After reading and enjoying House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas’s newest release, I thought it might be fun to rank every single one of her books, since I’ve now read all of them! Sarah J. Maas has published 14 books as of now (4/14/20), so those are the ones I will be ranking in order from worst to best.
I don’t think any further intro is necessary, so without further ado, let’s just dive right in! Starting with my least favorite Sarah J. Maas book…
14. A Court of Frost and Starlight
Putting it simply, I hated this book. Its release was hyped up a ton, but it ended up being a huge disappointment for me. The plot was literally non-existent, and some of my favorite characters became annoying and unlikeable. I don’t see why this book was a necessary addition to the ACOTAR series, even if it was just a novella. I’m baffled by all of the five star ratings this book gets because I truly don’t understand how it contributes to the series. Honestly, it just seems like a money-grab… which I totally fell for, unfortunately.
13. Heir of Fire
Heir of Fire was a let down in so many ways. The first two books of the TOG series were fast paced and action packed, and I expected the same from Heir of Fire. But sadly, it was a very long, boring read. We’re introduced to a completely new part of the setting, as well as a new cast of characters… Result: Info dumps. Ugh. This book was just loads of world building and boring character development that I honestly couldn’t have cared less about. I understand that this book was the foundation for future books in the series, but I really didn’t enjoy it at all.
12. The Assassin’s Blade
There was nothing notably wrong about this book, it was just… meh. I’m starting to think that I just dislike novellas, because both A Court of Frost and Starlight and The Assassin’s Blade are at the bottom of my list. I will say, The Assassin’s Blade was significantly better than A Court of Frost and Starlight, but it wasn’t nearly as good as the original TOG series. I don’t regret reading this one, but I don’t think that I would have missed out on much if I hadn’t.
11. Empire of Storms
I felt like Empire of Storms was missing something. I found it pretty choppy, and the writing just felt odd compared to the other books. Additionally, I feel as though some of my favorite supporting characters in the series weren’t featured enough, which was a total bummer. Overall, this book was okay, but I feel like it had the potential to be so much better.
10. Catwoman: Soulstealer
This book was so much fun! I’m not that invested in the DC universe, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I didn’t love the characters, but I understand that Maas didn’t have complete freedom over how she depicted them. The plot itself was pretty entertaining, it definitely kept me on my toes! Unfortunately, I really despised the romance, and I think the book would have been a whole lot better without it. But still, this was a really enjoyable read that is full of action, intensity, and incredibly high stakes.
9. Kingdom of Ash
Kingdom of Ash was better than a lot of other Sarah J. Maas books, but it still kind of disappointed me. I expected a lot from the final instalment of the Throne of Glass series, and sadly it just didn’t deliver. I feel like it was a lot longer than it needed to be and that due to that the plot moved really slowly. Also, at that point, I had just completely lost my love for many of the characters in the series. They all felt so dried up and bland in this book, and I just didn’t feel the emotional connection that I used to have with them. Kingdom of Ash was still a satisfying conclusion to the series, but I just didn’t love it as much as I thought I would
8. Queen of Shadows
After being thoroughly disappointed by Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows was just what I needed. It had tons of action, but at the same time there was room for character development. We also got to see the plot expand to such a greater scale that the stakes were so much higher. I didn’t love how Chaol’s character was basically destroyed for the sake of the romance between Aelin and Rowan, and I hate that this is a common pattern found in Maas’s books. But I still really enjoyed Queen of Shadows and think that it was a great addition to the series.
7. Tower of Dawn
I’m in the minority, but I actually really enjoyed Tower of Dawn and consider it to be a highlight of the Throne of Glass series. Don’t get me wrong, it had some noticeable flaws, but overall, it was an enjoyable read. The pacing was great, I adored the new characters, and I appreciated getting some time away from the ones in the previous books that were getting on my nerves 😂 However, Chaol’s character became really unlikeable in this book. I get that he was going through a lot of grief, but his rudeness and disregard for others became nearly intolerable. For that reason, Tower of Dawn is somewhat low on my list.
6. A Court of Wings and Ruin
My heart aches thinking about this book! It was such a perfect ending to Feyre and Rhys’s story (we’ll just pretend A Court of Frost and Starlight never happened). It was a long book, but unlike Kingdom of Ash, I felt like every page contributed to the story. I absolutely adore this book!
5. Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood
This book might be so high up on my list simply because it’s the one I most recently read, but I really did enjoy it. It could be really slow at times, but I appreciated all of the world-building and character development Sarah J. Maas put into the story. Bryce was a great protagonist, and I love how she’s completely different from Feyre and Aelin. I’m so excited to see where Bryce’s story goes in the next installment… Come on, just give me book two already!
4. Throne of Glass
Ah, the book that started it all. Throne of Glass was just so so good. The characters were well formed and excellently developed, as was the setting. I was really impressed by the pacing and evolution of the story, 400+ pages seemed to just fly by! I remember finishing this book and being so pissed at myself for having waited so long to read it!
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses
I read A Court of Thorns and Roses before Throne of Glass, and I have to admit, I enjoyed it a great deal more. Full of breathtaking descriptions, wonderful world building, and loveable characters, this book planted the seed for my love of YA fantasy. Though I’ve reread this book countless times, I’m still extremely jealous of those who are experiencing their first read of it. I adore A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I will never grow tired of reading it.
2. Crown of Midnight
I didn’t think that anything could beat Throne of Glass, but when I read Crown of Midnight, I was pleasantly surprised! This book is action packed, thrilling, and unputtdownable. It sucks that none of the books that came after it lived up to its unachievable amazingness, but oh well. Crown of Midnight is easily my favorite Throne of Glass book.
But not quite as good as my all-time favorite Sarah J. Maas book…
1. A Court of Mist and Fury
ACOMAF is beyond perfect. I didn’t think anything could beat ACOTAR, but this book was a powerful sequel. A Court of Mist and Fury is emotionally charged, touching, and serious, but it is also funny and wildly entertaining. Some of my favorite characters were introduced and developed in this book, and the witty banter they share is hilarious! I love how healthy relationships are portrayed in this book. We get to see how Rhysand views Feyre as his mate and his equal, whereas Tamlin’s love was a toxic obsession. I absolutely love ACOMAF and I think it is the best book Maas has written to this day!
There you have it!
My ranking of every single Sarah J. Maas book! How would you rank these books? Let me know down below in the comments!
Hope you all are having a wonderful week!