I’m going to start this one off kicking myself for not picking up The Novice sooner. It was always on a featured spot at my local Barnes and Noble, and I remember picking it up about a year ago and just not being into it. I’m so glad a friend of mine convinced me to buy it this time. What a great trilogy!
The characters are great. Some you love, some you love to hate. I like that the villains in this series are villains because they think they’re so much better than anyone else and they don’t have a ‘redeeming’ moment like you see often in these kind of novels.
I burned through The Novice, The Inquisition, and The Battlemage in less than a week. I was on a road trip these past couple days, so I couldn’t finish the final novel as quickly as I wanted. I could not put these books down! There are well-written, and well-planned. They are a bit predictable, but that in no way is a bad thing! The trilogy ends at a sweet moment, and it just leaves me begging for more to Fletcher’s story. I did read there is going to be a fourth novel, but I believe it’s more of a prequel. I’m sure I’ll read it but I would love to see more of Fletcher and his mother, and some Fletcher and Sylva! ❤ But, it may just be up to the reader’s imagination to wonder how this one plays out. I hope to read more of Taran Matharu’s work. He’s a very talented author, and a lot younger than I thought! Just goes to show anyone who wants it enough can get a novel published and be a successful author.
Glad I picked this one up, and I hope to venture back to Hominum, and Raleighshire, again real soon!
The Novice — 4/5
The Inquisition – 4.5/5
The Battlemage — 3.5/5
It’s been a while since I’ve done a reread of this series, the last time was before Empire of Storms was released. But I cannot say enough good things, or recommend this series enough! I’ve actually begged friends to read and had to make some deals, but everyone has loved it. Even my mom is currently reading the series!
I’m going to review and talk about this series as a whole, for the spaced out reading. The books in order, including the novella are- Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and at least two other untitled novels are on the slate.
The world building of these novels is amazing and incredible. The characters are so rich and lovely, each relatable in their own way. I have a special place in my heart for badass female characters, especially when they’re fashionistas and love to read! The relationships between the characters is somewhat predictable, but in no way is that a bad thing in this novel. There are so many facets to each character, and even the evil are sympathic in their own unique ways.
Characters that were mentioned earlier on in the series, come back to play a huge role in the later novels. Sarah J. Maas goes above and beyond to plan ahead with her characters and it’s refreshing. You mainly see characters through the eyes of her protagonist Celaena. Everyone has a role to play even if they were not featured in the main novels, like Celaena’s first love.
The plots are great with some twists and turns, taking the view point of different characters along the way. Spanning across empires and different tiers of life. It’s amazing to see how all their stories weave together and make for an amazing story.
I am anxiously awaiting the next novel that has no release date or title as of yet. I’m sure Sarah J. Maas is hard at work on all her other novels as well as the next ToG.
THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE — 5/5
THRONE OF GLASS –– 4.5/5
CROWN OF MIDNIGHT — 4/5
HEIR OF FIRE — 5/5
QUEEN OF SHADOWS –4/5
EMPIRE OF STORMS — 5/5