Book Review - Throne of Glass


I have a feeling this book is going to be the next Twilight or The Hunger Games. It hits all of the “big YA fantasy” points, and is an enjoyable fast paced read. That said, there are many issues. It’s a shallow read - the world building is almost non-existent, the plot obvious, the love triangle by the books. In fact, the characters don’t even seem to care about the plot all that much - did Chaol really not question the runes next to all the bodies?

One topic that will be much debated is whether Celaena is a Mary Sue. She is abnormally good at almost everything, but what was important to me is that she works at it. There was no handwaving, no blithe smoothing it over; to be that good, you need to work your ass off. Her arrogance was part of her charm for me. There was no good girl desire to hide her ambition and no false modesty.

What struck me about this book was the similarity to Patricia Briggs's When Demons Walk. Look at the comparison:

Set after a megalomaniac takes over a fantasy realm?
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Blonde young female thief/assassin whose childhood was ripped apart after her parents died in the invasion?
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The conquerors don’t believe in magic and killed all who claimed to use it?
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The remaining magic is used through runes?
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Our hero (highly placed in the new regime) tracks down the heroine to bring her to the castle under a false identity?
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Is a serial killer demon running amok?
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Is the heroine a girl who loves using clothing as costume?
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I could go on, but that would get too spoilerific. For me the bottom line is I like Throne of Glass, and I’ll look forward to reading the sequels, but I’m not going to be falling in love with this world.

And, you should read When Demons Walk.