The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas is a must-read for young adult fantasy fans, so I’ve got the ultimate guide on the Throne of Glass series order just for you!
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Who is the Author of the Throne of Glass Series?
Sara J. Maas is the author of the Throne of Glass series. In addition to this series, Maas is also well known for her A Court of Thorns and Roses series and the Crescent City series.
She is known for her young adult fantasy series that combine fantasy, adventure, and romance.
The Throne of Glass series is actually a Cinderella-inspired fantasy with a strong female protagonist.
I love that Maas is another best-selling author who first found a following online by self-publishing her stories.
Maas first published the Throne of Glass stories online on FictionPress before they were picked up and published by Bloomsbury after gaining popularity.
Her books have since sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages.
Throne of Glass Series Summary
Set in the fictional world of Erilea, the Throne of Glass series follows the journey of Aelin Galathynius who was once a slave but becomes a king’s assassin to earn her freedom and possibly more.
Throne of Glass World Map
How Many Throne of Glass Books are in the Series?
There are 8 books in the Throne of Glass series which includes one book that is a compilation of prequel novellas.
The first book in the series was released in 2012 and the last book was published in 2018.
Maas has said that the series is complete but will be re-released with new covers in 2023.
Throne of Glass Series Order
Throne of Glass is the first book in this series for which it was named and was published in August 2012.
However, four prequel novellas were published before Throne of Glass.
They were then later released into the book, The Assassin’s Blade in March 2013 with an additional novella.
So even though The Assassin’s Blade was published after Throne of Glass, the four novellas were published first and are prequel stories to Throne of Glass and therefore can be read first.
Some readers actually choose a different way for the Thrones of Glass reading order, which is to read The Assassin’s Blade after Heir of Fire.
Throne of Glass Series Order by Publication
- The Assassin’s Blade
- Throne of Glass
- Crown of Midnight
- Heir of Fire
- Queen of Shadows
- Empire of Storms
- Tower of Dawn
- Kingdom of Ash
Additional Throne of Glass Books:
Throne of Glass Miniature Character Collection
The Throne of Glass series was also released in miniature format. The books are 3.97 x 0.46 x 5.63 inches in size. Some are still available on Amazon though others are not.
Each miniature book highlights a different character with special ink color:
- The Assassin’s Blade: Sam in Avery River Teal
- Throne of Glass: Celaena in Rifthold Violet
- Crown of Midnight: Dorian in Adarlan Crimson
- Heir of Fire: Rowan in Terrasen Green
- Queen of Shadows: Manon in Crochan Red
- Empire of Storms: Lysandra in Caraverre Ocher
- Tower of Dawn: Chaol in Antica Blue
- Kingdom of Ash: Aelin in Orynth Gold
Throne of Glass Series Awards
- A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012
- Amazon.com Best Book of 2012
- YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
- MTV Hollywood Crush Best YA Book of 2012 Nominee
- A New York Times and USA Today bestseller
- A USA Today bestseller
Throne of Glass Series Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees and Winners:
- Throne of Glass – 2012 Nominee Goodreads Choice Awards Winner for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction
- Crown of Midnight – 2013 Nominee Goodreads Choice Awards Winner for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction
- Heir of Fire – 2014 Nominee Goodreads Choice Awards Winner for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction
- Queen of Shadows – 2015 Winner Goodreads Choice Awards Winner for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction
- Empire of Storms – 2016 Nominee Goodreads Choice Awards Winner for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction
- Tower of Dawn – 2017 Nominee Goodreads Choice Awards Winner for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction
- Kingdom of Ash – 2018 Winner Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction
Throne of Glass TV Series
The Throne of Glass series was optioned by Hulu in 2016 to be adapted into a TV series called Queen Of Shadows.
Though the show was named after the fourth book, fans were assured that the series would begin with the first book and cover the entire series.
As of 2022, there has been no movement in this show’s development, however, you can find another Maas book series coming to the small screen near you.
On March 26, 2021, Maas announced that she and Ron Moore (creator of the Outlander TV series for Starz) will be co-adapting the A Court of Thorn and Roses series for Hulu.
Throne of Glass Books in Order with Publisher Summaries:
Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow assassin for hire, Sam.
When Celaena’s scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes-and questioning her own allegiance.
Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship.
But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too.
They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn’s clutches-and if they fail, they’ll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives.
A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas includes:
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Underworld
The Assassin and the Empire
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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince.
Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council.
If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life.
Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants meets their end quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the culprit is before she becomes a victim?
As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown.
Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way.
And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple.
Celaena has survived dangerous contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost.
Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth – a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future, forever.
Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world.
Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire-for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past.
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, who’s prepared to lose their life just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world.
With a fight looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard.
But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a life-ending blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica–the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire.
And with a fight looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both–and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
Aelin has risked everything to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture.
Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day.
With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction.
Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them.
Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation – and a better world.
And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen – before she is lost to him forever.
As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future.
Experience the vivid imagery of Sarah J. Maas’s expansive world in her breathtaking New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass saga.
Celaena on the rooftops of Rifthold, Chaol in the gardens of the glass castle, Manon riding her wyvern through the Crossing, and many other favorite moments, characters, and objects from the vibrantly detailed realm of Throne of Glass come to life.
With stunning original black-and-white drawings, The Throne of Glass Coloring Book is a must-have companion for any reader looking to be swept up in the adventure of a lifetime.
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