Reader: Emily T.
Age: 18
Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pub Date: 8/2012
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The most confusing thing about Throne of Glass was the lack of information about the main character. According to the publishing details, the author wrote several novellas online, explaining everything. reading this novel was difficult in the sense that the reader felt as if they were missing a large part of the story. Celeana is a strong, motivational character, enduring what could easily be considered slavery only to be dragged into a confusing competition whose outcome will determine her fate. The plot strongly reminds me of ancient Greek gladiators fighting each other for survival. In a supposed "land without magic" (as stated on the back cover) there is a lot of magic and suspicious occurrences that happen. The story is predictable, the main character falls in love, and there's an evil nemesis.
Memorable or Forgettable: The story of the Throne of Glass was oddly predictable, it was discouraging not knowing the back story of Celeana. Although her full history is available online, the story is not self-sustaining and a lot of questions are raised.
Cover: The cover looks Photoshopped and unattractive. The glass castle in the background is similar to the ghostly city you see in the third lord of the rings movie: dark, gloomy, and looks like a city for the dead. This creates a very negative aspect to the cover. The girl on the cover is wearing a rather ridiculous outfit, with what looks to be an ineffective dagger strapped to her arm.
Age Range: 14-17
Quality: 2Q Needs more work
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal

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