With Empire of Storms, the fifth novel in the Throne of Glass series, being released tomorrow, I thought it would be a fun idea to make a list of the 5 things (for book number 5) I love about the series in order to get excited for the new book.
1. The strong, badass female characters
If you want an incredible series with strong, female characters, then look no further than Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series. I can’t even choose a favourite female character, because all of them are simply amazing. There are mentally strong women, like Manon and Asterin; there are physically strong women like Aelin and Nesryn; and there are emotionally strong women like Kaltain, Elide and Lysandra. All of the women have rich backgrounds and complex personalities. Each female is complicated and wonderful in her own way. They are real. It’s so refreshing to read about powerful women doing incredible things.
2. The plot
Sarah J. Maas is a master at manipulation. What I mean by this is she makes you think the books are about a specific thing, when really they are about something else entirely. We think the series is about an assassin trying to regain her freedom; in actuality, the series is about a lost Queen attempting to regain her kingdom with many twists, turns and altercations along the way. Throne of Glass series is certainly a page-turner and will keep you up all night long!
3. The world-building
Each novel in the series incorporates another amazing element of the fantastical world of Erilea. Sarah J. Maas has created a fascinating universe filled with magic, politics, war, genocide – all the grim realities of ruling a kingdom and fighting for power. The great thing is that these terrible realities are not glossed over, they are actively included because these sorts of things happen in real life. Expect a lot of characters to meet a grisly, and sometimes deserved, end. The world of Erilea is so mystical and wonderful to experience. Each new novel reveals a new part of this world I didn’t know existed, and we follow along and learn with Aelin as she too discovers new elements in her world.
4. The writing
Sarah J. Maas is a wonderful and descriptive writer. Everything is fully fleshed out and explained to the reader, which is paramount in a fantasy novel. I think fantasy is probably one of the most difficult genres to write, because if the author’s writing is not clear and precise, many readers will give up on the book as they find the world-building and fantasy elements too confusing. That is certainly not the case here. Sarah’s writing is superb and creates a seamless, uninterrupted narrative.
5. The ships
I can’t write a list about my favourite things in the Throne of Glass series without including the amazing ships. If you love romance, this is definitely the book for you. What I loved most about the romance, was that the couples frequently change. Aelin herself is torn between two men in the first novel, while in the third novel she falls in love with someone completely different. Dorian also has many romances: he loves Aelin, then Sorscha, and, as of the fourth book, someone completely different (which I am totally shipping). No matter what ship you ship the hardest, there is plenty of love to go around.
The Throne of Glass novels are one of my ultimate favourite YA series. Sarah J. Maas has created an incredible world that I love to immerse myself in time and time again. Empire of Storms will be the death of me, I am sure. Tomorrow can’t come soon enough.
Let me know in the comments below why you love the Throne of Glass series!
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