Series: Throne of Glass, #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Release Date: August 2, 2012
Genres: Action, Fantasy, YA
Source: Bought it
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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?
That feeling of ice-cold water being splashed onto your face is a pretty horrible feeling. Throne of Glass is a bit like that, symbolically, I was ready for nice warmth, but I was shocked with the harsh cold that pushed me over. Disappointed and dismayed could be a way to put it. However, that did not mean I detested this novel, for a debut in a worn and wrung out genre, Maas accomplished with some great results, yet the hype had already traveled to me and I instantly had high expectations.
Like the synopsis states, female assassin, Celaena Sardothien is given two choices from Captain Westfall while serving her life sentence; Continue to roll in the filthy vicinity of Endovier, or fight for a freedom by competing against world’s greatest assassins and thieves to become the King’s Champion. Immediately choosing a brutal fight for freedom, Celaena faces something she never perceived.
Celaena was not the kick-ass assassin I found in the end of Throne of Glass. But she does hold some relatively likeable personalities. Wittiness, defiance and dynamic contrasts in behaviour. While not glaringly obvious, Celaena has some serious mood swings and dramatic rises and falls of temperament. Definitely an arduous character to warm up to and admire, but her humour created a fantastic balance between the writing tone and setting. Which I shall elaborate more on soon. Continuing on, Celaena’s most vexing point was her level of kicking-ass- or lack thereof. Her arrogance was no supporting feature to create a supposedly wickedly awesome character with wits. The absence of actual action is hugely obvious and greatly needed. Which leads to my next point.
There’s no point in bending the truth, I was bored. Not only was there lack of intense ass kicking, but also the plot line was lacking. A seemingly intricate plot surprisingly did not really have much drive or motion in it, a backing plot or more complexity would’ve made Throne of Glass more attentive for readers. That being said, there was a minuscule suspenseful mystery that was carefully injected in, but a greater contribution of it would have been better in so many aspects.
The writing and tone implemented into Throne of Glass was somewhat fascinating. With marvellous additions like Celaena’s burlesque remarks and setting of a dark world, I was immersed into this novel despite the bumps of motionless extracts. However. However, (isn’t there always?) I’d like to ask one question, just one. Where is the world building. Minutely present, there were tiny titbits of elaboration of this world Maas illustrated but there was not further remarkable signs of development. Therefore, my imagination could not expand to what I would’ve liked and had a narrow pathway to follow and venture through.
The major element that I enjoyed from the get-go was the romance. Utterly sweet, we have a love triangle. WAIT. Before you run away and scream, let me inform you that this was no typical one, not overly forced, the two love interests here were great additions compared to Celaena and Chaol simply won my heart over. A little instant lovey, but very very swoony. There’s Dorian the charmer but a touch too trite and Chaol the quite but kick ass guy in the corner.
All in all, Throne of Glass wasn’t sheer brilliance yet no means drop dead terrible. More plot, world building and relatability (not that that’s a word) of main character would be muh appreciated. But the bright side was the romance and idea.
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