August 15, 2013

Throne of Glass by Sarah J.Maas: Book Review

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: August 7th 2012
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Rating: 3/5 stars
Source: Bought
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. (via goodreads)
My Thoughts: I went into this book thinking that it'd be the next best fantasy book. Oh, how I was disappointed. I found Throne of Glass to be super predictable and I felt like it had such a typical and expected plot line. I also saw the whole solution coming, seriously it was so obvious. The summary also basically reveals the first 50% of book. It was very annoying trying to read this book while already knowing what was about to happen.

I also didn't really like the main characters. Celaena who's supposed to be the best assassin ever is kind of an idiot. She gets a bag of candy and doesn't even question it until she's eaten half the bag, seriously, she's supposed to be smarter than that. Also, the assassin was all talk and no show until about page 200. I was getting so sick and tired of all her bragging. Furthermore, when Celaena thinks her friend may be doing something evil yet instead of warning the prince and captain of the guard, she decides to do nothing and find more evidence. In addition, she feels hurt because she thinks the guard doesn't find her attractive. Girl please, readers all know he's in love with you (especially because the summary says so). The prince was also so typical. He's not like his father and actually wants to do good in the kingdom *gag* please, that's the most typical character development ever. In addition to the typical characters there was also a mean girl who does anything to get to the prince

The romance in this book was OK but a little annoying. I found that even if Dorian (the prince) is a predictable male love interest & prince, it's still pretty damn cute. The captain however was a little dark and mysterious (also predictable) but he was still a considered as a love interest.

In short, I had high hopes for this book but my expectations were quickly shattered due to a predictable plot, typical characters and an uninteresting but cute romance.

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