When I first came across this series I was already behind the times with it since it came out a few years ago, however, it was a series that I believed was not for me as I’m not one to go for fantasy books such as these. From the first book, Throne of Glass, I was in love. I couldn’t seem to get enough and read through this set of books quicker than I have since I read the Lords of the Underworld series. It has officially become a favorite of mine.
As many had said as I went through the different reviews for the series on Goodreads and Amazon I do have to agree that the first three books do move a bit slow, however, all three were still gripping and entertaining. It allowed me to get such a strong bond to the characters and experience everything as if I was there in the books with them and that’s what I absolutely love when it comes to reading any book; I need to be able to get a connection so powerful that I feel as if they’ve become personal friends. And that’s exactly how it turned out with these books, I felt so hooked to them that they had me laughing, crying, yelling, and cursing at them, at what was happening to them and around them, at their decisions, the ups and downs, it was an all-around fantastic series that I’m so happy I went outside my usual zone and gave it a chance.
There are so many characters in this story to focus on them all here, but the main handful that holds the story together make a powerful team that you hope survive to the very end: Celaena Sardothien a.k.a. Aelin Galathynius, Rowan Whitethorn, Dorian Havilliard, Chaol Westfall, and Manon Blackbeak. However, there were so many more that you get such a strong attachment to in addition to them, Nesryn Faliq, Elide Lochan, Yrene Towers, Aedion Ashryver, Lysandra (the site linked to her name says she’s human but she’s actually a shapeshifter), Evangeline, and The Thirteen. That doesn’t even include the Royals from the Southern Continent such as Sartaq and his Ruk along with his brothers and sisters, and then there’s also the Fae (along with Rowan being one of them), Lorcan Salvaterre, Fenrys Moonbeam, and Gavriel.
We won’t even get into those that I came to despise in the books.
Here is a great site you can go to learn about all the different characters that come into your life as you go through each book: Throne of Glass character list via Fandom.com (I’ve also linked each individual character’s name above to their specific pages).
I can’t even begin to choose a favorite character out of all that are involved as I have developed such an attachment to so many of them. Each one has a different way of digging beneath the skin and into your heart and mind, minus that of the Valg, and you can’t help but hope that each come through unscathed. Which, of course, we all know isn’t going to happen as it always seems that a character or two that we come to love deeply always ends up having to die. I loved them all in some fashion.
I enjoyed each and every one of the books, some more than others but all with a wonderful addition to the story to tell. If I were to choose one as a favorite, however, that would have to be the last, Kingdom of Ash, as this was the most gut-wrenching, emotional, power-packed book out of the seven (8 if you count the novella, The Assassin’s Blade). There was so much emotion rolling through that book, on top of non-stop activity, I hated that there was an actual end to the story. It’s one of those stories that you want to know how it ends, to make sure that everything happens in the way you’re hoping it would; but of course it never does, at least not with a series such as this one. There’s always something that goes completely wrong that takes a turn in a manner you never expected. There were plenty of jaw-dropping moments, literally. I think my heart even stopped beating a couple of times. And because of it, it made it so I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, hoping that everything gets better, turns back in a direction that ends in happy-ever-after. Every chapter that I got to was another turn in the roller coaster of plots and twists, making my emotions on edge.
I’ll always read a book if I want to, if I find it enjoyable or not, not based on what others have to say about it as I could completely disagree with them, and in this case, as I had read quite a few reviews that stated the series was too long and boring…yeah, I completely disagree with them. Could some of the books within the series been a tad shorter and still gotten the same point across? They could have been, sure, but at the same time I’m so happy to have been able to live through each detail of each character’s story; it’s a series I don’t think I’ll be forgetting any time soon and it may even become one that I reread on a yearly or bi-yearly basis just to be able to live through them all over again.
About Throne of Glass
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
About Crown of Midnight
She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But does she have the heart of a killer?
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…
About Heir of Fire
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
About Queen of Shadows
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
About Empire of Storms
Kingdoms will collide.
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.
With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.
About Tower of Dawn
Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.
After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.
In this sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival—or doom them all . . .
About Kingdom of Ash
Aelin Galathynius has vowed to save her people ― but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day…
With Aelin captured, friends and allies are scattered to different fates. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever. As destinies weave together at last, all must fight if Erilea is to have any hope of salvation.
Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an explosive conclusion as Aelin fights to save herself―and the promise of a better world.
About The Assassin’s Blade (Have not yet read)
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.
A list of books in each of Sarah Maas’ series can be found here – Book List – then hovering over “Books” at the top.