but have a bit of character development. Throughout the entire book, Celaena is rather static, an emotionless, hardened character who is seemingly perfect in every way. Oh, and of course, she falls for the oh-so-handsome prince, but no, she can’t have him, because she’s not royalty-but wait, THE PRINCE LIKES HER BACK! SO SCANDALOUS! Give me a break, please. I know this is a fairly common YA trope, and I’ve seen it done well, but “Throne of Glass” fell flat in the end, and wasn’t the most riveting or original of novels. None of the other characters really grew on me, either; they all seemed like mere plot devices, chess pieces moved around so that everything worked out just so that Celaena could become the king’s Champion and fall in love with Dorian.
That being said, there were...a few things that I liked about this book. The world building was interesting, and I midly enjoyed the twist at the end. But honestly, I really have no will to read any of the rest of the series. I know that I’m in the minority here, and I know that a lot of people really enjoyed this series, but “Throne of Glass” just wasn’t for me. Sorry.
Great book! Make sure you read Assassins Blade before hand however; a friend recommended that to me and it was worth it!
This book might start out boring, but just please keep reading. It will NOT disappoint you. You’ll love this series if you like lots of action and a bit of romance. I’ll tell you this now, but the protagonist is so smart like so many plot twists in the future (next books). Love love this series. I’ve read it 3 times already. If you enjoy this book, PLEASE KEEP READING THE REST OF THE SERIES. This is only the begininggggggg.
World building, Expansive, Dramatic and Thrilling. The author has a fantastic way of building an environment and making it a true work of escapism. The characters are wonderfully complex but relatable. A must read of fans of fantasy
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
This author's books have really helped me open myself up to the fantasy genre because of her engaging writing style. This series is equally character driven and plot driven. If you like books with A LOT of really complex main characters with crazy sad back-stories...this is the series for you! She writes in 3rd person omniscient, so we get to know all of the main characters really intimately, which I love. If you enjoy books with humans, magical fae creatures, and and soul-eating demons from another world, then this is the series for you. The last book in the series comes out in October.
Having just finished the disappointing Court of Frost and Starlight, it's a pleasure to go back and review this book and remember that Maas can actually write. There are some obvious points. I had a major plot point... that isn't revealed until book three... figured out 30% of the way into the book. The teaser for the book really plays on "Celeana Sardothien was Adarlan's most notorious assassin"....etc...etc and how the prince has released her from her incarceration in the salt mines to act as his entrant in the competition to name the King's Champion.
If you wanted the book to focus on the competition, you'll likely be disappointed. Instead, Maas focuses on developing Celeana as she regains her attitude and strength after a year of beatings and starvation. She also develops the love triangle between Celeana, the Prince and the prince's best friend and head guardsman, Chaol.
Behind the character development, Maas develops a murder mystery. Someone, or something, is killing the contestants. Magic has been outlawed, but it seems there's still magic left and someone may be using it but not controlling it very well. Celeana's snooping and the court intrigue keep this book interesting.
This book's way of tossing in unpresaged events and the innocence of its supposedly hard-bitten characters didn't make any sense to me - until I managed to read the cover and get that the author was 16 when she self-published the first version of the novel. After that, I relaxed and started enjoying the 18 year old, deadly assassin and survivor of horrible traumas whose personality is somehow that of a 16 year old girl from the suburbs. Good fun.
This has become one of my favorite series in recent years! The story is exciting with lots of twists and turns, the characters are dynamic and complex, and the world-building is immersive. I highly recommend it!