Tag: Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas

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This stunning second novel is even more powerful than the first, with reveals about the first book that make me want to read it again. Our heroine, Feyre, is deeply changed after the events of the first book, and her post-traumatic stress sends the first ripples of stress through her relationship with the High Fae lord she loves. Simply a scorcher of a story, but for 18 and up, due to very explicit sex scenes (much more so than the first book.) Heck, I’ve read adult romance novels that weren’t this graphic. NOT a YA book.

 

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Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas

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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.

Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas

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This fantastic fourth novel in the series feels like a conclusion because it wraps up so many threads dating to the first book. And it give me real hope for the final book in the series, because Maas is so thoughtful about the many wonderful details and closures she gives us here, as she positions her characters for their next steps.

The whole book ratchets up the tension, as Aelin returns to Rifthold to discover what happened in her absence, and to, perhaps, give the rebels a key focal point for the first time. Spectacular, for 16 and up.

 

Heir of Fire, by Sarah J. Maas

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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.

Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas

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Reposting my earlier review as I am rereading the series to prep for Book 5.

A terrific follow-up to Throne of Glass, this book sweeps you in with its dynamic heroine and fantastic, in-depth world-building. As Celaena takes her rightful place in the despised King’s Court, her deepening relationships with two young men and her growing friendship with the visiting princess tie her ever more firmly to the kingdom’s fortunes and its mysteries. For 16 and up due to sex and violence.

 

The Assassin’s Blade, by Sarah J. Maas

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The prequels to this series are almost more intense than the series itself. The violence and sexual content makes this one 16 and up, despite how many of these are stocked in middle schools.

That said, these wonderful short stories cover all the referenced issues in the life of our heroine, a 16-year-old assassin, before Book 1. Almost uniformly bleak and/or disturbing, it sets up the tough world established in the core series.

Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas

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Am rereading this series in preparation for the newly released fifth book, and it is well worth the reread. In the opening novel, our heroine Celaena, 18, is an acclaimed assassin condemned to hard labor in the salt mines. When the handsome Prince Dorian arrives to offer her a deal, she has no choice but to take it. And her arrival at the Glass Castle will lead the reader on a wild ride filled with fights and monsters and magic and ghosts and betrayal and romance. A pulse-pounding story for older teens, say, 16 and up.

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas

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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.

Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas

A terrific follow-up to Throne of Glass, this book sweeps you in with its dynamic heroine and fantastic, in-depth world-building. As Celaena takes her rightful place in the despised King’s Court, her deepening relationships with two young men and her growing friendship with the visiting princess tie her ever more firmly to the kingdom’s fortunes and its mysteries. For 16 and up due to sex and violence.