Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I'm not a big reader of high fantasy novels  I have trouble keeping track of tons of different kingdoms and families and creatures, and I lack the patience for multiple 500-page plus tomes (I still haven't got all the way through the Harry Potter series – they were at a Quidditch match for far too long in book four and I gave up. Forgive me!). It's the rare fantasy novel that manages to keep my attention – which is not a comment on fantasy novels at all, which I generally think are pretty extraordinary, if only I can get all the way through them. It just says a lot about my attention span. Throne of Glass did capture my interest, much to my delight! It's about a girl assassin (Celaena Sardothien – I do so love the names) who has a life sentence working in the salt mines (not fun) being offered freedom on the condition that she survives a fight-to-the-death tournament representing the prince. Girl assassins, you guys. How are they ever not awesome? There's some extraordinary world-building and lots of sinister goings on, and a legion of characters distinct and interesting enough for even I to follow. I would've liked for it to be more blood-thirsty (I'm a Game of Thrones fan) – she is an assassin after all. If you like romance there's a nice little love triangle, because you can't just not have a love triangle. Very much looking forward to the rest of the series, and what Celaena Sardothien does next.


Originally published in Young Vagabond.

4 comments:

  1. I don't read a lot of fantasy either, for the same reason. >_< It's kind of shameful since the first books I ever wrote were fantasy! But still! I really want to read this, despite reading another review today that said it sucked. ;) It's interesting how different readers get different things from the same books.

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    1. I think every reader sees different things in each book they read (shaped by their own experiences/worldview), and their perception of each book is influenced by every book they've read before, and also that it depends when you've read the book - sometimes you're in the right place to enjoy something, then you'll read the same book years later and hate it. (Sorry for the ramble! I think a lot about this!) I would LOVE to be able to write fantasy - I think I lack the attention span. :)

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  2. I read that! Yeah I agree, fantasy books are annoying if they're set in made-up worlds b/c it's hard to keep track of all the places and I keep having to flick to the map at the start of the book.
    But yes, Throne of Glass is a great book! Crown of Midnight is good too, except idk, for me, it was a little confusing with too much going on, too many perspectives.
    But yeah, I can't wait for the rest of the series, apparently it's a series of six books

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    1. I do love maps at the start of books - I like that that level of thought has been put into it. I find the listings of all the character names at the start confusing, though - especially when the names are so confusing? It feels like an achievement to keep track.

      Still haven't read Crown of Midnight. I don't think I've ever managed to get through a series of books that long - I'm trying to change my ways! (I quit on Harry Potter at book four, I'm still intending to pick it back up again.)

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