Book Review: Throne of Glass

Okay so this is not a new Release in any sense of the way. 
And people talk about this book it is a little crazy to be honest. 

And After reading a Court of Thorns and Roses - review here if you want to read what i thought about that book- i kind of wanted to try another Maas book and see if she really is capable of writing a kick-ass female lead. 

So... here are my thoughts on

Throne of Glass

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maasy
Language: English
Type of book: Hardback 
Pages:  406
Overall rating: 3.5 to 4 out of 5
Book series: yes
Book received through: bought it myself
Summary on the book:
"In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass - and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world."

Favorite thing/moment in the book: Celaena's love for books and stories. Definitely prefer a character that loves to read as well. And stays up all night reading even though she knows she has to get up early in the morning. 

Worth reading? 
If you like fantasy and don't mind a slightly underdeveloped characters in the first book, and quite a lot of questions left after finishing a first book in a series. Yes.
If you prefer to start a fantasy series, learning all about the world, having completely developed characters from the start and histories of them, getting a full background and all that, No. 

Personally i think that this book was pretty good. And if you enjoy fantasy to give it a go and see if you like the writing style and can overlook the flaws the story has.  
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Full review: 

First thought after finishing the book:
Taking no shit. And loving books. Pretty good so far. 

So this is a very hyped up book. And i mean that. 

Still it took me until now to actually read this book. Mostly because i prefer to either read books before they get hyped up, or after the hype died down a lot. That is because in most cases hyped up books? Not necessary a book that i will love. I don't want the hype to get to me... but honestly, it kind of does, because when i know a book is really loved by a lot of people, i go into the book looking for something special, and fantastic and stand-out-ish. Because honestly.... for me to give hype to a book it has to be special. It has to have something -anything!- that makes this book so special that i want to re-read it over and over again. Or love it so much that i don't really ned to re-read it because it is so fantastic that i remember ever detail. 

And yes i know that is a lot to expect from a book. 

But honestly it isn't has hard as it might sound. 

I think a book deserves a great deal of love is the story is great. Or the characters are fantastic -either because the main character is wonderful, or the side characters just make the book when ever they appear, or the villain is just so fantastically evil that you can't help but kind of love to hate them?- or because the writing is so breath-takingly beautiful that the story and characters and everything else that the writing is about, doesn't really matter as much, simply because the writing itself is so wonderful, it doesn't matter. 

Now before i blabber on and on, I think you get my drift! And if not let me try to simplify: 

A book doesn't need that much for me to love it, or at least enjoy it a lot. Really it only needs one stand-out thing.

When a book is hyped up? I expect either such a wonderfully great and fantastic stand-out thing, or the story has to have at least two great stand-out things put together. 

Now... i am getting to my point! I swear!

This book... it was good. 

Don't get me wrong. 

I really loved Maas writing. She writes fantastic. 

She manages to write a book that I pick up and forget to put it down until i read the entire thing in one sitting without even really noticing that i just spend the last 4 hours reading a 400 page book. That i should have spend sleeping. Because when i could not sleep at midnight i decided that it was a good idea to pick this book up and start it. At four in the morning i put it down after finishing it, and noticed that i spend the entire night not sleeping. 

Okay, so yes, i did a little. But the book was still good enough to at least feel as if i didn't regret anything. So there is that. 

What i am trying to say in my typical babbling way is: 

This book was no exception to Maas' fantastic writing. 

The characters were alright as well. 
I enjoyed the males more then the females. Which i get a feeling is going to become a thing with Maas and me, since i enjoyed the males more then the females in ACoTaR as well. 

The "boy's" didn't play a huge role overall, at least to me they didn't. But what characters were shown and talked about, when they were male, were pretty well explained and had their reasons for behaving as they did. And overall the males -no matter if it was the prince, the chief, the king or the contestants, they all were okay.

I still enjoyed Celaena enough that i understand how people see her as a kick-ass heroine. 

Because honestly she is in most ways. I certainly would not want to try my luck against her in a fight - fair, drug-induced in my favor or not- because she could wipe something with me, i am sure. 

But to me Celaena felt a little... unfinished? If that is the right word... 

Maas' kind of left Celaena's character very open in all areas. The only thing we -the readers- know for sure is that she can kick as. And that she is scary. And knows what she is doing if she gets into a fight or has to solve a solution. Or wants to kill someone. And that Celaena loves to read. All pretty good informations. Don't get me wrong, but.... 

I would have preferred to get a bit more detail about her and why she knows some things and does specific things. Why she as no problems with some of the events that happen throughout this book. 

And what the heck happened that she ended up in prison and even though she could have apparently killed everyone in there did not flee. No explanation as why she didn't, at least not really. I mean not to my satisfaction at least. 

Some elements of her character just didn't make that much sense to me. And i know  there is this whole novella bind up book that apparently explains how she ended up in prison and all that, but i want at least the basics in the first book!

Overall the characters were good and there were enough details given that you could build up a connection with the characters and grow with them and "smarten up" through out the book with them, learning what is happening around them while they do as the book -and the series i would guess- progresses. 

I would also have preferred a bit more of a world explanation -because the actual world building was okay, not fantastic but good enough for a first book in a long series. 
For example, how exactly did the magic leave the world? Did the king make some kind of spell? Did he bind the magic? Did he have someone so magical that overruled everyone else magic and looked it away? Is it completely gone? Or is just not accessible? I want an explanation! I didn't get one. 

I would also like one for how the heck an entire castle is supposed to be standing if it was just build out of glass. And how the heck that is practical. And why people are living in there. Because... 

Am I the only one that things that an entire building out of glass is a bad idea? Or is that just one of those details that nobody talks about beside me?
And why would anyone want to build and entire castle out of glass anyways? With magic? But then, why ban it if you like to use it, king? And if not with magic, then how do you build an entire building out of glass? And not make it crack in itself and shatter into a million pieces? I mean, i know glass is strong, but... i think i am overthinking this a little, but still. How the heck do you build a glass castle?
And how the heck do you do that at a time where people still ride around on horses instead of using a more modern form of transportation?

And while i am on that topic, what is the timeline in that book? Did that get mentioned and i just overread it? Because i would like to know what kind of fantastical time this book is placed in. 

Now if i would write a spoilery review, i would get into a whole lot of details about a specific moment with a dream and Celaena. But i am not writing a spoiler review, so i will just say that that was weird, and i would have appreciated a bit more details and explanation and how the fuck Celaena is not completely freaked out and trying to pack her bags moments after waking up. Just saying. 

Moving on to the love story.... which i personally just found horrible. I am sorry. But just... horrible. 
Not because i didn't like the characters together, they were fine. No problem with those two being together, why the heck not?

But just how the entire situation was handled? And the end? Horrible! I mean it, Maas! Work on your love-writing, woman! Not that she is reading this, or should actually change anything on her writing based on my option, since many people seem to enjoy her "love" writing, i just don't enjoy it. At all. 

I just don't understand why she lets her characters dance around each other endlessly, only to end it after all instead of just being together. Especially with the reasons used for this book and the relationship. I mean, come on! At least give a real reason! 


Overall this book is good. 

The writing is lovely. 
the characters okay. 
The love story horrible. Lets be honest here people, when you think about it, it could have been so much better!

It is a good start to a series. And i honestly can't wait to continue on and see where it is going. And since i own the next three books -not the bind up just the actual series books- i will continue on. Soon. 


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