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In conjunction with Women’s History Month and her birthday, let us celebrate this author who is making women’s history as we speak…or read!
Sarah J. Maas, my personal favourite high fantasy (romance) fiction writer of the 21st century, is celebrating her 35th birthday on March 4th! SJM has super strong, hardcore, female leads in her series that I cannot get enough of. The character development in her Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series is hardly comparable to anything I have ever read. SJM has characters with different backgrounds, races, sexualities and that are just unique, which is a nice breath of fresh air in my reading. I can’t decide which series is my favourite, but I have not read Crescent City yet. I will decide after that!
If you are into hunky male brooders, fae, magic, war, assassins, guilds, royals, castles, evil lords, and the like, one of these SJM series is seriously for you. Go get ‘em.
Throne of Glass
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena Sardothien is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom from slavery. A competition is to be held to determine the new King’s Champion. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Being responsible for feeding and clothing her family after becoming destitute, Feyre became a huntress to survive. Unbeknownst to her, killing a wolf with strange eyes for its pelt gave her a one-way ticket to a magical, cursed kingdom to repay the debt. Her captor, whose face is obscured by a jeweled mask, is hiding far more than the brooding, attractive self suggests. As her feelings for her captor turn from hostility into something more palatable, Feyre learns that these lands are an even more dangerous place than she imagined.
Crescent City Series
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. Hunt Athalar is a notorious fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free. If only they’d let it.