While Throne of Glass has been out since 2012, the fifth book in the series, Empire of Storms, comes out this September. Because of this, I plan on re-reading the entire series to refresh my memory before buying book five.
This is a series that I wish I could back with and start from the beginning, without knowing what happens in books two through four. This is a series that, no matter how old I get, will leave me speechless time and again. It also might have one of the craziest fan bases. Let’s be real, people either love or hate these books, the characters, and even Maas’ writing. One of my favorite parts about this book is the characters. In my opinion, the main character Celaena, is one of the strongest female leads that I have read in YA since Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s books. She’s an assassin and could kill a person forty different ways, but she also has many realistic and relatable characteristics that allow the reader to bond with her. From the moment she is pulled out of that salt mine, I was rooting for her to win King’s Champion and wanted the Prince and Chaol to see her good qualities and believe in her, just as I did. I know that these characters will stick with me forever.
Amazing characters aside, this whole series has got some serious world building and engaging writing that help make it so highly ranked on my shelf. I say engaging writing because I still hold to the fact that Maas’ writing isn’t the best I have ever read, but I have also never had any other book suck me in like these do. The love scenes give me actual butterflies, the war and fighting sometimes make me feel physically ill—it’s insane in the best way possible. And even though these books are based on a whole new continent with all new lands and people that we are not familiar with at first, I have no problems picturing it. With some fantasy novels that’s a problem, and I hate it. Sometimes you don’t get a feel for a place until book three or four. With this series, even though we aren’t introduced to all of the countries just yet, you catch a good enough glimmer that holds you over until you are actually reading about a character in that place. I never found any of it lacking. And, like I mentioned earlier, if there ever was anything that seemed obscure or strange, it’s only because Maas was setting up for later books. Going back and reading this after reading book four, I caught every single little clue and had so many “aha!” moments. It was insane. I am SO READY for Empire of Storms. Bring it on, Maas. I’m waiting.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, engaging writing and plot lines, and strong female lead characters.
”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 the most.”