My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I first learned about Sarah Maas’s writing when I started following Let the Word Flow (now Publishing Crawl.) When the first of the novellas that act as a prequel to this story came out, I bought it out of interest. That story completely lured me in, and I proceeded to buy the next three and wait anxiously for this one.
Having read Throne of Glass, I can honestly say that the wait was worthwhile. I started Throne of Glass on Friday before work, and read through every single one of my work breaks. The second my shift was finished, I came home and blew through the rest.
It was one of those books I couldn’t stop thinking about, the kind of story that barely allowed me to get any work done, that stayed on my mind as I was lying in bed obscenely early in the morning trying to fall asleep.
There wasn’t a single character I didn’t want to learn more about, not any piece of those 400+ pages that felt dragging or unnecessary. I wasn’t expecting multiple perspectives, but I found that they enhanced the story in ways I enjoyed. The lack of rhyme or reason to the switches would’ve been annoying or frustrating in the hands of most authors, but Maas crafted such a fascinating cast of individuals–coupled with a plot that MOVED–that I honestly didn’t care.
Since I did read all four novellas, I really appreciated the nods to the events of those stories, as well as the hints of what was to come and what was behind. The best compliment I can offer the novel is that–for all its length–I never found myself bored. The world in Throne of Glass is rich and detailed, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.