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Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Review by Sandra Selvas Villatoro

I know this books is a HUGE bestseller and that it came out a couple of years ago, but I still think it’s an underrated book in the Fantasy genre, so I wanted to share my review with you.

This is a book I’ve owned since 2012. It’s not that I didn’t want to read it, it’s just that it wasn’t its time. Luckily, its time came and this book managed to hold me captive of it without even noticing and I loved every second of it.

Most of the times, the setting can make or break a book; specially in Dystopia and Fantasy. The world J. Maas created here is truly captivating, original and magical. The book comes with a map (as any good fantasy should). The setting is well-crafted and the scenery absolutely breathtaking; the author knows how to describe it so you can see it vividly in your mind.

Plot-wise, there’s a lot going on. In my opinion, the story’s a bit tame to be completely epic but I won’t lie to you, it’s incredible nonetheless. The story has some predictable turns but I they’re not boring or not-intriguing. I wanted to know everything, there’s still so much to discover and I’m eager to do so. There are also fantastical and paranormal elements that permeates the story and make it very atmospheric and magical.

Now, moving to the characters (because I loved them):

We have Celaena Sardothien, our unforgettable main-character. Forget about the stereotype of “strong heroines who belittles every other female for wearing dresses, daydreaming about men and most importantly, for feeling“. Just forget about it, because she’s not like that. Celaena’s the world’s most famous assassin and she knows it. She never, ever throws herself down so others pick her up, no; she knows what she’s capable of and she doesn’t take shit from anybody. She loves dresses and jewelry and puppies and yet she could slit your throat or break your neck in an instant. She had feelings and she never thought less of herself for having them. She was sassy, witty, kind and fun.

I think this is a very important aspect, because I’m tired of heroines who have zero confidence and think loving and feeling makes them weak.

I can see how Ms. Maas decided to introduce us to Celaena’s story, I applaud her. I can totally see that this is just the tip of the iceberg, that there is so much more coming and I cannot wait to read what will happen next.

For those people who are peeved about love-triangles, let me tell you something: YES. There’s a hint of a love-triangle. NO. I didn’t mind. YES. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be heartbroken when we find out who she ends up with.

I’ve always said that I have a love/hate relationship with love-triangles. If it’s a crappy love-triangle, I would roll my eyes and wish for it to end soon But, if it’s well written, I’ll either be biting my nails wondering if the MC is going to choose the one I want or preparing for the heartbreak of knowing that both are perfect and only one can be chosen.

This is a case of the latter. So, just prepare for having a lot feelings… Or not, if you’re not into the romantic aspect of the book (which is not predominant, by the way).

I’d like to make a special mention to my favourite relationship of the book which is not a romantic one. Nehemia and Celaena’s friendship was fantastic. They were both strong-willed, intelligent, capable women who knew that “femininity” is not an obstacle to be fierce and powerful. I love when girl-friends can be so loyal and caring instead of bitchy and shallow. Nehemia was also a person of colour, and I always love to read about diverse characters that are actually important to the story and have strong, amazing personalities. Cheers, Maas, cheers!

As usual, I just expanded too wide on characters and romantic plots. But I just loved how layered everyone was and cannot wait to read about how the characters and their relationships will develop throughout the story.

Throne of Glass is a busy book, but interesting, original and addicting nonetheless. Filled with never ending-mystery, loads of action, magic and plenty of romance. I expect more politics, more blood, more romance and so much more of Caelena’s badassery in the next books.

4 star

 

Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Mass

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Series or Standalone: #1 in the “Throne of Glass” series

Blurb: 

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.

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Sandra Selvas Villatoro

About Sandra Selvas Villatoro

21 year-old aspiring writer, reader and full-time dreamer. Soon to be majored in Communicology. Besides books, I'm interested in media, publishing, production, football and history. Also loves poetry, films, tv-series, tea and I tend to fangirl a lot.

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