I feel like everyone and their grandmother has read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve certainly seen it, and its sequels, all over book blogs and vlogs for a really long time. And since it was one of the few books that fit into one of the PopSugar Reading Challenges for me – a book by an author with my same initials – I decided to give it a read (finding it on iBooks for a dollar helped, too).
After a year of slavery, Celaena Sardothien is given a choice: remain a slave in the salt mines, or compete for the chance to become the King’s Champion and earn her freedom. Sponsored by the Crown Prince and protected by the captain of the guard, Celaena is dressed up and trained within the glass castle. She must defeat twenty-three other soldiers, criminals, and assassins to win the competition. But when her fellow competitors start turning up dead, Celaena discovers that something evil is living in the castle, and it’s out for blood.
Throne of Glass is one of those books that everyone else loves, but was just kind of “meh” for me. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it, either. For me, this was one of those cases of the author telling the reader that a character is awesome, but not necessarily showing it – okay, Celaena is a badass assassin, but when does she ever actually do anything truly badass? Yeah, she can fight, but she also spends about half the book looking in a mirror. I guess I was just hoping for more action and less paragraph-long descriptions of dresses (which is honestly a problem I get caught up with in my own writing, so I understand the impulse). It was honestly a bit too formulaic for my taste, and I wasn’t all that impressed with the writing.
This book didn’t excite me at all, which was kind of disappointing. I liked it, I just wanted more. That said, I will probably continue on with the second book – I’ve heard it’s better than the first and I want to give this series a shot, because, like I said, it wasn’t bad. But, since I’m not invested in the characters, I don’t have high hopes.
I know this is definitely an unpopular opinion (über-popular books like this tend to be pretty hit or miss for me), but Throne of Glass just wasn’t a favorite. Let me know what you think of it in the comments!
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