Book Review by Amy Pan
Throne of Glass book by Sarah J. Maas
The idea of a powerful and fierce female assassin who will be granted freedom and riches if she wins a competition sounded awfully similar to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, yet it both repelled and intrigued me to no end. No heroine will ever compare to how I feel about characters like Katniss Everdeen, Hermione Granger, Elizabeth Bennett, or Tris Prior, but Celaena Sardothien, who is the renowned assassin of her country, at least stands a chance. The persistence, wit and strength that resonated in Celaena’s character made her incredibly enjoyable to read about. Her quick thinking and chilling precise knowledge of how to incapacitate anyone at anytime was both fascinating and frightening. Her playful retorts and sarcastic remarks were very entertaining, as were her mixed desires to attend royal parties and play the piano. Readers got the experience of stepping into Celaena’s shoes and viewing the world through her sharp eyes. This allowed us tremendous insight into the depths of her personality. The two male leads seemed too overwhelming and unnecessary at times, but I had an enjoyable time reading about them and delving into their unique thoughts. The author’s world of Adarlan was completely entrancing, with hidden depths of magic and mentions of Fae lurking behind the primary plot.
However, I was not a very enthusiastic fan about the somewhat evident love triangle. Tedious and stereotypical, it decreased my enjoyment of Throne of Glass. I began this book hoping for a thrilling fantasy tale about a strong-willed female heroine, and ended up irritated when the story started leaning towards romance. With the small description, the plot seemed to sound like a winner, but I found it to be very predictable. The foreshadowing wasn’t subtle and I successfully guessed who the ‘secret’ villain was almost immediately. Maas did try to steer readers in a different direction, but it ended in vain; I had already realized her attempt at a distraction.
Despite my frequent eye rolling and disappointment at the romantic turn the story took, the pages seemed to fly by. Though I definitely would not put Throne of Glass on a throne or a pedestal, it was an amusing and quick read that successfully paved a renewed, intriguing pathway for book number two.