If you like that, try these … Throne of Glass series

Hi all!

Welcome to another post of If you like that, try these …, my fortnightly post series where I share book (and sometimes movie or TV show) recommendations based on a book I’ve read. A new post comes out every second Thursday!

(For the duration of November and the beginning of December, If you like that, try these … will be postponed as I will be overseas. A new post will then continue on the 13th of December.)

TODAY’S PICK IS …

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What’s it about?

After serving a year of hard labour in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, assassin Celaena Sardothien is taken to the capitol of Adarlan by the Crown Prince, Dorian, and the royal captain, Chaol Westfall, to compete in a competition to become the new royal assassin. Thus begins an epic journey as Celaena finds herself in the middle of a secret war that has been brewing for centuries involving demons, gods, creatures from alternate universes, and a hunt for the search of a long lost princess.

What are the themes/elements?

Freedom, fighting, romance, faeries, demons, gods, survival, loss, deception, friendship, fantasy, suspense, war, fighting for rights, magic, hidden truths, death, adventure, quest, lost royalty, hate to love, friends to lovers, healing, paranormal elements.

 

SO…

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33What’s it about?

The Rings of Power were crafted and the Dark Lord forged the One Ring, filling it with his power so he could rule all the others. But the One Ring was taken from him and he searched for it for years across Middle-earth. After many ages, it falls, by chance, into the hands of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Bequeathing the ring to his young cousin Frodo and immediately disappearing, Frodo and his best friends, Sam, Merry and Pippin, undertake a quest to destroy the Ring by throwing it into the Cracks of Doom. But the Dark Lords underlings follow them at every point.

Why did I choose it?

There’s been a lot of comparisons between Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series and The Lord of the Rings books, but I’m someone who truely believes that almost every epic fantasy novel out there today has been at least somewhat inspired by The Lord of the Rings. Like Throne of GlassThe Lord of the Rings contains a lot of paranormal elements, the fight for freedom, plenty of fighting and warromancesurvival and death. Plus we have the ultimate fantasy trope: adventure quest

 

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youngelitesWhat’s it about?

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever, which left her and many other children and adolescents with strange markings — and even stranger powers. Considered an abomination and a curse to her family, Adelina seeks out the Young Elites — a group of magic users like herself. There she meets Enzo, an exiled Prince, who convinces Adelina that she is powerful and that they need her to help save them. But Adelina isn’t as good as Enzo believes her to be, and her powers are dangerous. Soon, she finds herself working against the Young Elites, and seeks power for herself.

Why did I choose it?

I chose The Young Elites series because Adelina and Celaena (also known as Aelin) are quite similar. While Aelin isn’t as evil as Adelina — as Adelina is an anti-hero — they both have similar stories, as they do unspeakable things (Aelin worked as an assassin) while Adelina has killed and has people killed, and they both work to put themselves on their respective thrones. The Young Elites also features the fight for freedom, the fight against oppressionwarfighting for rightssurvival and loss. 

 

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20873804What’s it about?

In a land where winter can last decades, seven noble families fight for power and the Iron Throne. Ned Stark, who’s family has held the title of Warden of the North for centuries, is chosen as Hand of the King, but his young son is almost murdered not long after. Suspecting the cruel Lannister family — the Queen’s family — Ned accepts his role and travels south in order to find evidence against them. Instead, he discovers something even worse, and this discovery sparks an epic war with the Lannisters, the Starks, the Targaryens, the Tyrells, the Greyjoys, the Martells, and the Boltons.

Why did I choose it?

Like Throne of Glass, A Song of Ice and Fire series is an epic fantasy about royalty and war. Many physical similarities include: hundreds of characters, seven books close to 1000 pages each, powerful royal families vying for power, and supernatural creatures. The books also feature romancedeception (so much deception), magichidden truths, lost royalty, and adventure. 

 

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9565548What’s it about?

Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the convent of St. Mortain. Here, she learns that the God of Death has blessed her with dangerous powers, and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and claim her destiny — but to do so means she must destroy the lives of others. Ismae is sent to the court of Brittany and finds herself caught in a deadly game of intrigue — and has to make an impossible choice as she finds herself falling for the man she is sent to kill.

Why did I choose it?

I chose this book because it’s about deadly assassins, and Ismae is much like Aelin. As Celaena, Aelin constantly lies about assassinating people once she becomes King’s Champion, and Ismae also finds herself unable to complete her missions. The book also features deathhate to love romanceadventure elementsfriendship, and survival. 

 

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LM_coverWhat’s it about?

Emma Carstairs is the best Shadowhunter in her generation. Living during a time where faeries are punished for their role in the Dark War, Emma and her friends at the Los Angeles Institute — the Blackthorns — are forced to form an uneasy alliance with the faeries as faeries have been murdered. Emma sees this as an opportunity for revenge for the death of her parents at the hands of faeries, while her parabatai sees this as a chance to get his brother back. But this leads to secrets being revealed, secrets that go back centuries. And of course she has to deal with her growing feelings for her parabatai … which is illegal under Shadowhunter law.

Why did I choose it?

I chose this Shadowhunter series, The Dark Artifices, because it focuses on the faeries and the Cold Peace — a time where faeries are punished and ignored by the rest of the Downworld. Throne of Glass has it’s own version of faeries, not as cruel as the ones in Lady Midnight, but just as powerful. The series also features a friends to lovers romancehidden truths being revealedmagic, deathsurvival and lossfriendship, and war. Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices is a unique and epic fantasy magical world, much like Throne of Glass, and Emma and Aelin — powerful warriors — are quite similar.

 

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Jude was seven when her parents where murdered and she and her sisters were stolen and sent to live in the High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants to belong with the faeries, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans, including the youngest and cruelest of the King’s sons, Prince Cardan. To win her place in court, she must defy him, and as Jude becomes embroiled in intrigues, she discovers she has a talent for trickery. But as the faerie world threatens violence, Jude needs to risk her life to save her sisters. 

Why did I choose it?

I chose this book because, like The Dark Artifices, it features faeries. The High Court of Faerie is remnant of Maeve’s court (Queen of the Faeries) in Throne of Glass. It’s dangerous, and the faeries there are ambitious. There are also many similarities between the faeries in Holly Black’s world and SJM’s, but Jude and Aelin are also quite similar. Jude is a morally grey character, who does whatever she must to achieve her goals, but who is also very selfless — a lot like Aelin. The Cruel Prince also features hate to love romancefightingsurvival, death and loss, and fantasy.

 

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36506218What’s it about?

Laia is a slave, and Elias is a soldier — neither is free. The Martial Empire is ruthless and keeps its people enslaved and oppressed. Laia and her family live in fear of the Martial Empire, especially after the deaths of her parents, but when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia has no choice but to risk her life to find him and bring him home. Laia seeks out the rebels who fight against the Empire, and in exchange for saving her brother, Laia has to spy for them in the Empire’s military academy. There Laia meets Elias, the school’s greatest solider and most unwilling one. But before Elias has a chance to escape, the Empire arrives with news: the Emperor is dead and Elias and his fellow soldiers must compete in a series of tasks, which will decide who among them will become the next ruler of the Martial Empire.

Why did I choose it?

I chose this book because it is an epic fantasy world and features many similar elements to Throne of Glass. The Martial Empire, like Adarlan, keeps its people oppressed through fear and death, while a small sect seeks to create a better world. An Ember in the Ashes also features romancefighting for rightsdeceptionfriendshipadventure, and paranormal elements. Also, the Commandant is almost exactly like Maeve, it’s scary.

 

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AND THERE WE HAVE IT: IF YOU LIKE THE THRONE OF GLASS SERIES BY SARAH J. MAAS, THEN TRY THOSE SEVEN RECOMMENDATIONS! 

Do you know of any other similar books or shows/movies that I didn’t mention? What books would you like to see me discuss next time? Let me know!

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