Hello everyone.. Hope you are all having a great week. It’s that day of the week again that gives us a chance to have some major throwback feels. #ThrowbackThursday, a meme created by Renee of It’s Book Talk (https://itsbooktalk.com/) is her way of sharing some of her favorite oldies but goodies books that were published more than a year ago. Check out her blog to see her TBT recommendations. 🙂
For this week, I decided to share my thoughts about Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
by Sarah J. Maas which I’ve read a couple of years ago. I just want to warn you though… My review isn’t like those that sing high praises for the female lead character. Mine is quite the opposite, but I hope you’ll get to read my explanation so you can understand how I really feel.
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.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
A story about a woman assassin…. No, scratch that.. Celaena Sardothien is not a woman. She was only 18, not a girl, but not yet a woman. Celaena, otherwise called the notorious Assassin of Ardalan, ended up being dragged from the damnation of the salt mines of Endovier and sent at the foot of the Crown Prince, Dorian. He offered her freedom, in exchange, she must enter a competition – and that is to be the King’s Champion. It’s the survival of the fittest, the weakest link will be killed. After being slave to the mines for a number of years, did Celaena still stand a chance?
I really wanted to like this story. But along the way, I kept on thinking about Game of Thrones instead of Throne of Glass. Big mistake. I ended up comparing the two, which is entirely wrong. GoT started off with a bang. Throne of Glass however, was dull and lifeless up till the second half of the story. I rolled my eyes multiple times, I thought I wouldn’t finish it. Luckily, I did!
Well, at first I thought I liked Celaena, an assassin extraordinaire. But when it came to the actual combat, she failed miserably in my bad-ass girl metric system. Seriously, what’s with all the shopping and dresses and jewelries and stuffs? There was also that part that convinced me she wasn’t ninja-material. Case in point – She always seemed sleeping and snoring when there were people loitering around her room, like they just go in and out and still she’s passed out and couldn’t be bothered. Like what? SMH. And I was starting to get tired of love triangles, so her feelings for the Crown Prince and the Captain of the Guards were getting too overrated already. And why couldn’t she have killed the King, if you don’t mind me asking…
The deaths of the champions – that was what excited me! Yep, I’m that gruesome! And the Ridderaks writing wyrdmark and welding Wyrd Magics, those were really very nice touch from the author. Very unique in a way. I am a fantasy lover, so the inclusion of faes and demons in the book were definitely something. I love magic, so I stayed for the magical stuffs. I already have Book 2 in the series (Crown of Midnight) but up until now, I haven’t taken a peek of it yet. I just wish I could find it in me to fully and better understand Celaena as an assassin.
I hope my unpopular opinion about Throne of Glass won’t get me bashed and ridiculed and hated. Again, this was just my opinion for a book I’ve read about 3 times already and couldn’t still seem to like the heroine. But overall, the story was nice (in the end) and I’m still giving this book another chance.