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One of the best fantasy book series of the past decade - Time Magazine When magic has gone from the world and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She is a prisoner, but if she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the king's champion a One of the best fantasy book series of the past decade - Time Magazine When magic has gone from the world and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She is a prisoner, but if she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the king's champion and earn her freedom. But the evil she encounters in the castle goes deep, and as dark forces gather on the horizon – forces which threaten to destroy her entire world – the assassin must take her place in a fight greater than she could ever have imagined. This is the epic, heart-stopping fantasy series that has turned #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas into a worldwide phenomenon. Fans new and old will dive into this ebook bundle containing the whole series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn, the thrilling finale Kingdom of Ash, and the companion anthology The Assassin's Blade.


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One of the best fantasy book series of the past decade - Time Magazine When magic has gone from the world and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She is a prisoner, but if she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the king's champion a One of the best fantasy book series of the past decade - Time Magazine When magic has gone from the world and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She is a prisoner, but if she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the king's champion and earn her freedom. But the evil she encounters in the castle goes deep, and as dark forces gather on the horizon – forces which threaten to destroy her entire world – the assassin must take her place in a fight greater than she could ever have imagined. This is the epic, heart-stopping fantasy series that has turned #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas into a worldwide phenomenon. Fans new and old will dive into this ebook bundle containing the whole series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn, the thrilling finale Kingdom of Ash, and the companion anthology The Assassin's Blade.

30 review for Throne of Glass eBook Bundle: An 8 Book Bundle

  1. 4 out of 5

    Caught Up In The Pages

    Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Lo Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. In case you didn't realise. I love this Series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joya

    Overall Series Review: 4.9/5 stars The Assassin's Blade: 5/5 stars This was my second time rereading The Assassin's Blade and I just forgot how much I enjoyed it when I read it the first time and I think reading it before the rest of the books helped too because then I was reading things chronologically. I really loved the characters, they made me happy and I loved getting to see Celaena again and Sam and Yrene before the Yrene we know now. Each of the stories ends up becoming more and this bo Overall Series Review: 4.9/5 stars The Assassin's Blade: 5/5 stars This was my second time rereading The Assassin's Blade and I just forgot how much I enjoyed it when I read it the first time and I think reading it before the rest of the books helped too because then I was reading things chronologically. I really loved the characters, they made me happy and I loved getting to see Celaena again and Sam and Yrene before the Yrene we know now. Each of the stories ends up becoming more and this book was just definitely needed. Throne of Glass: 4.85/5 stars Every time I read this one, I'm always more of a Dorian fan than a Chaol fan. Before knowing who Celaena actually is, I always thought that she would make a great queen and that her and Dorian would have been great together and would have the relationship that I had always wanted for myself where both were avid readers that could talk about books all the time. The competition was always something that I enjoyed reading and it was great to come back to it. Crown of Midnight: 4.8/5 stars This book I guess has always been my least favorite of them all just because of the fact that I was never a huge Chaol fan. I was okay with the fact that Celaena chose Chaol out of him and Dorian, though. I loved getting to see more of what happened in the castle and I loves watching the relationships build when I reread this book and I just really loved rereading the series. Heir of Fire: 4.9/5 stars I really really loved meeting Manon and Aelin who are probably tied for favorite characters in this series, if not ever. I just loved Abraxos and the wyverns and seeing how the Ironteeth witches worked, but still watching Celaena accept who she is and building a relationship with Rowan, and still getting to see what happens at the castle with Dorain and Chaol and Aedion. Queen of Shadows: 5/5 stars Queen of Shadows has always been my favorite because of all of the things that happen. Manon and Elide and also Manon and Dorian, but then also everything happening with Aelin and her court including saving Aedion but then reuniting with Rowan and Lysandra and just the more relationships that happened and grew between characters that weren't necessarily romantic. Empire of Storms: 5/5 stars I loved Empire of Storms so much because of the fact that Aelin was kicking ass and so much was happening and it was just magnificent and I couldn't get enough of it. This book ended up making me cry so much because of everything that happened and it was just so great. Tower of Dawn: 4.68/5 stars I was conflicted about reading Tower of Dawn just because Chaol was not my favorite character and I didn't want to read a whole book about him, but I enjoyed it so much more than I originally expected too and he grew on me. I loved getting to experience a new part of the world and meet new characters. Kingdom of Ash: 4.96/5 stars This book was so good. Everything came together, it made my cry and laugh and I just couldn't get enough of it. It was just what I needed and I finished it so much faster than I was expecting to, but it was just so good. The only reason it didn't get a 5/5 stars was because I left still wanted a little bit more in the ending because I figured we would get a little more of the characters after the war was over, but it was really good regardless. Main Characters: Celaena Sardothian/Aelin Ashryver Galathynius is the main character that the story is revolved around and I love her with all my heart. She inspires me so much and her strength has encouraged me to do things that I never thought that I would have been able to do. Dorian Havilliard is a man that quickly stole my heart with his charm, but then his love for books just killed me. He is so amazing and his growth throughout the series was just something that I couldn't get enough of. Especially when he is getting close to a certain golden-eyed witch. Chaol Westfall was not my favorite character, but he was still a good man and he did everything that he could to protect Dorian and all that he did was because of his brotherly love for Dorian and so I have quite a bit of respect for him, regardless of how much I like him. Rowan Whitethorn is just one of those characters that just made my heart happy with the love that he had shown Aelin when they were together and the dedication and care that he had for her in Kingdom of Ash just made me so happy. He loved all of Aelin and not just certain parts of her and it was just an amazing relationship to watch unfold. Manon Blackbeak is one of my favorite characters ever, she is just so badass and I couldn't get enough of her character growth, I just love her so much. Lysandra was good for Aelin and just a good character in general. She was a great friend to Aelin and was willing to do so much to help her friend and I think that that is what counts in their relationship. Aedion Ashryver was kind of an asshole, but I did enjoy his character. You could definitely tell how much he cares for the ones he loves as well as his soldiers and he was smarter than people gave him credit for. Yrene was just a lovely character to read about, I love her so much, and the fact that she was pregnant and still could kick ass, was just amazing. Nesryn deserved so much more and I'm really glad that she found it with Sartaq. Elide was such a strong character that was just so fun to read about. She was so smart and she cared so much, and she deserved so much more. Lorcan was kind of a big asshole, but I do like him with Elide. Other Characters: Sam Cortland deserved so much better. Arobynn Hamel deserved so much worse. Kaltain Rompier deserved so much more than what she was given, but she was detrimental to the story. Nehemia Ytger was not my favorite, I really didn't care for her. I understood why she did what she did, but she still wasn't my favorite. Fleetfoot brought me so much joy, I love her so so much. Asterin has been through so much and I'm glad that she finally got to avenge her baby. The Thirteen was such an amazing group of witches and I loved them all so much, I cried to so hard when they Yielded. Abraxos is like a dog and I love him so much, I really really want an Abraxos. Maeve was the worst, I hated her more than I did Erawan. Erawan was such a smart being to be able to come up with all that he did, but he was so so twisted and I hate him. Mother Blackbeak is just a monster and I despise her, she deserved everything that came to her in the end. King of Adarlan really wasn't that bad of a guy once you got the Vlag out of him. He really did care for Dorian and what he did with the Key just made me cry. Fenrys was like a puppy and I love him so much. I want one. I love how he was there for Aelin in Kingdom of Ash. Gavriel was such a great character and I loved them. Other characters made me happy like Sartaq and Hasar and Kashin and Renia and so many others. This seried just had so many great characters. Rolfe and Ansel and so many others where great and I just enjoyed all the characters so much. Favorite Scenes: -fight scene between Aelin and Manon -Aelin's coronation scene -the Thirteen's yielding scene -Dorian and Aelin geeking out about books -Dorian giving Aelin Fleetfoot -Rowan and Aelin reunion scene in QoS -When Lysandra is a Sea Dragon and Aedion tells her that they are going be married one day -Manon saving Petrah -Manon turning against her grandmother -when Manon learns about Asterin's past - when Chaol, Dorian and Aelin say goodbye at the end of KoA -Whenever Aelin just shows up in Chaol's chapters in QoS -whenever Aelin's plans become unraveled -Manon asking Dorian to marry her -Yrene killing Erawan -Dorian tricking Maeve -Evangeline and Darrow scene -when Rolfe finds out that Celaena is Aelin -when Aelin is pounding on the box -Aelin getting out of the box and the scene with getting out of the chains -when Dorian and Aelin are dancing -the ending scene of QoS with the glass castle shatters -the whole Key scene SO many more Favorite Quotes: -"You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if only you dare." -"You do not yield" -"I am Sam Cortland, and I will not be afraid." -"Where's my wife." -"Libraries were full of ideas--perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons. -“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name's Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I'd still beat you, no matter what you call me.” -“I like music," she said slowly, "because when I hear it, I . . . I lose myself within myself, if that makes any sense. I become empty and full all at once, and I can feel the whole earth roiling around me. When I play. I'm not . . . for once, I'm not destroying, I'm creating.” -“We each survive in our own way.” -“The best lies were always mixed with truth.” -“Then Celaena and the King of Adarlan smiled at each other, and it was the most terrifying thing Dorian had ever seen.” -“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.” -“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love." -“I claim you, Aelin. To whatever end.” -“You didn't need a weapon at all when you were born one.” -“You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live.” -“She looked at them, at the three males who meant everything—more than everything. Then she smiled with every last shred of courage, of desperation, of hope for the glimmer of that glorious future. “Let’s go rattle the stars.” -“If you're a monster, I'm a monster.” -"To a better world." -“Aelin Galathynius had raised an army not just to challenge Morath, but to rattle the stars.” -“You know, you ladies can let us males do things every now and then.” -“He’d almost told the princess that she could keep Hellas’s Horse, but there was something to be said about the prospect of charging down Morath foot soldiers atop a horse named Butterfly.” -“Rowan beheld all Aelin was and is, and he was not afraid." -“Once upon a time, in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom …” -“I am here, I am wish you.” -“Live, Manon. Live.” SO many more Overall, I love this series so much. I need more of this world.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Martin

    There are no regrets here. Arguably my absolute favorite book series, and that throws Harry Potter to #2 on the list (<--that is not a title I strip down lightly from its throne). You will love the characters. You will love the plots. You will love the twists. And you will love the joy, anger, sadness, and absolute heartbreak this series brings to the table.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jac K

    For anyone that ever wanted to read this series.... the bundle is on sale today for 5.99. A HUGE discount of the 50+ you'd spend to purchase individually. For anyone that ever wanted to read this series.... the bundle is on sale today for 5.99. A HUGE discount of the 50+ you'd spend to purchase individually.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elena&#x1f9e3;

    Pov; you just finished the series and now you feel and emptiness in your chest

  6. 5 out of 5

    ✡Weed Dragon✡

    I finally have it I'm so happy ♥️ I finally have it I'm so happy ♥️

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cass (all too tired)

    4.75 stars overall --Playlists-- Manon: https://open.spotify.com/user/0vvheqx... Dorian: https://open.spotify.com/user/0vvheqx... Aelin: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6jA... More to Come 4.75 stars overall --Playlists-- Manon: https://open.spotify.com/user/0vvheqx... Dorian: https://open.spotify.com/user/0vvheqx... Aelin: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6jA... More to Come

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🔻Ratings and Reviews🔻 🥷 Assassins Blade ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ➕hyped me up, made me laugh, gave me anxiety, gave me chills, made me SO angry, and broke my MFing heart. ➕ Perfect introduction ➖ a HUGE plot hole ➖ Toxic/immature romance ➖ I called a LOT of the plot twists 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️ 🏰 Throne of Glass ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ➕ Celaena, a sassy, luxury-loving killing machine (but now with some more life experience) ➕ magic and mystery ➕ the banter ➕ side characters & the MMCs 🥰 ➖fell short of the tension Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🔻Ratings and Reviews🔻 🥷 Assassins Blade ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ➕hyped me up, made me laugh, gave me anxiety, gave me chills, made me SO angry, and broke my MFing heart. ➕ Perfect introduction ➖ a HUGE plot hole ➖ Toxic/immature romance ➖ I called a LOT of the plot twists 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️ 🏰 Throne of Glass ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ➕ Celaena, a sassy, luxury-loving killing machine (but now with some more life experience) ➕ magic and mystery ➕ the banter ➕ side characters & the MMCs 🥰 ➖fell short of the tension and suspense of Assassins Blade 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️ 🌙 Crown of Midnight ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ➕ Celaena is just. A true. down to the core. BAMF. She is just so cool 😂 ➕ Her skill and awesomeness came back ➕The side characters ❤️ ➕adored this horrible wonderful book!! 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️ 🔥 Heir of Fire ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ½ ➕ SO many story lines ➕side characters ➕more background info and answers ➖ Not enough Manon ➖ something missing 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️ 👑Queen of Shadows ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ➕ character development + redemption arcs ➕ action and anxiety ➕warm fuzzy moments ➕heartbreaking developments ➕plot twists ➕satisfying justice ➕powerful female characters 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️ 🌩 Empire of Storms ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ✨FAVORITE of the whole series ➕ on the edge of my seat the whole time ➕everything starts falling into place ➕get answers to tons of questions ➕glimpses back into the past ➕The end just had me GASPING with each realization and event. 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️ 🌆 Tower of Dawn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The first half = 3 stars The last half = 5 stars ➕ a whole Chaol book! ➕ “Who did this to you” vibes ➕ two very strong women MCs ➕ love stories with all the hidden smiles and sly compliments and secret yearnings ➕ discovering another land in Erilea ➕Smiled so hard at the ending ➖ The first half of this book was soooo boooring 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️ 🦌Kingdom of Ash ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ➕ What an ending to an AMAZING series. 🤯 ➕ Both tragedy and hope throughout the whole book ➕ Brought back the most minute detail or character and gave it significance. ➕I got chills SO many times and teared up SO much ➕ The reuniting, the deaths, the heartbreak, the victories, the regret, the strength, the growth, the pain, the love, the sacrifices, the plot twists… ➖I wasn’t hooked until about halfway through. ➖Too many POVs 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️ Now… SJM NEEDS to release some novellas to update us on these characters!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    BookRascal

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Surprisingly I loved this series! I had read ACOTAR and hated it. I debated whether to buy this series but it was a good buy so I figured why not try it. I'm thrilled I did! The action thrilled me and I couldn't wait to see what happened next, it kept me on edge even when it seemed slow. I loved the main character and how sarcastic and confident she was. I rooted for her the whole time. A couple of the characters got on my nerves but the rest were great. This set included a book of short stories Surprisingly I loved this series! I had read ACOTAR and hated it. I debated whether to buy this series but it was a good buy so I figured why not try it. I'm thrilled I did! The action thrilled me and I couldn't wait to see what happened next, it kept me on edge even when it seemed slow. I loved the main character and how sarcastic and confident she was. I rooted for her the whole time. A couple of the characters got on my nerves but the rest were great. This set included a book of short stories that filled in some blanks but I didn't enjoy it. Some people did so I guess that it just wasn't my thing. The moral is that even if you didn't like her other books you should give this series a chance.

  10. 4 out of 5

    CeCe

    I don’t think I’ve ever read anything so expertly woven in my whole life. Not since Harry Potter have I read any series that left me so beyond words just from the sheer thought put into the plot. There were endless characters and places but I never once felt lost or confused. It was truly glorious. Maas has found a fan for life. I will say that the first book is a mite but slow BUT if you can get past that then hold onto your Aesterion horses because this book will blow your braids out. (Referen I don’t think I’ve ever read anything so expertly woven in my whole life. Not since Harry Potter have I read any series that left me so beyond words just from the sheer thought put into the plot. There were endless characters and places but I never once felt lost or confused. It was truly glorious. Maas has found a fan for life. I will say that the first book is a mite but slow BUT if you can get past that then hold onto your Aesterion horses because this book will blow your braids out. (References to the book I promise 😉)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Margooooothje

    For everyone out there who ever wondered whether or not Throne of Glass is worth the read... YES! GO READ THIS MASTERPIECE! Throne of Glass is AMAZING! These characters are written so good it's hard to describe the connection you get with them. The world? I wish I could pack my bags and move right now! Now, are you going to suffer? Get your heart broken? Want to tip your hair out? Cry? Have the urge to chuck you book to a wall? ABSOLUTELY But you will also fall in love. You will laugh until the t For everyone out there who ever wondered whether or not Throne of Glass is worth the read... YES! GO READ THIS MASTERPIECE! Throne of Glass is AMAZING! These characters are written so good it's hard to describe the connection you get with them. The world? I wish I could pack my bags and move right now! Now, are you going to suffer? Get your heart broken? Want to tip your hair out? Cry? Have the urge to chuck you book to a wall? ABSOLUTELY But you will also fall in love. You will laugh until the tears are, yet again, streaming down your cheeks. You will find something to charish in almost every character you meet! You will be sitting on the edge of your seat during the high action packed scene while you'ill be swooning during the romantic ones! You might learn that your scars are not something to be ashamed of but something to be proud of, at least I did. You might learn that even in the darkest days a little light can be found ❤ This series stold my heart and put a broken woman back together, I can only hope it will do the same for someone else who needs it! If you don't know where to start: Throne of Glass is set as book 1 in this series. The Assasin's Blade is a prequel with short stories that takes place BEFORE Throne of Glass. You can either read it before this first book or you can read it after the third book, Heir of Fire. It has to be read diving into Queen of Shadows! It contains information that you will need in the rest of the series! 😉 I would suggest reading it beforz Throne of Glass, it gave me a better connection with the main character and made me understand her waaaaaay better! But it's completely up to you! If you get to Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn I would suggest reading these two in tandem! Not really necessary but you might want to seeing that both books take place at the same time but follow different characters. It might be hard to read one after the other, especially if you don't handle cliffhangers very well 😅 Enjoy! 🥰

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gigi Diehl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved these books so much. I especially loved some quotes. Here are my favorite quote(s) from each of these books. "We all bear scars,... Mine just happen to be more visible than most." - Throne of Glass "Celaena smiled back. 'I think... I think I'm happy for me, too.' And she was. For the first time in years, she was truly happy." - Crown of Midnight "You cannot pick and choose which parts of her to love." - Heir of Fire "You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live." + " 'Where I loved these books so much. I especially loved some quotes. Here are my favorite quote(s) from each of these books. "We all bear scars,... Mine just happen to be more visible than most." - Throne of Glass "Celaena smiled back. 'I think... I think I'm happy for me, too.' And she was. For the first time in years, she was truly happy." - Crown of Midnight "You cannot pick and choose which parts of her to love." - Heir of Fire "You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live." + " 'Where will we go?' 'I hear hell is particularly nice this time of year." - Queen of Shadows "The fear of loss . . . it can destroy you as much as the loss itself." - Empire of Storms "It was agony and despair and fear. It was hot and laughter and rest. It was life, all of it..." - Tower of Dawn " 'We are the Thirteen,' she said. 'From now until the Darkness claims us.' " - Kingdom of Ash

  13. 4 out of 5

    Esam Ayyad

    That was a wonderful Journey, im not sure how many time I WILL BE ABLE TO REREAD THIS SERIES, i dont think ill ever quit.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Review of book 1: (view spoiler)[So…that was okay. I suppose the sequel could be better if we go back to dealing with, say, Ansel, Arobyn, and the silent master. But in this specific book, I’m not really into any of the characters. Nehemia and Nox are probably the most likable, but they also have very simple personalities. Ansel and the silent master’s son are more interesting versions of them. I’m not sure if I want to read the sequel. The novellas were written after the novel, and while the fir Review of book 1: (view spoiler)[So…that was okay. I suppose the sequel could be better if we go back to dealing with, say, Ansel, Arobyn, and the silent master. But in this specific book, I’m not really into any of the characters. Nehemia and Nox are probably the most likable, but they also have very simple personalities. Ansel and the silent master’s son are more interesting versions of them. I’m not sure if I want to read the sequel. The novellas were written after the novel, and while the first two imply Maas has gotten better, the latter two do not. The best part of the book was when it showed Celaena caring for other people (minus the boring love interests), as the plot itself was pretty…typical. Hunger Games despite my many problems with it is much better at being a compelling page-turner and having a protagonist whose voice is pretty readable. And since this is supposed to be teenage Game of Thrones or whatnot, although those books move slowly, at least the first few had stuff happen and we got to see a number of locales with all the travelling those characters do. Celaena is kinda like someone with Sansa’s personality but the skills of an older trained-up Arya, but I prefer both of them to Celaena. I was most reminded of Seraphina, largely because I recently read it, but Seraphina at least had more of a clear reason why she would be a Chosen One. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[ Book 3: Sigh. Why is the prequel so much better than the actual series, and why do the prequel’s characters keep not showing up? Why are we still in exposition territory (as the protagonist mostly just trains, trains, trains)? I guess I’ll skim through the next book as I did the previous book. I can’t entirely buy Cel as this super badass killer when she comes off as an emo, whiny sullen teenager whose thoughts are annoying and 21st century American slang-y more often than not. How are we supposed to want to root for her to lead? I do like when she uses her power instead of angsting over it. Still, I’m not sure that having a bunch of characters’ POVs is a great decision either, as it’s not like they’re that well-written or performing exciting actions. Kinda comes off as padding. There’s a new major character whose importance is unclear, a witch who rides a dragon (or a “wyvern” which in my mind is the same thing). Which really ought to be cool - I mean, witch + dragon. But it feels like a long training and game montage, with only occasional moments that feel necessary. Cel’s boyfriends, whatever. I don’t care. Certainly no Queen Cersei or Future Queen Sansa to elevate the narrative in the kingdom’s capital. An elevated-extra fangirl has little worth here. The fae queen is pretty weak. Not worthy of the name Maeve. (hide spoiler)] Book 3 actually made me quit for...8 years, it would appear. But in my fantasy binge for 2022, finally got around to reading the rest. And it definitely gets better. I think book 1 and especially book 3 are just very generic and show the protagonist at peak unlikable tedium mode. I still don't really like any male characters besides the love interest who dies in book 0. Largely due to the abundance of arrogant cranky alphas. My #2 male is maybe Falkan, because of his quest for my fave rather than any aspect of his actual personality which is...fine. And all the female characters I like are introduced in the prequel novel: Lysandra of course, Yrene, Ansel sometimes, Aelin sometimes. Lysandra after her big step up in character development in book 4 is treated too often as a convenient plot device/weapon aside from that blah romance, but personality wise she remains great; she doesn't let the blah man she loves sap it away, which happens a lot in these kinds of series. Because Yrene is such a big part of the climax, I do think it makes sense for book 6 to be a full novel; it would be weird and deus ex machina-y if the big savior only previously appeared in a short story and a novella. Even if we have to endure the secondary romance of that book. And all that Chaol; she does fix him into tolerability, so there's that. The plot armor after book 2 is kinda unbelievable. None of the main non-demonic characters die; there are some sad deaths, but they aren't really integral to the overall story. It lowers the stakes. And neither of the final showdowns quite live up to the buildup, partially in how they go down, partially in the villains not being as interesting as I would like. Even with the full journeys of Manon and Elide having their moments, I still feel a lot of pages could have been cut there. But then I feel the same way about Chaol and Dorian who are mains since book 1, so just overall there's a lot of trimmable fat. Most of the time, the emotional Wham moments pay off well. So the big storytelling beats hit when they absolutely need to.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    This series was a SO GOOD.. I am obsessed with the characters, their relationships, the plot and world building- everything! It was definitely an investment of time but it was worth it. Dare i say.. it was better than acotar! I was enthralled from book 1 and it’s very bittersweet having finished now. I may have rated individual books lover, but overall this series deserves 5 stars for me!

  16. 5 out of 5

    bookthoughtsbyjess

    Amazing This series takes you on a ride, in the best way possible. The first 3 books are a little hard to get through , but once you get to Heir of Fire it's all consuming. There are different opinions on the order to read it, here's how I did it: Throne of Glass Crown of Midnight Assassin's Blade Heir of Fire Queen of Shadows Empire of Storms AND Tower of Dawn (tandem read, there are charts on how everywhere) finally, Kingdom of Ash Amazing This series takes you on a ride, in the best way possible. The first 3 books are a little hard to get through , but once you get to Heir of Fire it's all consuming. There are different opinions on the order to read it, here's how I did it: Throne of Glass Crown of Midnight Assassin's Blade Heir of Fire Queen of Shadows Empire of Storms AND Tower of Dawn (tandem read, there are charts on how everywhere) finally, Kingdom of Ash

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shy Reviews

    FAVORITE OF ALL TIME. "You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most." — Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)) If someone asks me to name my favorite book or series, this comes out of my before any other book can even come to my mind. "Why are you crying?" "Because," she whispered, her voice shaking, "you remind me of what the world ought to be. What the world can be." — Sarah J. Maas FAVORITE OF ALL TIME. "You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most." — Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)) If someone asks me to name my favorite book or series, this comes out of my before any other book can even come to my mind. "Why are you crying?" "Because," she whispered, her voice shaking, "you remind me of what the world ought to be. What the world can be." — Sarah J. Maas (Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)) It's a fantasy series filled with plot twists, love, the best of friendships and second chances. It's a series filled with magic, murder, hope, a world-altering story that will capture your heart, break it into pieces and then mend it back together. It's a series filled with pure poetry and the greatest love stories that I have ever read or will ever read. "Because I am lost," she whispered onto the earth. "And I do not know the way." — Sarah J. Maas (Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)) Once you read this series, be prepared, because nothing you read after this will ever compare. I dont say that this is my favorite series of all time easily. I actually wouldn't say there's anything else that I've read so far or will read that will ever compare to this. This isn't just a series or a book. This is a work of pure art. I can't even put into words how amazing this series is. I dont think anyone can ever do this series justice. "They joined hands. So the world ended. And the next one began." — Sarah J. Maas (Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)) In fact, while you're here, read the rest of her books. They're all filled with pure... pure... everything. It's everything. "Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will always love you." — Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)) I'm not exaggerating when I say that I can't express how amazing this is. I've recommended this series to my entire family, all my friends, even some strangers I've met at the store and library. I will recommend this series, hell this author for the rest of my life. She is so good, all of her books have their very own shelf in my home library. She's so good, she's surpassed my other favorite author, J.K. Rowling and if you knew me, you'd know that it breaks my heart to say that because Rowling started my love of reading but Mass has breathed life into it and kept it going. That's what it is. That's what it will always be. "It was agony and despair and fear. It was joy and laughter and rest. It was life, all of it..." — Sarah J. Maas (Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)) Read it. Please. Read it and if you dont like it, I'll... do something because that's how much faith I have that you'll love it just as much as I did. Hell, if you love it half as much as I did, it will still rock your world. Read it. Please. You wont regret it. "Once upon a time, in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom …" — Sarah J. Maas (Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)) And once you read it, please reach out and tell me how you liked it. I'd love to know if this series is the world-altering phenomenon that I believe it to be. Here's a list of her other series: A Court of Thorns and Roses A Court of Mist and Fury A Court of Wings and Ruin A Court of Frost and Starlight House of Earth and Blood More Reviews: https://sshilsonreviews.blogspot.com/

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Vah-Miller

    Literally one of the greatest series I have ever read. So much depth and world building and characters that I love and adore throughout. The main female heroine is badass as hell, her relationships are detailed, thought-provoking, and enticing with all the characters throughout every book. So worth the read and I honestly can’t wait to reread it. Just so badass.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katilipops

    Just fantastic. I really, really enjoyed this. Not a genre I pick up that often but I'm glad when I did, I hit this series (credit to my sister! She wanted to read something together and this author was on both our lists... We picked the series that was complete). I enjoyed the story, couldn't wait to pick the books back up, plotted when I would be able to squeeze more chapters in (Feed yourselves, kids!) and thought about what was happening in between actually reading it. Want an awesome escape Just fantastic. I really, really enjoyed this. Not a genre I pick up that often but I'm glad when I did, I hit this series (credit to my sister! She wanted to read something together and this author was on both our lists... We picked the series that was complete). I enjoyed the story, couldn't wait to pick the books back up, plotted when I would be able to squeeze more chapters in (Feed yourselves, kids!) and thought about what was happening in between actually reading it. Want an awesome escape to 2020? Does something like a mix of GOT, Harry Potter*, LOTR with a touch of Twilight sound fun? Lose yourself in these books. Things I liked w/o giving anything away: - The plot, and how it carried from book to book. There was a greater storyline, but parsed out well between the books without feeling bloated or like it dragged on like some series can do (Looking at you, Outlander). The action moved around and it felt like a natural progression, the plot points grew from each other. I might have had broad ideas of how things would go but generally couldn't predict much (but when they happened, it made sense not something out of the blue). Also, I noted that the author did a good job of not leaving loose threads around - things were explained or tied together. - The adventurous pace, something happening all the time, with character breaks/development throughout. Even parts that seemed slow or inconsequential did actually factor in, more or less. If she spent more time on one area there was a reason. - The characters, great collection of characters slowly added - and developed - throughout. The heroines growth was really satisfying to watch, we really take the journey with her. Her amassing of friends and allies was awesome. Sometimes adding new characters feels like it's because they need fresh blood into the story and then you lose time with older characters or it changes the vibe - but here it felt like an intentional part of the cobweb added. Each strand really makes the web stronger and made for an awesome cast of characters, all with some greater role within the storyline. - The relationships. I don't want to give anything away, but I would be missing a huge point of why I loved this series if I didn't say it held one of my favorite relationships of all time. Matching a hero tends to be the author justifying how it could work, how it could make sense, usually by making the non-hero sweet or smart or supportive - here it's so well done, it's a true partnership, so well unfolded. I won't say more. Things I'll say if you want some critical stuff to offset the gushing stuff: - There is a chance I'm biased because I just really needed an escape from 2020. - The dialog was good, but the flow was sometimes interrupted in a way I found distracting. - Book 6 is tough to get thru, just the way it was set up. I can't imagine those who had to wait for 6 and THEN wait for 7. Book 7 is wee choppy, though last books are tough to read anyway... last Harry Potter, etc. *- This is published by a YA publisher and might be in that section. I find this tricky sometimes... Partly because I'm a mom to an 11 year old and am protective of what she's reading - even though I know exploring sexual situations in books is not necessarily a bad way to glimpse what that's about. The first book (book 0) the heroine turns 17 - and for most of the rest of the series she is over 18. 18 is sort of the threshold for what makes a YA book and book 5 in particular has some detailed sex. I will note that the scenes are consensual and meaningful, if that helps. There is also gore and violence, actually, but not overly descriptive or seemingly 'real' and not in a real world setting. I guess that sums it up. I thought about going book by book but it's really the whole together that makes it and it would be hard not to give anything away. (And this is already one of the longest reviews I've done). I'm in mourning that it's over... All good things must come to an end, dang it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kreadsbooks

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh, there are so many things I can say about these books. But I'll try to be brief. One is that they're a complete and total waste of time. Two is that if you were looking for an engaging, diverse fantasy novel with likeable characters, you'll be severely disappointed. Three is that I've read most of SJM'S books, and I'll say this: SJM is utterly incapable of writing an unproblematic book. Some issues that I feel qualified to speak on are these two specific ones: - The handling of Aedion's bisexuali Oh, there are so many things I can say about these books. But I'll try to be brief. One is that they're a complete and total waste of time. Two is that if you were looking for an engaging, diverse fantasy novel with likeable characters, you'll be severely disappointed. Three is that I've read most of SJM'S books, and I'll say this: SJM is utterly incapable of writing an unproblematic book. Some issues that I feel qualified to speak on are these two specific ones: - The handling of Aedion's bisexuality. Being in the queer community myself, I hate when things like this are written this particular way. Personally, reading all throughout the books, I never would've known he was bi because his attraction to men is never mentioned in his pov (or even by other characters) until he says so to Lysandra at the very end of the last book. And to make things worse, he's constantly referred to as "Ardarlan's Whore". (He's also the only lgbtq+ character, except for the gay fae couple in book 3 that were more token diversity points than actual characters.) - The toxic masculinity within Aelin and Rowan's relationship, as well as the age gap. Rowan's a 100+ year old fae and Aelin's like, what, 19? 20? I will never understand how people can deal or tolerate this trope because to me it just makes me feel extremely uncomfortable and disgusted. I'm not going to go extremely in-depth about the other issues because I think that other people from other reviews and accounts can and have explained them a lot better. I read these books when I was younger and only picked them up again quite a few years later to analyze the problems on them, and throughout I was constantly wondering how I could've ignored these problems; how I missed the multitude of issues within all 8 books. Personally, I could've done without reading these books in my entire life. Someone could tell me "you're cursed to never see another sjm book again!" and I'd be like "that's fine with me". I'm not usually the kind of person to say "I hate this book" but to be frank, I hate all of these books. I don't like the author either. If you're like me and want to read up on more problems with SJM'S books, I'd suggest looking up the "anti-sjm" tag on tumblr, or watching the few YouTube videos on why SJM'S books are problematic. Such as: https://youtu.be/woq2HzBOqLI The good news is, there are plenty of other diverse fantasy book series out there! With significantlly less problems (or no problems)! A few that come to mind are: - Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo (I've reread this duology like 6 times) - Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (this is getting another book in early 2023, it also has a sapphic relationship and very well done female characters, as well as fantastic worldbuilding. If you don't mind 900 page books, I highly recommend checking this out) - These Violent Delights duology by Chloe Gong (emotionally destroyed me, as all good books do) - A Dark and Hollow Star saga by Ashley Shuttleworth (the first two books are out as of right now, there's going to be 4 total) - Ace of Shades trilogy by Amanda Foody (highly underrated series)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lilicakes

    4.5 stars. Couldn’t put the last book down, loved the series. I’ll admit, I was not impressed with the first book, Assassin’s Blade, at all. Thought it was simple and contrived, and didn’t like the main character. But the genius of Maas is the writing developed along with the character, she grew and became more heroic and the plot became more complex and interesting. And as the characters were added, the tension grew and the lives wove together tighter and tighter. And talk about strong females! 4.5 stars. Couldn’t put the last book down, loved the series. I’ll admit, I was not impressed with the first book, Assassin’s Blade, at all. Thought it was simple and contrived, and didn’t like the main character. But the genius of Maas is the writing developed along with the character, she grew and became more heroic and the plot became more complex and interesting. And as the characters were added, the tension grew and the lives wove together tighter and tighter. And talk about strong females! And bonds formed between characters as equals! Now I want to go back and read those first ones again, I know I missed things. So glad I kept reading! Note: this is a YA series and rated as such. Plot and writing style are not refined. Somewhere between Harry Potter and LOTR, and not in the same league as either of them. But I loved it anyway

  22. 5 out of 5

    Grace O’Loan

    OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH. You instantly fall in love with the characters and the way you feel you follow the protagonist throughout her journey is amazing. She is literally a different person by the end of the series. And I have never felt such hate towards a person (Chaol Westfall) that is fictional in a while. The series is EXTREMELY long and has a very lengthy end so I recommend that you spread out the books and not read them all at once. This isn't because of how long it is though this is just s OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH. You instantly fall in love with the characters and the way you feel you follow the protagonist throughout her journey is amazing. She is literally a different person by the end of the series. And I have never felt such hate towards a person (Chaol Westfall) that is fictional in a while. The series is EXTREMELY long and has a very lengthy end so I recommend that you spread out the books and not read them all at once. This isn't because of how long it is though this is just so you can savour it. The storyline is very addictive with world building having a constant presence in the story you feel totally immersed in what is happening. P.S. You wil lcry, you will yell, you will threaten many fictional people. I recommend for 12-16 year olds to read this but do keep in mind that there are mature themes in Empire of storms. READ IT YOU WILL NOT REGRET

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Oh my, 4 and 5 were good books. Other than that, wow. I kept waiting...for the author to understand her own characters!!! From a cousin that was fully devoted to main character treated like feces the entire series, and huge lead ups, just abruptly ended with lack luster. All the hook ups. Everyone gets paired. Cheesy. It's crazy, I connected with Manon and Abraxos the most Lol!!! They were powerful. Won't go back to this author, too fustrating. Oh my, 4 and 5 were good books. Other than that, wow. I kept waiting...for the author to understand her own characters!!! From a cousin that was fully devoted to main character treated like feces the entire series, and huge lead ups, just abruptly ended with lack luster. All the hook ups. Everyone gets paired. Cheesy. It's crazy, I connected with Manon and Abraxos the most Lol!!! They were powerful. Won't go back to this author, too fustrating.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Bloebaum

    Absolutely amazing! I started of not liking Celaena, but came to respect her as the stories developed and I am loving the wonderful world she lives in and the adventures she has. I love several characters more than her, but I won't spoil anything. This is definitely a must read if you love young adult, fantasy, magic and more! Absolutely amazing! I started of not liking Celaena, but came to respect her as the stories developed and I am loving the wonderful world she lives in and the adventures she has. I love several characters more than her, but I won't spoil anything. This is definitely a must read if you love young adult, fantasy, magic and more!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Princelust

    Wonderful.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    this writing, the colonizer mindset, nehemia’s story, the author in general

  27. 5 out of 5

    Everett Hansuld

    Was a difficult read. There was a lot of contradictions.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kit

    Thank Christ it's finally done. Thank Christ it's finally done.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This was the first time I’ve re-read the series in full. I did a couple of rereads when QoS and EoS released, but not since then, which was quite a long time ago. I had forgotten a lot of the various conflicts and revelations throughout, so it was nice to refresh my memory and enjoy the journey again. It was such an emotional reread! Queen of Shadows felt so much like both an ending and a beginning for a lot of reasons, but I felt like I could appreciate the story more remember how it ended inste This was the first time I’ve re-read the series in full. I did a couple of rereads when QoS and EoS released, but not since then, which was quite a long time ago. I had forgotten a lot of the various conflicts and revelations throughout, so it was nice to refresh my memory and enjoy the journey again. It was such an emotional reread! Queen of Shadows felt so much like both an ending and a beginning for a lot of reasons, but I felt like I could appreciate the story more remember how it ended instead of reading on the edge of my seat hoping my favorite characters would survive. Empire of Storms was emotionally damaging as always. I appreciated it more this time around for the same reason as Queen of Shadows.. I already knew everyone was screwed so I savored the small moments. There were times when I was reading and my husband would look at me and ask me if I was okay. “No, everyone in my book is f*cked and I already know that, but it’s so heart wrenching!” I definitely cried at the end. My feelings about Tower of Dawn were the same. I did not want to read it, almost skipped it, decided to just suffer through it, and ended up loving it in the end and feeling like there was some redemption. I did love Yrene and honestly Chaol wasn’t a completely awful person, he was just incredibly unlikable for a few books. Kingdom of Ash was epic.. it was my first time re-reading it and I think after it ended the first time around, I just closed it up and put it away and never really took the time to appreciate it. I mean I know I loved it the first time, but I was more focused on the fact that it was finally over. I loved rereading and taking my time with it and paying attention to the small things. I was so worried that I wouldn’t enjoy this series as much since it’s been awhile since I’ve truly enjoyed a YA novel, but I loved it. It never felt like a trope-y YA book and it still doesn’t. And even though I appreciate less of a slow burn romance wise as I shifted into more adult romances over the years, I still wouldn’t have changed a single thing with the romances in this series and I felt invested in everyone. Throne of Glass is such an amazing series. Sarah J Maas is definitely NOT an underrated author, but I sometimes feel like Throne of Glass doesn’t get as much love as her other books because it’s less graphic and focused on romance. Even though it’s a fantasy first, I feel so many strong emotions about the characters and their relationships anyway and I just want to shove it at all of my ACOTAR loving friends. I’m so glad I decided to take on this 5000 page epic reread. It was awesome and stressful and adventurous and emotionally damaging in all the best ways.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ariel Bermudez

    I was slow to read this series, and if the bundle hadn't gone on sale it would still be on my TBR. That being said, it was amazing. I will say though, I did not read Assassin's Blade or Tower of Dawn. If I could go back, I would read Assassin's Blade first. When I started this series I was unaware of how it could be read. The bundle starts with TOG so that is how I started the series. The bundle goes from one book to the next, and though you can jump around while using the table of contents, I j I was slow to read this series, and if the bundle hadn't gone on sale it would still be on my TBR. That being said, it was amazing. I will say though, I did not read Assassin's Blade or Tower of Dawn. If I could go back, I would read Assassin's Blade first. When I started this series I was unaware of how it could be read. The bundle starts with TOG so that is how I started the series. The bundle goes from one book to the next, and though you can jump around while using the table of contents, I just went with the flow. I didn't go back to read Assassin's Blade only because I had finished the series and didn't want to go back to the beginning. I omitted TOD simply because I could not get into it and after the cliffhanger in EOS, I was just eager to get back to Aelin's story. I'm not encouraging the skipping of TOD, but if you find that you can't get into it either, then go find reviews and make sure you read a summary as there are MAJOR plot points you will need to know before going into the last book. When I eventually re-read this series, I will read Assassin's blade first and try to finish TOD. There is not much I can say that any other review hasn't said yet. I was fully into this series and did not want to put it down. It had some of the most heart wrenching scenes I have ever read in books, and some of the most heart touching as well. But...when the series was over I felt that I wanted more time spent with each of the relationships. The series is so fast paced and there is so much going on that there really isn't any time to just enjoy the couples. I wish there was more focus on each of the couples (specifically Rowan/Aelin and Dorian/Manon). Speaking of the couples, we only get definitive endings for a few of them. Some of them, like Dorian and Manon, we are left with an open ending and we don't know what happens with them. Overall this is a great series and I am glad I finally read it. I started my SJM journey with ACOTAR and fell in love with her characters; TOG is no different.

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