SERIES REVIEW: Throne of Glass (Books 4 – 6)

In the interest of easily accessing the reviews I’ve written for the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, I have decided to combine them into 2 larger review – books 1-3 (review is now available here) and books 4-6. The Assassin’s Blade  and Tower of Dawn will remain independent, as they are not directly part of the Throne of Glass timeline.

This second half of the series review will feature Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and Kingdom of AshOverall, I feel that Maas really found her stride in the second half of the series. With world-building (mostly) out of the way, and a plethora of well-developed characters and plot points to choose from, Maas was able to focus on weaving an intricate plot that, at times, left me reeling in awe and wonder.

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SERIES REVIEW: Throne of Glass (Books 1 – 3)

In the interest of easily accessing the reviews I’ve written for the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, I have decided to combine them into 2 larger review – books 1-3 and books 4-6. The Assassin’s Blade  and Tower of Dawn will remain independent, as they are not directly part of the Throne of Glass timeline.

This first series review will feature Throne of GlassCrown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire. My feelings about these first three books are torn, as is evident in my individual reviews below, but overall I feel that without these three books, Aelin’s story, and the general tale Maas’ has woven, would have been less impactful and certainly less cohesive, as a significant amount of character development and world building occurs in these three books.

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Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion in Kingdom of Ash, which was released on October 23, 2018. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world… As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

Aelin has risked everything to save her people – but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day. With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation-and a better world. And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen – before she is lost to him forever.

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Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas

Released in North America on August 7, 2018, Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas is sizzling with action and suspense. In Catwoman: Soulstealer, Maas delivers a coming-of-age Selina Kyle who will steal readers’ hearts. Catwoman: Soulstealer is the third of a series of DC Icons books, inspired by some of the most well-known DC Superheroes of all-time. This new series features megastar young adult authors Leigh Bardugo (Wonder Woman), Marie Lu (Batman), Sarah J. Maas (Catwoman), and Matt de la Peña (Superman).

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking. Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. He targets a new thief on the prowl who has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman is clever–she may be Batwing’s undoing. In this third DC Icons book, Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?

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A Court of Frost and Starlight (NOVELLA) by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas, released on May 1, 2018, is a new, original novella in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series that picks up several months after the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin, and will serve as a bridge between that series and Maas’ upcoming series set in the same world.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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A Brief Blog Update (May 2018)

Hello Bookworms!

Perhaps you’ve been wondering where I disappeared to this month? Well, to keep it short and sweet, I’ve simply been overwhelmed by life. Between school, work, and moving house, I simply haven’t had the time to read, much less blog!

But that is going to change – and soon! I have several new book reviews lined up for the coming weeks, including The Bird and the Blade (ARC) by Megan Bannen, A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas, To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo, and Reign the Earth (Audiobook) by A.C. Gaughen – beginning with a spoiler-free review of The Bird and the Blade (ARC) by Megan Bannen on Monday May 14 at 10 am!

PS. The beautiful custom bookmark shown in the featured photo of this post was created by the lovely @kimcarlika. You can check out her shop here.

BLOG UPDATE: March 2018

Hello Bookworms! Its been awhile since I’ve done one of these, but since I am anticipating being quite swamped as I finish up my final term of Teacher’s College, I felt that I should share some important blog news with everyone!

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(Furyborn by Claire Legrand)

March, April, and May are without a doubt going to be a crazy busy month for me – I will be entering my final practicum as a pre-service teacher! Crazy, right? But practicum means a busy schedule of teaching, volunteering, and lesson planning, and in my previous experience, this really does cut into my reading time. And while I may be busy with finishing up my final term of post-secondary, I know I’ll find a way to sneak in some reading – and blogging – time!

Just not as much time as I have been, which (unfortunately) means that I am going to be changing up my blogging schedule a little bit, starting this upcoming Sunday (March 18, 2018). I will still be publishing a full review every Thursday, but from now on on Mondays I will be re-instating Mini Mondays!

You read that right – I am bringing back an old feature – MINI MONDAYS! I stopped doing this feature mid-2017 because I just wasn’t enjoying writing “Mini” Reviews anymore, and I had more time than I had had in awhile to write, so I figured I would go all full reviews. Unfortunately, for the next couple months, I am anticipating being quite swamped as I finish up my final term of Teacher’s College, and thus, in order to keep bringing you all regularly scheduled reviews, I have decided to re-instate Mini Mondays! These reviews will be 600 words or less, and will focus primary on what I enjoyed, and what I did not.

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(Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young)

Beyond that, I will still be sharing monthly Reading/To Be Read Lists on the first (or as close as possible to the first), in addition to series reviews when applicable. I will also still be posting daily on my Bookstagram and on Twitter, so please feel free to follow me there to stay up to date on what I am reading and blogging about!

Finally, if there are any other features or blog posts themes you would like to see on my blog in the future, please let me know in the comments, and I will take your suggestions into consideration for my Summer Blogging Schedule!

Keep Reading, Bookworms!

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(The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas)

 

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

Released in Canada on March 3, 2015, The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas features all four of the previously published e-novellas – The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassins and the Underworld, and The Assassin and the Empire – along with a story now available for the first time, The Assassin and the Healer. I will be reviewing each of the five novellas individually, then reviewing the novella collection as a whole.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, she’s sworn to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam. Celaena’s missions take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny. But by acting on her own terms, will Celaena truly free herself from her master, or will she suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery? 

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume, Queen of Shadows, which sees Aelin Ashryver Glathynius return to Rifthold with a burning motivation for vengeance against the people who destroyed her family and her nation. Queen of Shadows will hold readers rapt as Aelin’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

The Queen has returned. 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 just to see her again. 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 (Indigo.ca).

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