Publication Order of Throne Of Glass Books
|Throne of Glass||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Crown of Midnight||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Heir of Fire||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Queen of Shadows||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Empire of Storms||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Throne Of Glass Short Stories
|The Assassin and the Pirate Lord||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Assassin and the Desert||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Assassin and the Underworld||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Assassin and the Empire||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Throne Of Glass Collections
Publication Order of Throne Of Glass Non-Fiction Books
Publication Order of Court Of Thorns and Roses Books
|A Court of Thorns and Roses||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Court of Mist and Fury||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Sarah Maas is a New York Times best selling author of young adult and fantasy works. Born on the 5th of March 1986 in New York City, New York, Maas spent most of her youth reading and writing. She later attended Hamilton College in the same state majoring in creative writing, with a minor in religious studies. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the same university in 2008. Married, and the owner of a pet dog, she lives with her husband in Pennsylvania, a state whose picturesque scene she is very fond of.
Maas is an avid writer, drawing influence from writers such as Lloyd Alexander, Suzanne Collins, Robin McKinley, Garth Nix, Tamora Pierce, Phillip Pullman, J.K. Rowling among others. Said writers greatly influenced her Young Adults writing, while writers such as Peter Beagle, Anne Bishop, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Terry Brooks, Emma Bull, James Clemens, Neil Gaiman, Patricia A. McKillip and J. R. R. Tolkien influenced her fantasy writing. Maas has stated that Music plays a large role in her writing, inspiring many scenes, characters and plots of her books. Indeed, she first got the inspiration for her book Throne of Glass after listening to music from Disney’s Cinderella.
A writer from a tender age, Maas’ life has revolved around writing, having written for as long as she can remember. However, her first work to end up being recognized was started at the tender age of sixteen. Having written several books before, she took to writing ‘Throne of Glass’, initially titled ‘Queen of Glass’. For her to reach out to a wider audience, she put up the first few chapters of the book that she had written onto a website, FictionPress.com, which is a website that allows writers to target more people. For a period of six years, the rough draft of ‘Queen of Glass’ grew to be one of the most popular books on the site, garnering close to seven thousand reviews. This arguably widespread acceptance of her works served to motivate her to do something bigger with her writing and she decided to take the book off of FictionPress.com and work on it towards publishable standards.
Her path towards publishing was not straightforward with her first two agents turning her down, ostensibly, according to Maas herself, because of the length of the draft which at more than two hundred and forty thousand words proved too long. She has since said that one of her weaknesses with regard to writing is that she is at times unable to keep her word-count down. Cognizant of what portion of her writing she needed to polish, she reduced her drafts to one hundred and forty thousand words. Eventually, she got a positive reply from an agent, Tamar Rydzinski, whom she felt was the right person for her.
Throne of Glass
Maas’s debut book, Throne of Glass, is a story based on the classic Cinderella, only this time the protagonist is out to kill a prince instead of seeking his romance. A recurring theme in her books is strong heroines. In this book that evolved from Queen of Glass, Celaena Sardothien, the protagonist, fulfills this motif. A prisoner paying her dues in the salt mines of Endovier, she is compelled by her prince, Crown Prince Dorian Havillard, to undergo a series of challenges, upon whose completion she will become a temporal servant of the king, and will eventually be granted her freedom. Maas makes for a detailed writer, brilliantly describing not only the setting of the book, but she also vividly brings out the ambiguous relationships between herself, her trainer, Choal Westfall, the Crown Prince, and Nox, yet another participant in the competition to become the King’s champion. Other recurring characters include Princess Nehemia, from a kingdom Ellywe, that has chosen to depend on Adarlan for protection, and Kaltain, an upper class lady seeking the eye of Crown Prince Dorian.
The book takes an interesting twist when several mysterious deaths begin to take place, much to the unease of the protagonist who choses to investigate the matter herself. Maas manages to maintain a writing style that keeps readers at the edge up until the last pages, careful not to provide any hints as to what is really going on. In this way, she shows how much work went into the book, a fact that is attested by the purchase of the book by Bloomsbury. The book’s acclamation let to Maas being contracted to write another six books in the series, while selling rights to twenty four countries.
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah Maas writes another book that is also based on a classic, A Court of Thorns and Roses. The classic in question is Beauty and the Beast. In this second book, the protagonist is an eighteen year old huntress going by the name Feyre. Lacking any assistance from her family, she is forced to go out hunting on her own. This eventually leads to her getting involved in a series of dramatic events in a magical land, into which she is dragged by a fairy-like character named Tamlin, as retribution for killing a wolf in her hunt. Maas manages to bring out the antagonism between the two characters, which evolves into a passionate desire. Feyre becomes so entangled in this new fairy world that she is reluctant to leave after she learns of looming evil, that intends to harm her newfound folk. And just as Feyre is not so eager to leave the magical land, Maas also manages to make the reader not eager to leave it too.
A talented writer, Sarah Maas has provided a great deal of entertainment to young adults with her works, characterized by intriguing plots, which also offer a different perspective on timeless classics. Her ability to build fantasy world is commendable. For her readers, many of whom already past their childhood favorites, a channel to reminisce has been provided through her works. And for that, her work is bound to receive much continued appreciation from fantasy fans all over.Book Series In Order » Authors » Sarah Maas