Soo.. I have picked up Throne of Glass and left the series after finishing ToG; because I wasn’t connecting to the characters or the story (#sorrynotsorry!) but I had high hopes from this humongous 800 page tome; because
a. It is an adult fantasy – and yes while, it isn’t a certainty that adults will behave maturely as compared to young adults; there is a higher probability that I will actually connect with these characters!
b. Even if I didn’t connect with ToG; I had no problems with Maas’s writing style – I found it to be engaging, stimulating and with the capability of capturing my interest from the get go. So; I knew that the writing style of the author would be enjoyable to me!
Now; coming to the actual review –
I will not be able to actually summarize HOW MUCH I ENJOYED the experience of reading this tome, before I start to bore you; so let me make points:
1. Bryce Quinlinn – a fiercely, sarcastic, rule breaking harpy with a heart that has been bruised and broken – more accurately damaged – is someone that I DID NOT like for more than half the book; and I am not sure if I still like her after completing the book. But I do know that I respect the heck out of her – she is strong, fierce and takes no notice of anyone else’s thoughts or opinions on her – or at least does her best not to!
2. Hunt Athalar – a slave assassin who indenture is a burden he has no choice but to carry – and somehow doesn’t see a light at the end of a long, dark and bleak tunnel. So he keeps his head down, keeps moving forward one step at a time. He is gentle at heart; and even with his vicious reputation; it was easy to see that the trauma he endured shadows a kind and loyal heart!
3. The multitude of characters playing a vital role in the world – there were so many; that it took me the whole book to keep them straight in my head – WE NEED A PREQUEL TO UNDERSTAND THIS WORLD!
4. The element of having a mystery within a fantasy world was a brilliant stroke – the twists and turns; the revelations of betrayals, secrets and things that would make any weaker protagonist buckle just made Bryce and Hunt’s decisions & actions all the more believable! Trust me; once you get used to the world created by Maas; the book seems to fly – you just CANNOT stop reading!
5. I adored that Maas made sure that there was no “saving the world” kind of responsibility thrust on the shoulders of the protagonists – which made the climax pretty darn perfect experience in my head – I swear; with both Bryce and Hunt being characters you just won’t like in the start; the growth they had to become characters I could respect and definitely want on my team – incredible!
6. Last; but definitely NOT the least – the romance; this is an adult fantasy – the attraction between Hunt & Bryce was sizzling; slow burn and definitely angst ridden. But it was one that saw a conclusion within this book; so I am really hoping that the next book is all about a couple I am rooting *wink wink*
If you have actually read through the whole review – kudos and now go pick up this book if any of the aspects seem to be of your liking – and if you are already a fan of Sarah J Maas; do I even need to say anything more?