Maas had become more and more comfortable with a narrative of interlocking characters, and in this one, our characters are scattered across the continent as Aelin and her growing court head toward her home country for the first time.
There are echoes of several series in here (Game of Thrones and Graceling among them), but Maas has carved out her own world and her plot hurtles toward its endgame. One quibble – what started as a series that my younger daughter found in a middle-school library has morphed and taken a flying leap into graphic sex. For 18 and up.
Still rereading my way up to the newly released fifth book:
|This third book of the series takes a very different tack, as Celaena leaves the castle for the first time to discover her heritage and, perhaps, claim her birthright. Challenged to fight in new ways by the Fae Rowan, she will re-learn all she knew. Terrific writing continues here – can’t wait for book four! For 16 and up due to violence and terror.
Another excellent Maas novel, this one targeted older than her Throne of Glass series. Our 19-year-old heroine, the sole hunter for her impoverished family, is taken abruptly from them to the world of Faerie. There is romance, adventure, and a nightmarish evil in this world, and our Fayre fights to handle all of it. While this one is self-contained, there is clearly more to come. Recommended for 18 and up due to graphic sex and violence.
This extraordinary novel, of 900+ pages, is a sequel, but really it is a direct continuation of the first novel, Rothfuss’ debut. And the sophomore effort is even more exceptional. Told almost entirely in flashback, Kvothe (rhymes with “quoth”) continues his university days, but his perspective expands, as he discovers the Fae for the first time, and as he spends immersive time in other parts of the world. This is the kind of book you don’t just read, but fall into, as if in a dream, because the characters are so very real and returning to this book feels like a homecoming among old friends. There are glimmers of darkness from the road ahead for Kvothe, and for us as his readers, but I can’t wait to follow this story to its conclusion.