Note to the reader: The series mentioned in this post contain explicit language and may not be suitable for all readers.
Let me start by saying that I was HUGELY skeptical at first. While I did LOVE the Harry Potter Series, fantasy style books have never really been my jam. I’m more of a murder mystery and educational/life applicable type of reader. So, when my husband began reading this book series about faeries and witches, I made fun of him for YEARS! Flash forward 5 or so years, and he had now read 2 series by this author (Also a fantasy series with faeries, shape shifters, wolves, and angels). After finishing both books in this second series, he finally convinced me to give them a try. So, I started on book 1 of 2 of the author’s Crescent City series (Note for prospective readers: chronologically this is the third series by said author). Admittedly, the first few chapters didn’t grab me like I anticipated, but then the author dropped a bomb that had me staying up well past my bedtime to see what happened next.
I Didn’t Stop There
Less than 3 months later I had finished both books of that series (each book roughly 1,000 pages and a 3rd set to release in January 2024), and then I had found the masterpiece that is ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns And Roses series). This series has 5 books and there are plans for a 6th in the workings. Let me tell you, they DO NOT disappoint. Sarah J Maas’ ability to develop characters is uncanny. The mental imagery her writing brings forth is wild, and the fan art that has come from die-hard fans is amazing (and steamy). She is so adept at developing her characters that you truly feel as if you know them. So much so that there are hundreds of fan theories about where the next two books will take us. AND I AM HERE FOR ALL OF IT!!!
Once I finished all 5 books of the ACOTAR series (this took me roughly 2 months), I moved onto her original series….the Throne of Glass Series. I am currently close to finishing the last of 7 books in this series and honestly, I’m sad it’s about to be over. But fear not … the best part about this author is … ALL THE SERIES OVERLAP!
That’s right, her genius mind has found a way to overlap all three series in a cryptic and stimulating way. (Hence the hundreds of fan theories I mentioned earlier). Her writing and these series have SO MANY LAYERS that it’s impossible to comprehend how one person could be capable of creating it. Maas’ forethought and creative genius make’s J.K. Rowling’s work on Harry Potter look like child’s play. But that’s not all that makes her books so riveting, no. What really draws you in are her characters. All three series have a complex, underdog, female heroine that made me proud to be a woman. Maas has a way of making these women feel so relatable, but also such b*d*sses that you can’t help but be inspired. My favorite part … it’s so different than your traditional fairy tale, but there is still romance.
Oh boy is there romance!
The “romantic parts” of these novels are so in depth that it’s enough to bring any tired mom out of her rut … if you know what I mean. Let’s just say that it may spark excitement for activities that your partner will be happy to oblige. Think Fifty Shades of Grey but less trashy, better literary (and very descriptive) vocabulary, and more complex development of each relationship. And in each relationship, the person’s partner is their equal and/or opposite but comparable half. There are no Cinderella type stories in these novels. There are no damsels in distress. There is always a mate / match for everyone … and sometimes it’s the last person you would suspect.
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and dive into the Sarah J Maas Multiverse! Even if you have not previously been interested in these types of novels, I highly encourage you to give them a try! The writing style and depth are well worth it … so are the steamy, “romance” parts! And while you do not have to read these series in chronological order, it would be best to at least read the ACOTAR series prior to reading the Crescent City series. If you are someone who must read it in chronological order, please see said order below:
- Throne of Glass series
- A Court of Thorns and Roses series (ACOTAR)
- Crescent City series
Either way you choose to read it, you won’t be disappointed! If you have already read these series, comment below to let me know what you think. And if any of you unapologetically become Sarah J Maas nerds, I’d love to discuss theories with you!