The purpose of this post is to briefly review the first two books in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.
I started this book blog when I was reading the third book in the series, so my first review was on that book. Looking back at it now, that review is unhelpful for people who haven’t started the Throne of Glass series, and people who have gotten through the first two books of the series have probably already read the book and don’t need my review. So I’m therefore going to briefly touch upon my experience with the first two books, without any spoilers.
Throne of Glass
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
If you’re an active reader and haven’t read Throne of Glass, you’ve probably at the very least heard of it. It’s the start of a six-book young adult fiction series by Sarah J. Maas that people have been going crazy over. I first read this book back in 2013, and I was one of those people who completely fell in love with the book. I was in awe with the world that Sarah J. Maas had created, and I absolutely loved the protagonist’s strong-headed personality and tenacity.
There’s really great character development in the book, not just from our protagonists, but also from characters that aren’t the main focus. There’s a noticeable difference between the characters I saw at the beginning and the ones at the end, and I always enjoy seeing character growth in books.
The friendships between characters are so genuine, and I actually really appreciated how there was an emphasis on those friendships – there’s an alarming amount of books that completely bypass the need to build friendships and focus only on romance.
This book has romance, and there’s no insta-love. The romance is built smoothly over the course of the book, and although there are times that call for an eye-roll, it’s fun to read and had me yearning for more.
There’s also some really action-packed scenes in the book. Those moments in the book were very well-written and easy to visualize, while having me on the edge of the seat.
I would definitely encourage anyone to pick up this book and give it a shot! If I could re-read the book without knowing what it was about again, I totally would.
Crown of Midnight
Rating: 4/5 stars
Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series, and it is also fantastic. If you’ve read the first book already, you’ve probably added Crown of Midnight to your to-be-read pile. However, if for some reason you didn’t like Throne of Glass so much, there are new aspects of Crown of Midnight that change up the pace of the series and pull you into the story.
As in the first book, there’s really great action scenes, friendships, romance, and world building. In this book, there’s more of a mystery element, with a puzzle needing to be solved. I won’t go too in-depth about the mystery, but it’s really interesting and had me creating twenty (give or take) of my own hypotheses throughout the course of the book.
There were a few times that I got frustrated while this reading this books however, either because someone made a dumb decision, or if something was completely obvious that the characters were missing. Even so, I enjoyed the book as a whole, and I already knew I’d be reading the next book when I was halfway through this one. The ending to this book though… That just confirmed my purchase of the third book, Heir of Fire.
Those were my high-level reviews of Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. If you’re thinking about starting the series, I’d highly recommend that you read it! It’s a really fantastic read, especially if you enjoy young adult fantasy books with a strong heroine.
I hope you found my reviews of the first two books of the series helpful! If you’ve already read these books, what did you think of them?