This year, my goal is to focus on reading my own books. I have way too many unread books that number keeps growing. Some months have been better than others, but it’s only April. The overall project, is to curate my personal library to my vastly varied tastes. One section of my bookshelves are covered with books that I am interested in reading but not sure if I want to keep. So as I read them, I will review them and decide to keep them or re-home them. This is my first one.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Masss
This is the first book in the series, and I am sure everyone is familiar with this book. But, if you need to know what this book is about you can click on the picture and it will take you to the Goodreads page.
I really thought that I would like this series, the cover is pretty cool, it’s about a female assassin. What isn’t there to like? A lot actually. Truth be told, if I had not already bought the next three books in the series this would be an easy decision. I have been told that this gets better as the series continued. So those two factors alone are the reasons I will be continuing on with it.
Okay, for this book. The beginning was pretty middle of the road. Nothing happened to really pull me into the story, and Celaena didn’t impress me as a character. (In fact, I put this book down in the middle of it and didn’t think about touching it for two months.) As the champions began to get killed, and the mystery deepened the story picked up. I really liked the final duel, it had me absolutely in for me. There was magic, demons, and royal deception afoot. But there were certain things that absolutely ruined it for me. This amazing and feared assassin was ready to die, until the king’s royal guard came and “willed” her back up and into the duel. The friendship that developed between Celaena and Nehemia became petty -until the end. And finally, there is what I see blossoming into a full blown love triangles. And that right there is a deal breaker. But I have already bought the next three books (did I already mentioned this) at full price. So, I feel I should at least attempt to continue reading the series, to get my money’s worth out of it.
While, there are definitely things that I really liked, the final duel scene, the tests and other violent parts. I also like the idea of Celaena, a female assassin who survived horrible conditions and gets a second chance at freedom, who also carried around a dark past. There are things that I didn’t like, pettiness between friends, the actual character of Celeana and the dreaded love triangle.
Overall: This was ok, a solid 2.5 stars for me.
Suggestion: Check it out from your library before buying it.
Decision: Undecided, let’s see how I feel about the second book, Crown of Midnight.