Title: Throne of Glass ETC ETC ETC
Author: Sarah J Maas
I just mowed through the entire Throne of Glass series. Like all good parties, I'm left with a serious hangover - what do I read now?? But I was able to drag myself over here to my computer to give you the highlights - and low points - of the series so far.
Throne of Glass
Celaena is an assassin. She's young and female, but seasoned soldiers are terrified of her. As the series progresses, you find out why. Celaena is freed from slavery in a salt mine so that she can participate in a brutal contest for the king's entertainment. Along the way, both the crown prince and the captain of the guard fall in love with her. AND YOU WILL, TOO.
Crown of Midnight
This book ends with a shocking revelation that we all saw coming early in book one, but that does not make it any less enjoyable.
There's a fight scene that's incredibly bloody and fantastic. You know how when you watch Jaws, you are rooting for the shark? Make 'em pay, Celaena!
The Assassin's Blade
This is a prequel, but it came out after Crown of Midnight, so that's when I read it. I suggest that you skip it. I'm not a fan of short stories, so I was not predisposed to like this, but you don't gain much new info here.
Heir of Fire
Evil monsters, romance, very old swords, and lots of fighting. Not my favourite book in the series, but still good.
Queen of Shadows
This book is long. As a person with two small kids, I barely have the energy to carry this book around, much less read it. But it was SO WORTH IT.
There are witches. They are bad, but they kick SO MUCH ASS. SO MUCH. They are even deadlier than Celaena, and that's fucking saying something. Manon, their leader, grew on me throughout the book until she actually became my favourite character. And they ride WYVERNS! Someone make this into a movie immediately.
Queen of Shadows is full of plotting and action and growing darkness, but my favourite thing about this book was the portrayal of female characters. I find that "strong" female characters in fantasy tend to get homogeneous and interchangeable after awhile. That is NOT the case here. Each of the main female characters (there are five) are totally unique with different personalities, weaknesses, and strengths. And all of them kick ass. There were so many scenes that made me want to cheer, especially at the end.
I think I have to re-read the last 10 chapters.
BUY THEM ALL immediately (link is to Amazon). I'll see you in a few weeks because you won't want to do anything other than read these for awhile.
P.S. Sarah J Maas also wrote A Court of Thorns and Roses, which I also loved so much I might marry it.
Full disclosure: I bought them all. Sarah J Maas is now an auto-buy for me. If she wrote copy for cereal boxes, I would still be begging her to take my money.