Well, I finally did it. I finished the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas and it was absolutely wonderful! I went through a range of emotions with this one, especially whilst finishing the final book in the series. Every time I finish a series I feel so dang lost, especially with long series like this one. With eight books, it is easy to get wrapped up in the story and connect with these characters. I am in no way ready to let them go. Fingers crossed for a spin-off/ movie or TV adaptation. Having finished this series, I have a few things to discuss. I am going to be talking about the relationships, spin-offs I would like to see, my initial views on the series before reading it, and my final thoughts.
If you have not read this series, then be warned of some spoilers.
Starting this out, I think we all know that I absolutely swooned over Aelin and Rowan. Initially I wanted her to be with Dorian, and never loved her with Chaol. Then my man Rowan came in guns blazing, and swept me off my feet. From the witty banter, to the rugged charm, even the way he pushed her; it all made me love him more and more. Their happily ever after is more than I could have hoped for them. And can we take a moment to think on the nicknames: Fireheart and Buzzard. UGH!
Moving on to Aedion and Lysandra. These two put me through the ringer. The last book had me ready to hurl it across the room. Their ending is so satisfactory and I really thought it would never work itself out, so I am grateful for the small miracles. I just think their little family is just the cutest stinking thing and they just fit each other so dang well.
Now time to discuss Elide and Lorcan. These two also stressed me out. I loved the nod to their marriage in the end and the way he softened to her was beautiful. I burst out laughing at Lord Lorcan Lochan. Say that five times fast. That’s as bad as babbling bumbling band of baboons (fellow Harry Potter fans where you at???). Also, the fact that he gave up immortality… SWOON!!!
Dorian and Manon had such an unconventional relationship and it didn’t even end technically resolved, and I loved it. I loved that everyone’s story wasn’t wrapped up with a pretty bow. It leaves room for interpretation and f course for the fan fiction writers to get creative. They were yin and yang in every way and they brought out the courageous in each other. Beautifully done!
Chaol and Yrene were a surprise! I knew as soon as she was introduced, we were heading in the direction of a new love interest for Chaol, but the way it built was in no way predictable. Her pulling out the big guns and basically saving them all in the end was a huge shock to my senses. An unconventional slaying of the demons of the story. I think she really brought the best out in Chaol and salvaged his character for me. I was not a fan of his from Heir of Fire to Empire of Storms due to his resentfulness of Aelin, but he redeemed himself in Tower of Dawn.
Nesryn and Sartaq were another left-field couple that I didn’t think I would love as much as I did. I liked the way their story was wrapped up and involved her more. I also like her arc to becoming the new Empress and a Rukhin. Nicely done!
So, for this one I have a few ideas in mind. The first one I think would be interesting is to see more on the Khaganate. Whether it be through the continuation of Nesryn and Sartaq or a past storyline, I think it would be cool to learn more about the dynasty and the family dynamic there.
Another spin-off I desperately need is Aelin and Rowan’s kids. I have seen some fan theories with this one and one I would love to see interpreted is a crossover with ACOTAR and see Aelin and Rowan’s daughter fall in love with Rhysand and Feyre’s son Nyx. This would be so much fun to see these characters overlap. I am picturing an intense discussion between Manon, Amren, and Nesta. And imagine Aelin and Cassian sparring. There are just so many ways this crossover could be the funniest thing ever written.
And then obviously any spin-offs continuing the story lines of Manon and Dorian, Elide and Lorcan, and Lysandra and Aedion would be just as appreciated.
When I first picked up these books, I thought it was going to be a love triangle with Calaena, Dorian, and Chaol. Boy was I wrong! I thought it would involve her trying to gain her freedom, maybe running away and trying to hide from the King of Adarlan. Never could I have ever guessed that she was the lost Queen of Terrasen… This story took me by complete surprise and was not in any way predictable. From the truth about Aelin, to her and Rowan being secretly married (AND MATES), to her being horribly tortured, to her having to die, then not having to die, to Yrene and Fenrys saving the day. Crazy crazy crazy!!!
After finishing this wonderful series, it is now time for me to say goodbye to these characters. The last line read, the last page turned, the last book closed, the series once again whole on my bookshelves. I now reflect on just how good this series was. Aelin has officially joined in on my top five favorite fictional characters. Sarah J Maas knows how to create realistic characters that can be incredibly relatable. Yet another reason to adore this series. Everyone can find someone they relate to. I share personalities with about five different characters. In all honesty the one and only characters I can really relate to is Fleetfoot. Safe away from the battle waiting to be lazy at home. ME!
Thank you Sarah J Maas for the adventure of a lifetime! Thank you Aelin for showing what it is to be brave and never yield!
The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers.Sarah J Maas (Aelin Ashryver Galathynius)