Review: “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas

“After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.”

A Red Raven Reads Review of “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas

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THE STORY:

Guys, so get this. The Hunger Games in medieval times.

I know what you’re thinking. “This chick needs to shut up.” And while that’s correct, it’s a pretty dang accurate synopsis…

Okay fine. Celaena Sardothien, once a slave for her crimes as an assassin, now has a shot at freedom: become the king’s champion and sword. There’s one condition, of course: she must beat out 23 other competitors to do so, or she will return to the cruelty and abuse of the Salt Mines in Endovier.

However, outside of the competition, her competitors begin dropping like flies to a killer with claws and a hunger for brains. Will Celaena find the true killer in time, or is she next to die?

THE GOOD:

THIS BOOK IS SO BEAUTIFUL OMFGHIACBAJVUWQDN. It’s like a princess wrote it or something. It’s sooo pleasant to read; like a fairytale. It definitely reminded me of my childhood and I have no clue why. Plus, the man candy in this book is AMAZING. Like dang. It is just a fangirl trip. (Cough cough: Team Chaol) The book itself is just so interesting, albeit “seen before.” I was always thrilled to see what was going to happen next, especially during the second half of the book. It had vivd description, lively characters, and plenty of heart-pounding action.

THE BAD:

Oh gosh… Celaena is probably my least favorite character of all time. She’s petty, vain, arrogant, obnoxious, and pretty stupid to be honest. She was so unlikeable I nearly stopped reading the book at least 3 times. I’m glad I finished it, but she is just god-awful and there is no redeeming her. I also was disappointed at how “stereotypically YA” the book was. I was hoping with all of the hype that it was something special, and it is in its own right, but it’s not something you haven’t already read.

THE CONSENSUS:

It’s really hard to say what I feel about this book. It’s been a week since I finished it and I still don’t really know what I think about it. I will say this: I think it’s a good book. I personally don’t understand the hype, and I was a little disappointed by what this book turned out to be, but also surprised by the beauty of the writing itself, the care with which the suspense and excitement was crafted, and the obvious love that Mrs. Maas put into this novel.

THE RATING:

I’ve decided to give this book 4 stars. While it may not be phenomenal necessarily, it’s phenomenal for what it’s supposed to be, and that’s a “fandom-esque” YA read that you can devour in a day or two and still want more. I personally won’t be reading on, but I would certainly recommend the series to fans of YA and fantasy alike.

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