The official guide to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series complete with characters, creatures, new artwork, and more!
Everyone knows the story of the assassin queen. But now, fans of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series will be immersed in her journey like never before. From Adarlan’s dark past to Terrasen’s bright future, this comprehensive guide will bring the people, creatures, settings, magic, gods, and world of Aelin’s epic journey to life in stunning illustrations and descriptive portrayals. Complete with an expansive vocabulary and timeline of events, this is the must-have official companion to the Throne of Glass series.
Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Throne of Glass series. Her books have sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog. To find out more, visit sarahjmaas.com or follow @therealsjmaas on Instagram.
You know, if there's one thing that I don't understand, is why authors who haven't developed their worlds consistently or thoroughly enough, suddenly feel the need to milk it by creating a companion book that details every little aspect that the author was too LAZY to properly explain themselves!
Here's the thing tho. A Song of Ice and Fire. Is. An INSANELY detailed fantasy series. When stuff aren't happening, most of the book is spent describing a culture or a historical event or giving insight into this or that house or person or custom or... whatever. There is constant lore being thrown at you for the entire duration of the series and - this is my point - it IS JUSFTIFIED in having a companion book that explains aspects of the lore and history.
Throne of Glass, however, is not. The only consistent bits of lore we get are in Heir of Fire. That's the only book that bothered to introduce at least some consistent bits of lore after the first 2 books left the reader with only a generic fantasy world to imagine in their minds. After Heir of Fire, Maas remembered to give lore information once every blue moon.
Ok, ok, ok. Let's say that this book is going to be published and is going to give us an insight into the world. Here are some of the things I want addressed.
1. First of all I want an updated FREAKING MAP! I don't know where the Fae lands Celaena landed on, in Heir of Fire, are nor other regions mentioned in Empire of Storms and whatnot. 2. Second, I don't want half the book to focus on the damn Faes! I hate the Faes as a race and no one is going to change my mind, because Maas has done a pretty good job in solidifying this opinion for me. 3. Thirdly, I want someone to explain the freaking magic system already! Because Aelin is freaking OP, using an element that is one of the most boring, as far as fantasy magic goes, but we have no freaking clue why! 4. I want explanation for the unique creatures featured in this series. Fae and witches and lepricons can go to hell! 5. Actually scratch that I wanna read more about the witches. 6. I want explanation in regards to the various items Aelin has in her possession. Because she has a whole MMORPG inventory worth of items that i can't remember how she acquired. 7. I want a DETAILED and COMPREHENSIVE explanation of Aelin's FUCKING FAMILY TREE! Because I am sick and tired of going a dozen times to the Wikia page to understand where the obscure characters of the past fit into Aelin's bloodline. 8. I want a detailed explanations of the main characters' pasts, and I am referring to Chaol and Dorian. Aedion, Rowan and Lysandra all presented us with their sob stories. I wanna hear Chaol and Dorian's too. 9. And lastly I want insight into: culture, religion, nations, economy, evolution of society, customs for different ppls etc. Maas clearly has different cultures, nations, an economy, religions - she keeps mentioning Gods - but she never explains them in the context of her story.
I am not against this book being published. I am just mad that the name is uninspired and because it comes not as an addition to something you've read and want further reading, but gives explanations to ideas, concepts and elements that are never or just loosely explained by the author herself!
Still gonna read it tho. If only to see if some of the stuff I specified above are addressed. >.>
Edit 27.10.2019: Is this book ever coming out? Holy geezus it's been 2 years an a half since i wrote this review.
Of all the book SJM is going to release this is the one I'm most excited for! Well, unless if one of the new ACOTAR books is called The World of ACOTAR... Just imagine, information about Hybern, the courts, the fae, etc. THAT WOULD BE AMAZING!! Returning to this book read the description:
The ultimate guide to the Throne of Glass series and the world of Erilea, including an illustrated compendium of characters, settings, magic, gods, politics, creatures, and vocabulary, plus a timeline of events.
I heard from people on Tumblr that went to the meet and greets that Sarah said that this is supposed to be part encyclopedia and part chronology. It’s supposed to take place 10 years after KoA. And it’s going to say what happened to all of the characters. She also might also write more books or novellas one day, if the right story came along, but she wants to take a break from ToG for awhile.
I would not remotely say this is Throne of Glass #7 unless it was, well, a 7th installment of the Throne of Glass Series. This is just some information about Erilea, which is not a novel. This might be like a Simarillion type book, but it is not Throne of Glass within its context. Sure it will be set in the Throne of Glass universe but TOLKIEN DIDN'T CALL THE SIMARILLION LOTR 4....Just saying. I also think what Sarah is doing (and most of my tumblr agrees with me) that she is personally milking the money cow now. I don't know how I feel about 4 different 'spin off' titles of A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I don't know what I feel about 2 more 'spin offs' of Throne of Glass without Aelin, Dorian and Etc. I am personally confused by all of this and this is what KILLED a series like Mortal Instruments for me. I loved Throne of Glass when I read it last year, I gave it a 5 star rating, I love the characters they are very well written and quirky. Do I want every little knit picky detail I can get my grubby little hands off of Mrs. Maas, not really. I like to have my own wondering in a book series, and that is why I don't really like this idea. I might sound like a Negative Nancy when I am saying this, and I want Sarah to make more titles that are DIFFERENT from Throne of Glass or ACOTAR. I want more verity in her writing, I know she has a adult novel (That's free and no one knows about it) on tumblr collaborating with another amazing author)- she can make something not about Faes, make something about Aliens, or zombies, or zombie aliens I DON'T CARE just don't push the envelope and kill these two series for me. I mean unless she fixes Empire of Storms and stops making Aelin a nut loving slut- MARRY HER TO SOMEONE, I don't know if I will read the rest of the book she writes. I don't mean to crash Sarah J. Maas in anyway- but....DAMN don't you guys think the same way about this?
UPDATE: wow they seriously change the title of this book.... I didn't think they were going to do that... doesn't say if the seventh book in the series anymore .... what?
ALSO UPDATE: She killed these two series for a lot of people...not just me yay
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Can this book come out in 2021 and be like an award for surviving 2020?
Something like... " CONGRATS! YOU SURVIVED 2020! Here's a story about Aelin and Rowan as Queen and King. Oh and Lysandra and Aedion's married life. And Lorcan and Elide living their best life. Oh and Manon and Dorian are now ruling together. OOOH and Yrene and Chaol have a daughter."
Another update: So after the publishers advertising this and saying it's for sure coming out LAST YEAR, then ghosting the book and pretending it never existed, then moving the release date to a whole year later, now Sarah J. Maas is not sure when it will come out at all.
Update: Seems like the release has been pushed back by a whole year now, with Amazon listing the date as Oct. 1, 2019.
This was originally supposed to come out the same day as Kingdom of Ash, but looks like it got pushed back. I wonder if it's even happening at all?
It's still listed as coming out on Oct. 30 on Sarah J. Maas's website, but that must be wrong: http://sarahjmaas.com/world-of-throne... Looks like it hasn't been updated in a long time. Amazon doesn't have the option to pre-order it or a date, but Target lets you pre-order it for Oct. 23?
Guys I’m not sure if it’s 100% true but I was told from some people who preordered the book on Amazon, that their order and the book was canceled. Apparently the book wasn’t “wanted” enough. I’m seriously pissed. The book was supposed to be released in 2018. Now it’s the end of 2019 and there’s not even a cover reveal. Sarah says nothing about the book like she pretends it doesn’t even exist. I understand that she’s busy but she could give us SOME news. What I don’t understand is that she seems to be working on several different books and can’t finish one of them. I’m still waiting for any news of Acotar 4. Instead of finishing books that are high requested for YEARS, she releases a complete new book series (Crescent City or something like that) nobody asked for!