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

Throne of Glass

By Sarah J. Maas.

Genre- Fantasy YA.

Synopsis.

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Review.

Throne of glass is book one, of the series and it is a fantastic start to the series! I found this book pulling from the beginning, Celaena is a sassy strong character who’s sarcasm and one liner draw you in from the first page. Throne of glass is set in a fantasy kingdom of Adarlan that lost its magic ten years ago, with the magic slowly creeping back into the kingdom only means trouble for Celaena and all the kingdoms the King has destroyed over the past decade. This series not only keeps you on your toes the entire book but also through the entire series; Maas is able to write a quirky entertaining chapter and have it relate several books later. Maas has been able to keep her audience hooked not just throughout the first book but the four books following and a prequel to the first book.

Her plot twists are mesmerizing as well as her character development; Maas started writing this when she was sixteen so her characters have developed and grown up as she has which has made the series more entertaining and realistic. Throughout the book, we are not only going through the story of Celaena but we are also exposed to a bigger picture of the king and what happened ten years ago when magic disappeared from the kingdom. With each chapter, Maas is able to bring what seems like random information and plot into a hugely fantastic and detailed wider story, truly captivating readers.

Maas is truly a wonderful and captivating storyteller.

Throne of glass has become my favorite series, it has a strong ‘assassins creed’ and ‘Lord of the rings’ feel with detailed fighting scenes and character personalities. This series is a must-read for anyone who loves fantasy as well as a story filled with action and suspense. Maas is set to write one more book for the series, set to release late 2017; a TV show based on the series called ‘Queen of Shadows’ is in the making with a release date yet to be confirmed.

Order of books-

Assassin’s Blade (Prequel)
Throne of Glass (Book 1)
Crown of Midnight (Book 2)
Heir of Fire (Book 3)
Queen of Shadows (Books 4)
Empire of Storms (Book 5)
5 out of 5 stars