Maas destruction of my heart and soul


Photo by Sierra Lutz/ISLAND WAVES Lutz’s personal collection of books by Sarah J. Maas

Sierra Lutz

On Oct. 23, “Kingdom of Ash,” the eighth and final installment of #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah J Maas’s “Throne of Glass” series (“TOG”), was released. This 984 paged masterpiece follows Aelin Ashryver Galathynius and her cohorts through the final leg of their journey to end the war on their homeland. 

Throughout this book, you get to experience the story from over 10 different perspectives, allowing you to truly see the thread of fate weave through the characters’ lives while also creating terrible cliff hanger chapter endings as the point of view switches. 

Beyond that, I can’t really tell you anything else about this book other than you need to go read it. Right now. And after you finish we can pick up the pieces of your hearts together. 

Since the first installment in this series, “Throne of Glass,” was released in 2012, Maas captured readers in her world of assassins, magic and a fight against evil. I personally came onto the scene a little late, not reading any of Maas’s books until December of 2016, but since that first novel, I was hooked. 

I initially read the first volume of Maas’s second series, “A Court of Thorns and Roses.” After staying up all night to finish the book, I devoured the other six books that were published at the time in the following 10 days. Needless to say, I had a serious book hangover afterwards. 

I just couldn’t get enough of the characters and their worlds or Maas’s writing. Throughout both series, you will think you have a pretty good idea about what is going on, then, you will get to a chapter and realize you knew absolutely nothing! Especially in “Empire of Storms,” the sixth book in “TOG” (you’ve been warned). 

The plot lines are divinely intricate. There will be one sentence in the first or second book that was this big hint to a reveal in the last chapter of the last book, completely blowing your mind. 

And Maas doesn’t just have a talent for beautiful settings, magical character developments or the biggest plot twists in history, she also addresses societal issues and stigmas through these literary devices. 

For example, in “Kingdom of Ash” (“KOA”) there is a lot of girl power and true feminist ideals. All the females in the books fight for what they feel is right. They don’t let the male antagonists squash them or contain them, and if that does happen, it doesn’t last for long. 

In tandem with that, the male characters are not made to look weak or evil, as some novels do when a strong heroine is the main character. They are true equals to their female counterparts. That is actually a really common component throughout both of these series. Each match is equal and the value of doing things together is high since partnerships are important. 

Maas also pushes her life experience into the pages. She recently had her first child, and you can see her love and celebration of her child through one of the character’s newfound pregnancy, as well as the young child who accompanies the main characters on their redemptive journeys in “KOA.” 

Overall, the books are hands down some of the best I have ever read, and Maas is currently number one on my personal author list. Her novels have it all: love, wit, drop-dead-gorgeous male characters and the fight against evil. There’s nothing more a book worm could ask for. 

Ten out of ten, highly recommend any and everything by Sarah J. Maas. You will become obsessed and never be able to move on, which is okay because she doesn’t seem to be planning to halt her writing anytime soon. 

There are currently no official dates for her upcoming books, but readers have the spin-off series for “A Court of Thorns and Roses” to look forward to as well as Maas’s first adult fantasy series “Crescent City,” said to be released in late 2019. 

So, if you don’t know who this insanely awesome author is I suggest you head to Barnes & Noble right now, or even skip that and get the e-book so you can binge read on your phone. I promise you won’t regret it!