There are those books that have great reviews, an interesting premise, and a cover that immediately pulls you in after taking at a glance at it.
Yet, sometimes, such books unfortunately disappoint.
And this is one of those books.
“Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. (Taken from Goodreads)
After reading tons of wonderful reviews about Throne of Glass, I decided that it was worth giving it a look. The plot seemed really cool: enslaved assassin fighting in a competition to win her freedom—pretty intriguing right? Yea, I thought so too, and then I flipped the pages.
First off, the plot was not what I expected. This is a story about an assassin, so it should be high-strung in action and adventure, right? WRONG. One of the biggest things that this book lacks is the action and adventure readers were hoping for. Sure, there are some scenes where the characters are running around doing stuff, but its nothing epic or new.
The contests that Celaena are in are nothing near what assassin competitions should be like. The first trial of the contest was archery. ARCHERY. It’s like they took a bunch of major assassins and threw them into a summer camp. Then the second was climbing up a castle tower to retrieve a flag. Ok, that’s a little more daring, but I’ve seen it before and frankly, I was bored reading it.
So, if this story isn’t about an action-packed fight for freedom adventure, what is it about? Well, unfortunately, this book can be summed up in three words:
Sappy teen romance.
Love triangles, instant love without really knowing each other, this book has it all. Instead of focusing on her freedom, Celaena is focusing on which boy to dance off into the horizon with. Yawn…
Celaena Sardothien is claimed to be the most feared and skilled assassin in all the land. Apparently she’s cunning, strong, and knows how to get away with almost anything. Well, I would believe this if Maas actually showed all this to me instead of just saying it! Not once do we see Celaena actually kill anyone. Strange, right? I mean, she’s a freaking assassin!
Anyway, there were also things about her personality that made me cringe. Her “cleverness” and “sarcasm” didn’t give off the edgy, powerful girl that Maas was aiming for. Instead, it just made Celaena look like a jerk. Her jokes weren’t funny, and she was obsessed with herself. She was obsessed with the thoughts of her being oh so pretty and being this killer assassin that everyone fears.
Honey, please, Katniss could take you down in a second.
Throne of Glass is one of those books that I will be hiding in the back of my bookshelf. I know there are people who liked the book so there is a passionate fan base; but it just wasn’t for me.