Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass Series #1)
Sarah J. Maas
Ok, so this review isn’t going to be as good as my other reviews for two reasons:
- It’s been so long since I read Throne of Glass.
- I binge read all the books (currently) in the series so they’re kind of blurring together in my mind.
But I’m going to write this review anyway because Throne of Glass is part of my Fairy Tale Retelling series.
My Likes and Dislikes
The Main Thing I Liked About Throne of Glass
- Celaena: Celaena is the strong, sarcastic heroine I want in a YA novel. She has her moments when she can be annoying and gets caught up in romance, but for the most part, her focus is on obtaining her freedom, at any cost. I also liked Celaena’s girly moments when she’s dressing up and building her friendship with Nehemia. Who says a person can’t be an assassin and still like shiny, girly things?
The Main Thing I Disliked About Throne of Glass
- Romance: I’ll be honest here; after reading the other books in the Throne of Glass series, I can barely remember Celaena and Dorian’s relationship. All I know is that deep in my gut I didn’t like the two of them together. I can’t remember if I didn’t like it because it felt forced or the whole romance was unnecessary, but I didn’t like it. And if Maas had to include a romance, shouldn’t the assassin be with someone better than the weak prince?
Connection to Cinderella
Similar to previous retelling posts, Throne of Glass will be compared to the Disney version of the fairy tale.
However, Throne of Glass was a bust as a fairy tale retelling, especially Cinderella. There was no evil stepmother, no evil stepsisters, no identifying the girl with a piece of clothing, and no happily ever after with the prince. The closest Throne of Glass got to Cinderella was when Celaena’s handmaid helped her get ready for the ball and said she felt like a fairy god mother. If you have to explicitly state your connection to a fairy tale, then you’re doing something wrong. If you’re looking for a Cinderella retelling, then you should skip this series because it’s not going to satisfy you. Try Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge instead. However, if you’re looking for a fantasy story, then try Throne of Glass. The first book (this one I’m reviewing) isn’t great, but the series definitely picks up.