Hello book[f]ish people! My name is Haley, otherwise known as Fangirl Fury. I’d first like to thank Jeanine for hosting me on her lovely blog, the home of great bookish posts and gorgeous photos. Seriously, her photos makes this bookstagramer-in-training want to grab my camera and take photos of ALL the bookish things. In the comment section of Jeanine’s first post, we instantly bonded when we found out we’re both huge fans of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass and A Court of Thrones and Roses series.
Since Jeanine and I are both massive Sarah J. Maas fans (that pun is too good to just share in my own content), I figured to why not discuss Throne of Glass series. Many of my followers know (and I’m sure are very happy to hear it once again) that one of my top 2018 reading goals was to reread the first 5 ToG books in anticipation of the series’ finale, Kingdom of Ash. I somehow even put off reading Tower of Dawn until I completed my reread, meaning that I had further to delay my reunion with the love of my literary life, Chaol Westfall.
As you may assume, I’ve given all of the ToG books 5 out of 5 stars, but we all know that we have favorites among favorites. Today I’m going to be ranking the books from my most favorite to least favorite. Hopefully the Valg don’t come after me.
Queen of Shadows
Queen of Shadows is my favorite book in the series because we get EVERYONE’s perspective. Even though a certain someone isn’t exactly feeling himself because of a certain collar… I also just love the focus on friendship and relationships in this one. From Aelin and Lysandra, Manon and Asterin, Dorian and Chaol, this book made me have all the feels and all the whaaatttt moments (much to Aedion’s dismay, Aelin is truly a mastermind). And yes, this book sold me on Rowaelin, and I really couldn’t see her with anyone else (more Chaol for me, right?).
Tower of Dawn
I’m still trying to figure out how I managed to not read Tower of Dawn until April 2018 because holy gods, it was amazing. And not just because Chaol is our little star in this book but because we get some amazing female perspectives in this installment, specifically Nesryn and Yrene. It was really fun to explore the Southern Continent, and if SJM were to write a spinoff series after KoA, I could definitely see it following a certain duo’s lives as khaghan and empress there. I absolutely love our new ships (if I can’t be Lady Westfall, I’m glad a certain someone can), and in true SJM style, there are a few plot twists that even Aelin wouldn’t see coming. Tower of Dawn is one of SJM’s best, and the only reason it’s not my #1 is because we obviously don’t get our whole crew.
Empire of Storms
While I know some readers found Empire of Storms to be a bit slow-moving and searching for Chaol at the time of its publication, I really appreciated its world-building and discoveries about Aelin’s true role in this upcoming war. I also liked how we got a bit of Celaena back in this one—her first meeting with Rolfe is hands-down one of my favorite scenes in the entire series. Believe me, I am still quite in shock about that ending, and I am curious to see if everyone in our crew makes it out alive by the end of Kingdom of Ash. I think it would be ‘realistic’ enough for SJM to do so—I’ve been known to enjoy some um, somber endings (Mockingjay is my favorite book in The Hunger Games trilogy, after all…). BUT ALSO PROTECT ALL MY BABIES PLEASE SARAH PLEASE.
Crown of Midnight
Before my 2018 reread, Crown of Midnight actually used to be my #1 ToG book because of all its Chaol-ness. Little did I know that bae would be getting a book focused on him a few years later… While the Fae come in full force in Heir of Fire, CoM is the book where SJM really lays the groundwork for Aelin Ashryver Galathynius.
Heir of Fire
While Crown of Midnight does introduce us to the world of the Fae, Heir of Fire acts as the turning point in Throne of Glass. This installment moves us away from the Adarlan’s best assassin and her love triangle to the magic and darkness our not quite just the assassin must face. I enjoyed Heir of Fire for introducing us to a few new characters, like Rowan, Aedion, Manon, and most importantly, ABRAXOS.
Throne of Glass
Yes, my “’least favorite’ book in one of my all-time favorite series is the one that started it all. As stated before, I love all of the ToG books, and I love Throne of Glass itself for introducing us to the sassy, kickass Celaena Sardothien. I also love the friendship and yes, flirting, between her, Dorian and Chaol. But looking back now, this book rightfully feels SO different from the series’ later installments. However, I really appreciate SJM taking this series in the direction of the Fae because it made me want to read more high fantasy.
Since it’s a short story collection, I decided not to include The Assassin’s Blade in my ranking. I really enjoyed The Assassin’s Blade and while it’s not completely necessary to read it, I highly recommend that you do! I recommend reading in between Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows.
Many thanks once again to Jeanine for hosting me today! Now please excuse me while I
cry my heart out and scream over the ending of Tower of Dawn patiently wait for Kingdom of Ash.
Which ToG book is your favorite?
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