“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.” – Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass)
“Throne of Glass” Review
This post may contain spoilers.
As a lover of fantasy novels, “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas was the first of a series that I had always seen on recommended lists. It boasted of a strong heroine and a captivating story line pitting her against a mythical evil. In fact, it was because of these recommended lists and wonderful reviews that prompted me to pick up the book.
I had seen the book around often, having been deterred from reading it before now due to the first line above the book’s summary on the back of the cover: “Two men love her.” Romance is fine and dandy, but too often have I read love triangles where everything hinges on the main female’s choice. However, on a recent book-buying binge, I picked up “Throne of Glass” to give it a chance.
The story opens with the main character in a slave prison camp, forced to go there after finally being caught for her crimes as the land’s deadliest assassin. The kingdom’s prince and captain come with a bargain for her, to participate in a competition with her freedom being the ultimate prize. Understandably, the captain was more than weary of her and the prince had the arrogance to back up his title.
My first impression of Celaena, an assassin coming out of a prison camp, was of her being more concerned with her appearance in front of the men. I was dizzy with how fast my eyes rolled from her misplaced concerns.
Although Celaena continued to dance around the two men during the competition — and they with her, despite all of their positions and the quickly-developed feelings — Celaena did have some redeeming qualities as well. Her competency in the male-dominated competition was interesting, and her love of reading was a fun trait to find in a main character. Despite her confidence from her position as the “deadliest assassin,” it was humbling whenever she realized that she was over her head, especially when an evil, magical force began to seep into the competition.
In the end, the novel wasn’t too bad. I enjoyed the overall plot, the setting, the lore behind the core story. Yet, while she wasn’t the worst, Celaena wasn’t a main character I was ready to root for. In fact, there were definitely other characters I wouldn’t have minded reading more about, like Nox the thief and Princess Nehemia. If I ever pick up the sequel, I hope we hear more of those characters alongside a more mature Celaena.
“Throne of Glass” gets a 3 out of 5 stars.