Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade - while pretending to do the king's bidding - will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn't the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she's made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple...
Not quite as fantastic as the previous book, but still really good. Not enough difference to lose a star. I'm getting some of my suspicions confirmed in this one. One thing about this book is that I feel like I've been running around inside those dark tunnels with Celaena, going round and round in the dark. I loved the tunnel scene when Celaena counts the doors and figures out where she is. The atmosphere is spectacular. Ms. Maas creates such a solid feel to the whole scene, and I mean that as in rock solid. The doors loom hugely in my mind and seem impermeable.
In part, I feel that the prince is a weak character. In spite of his learning and power, his personality seems a bit on the dull side. Maybe I'm just expecting too much of a geek, but I feel this weakness in him is what keeps Celaena holding him at arm's length. She knows she could walk all over him. While Chaol is off the charts in character and personality. He may not hold the same power that Dorian does, but he is the stronger character. Definitely a good match for Celaena. Now that the trio has gone to the edge and come back, they all have new directions to go in. In the next book, Heir of Fire, I'm hoping that I'll get more answers. Though I don't foresee all my questions being resolved since there's at least one more book in the series.
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth...a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.
Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.
Celaena's epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena's story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
Ms. Maas has done a wonderful job of leaving everyone completely exhausted at this point, and I can feel it just like the characters in the book. She did a really great job of dragging me through every blast and sword parry in every fight. I think I even know what an ice dagger feels like in the ribs. And I felt like I was limping with Elide in her shackles. I'm just glad I can't actually smell the blackness and evil of the enemy or the sewers they all spend so much time in. So now that they have a breathing space, it's time for book 5, Empire of Storms. A prophetic name I'm sure.
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
No one is getting to rest on their laurels here with Maeve cutting some ties and creating new ones while going after her ultimate goal, or so she seems to think. Celeana has disappeared and been revealed for who she truly is to the world, it seems. She has brought so many people together under her banner just for the asking, and now they face the biggest fight of all. Rowan has his own secret task to handle before he can return to fight for his wife's throne. Manon must seek out her true heritage and bring them to the fight as well. Elide must decide what her place is in this fight. Lysandra must do the task set her by Aelin, even though the others don't understand it or even accept it. And other than 500 ugly flying things, Morath has been very quiet of late.
I feel I must comment, however, on one thing. Considering the fact that this carries a rating of JUVENILE FICTION, I think the depth of the sex scene between Aelin and Rowan is a bit much. It is much more appropriate to an adult romance than a children's fantasy book.
So, to get on with the story, I guess we have to wait for book six, for which I have no title or expected publication date. I even checked the author's blog and found no info regarding the next book.