A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{June 1, 2012}   Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Plot: Celaena was once the greatest assassin in Adarlan but then she was betrayed and captured. Against all odds, she survived a year in the salt mines. Now she has a chance at freedom. The Prince of Adarlan has asked her to compete with thieves, criminals and other assassins to become the King’s Champion. But the competition isn’t the only danger she faces: something sinister is killing the competitors and Celaena may be the only one who can stop it.

This review is based on an ARC provided by Netgalley.

This is the beginning of an exciting new fantasy series with an interesting concept. On her website Maas says it started with this idea: what if Cinderella was at the ball, not to dance with the prince but to kill him? She has since moved far from this Cinderella story (though hints of it are still present if you read carefully) but the young assassin in the fairy tale castle remains and she makes for a fascinating heroine.

I really liked Celeana. I liked how despite being a killer she isn’t cruel or calculating; in fact she can be quite kind and unguarded. She is, however, very good at what she does and proud of it (as she should be!). The other characters were a little hit or miss. Cheol, the captain of the guard, won me over quickly. So upright and timid with a subtle sense of humour. Strong, proud Princess Nehmia also has great promise. I was not at all charmed by the prince charming, however; he was too cocky and possessive by far. And the villains were completely one dimentional and mwahaha evil, which spoiled the mystery sub-plot for me.

But though I truly enjoyed the story, the writing was a bit uneven. It could be rather unsubtle at times, especially where romance and politics were concerned. And the scenes from other POVs didn’t work for me (even when it was my beloved Cheol); I felt like they only served to drive home things that could be easily infered from Celeana’s narrative.

Throne of Glass will be released on August 7th 2012. There are also three novellas available as ebooks that take place when Celeana was still an assassin: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Desert and The Assassin and the Underworld. I will be checking those out soon, if only because I cannot resist a pirate. 😉

Amazing trailer, btw:

2012 (#51)


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