Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: Book Review - The Fantasy Review

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: Book Review

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a book that has been on my TBR for many years but I never got around to it. I’m not a big reader of YA romance fantasy things, but with how popular this series is I thought it was about time I at least gave the first book a go. 

Despite it definitely being tropey rubbish, I really enjoyed the book! 

 Throne of Glass Book Review

An Intriguing Plot 

I’ll be honest – I wasn’t expecting much of a plot from Throne of Glass but I was pleasantly surprised! Not only did we get a Hunger Games-type of premise, but there is also a mystery behind the scenes. 

My only complaint would be that it’s revealed quite a bit of the mystery events occur off-page and I think I would have loved to see some more of what was going on. 

I was kept on my toes, unable to guess what was coming next throughout the book. Sure, I knew generally how the book would end, but how the main character got there wasn’t straightforward. 

Fantastic Characters

Our assassin is the main character and she is fab. There were a few moments I didn’t like, but they were brief and I just ignored them as through most of the book she was fantastic to follow. 

Like Kvothe from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, the assassin was kind of just good at everything, so I knew she’d be fine, so perhaps she could have been a little more in danger of losing some of the tasks set for her. 

There was a love triangle, but it wasn’t a drag to read. I thought the two guys were distinct and great characters in their own rights, developing throughout the story. 

What I loved is that even though there were clear character arcs, there is still so much growing and changing they can do in future books. 

Final Thoughts 

Overall I think Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is work trying, even if you’re more of an adult fantasy reader like me – especially if you’re looking for an easy read between those massive, complex fantasy books. 

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