With the release of the final installment in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, it’s only appropriate that I dedicate an entire post to is what sure to be a classic YA Fantasy series.
My first disclaimer: I have only read the first two books, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. However, I do own books 3-6 and will be picking up the 7th very soon. You may be thinking, “You haven’t read the entire series yet?! And you’re going to write a post on the whole series?” Well, hold on a second there.
I will only be writing about my experiences regarding the first two books. As I continue the series, I’ll add additional posts.
Way back when (2012, to be precise), I was working as a bookseller at Barnes & Noble. Yes, this seems like a dream job for a book-lover, and perhaps I’ll discuss my time spent there at another date. I remember when Throne of Glass was released. It was placed on an endcap with the older, first-released cover. I was intrigued by the cover and title, and one day, when I had some free time, I grabbed a copy and read the inside flap. Immediately, this sounded like something I’d be into. A badass assassin that’s fighting for her eventual freedom? I was sold. However, as with all book lovers, it takes forever to reach a certain book in the massive TBR pile. So, it took a while before I eventually began reading it.
In 2015, after the newer covers came out, I was in a small reading funk and saw the first book on Amazon. Feeling like I would enjoy it, I went ahead and bought both the first and second in the series. It finally arrived (I swear, bookmail always seems like it takes forever to get here), and I cracked that sucker open. It was in the Summer, so whenever I had to do yardwork, I would listen to the audiobook. More thoughts on that later. I liked it enough. I didn’t immediately fall in love with it like I thought I would. The characters, including Celaena were interesting enough to keep me engaged, but not enough to cause met to fly through the pages at top speed. When I finished the book about a week later, I picked up another book instead of diving into Crown of Midnight. And another. And another.
In April of 2018, I had a little extra money from work and decided to splurge on the entire series (so far) in hardcover. (Thank you, Book Outlet!) I read some of her other works, including the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (which will DEFINITELY be getting an entire post in the future!). Flash-forward to June 2018. I was in the best reading mood ever. I wanted to keep the momentum going, so why not finally pick up Crown of Midnight? It took me several weeks, but I finally finished it. Now, you might be thinking, “With that ending, you didn’t immediately read Heir of Fire? That’s blasphemy!”
Well, no. Let me back up a bit. See, I already knew all of the spoilers going into Crown of Midnight. In fact, it was kind of why I picked the series back up in the first place. I loved the idea of a hidden identity and this weird, but wonderful relationship that Celaena would eventually have with Rowan. There are so many new characters that are introduced in the third book that the rest of the series feels like a completely new world. It does not match the feel of the first one. The real reason I haven’t picked up the rest of the series may throw you for a doozy or confuse you entirely.
You see, I’m a little superstitious.
When I read those first two books, I experienced bad luck. Especially with Crown of Midnight. It seemed like nothing good happened whilst I was reading that book. As soon as I stopped, my luck changed. I know this sounds ridiculous, but I can’t help it. The superstition around it has grown so much that I almost dread even talking about the books for fear of something bad happening. This is why I’m writing this post. Not to capitalize on the Kingdom of Ash release hype, but to finally put my anxiety around these books to bed. I want so much to read and love these books and take part in the fandom, so I am writing this post to help me get over it. (If any of you have experienced anything like this, please let me know–It would be nice to know I’m not alone).
So, I am going to be picking up Heir of Fire and reading it. I’m a full-time college student, so this time of year is a bit (read: VERY) busy for me, so I’ve decided to start the series back up after final exams over my winter break. I’ll have several weeks to completely get lost in the world that Sarah J. Maas spent years creating, and I’ll document that process here.