Throne of Glass Review

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 02 August 2012
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback (UK)
Pages: 404
Rating: 4 Stars
Reading Timeline: 30 April 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

One of my bookish friends decided to start a read along for the next couple of months so that we can all prepare for the next book in the TOG series and honestly I am so excited. For the past three or so years I have reread the series to prepare for the next book. I am so happy that for my fourth time rereading the series, I am able to read it with fellow South Africans.

Writing Thoughts:

Having grown as a reader, it is clear to see that this was Maas's first book. The writing was young and reflected her inexperience but on the same note, you could see her skill right from the beginning. She definitely had a way with words. I love how easy it is to read this book because of how great the writing is for the most part. It flows really well and the banter between the characters is well done.

Plot Thoughts:

One of the biggest critiques that Maas gets fro Throne of Glass is that she doesn't show us these amazing skills that Celaena has. I disagree with this point somewhat. There are certain cases where you can see her skills but we don't actually see it clearly. I really enjoy this book. It does have a slow beginning and a majority of it is predictable but the book is still good. It still pulls you in and makes you want more.

Character Thoughts:

I found that Celaena sounded a little more young and annoying in this reread. She really seemed to act her age if not younger sometimes. However, I appreciate her flaws. Celaena is far from a perfect character in more ways than one. Dorian felt so perfect and snobbish in this book. But I really like how Maas deals with the love triangle that almost seems to develop naturally.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this was still a good read. Now that the hype for the first book has died down for me, I can definitely see some of the flows in this book. I think that once you read Maas's other books you can see how far she has come since the first book. The writing is good but there are some hiccups here and there. The plot was slow and predictable but it still made for an enjoyable story. Celaena sounded more childish this time around but I appreciate her flaws and how she can still be childish. Overall, I am glad that I decided to hop in on this read along. I think that it is going to be fun to reread the books and see how my thoughts have changed and developed.

Yours in Reading,



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