25 Books Like Throne of Glass That You’ll Love Just As Much

Throne of Glass is Sarah J. Maas’ most popular young adult fantasy romance book that fans just can’t get enough of leaving readers desperate for more books like Throne of Glass.

If you too have been captivated by Celaena Sardothien and the entire Throne of Glass series then I know you’re going to enjoy each of these books like Throne of Glass that will conjure up everything you love about the popular fantasy book.

From strong heroines to daring competitions, reluctant servants of the king, unexpected alliances, and underlying mysteries, these fantasy romance books like Throne of Glass have it all and I cannot wait for you to check them out!

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The Best Books Like Throne of Glass

Assassin's Apprentice is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

Assassin’s Apprentice
by Robin Hobb

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman.

He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin.

For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill—and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission.

And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

One of the first things we learn about Celaena is that she is a young woman who’s been held in this horrible prison camp but is now being released because her services as a well-trained assassin are needed.

If you love this idea of an unassuming assassin who many underestimate from looks alone, then you’ll want to check out this book like Throne of Glass where another hero is secretly trained in the arts and whose skills may ultimately save a kingdom.

The Serpent and the Wings of Night is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

The Serpent and the Wings of Night
by Carissa Broadbent

The adopted human daughter of the Nightborn vampire king, Oraya carved her place in a world not meant for her kind.

Her only chance to become something more than prey is entering the Kejari: a legendary tournament held by the goddess of death herself.

But winning won’t be easy amongst the most vicious warriors from all three vampire houses. To survive, Oraya is forced to make an alliance with a mysterious rival.

Everything about Raihn is dangerous. He is a ruthless vampire, an enemy to her father’s crown… and her greatest competition.

Yet, what terrifies Oraya most of all is that she finds herself oddly drawn to him.

But there’s no room for compassion in the Kejari. Battle for the House of Night brews, shattering everything that Oraya thought she knew about her home.

And Raihn may understand her more than anyone – but their blossoming attraction could be her downfall, in a kingdom where nothing is more dangerous than love.

As soon as I read “legendary tournament,” I knew that this was a book like Throne of Glass I couldn’t miss.

Like Throne of Glass, this book features an unassuming, underrated heroine, and a competition that pits her against those trained to end her!

Celaena is plucked from prison to participate in a competition to serve as the King’s champion but it’s ultimately her chance for freedom whereas Oraya must compete to earn her place in a world where she has never belonged.

Check it out if you love strong heroines.

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Sing Me to Sleep is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

Sing Me to Sleep
by Gabi Burton

Saoirse Sorkova survives on lies. As a soldier-in-training at the most prestigious barracks in the kingdom, she lies about being a siren to avoid execution.

At night, working as an assassin for a dangerous group of mercenaries, Saoirse lies about her true identity.

And to her family, Saoirse tells the biggest lie of all: that she can control her siren powers and doesn’t struggle constantly against an impulse to strike.

As the top trainee in her class, Saoirse would be headed for a bright future if it weren’t for the need to keep her secrets out of the spotlight.

But when a mysterious blackmailer threatens her sister, Saoirse takes a dangerous job that will help her investigate: she becomes personal bodyguard to the crown prince.

Saoirse should hate Prince Hayes. After all, his father is the one who enforces the kingdom’s brutal creature segregation laws.

But when Hayes turns out to be kind, thoughtful, and charming, Saoirse finds herself increasingly drawn to him-especially when they’re forced to work together to stop a danger that’s plaguing the city.

There’s only one problem: Saoirse is that danger.

Saorise’s escapades as an assassin and her attraction to the prince are what drew me to this book like Throne of Glass.

A forbidden romance with great diversity makes this one of the best young adult fantasy books worth reading, especially if you liked Throne of Glass.

Red Queen is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

Red Queen
by Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities.

Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court where she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons.

As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

This is another young adult fantasy romance led by a strong heroine who is more than meets the eye.

I see many similarities in this book like Throne of Glass because Mare is plucked from nothing and is thrown into a new role by order of the king just as Celaena is forced into the role as king’s champion.

Check it out and then dive into the entire Red Queen series!

Graceling is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

Graceling
by Kristin Cashore

Katsa has been able to end a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill.

As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with her skill, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.


This is another book like Throne of Glass with a strong heroine who is forced to enact the will of the king because of her abilities.

I was in awe at how Celaena could easily take down her opponents in the competition when she was smaller than her rivals and I cannot wait to see Katsa’s equally impressive skills at work in this one.

The Cruel Prince is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

The Cruel Prince
 by Holly Black

Despite being stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie when she was seven years old, Jude wants to be one of them.

But as a human, she is despised by many of the fae, including Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, Jude becomes mixed in royal intrigues and deceptions, ultimately needing to forge an alliance with the Prince to save herself, her family and possibly the kingdom.

I added this one to the list of books like Throne of Glass not only because of the strong heroine who is on the outs with the rest of the populace but also because there is an underlying mystery full of deception and power moves that made me think of what is lurking behind the shadows in Throne of Glass.

This is definitely a popular enemies to lovers fantasy romance that kicks off The Cruel Prince series that I think you’ll enjoy.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

A Court of Thorns and Roses
by Sarah J. Maas

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre takes the life of a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution.

Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.

At least, he’s not a beast all the time.

As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae.

But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

Of course, if you love Throne of Glass you’ll love Maas’ equally popular fantasy romance, A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Although not an assassin or even one with magical powers, you fall equally in love with Feyre who is a fierce heroine who will do anything to save her family and then the one she falls in love with.

Just as you’ll binge-read all the Throne of Glass books, you have even more books to binge after this one to finish out the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

From Blood and Ash is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

From Blood and Ash
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure.

Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing.

And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need.

He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance.

And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred.

Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

The From Blood and Ash series is one of my favorites when it comes to fantasy romance and that’s because I adore Poppy and her transformation throughout the series.

Tucked away as the Maiden, she secretly trains with her bodyguard and without too many spoilers eventually becomes so much more than the meek Maiden she was presented as.

Her strength and character development reminds me of Celaenda and her transformation throughout the Throne of Glass series so I know you’ll enjoy this book as much as I do.

Check out my book review of From Blood and Ash.

Fourth Wing is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

Fourth Wing
by Rebecca Yarros

Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history.

Now, the commanding general―also known as her tough-as-talons mother―has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders.

But when you’re smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, the end of your life is only a heartbeat away…because dragons don’t bond to “fragile” humans. They incinerate them.

With fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would take out Violet to better their own chances of success.

The rest would end her just for being her mother’s daughter―like Xaden Riorson, the most powerful and ruthless wingleader in the Riders Quadrant.

She’ll need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise.

Yet, with every day that passes, the battle outside grows more dangerous, the kingdom’s protective wards are failing, and the ledger of those lost continues to rise.

Even worse, Violet begins to suspect leadership is hiding a terrible secret.

You really don’t need a reason to read Fourth Wing because it’s just so good but I consider it a book like Throne of Glass because its heroine is a young woman whom many overlook like Celaena.

Violet however is overlooked because of her weaknesses, not her hidden strengths and yet she ends up proving so many wrong.

Don’t miss it and the entire Fourth Wing series if you love epic fantasy romance book series. Of course, Throne of Glass also made my list of books like Fourth Wing given the similarities.

Check out my book review of Fourth Wing.

Gild is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

Gild
by Raven Kennedy

The fae abandoned this world to us. And the ones with power rule.

Gold. Gold floors, gold walls, gold furniture, gold clothes. In Highbell, in the castle built into the frozen mountains, everything is made of gold.

Even me.

King Midas rescued me. Dug me out of the slums and placed me on a pedestal. I’m called his precious. His favored.

I’m the woman he Gold-Touched to show everyone that I belong to him. To show how powerful he is.

He gave me protection, and I gave him my heart. And even though I don’t leave the confines of the palace, I’m safe.

Until danger comes to the kingdom and a deal is struck.

Suddenly, my trust is broken. My love is challenged, and I realize that everything I thought I knew about Midas might be wrong.

Because these bars I’m kept in, no matter how gilded, are still just a cage. But the monsters on the other side might make me wish I’d never left.

I love the premise behind this dark fantasy romance book that is completely addictive and will have you reading the entire Plated Prisoner series.

Yet just as Celaenda supposedly has her freedom, no longer a prisoner at the stone camp, she is still locked in a cage as the king’s champion.

And Auren may have been rescued from atrocities, she actually just finds herself in another prison as well.

I definitely see this as a book like Throne of Glass but be forewarned that it may not be for everyone given the subject matter.

Shatter Me is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

Shatter Me
by Tahereh Mafi

One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can destroy you.

No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels like a curse, a burden that one person alone could never bear.

But The Reestablishment sees it as a gift, sees her as an opportunity. An opportunity for a dangerous weapon.

Juliette has never fought for herself before. But when she’s reunited with the one person who ever cared about her, she finds a strength she never knew she had.

Shadow Me earned a place on this list not only because it’s a young adult romance as popular as Throne of Glass but because it’s a book like Throne of Glass with a female lead who has the power to end any man with just a touch.  

Both Celaena and Juliette however are used by their kingdoms for their abilities and gifts as weapons making it feel more like a curse than anything else.

And of course, you get more than just one book to enjoy like Throne of Glass since there are six books and several novellas in the entire Shatter Me series.

The Bridge Kingdom is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

The Bridge Kingdom
by Danielle L. Jensen

Lara is a warrior princess who’s driven to bring her kingdom’s enemy – King Aren of the Bridge Kingdom – to his knees. 

The Bridge Kingdom enriches itself at the expense of other kingdoms since it controls the only route through the world but Lara intends to change this with her upcoming nuptials to the King.

But as she gains a deeper understanding of the battle to possess the bridge, Lara begins to question her task as well as her original feelings toward Aren. 

Now Lara must choose which kingdom she’ll save, and which kingdom she’ll destroy.

As I mentioned, I have a weakness for romance books with strong heroines and Lara looks to be just that. I want to see what this warrior princess can do!

While this fantasy is based on a marriage of convenience storyline, I think fans of Throne of Glass will really enjoy it.

King of Battle and Blood is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

King of Battle and Blood
by Scarlett St. Clair

Isolde de Lara considers her wedding day to be the day her life ends.

To end a years-long battle, she is to marry vampire king Adrian Aleksandr Vasiliev, and destroy him.

But her attempt is thwarted, and Adrian threatens that if Isolde tries to end him again, he will raise her as a vampire.

Faced with the possibility of becoming the thing she hates most, Isolde seeks other ways to defy him and survive the brutal vampire court.

Except it isn’t the court she fears most—it’s Adrian. Despite their undeniable chemistry, she wonders why the king—fierce, savage, merciless—chose her as consort.

While there may not be any vampires in Throne of Glass, this is a similar book given how Isolde’s feelings toward Adrian begin to change just as Celaena’s feelings toward the Prince change as well.

A Promise of Fire is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

A Promise of Fire
by Amanda Bouchet

Cat Fisa isn’t who she pretends to be. She’s perfectly content living disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus, avoiding the destiny the Gods―and her dangerous family―have saddled her with.

As far as she’s concerned, the magic humming within her blood can live and end with her. She won’t be a pawn in anyone’s game.

But then she locks eyes with an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south and her illusion of safety is shattered forever.

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker―the woman who divines truth through lies―and he wants her to be a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm.

Kidnapping her off the street is simple enough, but keeping her by his side is infuriatingly tough. Cat fights him at every turn, showing a ferocity of spirit that burns hot…and leaves him desperate for more.

But can he ever hope to prove to his once-captive that he wants her there by his side as his equal, his companion…and maybe someday, his Queen?

Throne of Glass is one of those books that people love to devour in one sitting and I became equally consumed with this book and didn’t want to put it down.

The back-and-forth banter between Cat and Griffin was off the charts as she fought her feelings for him, which reminded me a bit of the back-and-forth between Celaena and the Captain.

Because Cat tries to hide her abilities from others but is ultimately taken because of them made this sound like a great book like Throne of Glass.

Check out my review of A Promise of Fire.

Shadow and Bone is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold—a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters.

But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite—and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling.

He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their battle-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

Dive into the world of Ravka with this book like Throne of Glass with another unassuming heroine who turns out to be so much more than meets the eye.

While Alina wields magic that can potentially save her country, she is another example of a young heroine with a lot planted on her shoulders.

An Ember in the Ashes is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

An Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
 
Under the Martial Empire, defiance will end your life. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
 
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother.

The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
 
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
 
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce.

He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. 

This is a book like Throne of Glass because I see similarities between Elias and Celaena – both skilled people who are tasked with things they secretly don’t really want to do.

I also see similarities between Laia and Celaena’s friend, Princess Nehemia, who both put themselves in positions of danger to learn more information to protect those they love.

Check it out if you like stories about two people looking for justice and finding that they can be the agents of change.

The Gilded Ones is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

The Gilded Ones
by Namina Forna

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village.

Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than losing her life.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her.

They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known.

But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises.

Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.

What struck me about this book like Throne of Glass was how Deka had a woman visit her and offer a way to save her just as Celaena had a woman visit her with information to save her from whatever was picking off the contestants.

I honestly would read this for reasons beyond its similarities to Throne of Glass – especially because it focuses on a band of girls with special gifts. I love it!

Sorcery of Thorns is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

Sorcery of Thorns
by Margaret Rogerson

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything.

Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains.

If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire, and Elisabeth is implicated in the crime.

With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy.

Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself.

For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

What strikes me about this book like Throne of Glass is how Elisabeth must turn to her enemy for help. I love that it’s a young adult enemies to lovers romance!

I loved how Celaena developed a connection with Chaol, her enemy at first since he was a guard keeping her behind locked doors. But then that distrust begins to fade the more he trains her.

Unlike Throne of Glass, this is one of a few standalone fantasy reads (meaning not part of a series) so if that appeals to you then definitely check it out.

The Witch Collector is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

The Witch Collector
by Charissa Weaks

Every harvest moon, the Witch Collector rides into our valley and leads one of us to the home of the immortal Frost King, to remain forever.

Today is that day—Collecting Day.

But he will not come for me. I, Raina Bloodgood, have lived in this village for twenty-four years, and for all that time he has passed me by.

His mistake.

Raina Bloodgood has one desire: destroy the Frost King and the Witch Collector who stole her sister.

On Collecting Day, she means to exact revenge, but a more sinister threat sets fire to her world.

Rising from the ashes is the Collector, Alexus Thibault, the man she vowed to slay and the only person who can help save her sister.

Thrust into an age-old story of ice, fire, and ancient gods, Raina must abandon vengeance and aid the Witch Collector or let their empire—and her sister—fall into enemy hands.

But the lines between good and evil blur, and Raina has more to lose than she imagined. What is she to do when the Witch Collector is no longer the villain who stole her sister, but the hero who’s stealing her heart?

I love how this book like Throne of Glass features another fierce heroine who does not cower to those in power.

The idea of finding justice is central to both stories but I’m so intrigued by the Collector and want to know his motive in everything!

A Dawn of Onyx is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

A Dawn of Onyx
by Kate Golden

Arwen Valondale never expected to be the brave one, offering her life to save her brother’s.

Now she’s been taken prisoner by the most dangerous kingdom on the continent, and made to use her rare magical abilities to heal the soldiers of the vicious Onyx King.

Arwen knows better than to face the ancient, wicked woods that surround the castle on her own, which means working with a fellow prisoner might be her only path to freedom.

Unfortunately, he’s as infuriating as he is cunning—and seems to take twisted pleasure in playing on Arwen’s deepest fears.

But here in Onyx Kingdom, trust is a luxury she can’t afford.

To make it out of enemy territory, she’ll have to navigate back-stabbing royals, dark magic, and dangerous beasts.

But untold power lies inside Arwen, dormant and waiting for a spark. If she can harness it, she just might be able to escape with her life—and hopefully, her heart.

This fantasy romance might be a stretch but I think readers who love Throne of Glass will like it for the fact that they’ll want to see how Arwen conspires to escape prison.

Plus, I think there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Arwen and what she is capable of and I’m all for it.

A Fate of Wrath and Flame is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

A Fate of Wrath & Flame
by K.A. Tucker

Gifted thief Romeria steals jewels under a notorious New York City crime boss. But when an enigmatic woman secures her services at swordpoint, Romeria is wrenched from this world and transported into a realm of opposing thrones, warring elven societies, and elemental magic.

Waking up in the body of a treacherous elven princess, Romeria quickly realizes she’s entangled in a dangerous plot and must hide her identity at all costs – not least from the princess’s betrothed, King Zander, who detests her.

Romeria is forced to play the smitten princess as the unwilling pair work together to uncover the danger that surrounds them.

But with their enemies closing in – and as she fights her growing feelings for the king – it’s time for Romeria to find out who she truly is.

I love fantasy romance books because there is always such great world-building and oftentimes an overall mystery or force at work that bonds the two main characters.

Tucker utilizes these common themes in this book like Throne of Glass but with a unique twist – having the heroine embody an elven princess! Check it out.

Poison Study is one of the best books like Throne of Glass worth reading. If you are looking for more books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, check out this epic list from She Reads Romance Books.

Poison Study
by Maria V. Snyder

Locked deep in the palace dungeon for taking the life of her abuser, Yelena knows she’ll never be free again.

The laws in Ixia are strict, and she must be executed. But just as she’s resigned herself to her fate, she’s offered an extraordinary reprieve.

As the food taster, Yelena will eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace — and risk assassination by anyone trying to poison the Commander of Ixia.

To make matters worse, the chief of security deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust, and only by appearing for her daily antidote to save her life from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control.

Her life is threatened again, and in order to survive, she must unravel the secrets behind the past she’s been running from.

This book made the list because I felt like Yelena is thrust into a situation she wouldn’t choose for herself but participates because the alternative is far worse.

Celaena didn’t want to be beholden to the king as his champion and yet the alternative was to stay in prision. Yeah, nope!

I’ll take option two like Celaena any day but I’ll curious to see how Yelena gets out of her scenario.

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We Hunt the Flame
by Hofsah Faizal

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people.

Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan.

If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

Battle is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow.

When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and destroy the Hunter.

But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Faizal’s fantasy romance caught my eyes as a book like Throne of Glass because we have another reluctant assassin who serves at the mercy of the king’s decree or sultan in this case.

I recommend adding it to your TBR list for this reason but also because it is a Middle Eastern-inspired fantasy!

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Daughter of No Worlds
by Cerrissa Broadbent

Ripped from a forgotten homeland as a child, Tisaanah learned how to survive with nothing but a sharp wit and a touch of magic.

But the night she tries to buy her freedom, she barely escapes with her life.

Desperate to save the best friend she left behind, Tisaanah journeys to the Orders, the most powerful organizations of magic Wielders in the world.

But to join their ranks, she must complete an apprenticeship with Maxantarius Farlione, a handsome and reclusive fire wielder who despises the Orders.

The Orders’ intentions are cryptic, and Tisaanah must prove herself under the threat of looming battle.

But even more dangerous are her growing feelings for Maxantarius. The bloody past he wants to forget may be the key to her future… or the downfall of them both.

But Tisaanah will stop at nothing to save those she abandoned. Even if it means gambling in the Orders’ dangerous games. Even if it means sacrificing her heart.

This is another book like Throne of Glass with a heroine you can’t help but love and root for.

Tisaanah is a slave who wants to buy her freedom, just as Celaena is a prisoner who wants to earn her own freedom though has initially settled for trading one prison for “another.”

If you can’t get enough of strong heroines in fantasy romance, be sure to give this book a go.

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The Queen’s Rising
by Rebecca Ross

Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her.

While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge.

However, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true: she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, she reluctantly accepts.

But there is much more to his story, for there is a dangerous plot to overthrow the king of Maevana—the rival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the throne.

With a battle brewing, Brienna must choose which side she will remain loyal to: passion or blood.

I’m a fan of Rebecca Ross’ writing but before she wrote the Divine Rivals series, she penned this fantasy debut which gave me Throne of Glass vibes in that both Celaena and Brienna are chosen for their skills to aid another.

Of course, in both stories, you also have this underlying dissent brewing that is going to bubble up and force both heroines to choose which side they stand with. Check it out!

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