Monday, April 03, 2017

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

In 2013 Sarah J. Maas began publishing the Throne of Glass (TOG) series, based on a FictionPress story she posted in her teenage years to great success. What started as original fic online is now several thousand pages of an addictive fantasy adventure. Maas has since published 6 TOG books: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and The Assassin’s Blade, a collection of 5 prequel novellas. A character-specific novel about Chaol, a Throne of Glass universe compendium and a sixth—and final—novel remain to be published in the series. Alongside this series Maas also began A Court of Thorns and Roses, a critically-acclaimed new adult fantasy series.
The Throne of Glass series has simple beginnings. It focuses on Celaena Sardothien, an assassin imprisoned in the salt mines of Endovier, who is offered freedom in exchange for competing to become the four year King’s Champion on behalf of Dorian Havilliard, the prince of Adarlan. The book introduces Celaena, Dorian, Adarlan’s head guard (and Dorian’s closest friend) Captain Chaol Westfall and Princess Nehemia. The book remains focused on those central characters. In the third book, Maas begins adding to the main character list. By the fifth book, Empire of Storms, the main characters list includes Aedion, Lysandra, Rowan, Manon, Lorcan and Elide in addition to the original TOG protagonists, as well as several villains. And there is a massive war brewing. Gone are the days of criminals competing for status of the King’s Champion.
With the exception of Queen of Shadows, which is overstuffed and slow in comparison to the rest, the series remains sharp and exciting despite its large cast of characters and many distinctive settings and story arcs. The genre is consistent; each book is an adventurous, magic-containing, romance-infused fantasy. Most of the books have a smart, shocking twist. The most invested readers will throw each book against a wall upon finishing—Crown of Midnight and Empire of Storms are most surprising—and take to Goodreads to express unrepairable shock & despair.
If you enjoy emotional rollercoasters, sweeping romances and daring quests, this series won’t disappoint. It has everything you could desire from a fantasy series. And yes, it starts simply as a young adult series—a genre turn-off for some—but the books mature over time. Your next exhilarating read is here; check out Throne of Glass from the library now! In addition to physical copies, many of the books are available through the library in e-book and audiobook format.

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