Hi everyone! How are you all today?
Today, I wanted to take a bit of a break from makeup, and discuss one of my favourite authors at the moment, Sarah J Maas. I came across this amazing woman’s work a few years ago when I was looking for something new to read in Waterstones. A really helpful lady who worked there pointed out the ‘Throne of Glass’ series (albeit giving me a major spoiler in the process) and it sounded like something I would enjoy.
I still remember the explanation she gave me, “It’s about a baddass assassin teenager who loves to shop and read whilst saving the world.” Sold! I bought the first five books and never looked back.
Well, thirteen books later I absolutely love the worlds that Srah creates, and she has a talent for making you care about even the minor characters. She is truly amazing. So today, I wanted to share some feelings on each of the books that I have read ( I haven’t read her Catwoman book yet) and rank my favourite to my least favourite.
Can I just say, that I gave myself a near impossible task, because frankly, I love them all, but this is the order that I would rank them if a gun was pointed at my head. I promise that there will be no spoilers in this list. I don’t want to ruin any major plot points for anyone wanting to read these books.
13- A Court of Frost and Starlight
This was a short story that Sarah wrote to bridge the events that happened in ACOWAR to her next book in this universe. It is essentially a Christmas story in the Fae world of Prythian. It is a cute book, but not a lot happens, which is why I have put it so low down on the list.
12- The Assassin’s Blade
This is a collection of short stories that centre around Celaena Sardothian’s life before the events of Throne of Glass. They are not essential reading, however they will give you a little insight into a few of the characters who crop up in later books. They’re also really fun, and very entertaining because Celaena is an absolute badass. It was nice seeing her in her element before Kings and Demon war lords come into the story.
11- A Court of Thorns and Roses
Okay, the ACOTAR series is possibly one of my favourite series, but I do find this book really hard to get through due to my own personal experiences. This story is a fairytale retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It is a really good book and essential for understanding the later books in the series, however I don’t enjoy this one as much as the later books.
10- Throne of Glass
This was Sarah’s first book. Yes it’s amazing and yes it’s really fast-passed and entertaining, however it is for a much younger audience. You have got a slight love-triangle in itand a lot of Young Adult tropes are present. However, it is still an amazing read and treats it’s young audience maturely. I do love it, but I love the later books more.
9- Crown of Midnight
In all honesty, I love this book! It is the second book in the Throne of Glass series, and events do pick up ready for the more major events in the later books. This one is further down in my list because it gets dark very quickly. I just wanted the characters to be happy and everything to be nice. However in tales of badass assassin teenagers who love to shop and read, clearly that cannot be the case! It’s a short but amazing book, and you will fall in love with the characters.
8- Heir of Fire
I hear a lot of people say that this is one of their favourite TofG novels. I do enjoy it, but this one took me a long time to read. It is slower in the action compared to the earlier books and it introduces a lot of important characters. However, in this book you haven’t come to love them yet. It has a lot of information to throw at you, and it’s a lot to take in!
7- Empire of Storms
This book frightened me! It is awesome, but so gripping. No character is safe from now on, and it ended in such a cliff-hanger which everyone had to wait almost two years to be resolved! Every character goes through so much heartache in this book. It’s a fantastic read and it was one that I really couldn’t put down.
6- A Court of Wings and Ruin
ACOWAR is a brilliant book. It tied all of Feyre’s story together nicely and I loved how it ended. Without getting into spoiler territory, this book was fantastic and gives a satisfying ending whilst leaving room for more books to be written about the other characters. If you want something with romance, drama with exes and a giant end-of-the-world battle, read this series!
5- Tower of Dawn
Ahhh, the book that split a Fandom! There are people who boycott this book, and people who love it passionately. I’m one of the latter. If I can reach anyone reading the series and hasn’t read of to Tower of Dawn yet, READ THIS BEFORE KINGDOM OF ASH!!!! You will be so confused when reading the final book. Events happen in the final book, and characters appear, that you will have no idea who they are and why they are doing what they are doing unless you read this book. It is a slow starter, but once it gets its momentum, you won’t be able to put it down. It’s fantastic!
4- Queen of Shadows
This is the fourth book in the TogG series, and I love it. Before the later ones, this was my favourite. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and it has some very satisfying bad-guy commupence moments. There are times that scared me shitless and it introduced my favourite female character other than Celaena; Lyssandra.
This list is getting so hard!
3- Kingdom of Ash
I have never cried at a book so much, as I did with this one! This is the final TofG book. It is really long, and it was amazing. Every character got an ending and it left very few loose ends. It was a great ending to an amazing series. I loved it.
2- A Court of Mist and Fury
A Court of Mist and Fury was my favourite Sarah J Maas book for a long time. It has amazing character development, real relationships and deals with trauma and mental health in a way that I haven’t seen in a lot of books. It treats it’s audience with maturity and it’s beautifully written.
1- Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood
I may be about to get a lot of angry comments from the fandom, but I stand with this decision. This is Sarah’s first adult fantasy book. Throne of Glass is a Young Adult, A Court of Thorns and Roses was Young Adult/ New Adult. I am 32 and love the earlier series, however I am at a point now where I want to read about more than what I can get from Young Adult novels. Crescent City takes everything that I love from her earlier novels and spices them up by 200%. You have amazing characters, a great plot and a lot of entertaining moments that will have you laughing, crying, wanting to throw the book across the room. It’s fantastic. Definitely read it, if you haven’t already.
And that is my list. Are there any of my rankings that you disagree with?
I love these books so much, and this was just a fun thing to do. Definitely give any of these series a read; you will not regret it.
Have a lovely day everyone, and take care.