Before there was ... Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

You'll notice that I have far more of these than I've had for the previous two.  It's because fantasy has been huge in YA longer than dystopian or vampires ... and because it's always been my first love.  

Oh, yeah.  And it's now edited with links. Because I am an idiot. 

If you haven't read Throne of Glass, read my review to find out why you'll love it! 

Before there was Throne of Glass 

by Sarah J. Maas, there was . . . 

 The first series I ever read from her, and arguably her best. Fourteen-year-old Daine Sarasri is an illegitimate child and an orphan.  Not the best start for a girl in the kingdom.  But Daine can also talk to animals.  She possesses Wild Magic, an unruly, powerful magic unlike that of the other mages.  Becoming mixed up with the famous mage Numair, the King's Champion Alanna, and the court, Daine becomes part of wars, intrigues, and dangers that ultimately lead her to the realms of the gods.  Well-written, with adventure, romance, and a kick-butt heroine, these books will appeal to anyone who loves Maas' Celaena.  Like all Pierce's work, these books are a blend of action, humor, and romance that has something for everyone.  

Set before The Immortals, this is the story of Alanna.  Protected by the Goddess, spunky Alanna doesn't want to be a lady.  She wants to be a knight.  So she cuts her hair, pretends to be a boy, and enrolls in knight training in the king's own guard.  Quickly becoming friends with Crown Prince Jonathan and a wily thief named George, she proves herself a worthy warrior and becomes the first female knighted.  Along the way, she falls in love--a few times--and does quite a bit of fighting.  All in service of her magical destiny.  I love Alanna.  She's powerful, petulant, and exciting.  Her adventures are full of magic and intrigue, with plenty of twists.  

This is Keladry's story, set after The Immortals.  Now Daine is a famous mage, Alanna the aging Champion, and girls are at last allowed to join the king's pages on the way to knighthood.  The books follow her from page to squire to knight, through all her tests: proving her worthiness as a girl knight, falling in and out of love, becoming squire to the realm's famous Lord Raoul, and managing a refugee camp during a dangerous war.  Kel is tough and scrappy.  You root for her on every page, want to be her.    

Tristran has a problem.  He's in love.  And his love wants him to go and catch her the star that fell into the meadows, outside of the town wall.  But no one goes outside of the town wall.  Tristran soon discovers why, as he finds the star, a young woman called Yvaine, and is sucked into a series of dangers.  Chased by a witch queen, the vicious men of Stormhold, and other dangers, Tristran must survive and bring the star back to his love.  Only it's not that simple.  Funny, snarky, witty--do I need more words to tell you that it's hysterical?  There's romance.  There's adventure.  There's whimsy.  What more could you want?  

A true epic, spanning hundreds of years.  Half parody of high fantasy but still true to the genre, with a world that is fully realized.  Spanning several generations, this masterful epic goes through the history of Dalemark and the people from different times who are all destined to save it.   

One of the best fantasy books of all time. Don't listen to the terrible movie adaptation! Ella is a strong, kickass heroine who saves her own life and sacrifices everything for her kingdom.  There's no evil uncle and she's not a ditz.  This is a story of girl power, determination, and funny, clever fantasy creatures. 

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What other older or obscure books 
remind you of Throne of Glass?


  1. I love that I have read a majority of these books... lol

    1. I love it too! Clearly we have similar taste. (:

  2. I haven't read Throne of Glass yet, so I'm not sure. I do hear wonderful things about it though. :)

    1. I recommend it! If you like high fantasy with a bit of humor, it's perfect.