Sarah J. Maas is a relatively new addition to my list of favourite authors and it feels extremely bold to say she is one of my favourites when I actually haven’t read all of her books yet. But surely you don’t need to have read everything from an author to say that you love them? I would say I have definitely read enough from her to make a judgement. This being the entire A Court of Thorns and Roses series and books one and two of the Throne of Glass series.
I heard about Sarah J. Maas years before I ever picked up one of her books. A Court of Thorns and Roses was constantly being talked about online and I always thought the cover looked amazing. It took me until 2018 to finally buy any of her books and I jumped right off the deep end and got the entire A Court of Thorns and Roses in one purchase. Which was possibly foolish at the time, however I had only heard great things about the series so thought it was worth the risk. A risk that I was glad I took. I devoured the first book and I’m pretty sure I read it in one or two sittings.
Sarah J. Maas is one of the best world builders I have ever read. Although the places her books are set are often in the midst of war or are ruled by fearsome rulers, I still find myself wanting to live there. And by that I obviously mean Prythian and not Adarlan as let’s be honest fae are way cooler than humans.
Each time A Court of Thorns and Roses would introduce a new court I could see it so vividly in my head that I felt like I was really there. The way she describes scenery is beautifully poetic and I have never found myself being able to picture surroundings so clearly.
When reading A Court of Thorns and Roses I knew instantly that I would love Rhysand. Although he was made to look like the bad guy in the first book, there was something about him that was appealing to me. I definitely was not one of those people who loved Tamlin and then felt heartbroken about how he had become, I was always very wary of Tamlin from the beginning and rightly so apparently.
Now if we are talking Throne of Glass I am still very unsure on which characters I do and don’t like. Neither Dorian or Chaol are really appealing to me at the moment, however I am yet to start book three so who knows whether that will change. I am aware that I am yet to meet Rowan and I know a lot of people love him.
Like so many others who love the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Mist and Fury is my favourite book in the series. Obviously this is down to the amount of time spent with everyone’s favourite High Lord, Rhysand. For a lot of people chapter 55 is what makes this book their favourite and if you’ve read it you’ll know why. However chapter 54 is what makes this book special for me. We get to see a side of Rhysand, one of the most feared high lords, that has not yet been explored. Vulnerability and a feeling of not being good enough. His confession to Feyre in this chapter is so open and completely heartbreaking that it only leads to me loving his character more.
The biggest reason why Sarah J. Maas is one of my favourite authors is because she has the ability to create characters who are always just a little bit broken. This being something that makes them loveable and allows them to grow as people and gain a sense of worth. This is something I believe Feyre and Rhysand were able to overcome and achieve when they found each other and is the reason why they are one of my favourite fictional couples.
I’m planning to finish reading the rest of the Throne of Glass series in the next month or two, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for any new Sarah J. Maas reviews!