LTTP: Throne of Glass Series

How it took me until a month ago to discover the Throne of Glass series is still a mystery to me. The fact that if it hadn’t been for my search for audiobooks to listen to while I work and ultimate discovery of Scribd, I probably still wouldn’t know about Throne of Glass. Yeah, I know. Basically, I’ve been living under a rock that prevented me from keeping up-to-date with what is going on in the YA world.

The good news is that I have discovered Sarah J. Maas’ series just in time for the fourth installment. Queen of Shadows was released today and I’m seriously hoping that my copy will be in my mailbox when I get home. Well, I say that, but I am actually still reading Heir of Fire. It has taken me a little longer to get through Heir of Fire due to some plot points I will mention in a moment. First, let’s talk about why I almost immediately fell in love with the Throne of Glass series upon beginning the first book, Throne of Glass.

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A lot of times YA Fantasy tends to fall into a certain formula that Kelly outlined (or more ranted about) in a post a while ago. This formula has, for a while now, pushed most of us here at The Tipsy Verse away from reading YA Sci-Fi / Fantasy novels. However, there has been a recent rise in novels that are defying this formula and paving the way for some young female characters that we can get behind. Sarah J. Maas has definitely done this with Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. In case you are confused by this formula I keep referencing, I’ve taken the liberty of borrowing it from Kelly so that I can lay out how the first two Throne of Glass books broke the mold.

Does a mysterious brooding hot guy show up? 

Yes, Chaol does show up with Dorian to retrieve Calaena from Endovier, and he is mysterious. HOWEVER, he is not the brooding hot guy that the heroine is immediately in love with upon first glance.

Does said mysterious hot guy throw out buzzwords in a second language?

Um. No.

Does aforementioned hot guy have eyes only for the heroine?

If he does, it is only because he thinks she is dangerous. You could argue that Dorian only has eyes for Calaena, but it is more out of curiosity then ‘love’ at first sight.

Does the brooding hot guy reveal the heroine’s mysterious past that explains why she is different?

No, in fact, neither of the guys know about Calaena’s mysterious past or that she is different.

Is the brooding hot guy some form of immortal?

Nope.

Is there some sort of soul mate/ bonding weirdness that explains a certain connection between the brooding hot guy and heroine?

No, just plain old relationship building over time and a healthy dose of sexual tension.

Is brooding hot guy at least 200 years older that the heroine?

No. Although they are both older, Dorian by 1 year and Chaol by 4.

Is everyone ob-freaking-sessed with one particular character?

There is a love triangle eventually but no one is obsessed with anyone.

Are conversations and character development limited to or replaced by one or all three of the following: angst, brooding and smoldering looks? 

There is a fair amount of scowling from Chaol and schmoozing from Dorian, but nobody has time for angst, brooding, or smoldering looks (okay well there might be one or two smoldering looks).

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As you can see, according to Kelly’s list, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight do not fall into the YA Fantasy trap like so many novels before. I loved the direction Sarah was taking the series. Now, you might have noticed that I just spoke about the series’ direction in the past tense and that as of yet I really haven’t talked about Heir of Fire.

Heir of Fire has thus far been a struggle to get through for me. All of the things that Sarah built up in the first two books was basically torn down at the end of Crown of Midnight, and so far Heir of Fire has been her building up a new story and new relationships. I’m definitely not giving up on the series, because I have faith that she has a plan that will wrap up the series nice and neat by the end of the last book, but I will say that Heir of Fire has been challenging to get through. In addition to basically wiping the slate clean, Heir of Fire has also started to fall into the YA Fantasy formula that the first two novels so brilliantly avoided. I blame this on the introduction of the character Rowan. Observe:

Does a mysterious brooding hot guy show up? 

Yes, Celaena may know what he is, but she doesn’t know who he is or really why he has been sent to collect her.

Does said mysterious hot guy throw out buzzwords in a second language?

Well his skin is covered in a second language that Calaena sort of recognizes, and he frequently talks about Fae things.

Does aforementioned hot guy have eyes only for the heroine?

I definitely think so, although some may argue that he cares for her like a sister…I am inclined to think that the author is taking this in a different direction.

Does guy reveal the heroine’s mysterious past that explains why she is different?

Yes. While he doesn’t reveal it to her, he does push her to embrace it.

Is the brooding hot guy some form of immortal?

Yes

Is there some sort of soul mate / bonding weirdness that explains a certain connection between the brooding hot guy and heroine?

Yes, in fact, they even discover that they are Carranam (or Soulmates).

Is brooding hot guy at least 200 years older that the heroine?

Yes, he is probably somewhere between 300 and 400 years old.

Is everyone ob-freaking-sessed with one particular character?

I still don’t see this very much in the books, but slowly Calaena is becoming the center of attention.

Are conversations and character development limited to or replaced by one or all three of the following: angst, brooding and smoldering looks? 

There is a bit of brooding, no one seems to have anything going the way they want.

 

So yeah, that is where I am at as I approach the end of Heir of Fire and begin Queen of Shadows. I have hopes that Sarah will return to the magic she created with the first two novels, but after reading some early reviews and reactions I have a feeling that this is not what will happen with Queen of Shadows. In total, I believe, Sarah plans on writing six novels. My hope is that Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows are hills that we have to go over in order to fully understand the climax of the series and ultimate ending.

Hopefully, the second half of this post hasn’t dissuaded any fellow Throne of Glass LTTPers from giving the series a chance, because it really is a great story. I am actually excited to see where Sarah takes the rest of the series because by the time the fifth book hits she will have plenty of plot points set up and poised for an amazing climax. One thing is for definite though, this series needs to be turned into films, because it would adapt beautifully for the silver screen.

 

Have you read Throne of Glass? Thoughts? If you haven’t read it, are you interested in picking up the series?

 

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