This is one of those novels that you see everywhere in the book-blogging and book-tubing community. So many bloggers and book-tubers only had good things to say about it. Naturally, being a sucker for fantasy that got me overly excited, so come the end of September I decided that ordering the first three books and A Court of Thorns and Roses was the first thing I had to do.
I ended up starting Throne of Glass on my phone and tablet long before the books arrived, I just couldn’t wait.
I will admit that I wish the hype wasn’t as big as it is. I’m not saying the series is not good but rather that the hype sets you up for really high expectations and while I enjoyed reading TOG, I have to be honest and say I was a little disappointed.
The thing is, I kind of expected something a little more epic, more high fantasy because that was the impression I got from the various blogs and Goodreads reviews. However, a couple of chapters in it was evident that it was going to be rather fluffy. It is YA fantasy after all.
On the other hand, I have to remind myself that it is the first novel in the series and as with most series, the first novel serves mainly as an introduction to the characters and the world. In that sense it did its job, it introduced an intriguing world (although most of the book took place within a castle) and intrigued me enough to want to know what happens in the next book.
Throughout the novel, Sarah J. Maas teases us by giving us tiny little tastes of the world, the mention of magic and Fae over here and hint of epic history over there and loads and loads of mysteries that are explored in A Crown of Midnight. We are briefly introduced to the ever elusive Elena (the ancient warrior Queen who is also Fae) and are made aware that she will be important in the books to come.
All in all, a good introduction to the series. I am currently reading Crown of Midnight and I’ll just say this. Read Throne of Glass, it is completely worth it because shit goes cray-cray in book two!