Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, YA
This story is about an assassin who was captured and made into a slave whom was rescued by the prince and his captain of the guard. They took her to win the champion fighting for the prince’s father. Turns out the prince and the captain of the guard both fall in love with her. She falls for the prince first but then eventually falls for the captain.
This book wasn’t so bad. It was enjoyable. The writing was good. Easy to read and paced well. Character development was okay. There was a bit of childhood back story to the protagonist, Celanea, which was helpful. The storyline was a bit silly, cliche, and unbelievable though. Celaena couldn’t see that the captain liked her but it was very obvious. Same with the prince. Every night he came to her room to listen to her read and she never put two and two together. It got annoying. But then again, I totally get it because the author said she wrote the story when she was in high school and college so I can see how she chose not to reveal Celaena’s feelings for the boys. I think that’s how most teenagers and young adult deal with how they feel for someone, they pretend they don’t know. The ending was good. I enjoyed the fight scenes and how much the captain tried to keep Celaena going. You can totally see that he cares deeply for her. I wasn’t a big fan of Celaena but what I did like about her was that she wasn’t perfect. She’s not good with poisons and that’s the one thing that could have led to her demise.
I won’t be reading the trilogy or series. Although I enjoyed this book there were things that didn’t make any sense that made me almost give up on it. For instance, Celaena’s an assassin but she did not come across like an assassin at all. There was no where in the story that talked about what her duties were as an assassin. No back story to her training and how she trained and what led her to being captured. There was no oath or creed to hold her accountable. Her characteristics did not have any assassin-ness to it. She was portrayed more like a princess in despair. Weak. Clueless. Locked up until the competition. She practiced her fighting with the captain but I would assume an assassin already knows how to sword fight and fight with other weapons as well. I would also assume an assassin is much better at fighting then a captain of the guard. So, I was disappointed by this. If you enjoy a YA fantasy about an “assassin,” in a fairytale like story then this book is for you.