Sash: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – BOOK REVIEW

Throne of GlassThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Bloomsbury USA, 404 Page
Sub-genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC from ALA 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Throne of Glass #1

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Where do I begin? Let’s talk about the cover first, which I definitely like more than the original one. The girl on this new cover actually looks like a badass assassin. Oh, and look we’ve got comparisons to The Hunger Games and GAME OF THRONES. Alright, stop right there. If you’re looking for Game of Thrones, do not pick up this book. It is NOT Game of Thrones – I am actually a little bit offended that someone thought that people who like Game of Thrones would enjoy this. They are trying to sell this as Fantasy, but what I took away from it was a teenaged girl who likes to make out with boys and eat sweets – A LOT of sweets. I mean, she’s suppose to be an assassin but all I could picture was this:

Then all she wanted to do was talk about the LAVISH clothes. I mean, she’s suppose to be an assassin and for me, that’s at odds with loving clothes and eating sweets – sorry!

This book sounded like it was written by a teenage girl – and I’m pretty sure the author was young when she wrote this but it just sounded too – immature – for my liking.

Plot-driven and “action-packed” – I just found myself seriously not caring what the heck happened to this annoying girl, which made me kind of sad because so many of my friends really enjoyed this one. Funny as that is – yes, I picked up the next installment – you’ll hear my thoughts on that one later this week.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Am I being harsh?

  • August 28, 2013 - 1:26 am

    Janita @ Book, Interrupted - I found the EXACT same things to be true for me. For an assassin fantasy book that’s supposed to be action packed, it was the exact opposite. There wasn’t any assassination, very few fantasy elements, and a few scattered and not very well developed action scenes. While I didn’t hate the book (I gave it a 3/5 at the end of the day because it was moderately entertaining), there was a LOT to be desired. And I also picked up the fact that the author spent more time talking about her clothes than actual worldbuilding.ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2013 - 8:37 am

    Mel@thedailyprophecy - I get the reference to Games of Thrones.. There isn’t much magic in that series either and it has politics like ToG. I actually adore this book.. I really liked Celaena (and CHAOL), but we can’t like the same things all the time right. I hope the next book works better for you, I hope to read it soon :D

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2013 - 2:16 pm

    Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh my gosh, this makes me feel so much better. Ok, so I read this for the blog tour last year and was completely PUT OFF by the Game of Thrones comparison before I even started the book even though I haven’t read GoT yet (I will, I will! Audio! It’s coming! Winter is coming! HAHAHAHAHA) So anyway, I didn’t love it and besides the comparison, I thought it was just much too broad – it’s SUCH a set-up, I think, for the SIX BOOK series. It isn’t tight enough, there is potential, I think, but it just wasn’t there. So I felt like I didn’t like it. HOWEVER…

    Before I read the next book, because I will, I wanted desperately to re-read via audiobook. I find that a lot of times when I re-read in audiobook format I tend to like the book better for whatever reason. But OMG I can’t find an audiobook – I don’t think they’ve done one???

    So my re-reading will be print format AGAIN before I move onto book two, which I’m totally putting off. SIGH. WHY NO AUDIO for people like us? I am sure that a small part of the reason for the big feelings I had against this one last year was due to the big hype surrounding it because I am like 500% against the hype machine and it almost always backfires and I end up hating the book (Divergent, Anna and the French Kiss, If I Stay, YEAH. So I try to stay away from it, but didn’t here.) So I’ll re-read this one and wish I could listen to it but can’t and oh dear I’m just putting it off.

    Also, WOW that was rambly. But seriously, Game of Thrones. I despite book comparisons any day but that’s lofty.

    I want a doggone audiobook. If you find one, holler at me.ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    Rachelia (Bookish Comforts) - I haven’t read this, and I’m not sure if I will as it’s not really my type of book but I’ve seen really negative reviews and positively glowing ones for this book. It seems sort of a love it or you hate it type of novel.ReplyCancel

  • September 1, 2013 - 10:00 pm

    Anna - WhaaaaaaaaaaaaReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2013 - 8:03 pm

    Sash and Em - Anna, I KNOW I KNOW. You (and so many others) love it – but I just didn’t :(

    Asheley – CAN’T WAIT to talk to you about the GoT audiobooks (that’s how I read them!) they are SPECTACULAR. I was actually looking for this one in audiobook and then gave in and just read the book – I wonder if a good voice actor would have changed it for me!ReplyCancel

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