Hey guys! As some of you may know I’m doing a Throne of Glass read-along this week with Trang @ Bookidote, Lora Shouse @ Ettria, and Luke Taylor. I’ve been planning on reading this book for quite some time now, possibly two years or more, and I had to take advantage of Trang’s read-along.
Now, I’m 77% into the book, so let’s talk about expectations vs reality.
Before I went into this book I didn’t know much about the plot itself, but I knew a lot about what people have been saying about it generally. For example that it’s not as action-packed as it might seem, but instead focuses a lot on the love-triangle and on pretty people’s pretty clothing. So knowing this, I didn’t go into it expecting a page-turning masterpiece, my expectations were low. However, I’ve heard the second book gets a lot better so my expectations for that one are considerably higher.
Expectation: Super hot heroine who’s also super talented and arrogant and annoying as heck
Reality: Super hot and talented heroine who yes, thinks quite highly of herself and her skills. I don’t actually find her that annoying though, but her characterization is a bit inconsistent. And we don’t really see a lot of her talent, it’s mostly Celaena telling us she’s talented. Okay, sure, but show me instead, stop telling me.
Expectation: Love triangle
Reality: Love triangle
Expectation: More focus on said love triangle than asskicking
Reality: More focus on said love triangle than asskicking. It’s like the love story is the main plot while the contest and the gruesome murders of the champions are sub-plots. It’s like Maas could barely be bothered to tell us about these interesting things, she throws in a sentence about them here and there because she has to before going back to the romance
Expectation: Some guy named Chaol is supposed to be the shit because people talk about him everywhere and they also can’t seem to decide how to pronounce his name (Basically his name sounds like “kale”, which makes him way less sexy LOL)
Reality: Chaol is boring and dry, and, like a piece of cardboard, has no personality to speak of
Expectation: The other guy must be terrible if I never hear about him
Reality: Dorian is a one-dimensional character too but I like him better than Chaol. Someone please give these poor boys some personality and something to actually do besides stare at Celaena
Expectation: Some girl named Nehemia is likeable
Reality: I like Nehemia. I doubt she’s up to no good, what Celaena saw in the library made it seem like she was possessed or controlled or something
So I got pretty much what I expected, that’s why I’m not let down by this book even though I’m not a very big fan of it. I don’t hate it, I’m not bored to tears or anything, but it’s not very good and it doesn’t focus on the right things. I knew what I was getting into and I guess this just proves the value of reviews. Like I said, I expect more from the sequel because I’ve heard from reliable sources that it gets a lot better.
I’ll tell you guys more about what I think of this book in my review after I’m done reading.
If you’ve read Throne of Glass, were your expectations met?