Assasians Blade

By Sarah J Maas.

Genre. YA Fantasy

Series. Throne of Glass (#0.5)

Synopsis.

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.

Review.

Assassin’s Blade is the prequel to the amazing Throne of Glass series, we get 5 short stories on Celaena before she is sent to the salt mines. The book is a little dry compared to Maas’s main books as they are all small stories, but they are really interesting in terms of how Celaena was before her world changed forever. I would recommend reading AB before starting TOG but if not at least before Queen of Shadows. Maas has amazingly thought out the plot of her series and she has little things happen in AB that she uses in the main storyline later in the series. As readers, we also get to see Celaena’s relationship with other Assassins and what exactly happened between her and Sam which is so amazingly heart wrenching.

Many people have said that AB is not worth the read, but trust me it is especially by the end of Empire of Storms you see how Maas has made Celaena incredibly smart and resourceful. In all its an enjoyable read but it might be something you have to push yourself to finish in order to better understand the series.

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Empire of Storms

By Sarah J Maas.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Throne of Glass (#5)

Synopsis.

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.

Review.

First off let me start by saying before you read this book you will need chocolate and tissues.

So now that iv prepared you, this book hits all the feels. This is by far the most amazing book  Maas has written, the improvement from book 1 to now is astonishing. This novel is categorized as young adults but it does have mature content so I recommend it for mid to late teenagers as some of the content is very explisive. In this novel Maas has a lot happen in one book so it is just a rollercoaster of emotions, but Mass has brilliantly set this book up. Events that have happened in previous books that seemed so random contribute to the plot of this novel in such a surprising and fantastic way. Suddenly every random event that has happened in the previous books is suddenly making sense!

Not only is the plot extremely enjoyable but we finally see several characters we haven’t seen since the prequel, you can see how important every storyline is so important and contributes to the big picture. Characters come together and work together as a team, it’s is fantastic watching so many strong and loveable characters come together to defeat an evil that threatens them all. An evil that is even bigger than us readers first thought, not only must they work as a team to save their world but also save each other. This novel not only emphasizes saving the world but also friendship, love, and loyalty. The love that these characters have for each other is extremely moving making the story that much more pulling.

Queen of Shadows

By Sarah J Maas.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Throne of Glass (#4)

Synopsis.

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.

Review.

We have been taken back to the city of assassins blood and treason, and we have been thrown into the deep end. Book 4 has been really well thought out with Aelin and her friends joining the rebellion against the king and it is exciting! The plot has thickened in this novel and the audience not only gets to experience the current struggles of Aelin trying to save her kingdom and the content but we also get to experience a back story of why Erilea has had the magic vanish for ten years. As well as being exposed to this history Maas had added several flashbacks from Aelin’s childhood which causing a fair amount of heartbreak. Maas has also brilliantly started bringing characters that she has previously kept separate together, even mentioning characters we haven’t heard since Assassin’s blade (TOG Prequel).

In this novel, Aelin is not only trying to fight a rebellion but shes tying up loose ends from her past, the past that broke her and molded her into a deadly warrior. We get to see more of Aelin’s life before she was sent to the death camp, we start to see how her history and the people in it were not as simple as she first thought. Everyone’s story goes a lot deeper and more detailed making the readers understand and love each character more, not only is Aelin trying to add to the rebellion to free Erilea from the grips of a power hungry king but she must also face the past she left behind when entered the death camp. Giving her closure so she may be the Queen she was born to be. download.jpg

Heir of Fire

By Sarah J Maas.

Genre- YA Fantasy.

Series. Throne of Glass (#3)

Synopsis.

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?

Review.

I LOOOVED book three! In this book, we are taken to the East and OMG it is good!!! Not only has Maas set this book in a different land but we also get to meet the FAE! (Is it obvious I love this book?) Maas gives her readers a more detailed history of this world, not just Celaena’s history which is really interesting. I loved the new characters she brought and the tales of Fae legends that were told throughout this novel. There is a much more mystical feel to this novel as we get to see exactly what magic is like in this world, as well as being introduced to more magical creatures. If that doesn’t make you want to carry on with this amazing series I have one word for you… ROWAN!

Rowan is a drop dead sexy and deadly Fae warrior, his presence and history bring a new element to the series that shows the reader this plot is deeper than just Celaena. This series goes to a new level in this book because of the details of magic and history Maas details throughout the book which brings the spark back to the novel as we as readers discover that this series is about more than just an assassin, and it is fantastic. Not only are we exposed to these new elements but we also see such amazing growth in the main character, Celaena character changes dramatically in this novel, she starts off her usual sassy and immature self; but as the novel comes to an end we see the love and passion she has grown to save others and not just think of herself and her own well-being. Not only is this book a continuation of this amazing series but you can see the change and growth the character and in turns, b1f83444a3fcfa2ab6a9b406cb65d791.jpgthe writer has gone through during this book.

 

Crown of Midnight

By Sarah J Maas

Genre- YA Fantasy.

Series – Throne of Glass (#2)

Synopsis.

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review.

The second novel of the wonderful ‘Throne fo Glass’ is just as amazing as the first one! Now that Celaena is the king’s champion we as readers are taken on the journey of her new challenge and romance. It took me a little to get through this novel as the story is a little slow compared to the first book. But Maas never fails to provide for her audience and finished this series with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger (very Maas-like!). During Crown of Midnight we discover more about each character, we brush the surface of their histories which is really interesting and keeps the novel going. Although I struggled a little with a few of the characters and the main storyline of this novel, the journey of the characters is what keeps the book going. This novel is really just the stepping stone to get deeper into the main series plot in book three, I know a few people struggled to finish this novel but I urge everyone to finish it because in the last few chapters Maas takes everything we think we know and completely changes it on us!crown-of-midnight-cover

A Court of Mist and Fury

By Sarah J Maas.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. A Court of Thorns and Roses (#2)

Synopsis.

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Review.

After the sufferage everyone suffered under the mountain we are exposed to a new side of Maas’s wonderful characters. With both Feyre and Tamlin suffering from the trauma they experienced both of them suffer to recover from those events. With that we see how Tamlin becomes possessive and how Rhys becomes Feyres saviour.

I love how Tamlin’s true side becomes visible to the readers and how Rhys true side also become visible. I truely fell in love with Rhys in this series as he sees not only Feyre but all his friends and family as equals. This novel not only has a fantastic plot but also beautifully shows the meaning of family and loyalty. We are also exposed to more of Prythain and the courts, as well as getting an amazingly descriptive background to these characters.

And in typical Maas style she drops some major bombshells towards the end of the book and leaves us on a breath taking cliffhanger. Not only has a beautiful romance story developed but also a story of self healing, love and family. Fantastic plot and breathtaking character development.

A Court Of Thorns And Roses

By Sarah J. Maas.

Genre- Fantasy YA.

Synopsis.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Review.

A court of thorns and roses (ACOTAR) was a fantastic read. I really enjoyed the plot of the story which is very similar to ‘Beauty and the Beast’ with Feyre being the beauty ‘guest’ in Tamlin’s court who behaves and shifts into a beast. But this beauty and beast have a twist, Maas has been able to create another fantastic Fae world that is different to the Throne of Glass world, but does not lack any of the details. As well as being able to do that she has added a twist to the classic fairytale; half way through the story the fairytale ends not with a happy ending but a challenge. A challenge of mental and physical tortures our heroic main character and makes her and the audience question every character we have met earlier in the story. Maas has a fantastic way of making her readers love a character then change our minds and she slowly reveals a different side of each character.

Another reason I love this book is because of the changes that are made half way through the book, we see Feyre go from a starving, angry girl into a girl that is healthy, funny; someone who is falling in love. And then we realize we are only half way through the book! Maas suddenly does a 180 on this romantic story and makes us question this romance in the second half of the book. Feyre character changes again later in the book making her even more admirable to the audience, she becomes tougher and wiser through her struggles; she is having to trust characters she previously didn’t as well as realizing she’s not going to be saved by the ones she previously thought would.

If you enjoy the Throne of Glass series by Maas you will thoroughly enjoy her Court series, they are more adult themed than her other series, aimed more for older teens than younger; but if you enjoy the classical fairytales you will enjoy this version which has an epic twist!

I am a die hard Maas fan so I will always recommend her books to any fantasy lover!

Order of Books.

  • A court of thorns and roses.
  • A court of mist and fury.
  • A court of wings and ruin. (Coming May 2 2017)