As the title suggests, this isn’t just a post by me! The “we” in reference is my lovely BEA roommates and general bloggish cohorts Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway! This is PART 3 in this particular discussion, so I mean, I would suggest taking a trip over to parts one and two:
Before we dive right on in, a few things you may want to know: As the title suggests, we read this book in March or something, and have been slooowwly discussing it. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the book details:Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on August 7th 2012
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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Holly: I was VERY underwhelmed with the writing. There was something about it that didn’t exactly draw me in, but it was easy to read.
Val: This was SO easy to read. It was 400 pages and I had no problem getting through it within a couple of days! It was the perfect balance between the advancement of the plot, development, and detail.
I think I was expecting something flowery (is that even the word I want?), like purple prose. But it wasn’t. Haha. Not that it was bad, just different from what I usually read in fantasies.
At this point I’m just calling it “purple prose”. I mean, yeah, most fantasy has that. I’m just surprised at how much dialogue was in it! I think that’s why tons of readers like it, because it’s not overwhelming in detail. So much so that even contemporary readers can read it.
Yes! There was SO MUCH dialogue, which I loved. It definitely helps move the story along and make it easier for people to read.
Shannon: I have little to add, I approve of the writing. Maybe a little wordy for my taste, but overall I enjoyed it. Like Val said, it wasn’t overwhelming, which is a problem I sometimes have with fantasy.
I quite liked Throne of Glass! It wasn’t the strongest beginning ever, but it was good! And I really can’t wait to read the rest of the books and catch up to everyone.
I LOVED Throne of Glass! I wouldn’t say it’s a 5 star (because what happens if the next books are better?) just because, ah I guess you could say it’s a gut feeling. I didn’t have anything against it, but maybe lacking with world development. Oh, I guess some things didn’t stick with me, it’s only been two months but I barely remember most of it. But other than that, everything was so well balanced, and that’s a really hard thing for an author to do!
Yesssss, it had such great balance!
The beginning was a little “meh” for me, but it picked up for sure. My final rating is around a 3.5 or so, because I was kind of ragey at the beginning, with the vanity and a touch of boredom. But the second half definitely made up for it.
Continuing the Series
Well, I clearly win at this, considering I am on Heir of Fire. Trust me, all the people who shouted “It gets better!” from the rooftops? They’re correct. I couldn’t even stop reading Crown of Midnight. Couldn’t. Heir of Fire has been a tad on the long side, but again, everyone says it’ll pick up! And, I want to be ready for Queen of Shadows!!
I definitely plan on reading Crown of Midnight, and the rest of the series, just because I’ve heard that the series gets better and better. as it goes on. And plus, I’m loving the characters so far, and I would love to see some ROMANTIC DEVELOPMENT, though my hopes are low.
(Sidenote: Get your hopes higher, Val 😉 )
I at least can still dream. Also is Queen of Shadows the last book? Because that’s another reason I have to finish the series.
Nope, there will be six books total!
Ok it’s not the last book, but it’s still reason for me to keep on reading!
Of course I want to read the next books, but I’d rather binge them all together. I’ve already forgotten so much about TOG.
True story, as I am sure everyone can surmise by this discussion, especially my useless two cents.
But I’ve heard they get better and better, and I love series that grow like that, so I can’t wait to see what happens next.