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Throne of Glass Series in Order: How to read Sarah J. Maas books?

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You can be young and deadly, just ask Celaena Sardothien.

What’s the Throne of Glass Series?

Written by Sarah J. Maas, the Throne of Glass is a fantasy series that takes us in a land without magic where we follow Celaena Sardothien, an 18-year-old assassin in the kingdom of Adarlan.

After being imprisoned for a year by the king, Celaena Sardothien accepts an offer to compete with other assassins for a chance to serve as the king’s champion and win her freedom. This leads her to great and dangerous adventures, world-shattering revelations and more.

Throne of Glass Series in Order:

  1. The Assassin’s Blade – A collection of prequel stories, including four novellas: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld, The Assassin and the Empire.
  2. Throne of Glass – In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
  3. Crown of Midnight – Celaena Sardothien is the king’s Champion-yet she is far from loyal to the crown, for the man she serves is bent on evil. But working against her master in secret is no easy task. As Celaena tries to untangle the mysteries buried within the glass castle, she can trust no one. Then, an unspeakable tragedy shatters Celaena’s world. She must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie…
  4. Heir of Fire – Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth …a truth about her heritage that could change her life – and her future – forever.

  1. Queen of Shadows – 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.
  2. Empire of Storms – The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves.
  3. Tower of Dawn – Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered. His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
  4. Kingdom of Ash – 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.


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  1. J

    The first line for the 2nd book that you wrote completely spoils the whole book 1. Maybe write warning spoiler?

    • M

      To be fair, if she wasn’t the champion of book 1, there wouldn’t be more than 1 book … Just saying.

    • Thanks for waning me. I was gonna read it though.

    • Nikk

      actually, if you had read the back of the books, you would know that it says almost that exact same thing. So think before you speak.

  2. the later books are explicit

    • Suzzana

      What do you mean by explicit?

      • Ashley Farmer

        Like 50 shades of Grey. I was seriously disappointed and turned off when I came across such explicit reading material in a supposedly “Young Adult” read! That kind of crap does not belong in this category!

        • Abby Halliwell

          Sex is a very natural thing, and as far as I’m aware Maas does not portray it in an unhealthy light. You are fine with teenagers reading about violence (this series has some awful scenes – e.g when Celaena tortures the killer of her friend) but when something that happens between people when they are in a healthy relationship is portrayed you are suddenly offended. I’m not blaming you as this is a view most of society has, but it poses a few questions.

        • Ankica

          Uh uh,so disappointing…
          I read only 2-ond book ( here in Croatia is difficult to find good book if it’s not mega popular…
          So,I trying to find other parts of the story and now,I don’t know..maybe it’s better to stop and save a good memory…

        • Lee

          Did you read 50 Shades of Grey? Because this is nowhere near that. Like, 50 Shades describes in detail the feeling of his semen on her thigh. I don’t even think Maas uses the word thrust. As far as literary sex scenes go, it is between people of a loving relationship and describes very little detail of the physical act and more the feelings behind it. Maybe there would be less horrible acts surrounding sex in this world if people revered it as more of an emotional connection between to people that manifests physically than a purely physical act based on instinct that should be kept a secret.

          • Kathie

            I agree with Abby. Violence is depicted far more than lovemaking in these books, so make up your mind about *that *. Main characters have sex in the context of loving relationships, and both men and women are shown waiting for the right partner or being able to kiss or fool around without “going all the way.” A good role model, I think. Rape is clearly shown to be violent assault carried out by evil people only. Love and sex in the series is part of the characters’ coming of age. I am not crazy about the emphasis on beauty in women and rock-hard, muscled males, but (a) it’s a war epic and (b) it’s a fantasy. For depth see NK Jemisen. Yes, the sex is cartoonishly repetitive and the bodice-ripping makes me ache — to be her beta editor. But these strong women characters are in control in all ways, whether love or war. I don’t think I’ve read another fantasy with more fierce, powerful women.

          • shadow

            i can back that statement!

  3. Audry Vaught

    Great books!!! Great! Can’t put them down! So enjoy your writing style!

  4. holly orians

    I have a voracious,high reader (9th grade level) of a 10 year old and he got one of these books and tore through it and wants to read more…we talked about sex and violence in the book and he is fine, but could someone tell me more in depth how sexual it really is? Should I not allow him to read these? It’s just so hard to find books for him to read that he doesn’t read in a 1/2 hour. Thanks for the advice.

  5. aimei

    as someone who read these books a little bit young, I wouldn’t :/

  6. Demi

    I really love this author, and im in the Middle of trying to collect all her books!

  7. Chris

    This is the best series I have read. Sometimes I have to wait to go in to work so I can get to a good break. I am excited to see how it ends and start with another one of her series.

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