I have to be honest, its been hard coming back from the world of Adarlan and Wendallyn. Of The Captain of the Guard, Chaol, who is so opposite of Celaena in his goodness, blind faith and loyalty and belief in his king that he can't see the truth staring him in the face. Of the world of Dorian, once chaser of women and carefree, but now with the weight of a dark secret and an even heavier burden, knowing he must live up to being a leader, but not quite there. Of magic, sweet, sweet, terrible, painful, glorious, powerful earth magic like nothing I've ever read before. And oh the painful, deep loss and grieving and loneliness of losing everyone and yourself and giving up all hope. Of letting that spark die.
I don't know that a fantasy book has ever made me cry like I did with this series, but not only can Sarah J. Maas elicit feelings of "well he got what was coming to him" and "God, she's a cold hearted bitch" or "what a spoiled child." She can also make you feel the heavy, heavy weight of grief without even writing the words. I didn't even realize that was what I was experiencing until the character finally voiced it. But Lordy did I feel it. A sense of gloom, darkness, no spark of life, no color as I read. I am so hooked!
I read THRONE OF GLASS when it came out. I might have even gotten it through NetGalley. But I have my own copy, actually signed and a signed copy of CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. I have met the awesome Sarah J. Maas in the beautiful town of Asheville at the coolest Indie bookstore called Malaprops. (Several awesome authors call that bookstore home away from home.) But, as the rest of the books were released, although I bought them, I didn't make time to read them. So with only THRONE OF GLASS and THE ASSASSIN AND THE EMPIRE under my belt, I spent my birthday weekend in Celaena's world. I was in heaven!! It's so great to give yourself permission to read anything you want and then read with abandon.
My life has been in chaos for the past few months but sinking into fantasy, what a huge relief. It was like a vacation, so wonderful, and to share it with these characters, yes!! So ummm, what can I say that hasn't already been said?? If I wasn't a fan of fantasy, this would make me one. If I didn't have a favorite female character, Celaena would be her. It's not just that she is bad ass, God to have an ounce of her bad assery!!! But she is more than that. A refugee without a country. A woman without her true love. A tragic fate without the will to fight it. A girl wounded, almost broken looking for vengeance for her love. A child without parents. It makes for a mass of emotions swirling in a dangerous woman who, though she controls them well, is always on the verge of slipping. And is more scared of losing control than dying even. All of that and she serves the king that brought all of this down on her.
When I met Sarah J. Maas in Asheville, she said that THRONE OF GLASS was inspired by the music from Cinderella and she thought, what if Cinderella didn't lose her shoe but saved herself and became an assassin. I'd say she took that thought to a whole new level!!! Thank you, to writers like Mrs. Maas. I needed this book binge. I'm thinking about catching up on some other series I have but haven't even started. But this one, this one goes on the special shelf. Like Walt Disney's Cinderella, it is a masterpiece. If you follow Sarah's Tumblr blog she posts sporadically about music that inspires certain scenes and I love to read them and imagine the music as I re-read the chapters. Music is such an inspiration to me whether it's just getting through the next hour or getting me through the day. I love to read what music does for other people, how it speaks to them. I write to music. Maybe I'll find the score to Cinderella and it will inspire me. Whether it does or doesn't, I will think of Celaena who rose from the ashes of the castle. She didn't need a prince, she cast him aside. Cast the knight in shining armor aside. She saved herself. As the saying goes, "No one is coming." Except Celaena, and I'd say that the King and his knights should start running. Because Celaena may be pretty and like pretty things. She may fall in love and may cry at beautiful music and love to read, but she's a warrior and Celaena is coming. I can't wait!
YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY FIND SARAH MAAS ANYWHERE ON LINE BUT HERE ARE SOME PLACES YOU CAN FIND HER AND EVEN SOME OF HER OTHER COLLABORATIVE WRITING
THE STARKILLERS CYCLE SPACE OPERA (this is a collaborative effort with Susan Dennard (SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY SERIES) and is free on line for anyone to read. It is updated when the authors have a chance meaning, in between books tours and a life. It's an awesome opportunity to see more of their imaginations!)
SARAH CAN ALSO BE FOUND HERE-