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. -Goodreads Synopsis
Throne of Glass Review
Here’s the thing: If it wasn’t for the complete absurdity of the Stockholm-ish Love Triangle, Throne of Glass would have been a fairly entertaining read. It’s undeniably fluff and definitely not meant to read if you’re expecting actual substance of any kind. However, it could have been fun fluff. Instead, the flurry of hormones throne into the mix pretty much immediately just makes it fun-to-mock fluff.
It’s not particularly well-written, as it took me approximately 2 seconds to figure out every ‘mystery’ presented. I have a feeling it was written towards the lowest end of the “Young Adult” spectrum (typically 12+). That age where hormones are just starting to emerge en masse, but common sense is very much uncommon.
So, the benefit of any younger readers that might stumble across this: The love triangle between Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian is not okay or even believable. It’s not romantic, at all. Celaena spent a year in a place that people don’t normally survive a month in. She was forced between two ridiculous choices – working herself to death in a mine or fighting for her life in a contest – and taken away in chains. The girl was emaciated to the point her period took three months to even come back. She was in the castle of the man that took forcible control of her country. She’s pretty much constantly guarded, and held under more strict conditions than most of the other people in the contest. It doesn’t matter that she’s ‘the best assassin in the world’. She was an 18 year old girl in a freaking horrible situation where she was essentially held against her will. There’s a word for the googly eyes that develop in that situation. “Stockholm Syndrome”.
She’s also an arrogant little booger. Sorry, but she is. Chaol and Nehemia are the only two that I could stand, honestly. I can understand how the fact that she’s a kick-butt female would be appealing to younger readers, but I wanted to smack some ego out of her. With that being said, though, the fight scene at the end was pretty epic. Actually, to be fair, there were several scenes in the book that I enjoyed. The billiards scene, the final fight, the …..okay, so there were two scenes I liked. The rest were okay.
Needless to say, I won’t be continuing with the series. I had no strong desire to read it to begin with. I just wanted to see what the fuss was all about in regards to Maas’ writing. Er… I still don’t see what the fuss is about, but, hey, look! It’s on Amazon if you really want to read it!