Thursday, 3 March 2016

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Throne of Glass

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

Candidly speaking, I did have high expectations for Throne of Glass. I expected it to be as good as my favourite young-adult books; I was hoping it would be tantamount to Divergent so that I could have yet another series to rave about. And of course, a new series would mean more books! More books would mean more escapism from reality happiness. How could I not? The rating details are so close to each other! However, ratings are not the amiability of the book.

“We all bear scars,... Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

Celaena Sardothien is an assassin - a rather good one to be precise. She is the most dangerous assassin in the kingdom of Adarlan. She used to work in the salt mines, but was caught for her felonies. Ignoring the latter, I didn't even dare to not think of the correspondence between this book and The Hunger Games; I do not intend to suggest any accusations of plagiarism here. Prince Dorian offers her a choice: to fight and become good champion. If she wins, she gets her liberty; if she losses, she will be killed by the others, which would be ironic since she is allegedly the best assassin in the kingdom. I beg for forgiveness to those Sarah Maas fans whose hearts I might probably break by saying this, but I fail to recognize this as an interesting plot. I mean, isn't she *the best assassin in the kingdom*. Or was that just a prejudiced statement meant to deceive us readers in the beginning?

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name's Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I'd still beat you, no matter what you call me.”

Of course I found the plot very prosaic, so let me move on to my character analysis. Ladies first: Celaena Sardthien (I wish I could rename her!) is *the best assassin in the kingdom of Adarlan*. She was tedious, annoying, vindictive, narcissistic, moronic, and most importantly, one big Mary Sue! I honestly don't find a legitimate reason to be biased between America Singer and Celaena Sardthien. Both are these immaculate characters who must never go wrong. Instead of practicing for the competitions, she wrote a letter to Prince Dorian begging him to let her read. I'm not trying to imply that assassins must not be book-loves; my friends would condemn me if I did so because I'm a huge murderous bookworm with a few attributes of a delinquent. I'm trying to say that she has to be the *best assassin in the kingdom* (I know my sarcastic repetition of this must be galling, but please bear with it), she cannot beg the Prince for a book to read right before the day of the competition. She can read - of course - but if she has to win this thing, and is genuinely the best, she does not spend the night before the competition which could probably be the last night imprisoned, or the last night of her life, reading.

"How about the story of the idiotic prince who won't leave the assassin alone?"

Let me move on to Prince Dorian and the bookish idiot boyfriend of thousands of fangirls, Chaol. Dorian, Dorian, Dorian! Ah, what shall I say about him?! A total idiot whom I barely liked because all he can think of is forming a love triangle! And I still don't know how people are in love with Chaol because he is one irritating character with very little amiability. No, I'm not kidding. Unless my barely conscious self is deceiving me, I believe he is the Captain of the Guard. Well, act like one.

“We all bear scars,... Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

What do we have left? Right! Writing style! Well, the writing style was tedious, monotonous, prosaic, boring, any other adjective which shares the same meaning as these words, and is the best assassin in the bookworld. I simply cannot stand any of this. Switching from first person to third person was not a very good idea. The characterization was poor to. I could gather little about Celaena (would someone like change this name!), a word about Dorian, a phrase about Chaol, a title about the king. Maybe Certainly, this aspect of the book needs working on.

"How had she gone from the most feared prisoner in Endovier to this sappy mess?"

I have better work to do other than elucidating a review on a book which has nothing in it. I'm not the best at ranting either - albeit I'm always doing so. For crying out loud, Throne of Glass is a book; not a floss I can stretch. Let me end this by saying, no, this is not worth the spotlight.

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