Last Updated on April 8, 2020The #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah J. Maas is a young-adult fantasy author, best known for her Throne of Glass series featuring Celaena, an 18-year-old assassin. Sarah has only had her books published since 2012, but she has already written close to 20 books (some smaller novellas) to date that are included in two (shortly to be three) main series.
Here are the Sarah J. Maas books in order for her beloved romantic fantasy series for the younger of us (but not only).
New Sarah J. Maas Books
Throne of Glass Series
- The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, 2012 (prequel novella)
- The Assassin and the Healer, 2012 (prequel novella)
- The Assassin and the Desert, 2012 (prequel novella)
- The Assassin and the Underworld, 2012 (prequel novella)
- The Assassin and the Empire, 2012 (prequel novella)
- Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1), 2012
- Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2), 2013
- Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3), 2014
- Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4), 2015
- Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5), 2016
- Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6), 2017
- Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7), 2018
- the prequel novellas are included in The Assassin’s Blade collection
Court of Thorns and Roses Series
- A Court of Thorns and Roses, 2015
- A Court of Mist and Fury, 2016
- A Court of Wings and Ruin, 2017
- A Court of Frost and Starlight, 2018
Crescent City Series
- House of Earth and Blood, 2019
Other Sarah J. Maas Books
- Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons #3), 2018
- The World of Throne of Glass (Official Thron of Glass guide), TBA
Sarah J. Maas Biography
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah Janet Maas was born in Manhattan, New York, in 1986. She attended Hamilton College in Clinton, Oneida County, New York, from which she graduated in 2008 with a major in creative writing and a minor in religious studies, with a Magna Cum Laude. As a child, Sarah grew up with a love for reading fantasy novels and a love for telling stories. Her mom inspired her to read and her grandmother – a Holocaust survivor – had her own stories to tell as well. Both have pushed her to dream big and work hard for achieving those dreams.
At around the age of 11-12, when she started reading fantasy stories, Sarah knew that this is what she wanted to do when she grew up: writing fantasy novels as well.
She started writing her first novel, which would become her debut novel several years later, back at the age of 16. The book would be titled Throne of Glass. After writing several chapters of the book, she posted them to a fan fiction website, where her story became one of the best received by the readers.
The story, which was based on Cinderella (hence considered fan fiction), was eventually removed from that site when Sarah decided to publish it as a novel. The premise of the book follows the idea that Cinderella is not the usual servant, but she is an assassin. And the palace where she went to meet the prince? That was the place where she went to kill him.
Before getting her books published, Sarah Maas faced quite a lot of obstacles, mostly in terms of criticism from friends, fans, family members, teachers, and everyone else who had an idea or input. They all said fantasy is not real writing, and Sarah should write something more serious, more worthy of her time, as writing fantasy is unrealistic. Thankfully for her book fans, she didn’t listen to any of those well-minders! After sending the story to several agents, she did find one, and in 2010 her novel was purchased by the British publisher Bloomsbury, who bought two additional books in the series.
The Throne of Glass series consists of seven main books and a few additional novellas set two years before the main storyline in the first book. The TV rights for the series have been acquired by the Mark Gordon Company. The second Sarah J. Maas series, Court of Thorns and Roses, is also a retelling of a popular story; this time we’re talking about Beauty and the Beast. While the first series will be turned into a TV show, this second one will become a movie, as the movie rights have been aquired by Tempo Productions.
Following the Throne of Glass series, 2019 saw the start of a new series by Sarah Maas titled Crescent City, with a first book released by Bloomsbury with the title House of Earth and Blood. This series features half-human, half-Sidhe Bryce Quinlan, another fierce heroine, who this time will stop at nothing from avenging the death of her best friend, who was brutally slain.
Besides writing these books, Sarah also wrote a story in the DC Icons series and co-authored an online Tumblr series with Susan Dennard, titled The Starkillers Cycle.
One of the biggest inspirations for Sarah is listening to classical music or movie scores. When she hears the music piece, scenes of a new books start playing in her head. Another inspiration – at least for starting her debut novel, was watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy was a character that inspired Calaena, who is quite the feminine type, but at the same time, also a kick-ass heroine, a badass assassin.
The author Sarah J. Maas lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Josh and her dog Annie, and she is busy writing her next book. While the Sarah J. Maas books are considered young-adult fantasy novels, there are enough sex scenes to be, in fact, adult stories.
Praise for Sarah J. Maas
An epic fantasy readers will immerse themselves in and never want to leave. (Kirkus Reviews)
Celaena is as much an epic hero as Frodo or Jon Snow! (Tamora Pierce)
Fans of Tamora Pierce and George R.R. Martin, pick up this book! (RT Book Reviews)
Fans of the high-fantasy series likely won’t mind the protracted story at all, packed as it is with brooding glances, simmering sexual tension, twisty plot turns, lush world building, and snarky banter. . . The final chapters of this installment promise more epic adventures and badder bad guys to defeat in forthcoming volumes. (Booklist)
Fans of Game of Thrones and the Hunger Games will love it! (Colleen Houck)
Throne of Glass is a welcome breath of fresh air to the oft-neglected epic fantasy field. (Tor.com)