Throne of Glass
My original attraction to Sarah Maas’ high fantasy Throne of Glass series was because of my attraction towards the genre in general. There is something sublime about escaping to another time period, another land, another dimension altogether, and something to be said for writers who are able to capture a magical alien landscape while still preserving the human qualities that make the inhabiting characters, well, human.
The story is nothing new. An exiled girl from a prominent past is given a second chance to rise to a greater destiny than ever before. The fate of the world depends on you, Celaena Sardothien! But, nevertheless, Maas makes the adventure fun. I was hesitant about venturing into the fantasy world of an eighteen-year-old female assassin with an eye for handsome clothes and men alike, but I found Celaena and her companions to be quite intriguing. Maas does a great job hint-dropping, of not giving it away too fast—we come to understand the characters better this way.
Would I teach this book, or series rather, in a classroom someday? A core literature classroom, no. The storytelling and language conventions are often predictable and juvenile. Too much so to be placed on the curriculum roster. But definitely in an elective on sci-fi and fantasy literature. Throne of Glass can certainly be tackled to great effect in that sort of class; it is an easy and engaging read, and students that I have talked to about it thoroughly enjoy it.
Now onto Chaol and Dorian. I like both of these characters. As I know Celaena does as well. I don't know who I like more. Dorian is charming and awesome. I can see a lot of traits in him that I like. Chaol is more reserved which I also like. For Celaena, I like Dorian more, but that could be because Dorian is the kind of guy I probably would go for (if he wasn't a prince). I guess time will tell which one Celaena ends up with and either choice wouldn't disappoint me.
I can't wait to start the next book!
I liked this book quite a bit, but. The magical/fae elements seem a bit shoehorned in there. I got a bit bored whenever the spirit of the half-fae queen Elena showed up for a lengthy but ultimately ambiguous infodump. I like Celaena very much, and the love triangle is one that I don't despise (Team Chaol, obviously). Looking forward to the next installment.