The Throne of Glass series is a New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy book series written by Sarah J. Maas. Maas is an American author who is also known for “A Court of Thorns and Roses” and the Crescent City series.
The Throne of Glass series tells the story of Celaena Sardothien and the many challenges she faces on her way to freedom from imprisonment. Many people want to read the series but aren’t sure where to start because the books weren’t released chronologically. There are multiple out-of-sequence books and a prequel.
Here we’ll discuss the series and explain in which order to read the books.
The reading order for the Throne of Glass books
Here’s a list of the Throne of Glass series in chronological order, along with short descriptions of each book.
The Assassin’s Blade
“The Assassin’s Blade” is a prequel and an introduction to the world of Throne of Glass. What may confuse some readers is that this book was published in 2014, after the release of “Throne of Glass” and “Crown of Midnight.” “The Assassin’s Blade” is a collection of five novellas: “The Assassin and the Pirate Lord,” “The Assassin and the Healer,” “The Assassin and the Desert,” “The Assassin and the Underworld,” and “The Assassin and the Empire.”
This prequel introduces the main character, Celaena Sardothien, as the most feared assassin in Adarlan. Although her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, Celaena only trusts and listens to her fellow assassin-for-hire, Sam. Each novella represents one of Celaena’s adventures, where she finds herself disobeying her master’s orders and questioning her allegiance. She also realizes Sam is much more than a friend.
Both need to risk everything to survive and escape Arobynn’s orders.
Throne of Glass
In the first part of the must-read series, we’re introduced to Celaena, a prisoner serving a life sentence for her crimes in the salt mines of Endovier. After a year of hard labor, she’s brought before the Crown Prince Dorian, who offers her freedom under one condition. Celaena must represent him in a to-death tournament and fight 23 thieves, murderers, and warriors. If she wins, she’ll be the King’s Champion for four years and then become free.
After her opponents start disappearing one by one, Celaena’s battle for freedom becomes a battle for survival. On her way to finding out the identity of the killer, she discovers things she couldn’t have imagined.
Crown of Midnight
Celaena has won the contents and becomes the King’s Champion. Now, she has to follow orders and kill royal “enemies.” Only Celaena doesn’t want to do so. Instead, she fakes the deaths and helps the men escape Adarlan. When given the order to kill Archer Finn, a rebel leader looking for the lost princess Aelin Galathynius, Celaena is put to the test. The princess could restore the kingdom to its glory.
Heir of Fire
As the King of Adarlan’s assassin, Celaena is forced to serve him. But the only thing she has on her mind is avenging the death of her dear friend. The answers she needs are hidden in Wendlyn, a distant kingdom. And Chaol, the captain of the guard, risks everything to help her get there.
As Celaena learns more about her true destiny, new brutal forces take to the skies.
Queen of Shadows
Celaena returns to Rifthold to confront her past and get revenge on the two men that destroyed everything she cared for. She has accepted her destiny as the lost queen of Terrasen, but she can’t reclaim the throne just yet. She needs to keep pretending to get what she wants and create a better world for herself and her people.
Empire of Storms
This book follows the path of Aelin Galathynius, the lost queen to the throne. To protect the people she loves, she needs to compromise and participate in a desperate quest, with war right around the corner.
Tower of Dawn
This part of the story is about Chaol Westfall. Ever since Aelin shattered the glass castle, Chaol has struggled to recover, both physically and mentally. After being spared from a fatal blow, Chaol sails to Antica with Nesryn, to find the healers of Torre Cesme. What they discover there is much more than they could’ve imagined.
Kingdom of Ash
In the last part of the epic fantasy series, we see Aelin trapped in an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae. Lysandra and Aedion remain the only ones who can save Terrasen. We also see Manon, Chaol, and Dorian scattered across the kingdom, finding the paths toward their destinies.
Some connections become even stronger, while others are severed in this exciting finale.
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