Sarah J. Maas’ Epic Finale Will Rattle the Stars

Posted by Marie on October 5, 2018
"My name is Celaena Sardothien and I will not be afraid." Since 2012, the brave young heroine of the New York Times-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-winning series Throne of Glass has captivated readers with her unwavering strength and determination.

In the beginning, Celaena was a cutthroat assassin hiding from the shadows of her past. Now she's embraced her destiny as Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, the rightful queen of Terrasen and one of the keys to the world's salvation in the series' upcoming and final installment. Here author Sarah J. Maas shares some parting words for her beloved character as well as a heartfelt message to her fans who have dared to "rattle the stars."

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Goodreads: Kingdom of Ash is almost here! We know that you probably felt all the feelings once you typed the words "The End." How has writing the Throne of Glass series changed you?

Sarah J. Maas: Oh, man. What a hard question to answer! I've been working on this series since I was 16 (I'm 32 now), so I've literally grown up while writing it, which makes it pretty hard to pinpoint every little way it's changed me. I knew from a young age that I loved to write, but it wasn't until I began working on Throne of Glass that I realized how much I wanted to be published and that I wanted to one day be able to see Throne of Glass sitting on a bookshelf.

That dream was my guiding star—the goal I was willing to work toward no matter how long it took, no matter how impossible the odds. So I did—through high school and college and the years afterward, I worked on these books. Without that dream and drive to see it come true, I don't know where I'd be. Which made writing Kingdom of Ash all the more emotional and overwhelming. I can't tell you how many times I cried while writing this book!

GR: What has Aelin taught you over the years?

SJM: Too much to convey in one short answer. If I had to pick one thing, though, I'd say that her unbreakable will and courage have impacted me the most. I can't tell you how many times I've wound up saying to myself, "My name is Sarah Maas, and I will not be afraid" and instantly felt braver.

GR: She's also grown so much since the first book. What surprised you the most about her journey?

SJM: It's funny. I've been writing about Aelin for 16 years, and yet she still managed to surprise me until the very end. As a writer, I like to let my characters lead the way and call the shots for where the story should go, which meant that Aelin sometimes took things in totally unexpected directions (despite my years of careful planning). There are tons of examples that I could give you guys, but one of the most recent was a surprise because it wasn't a surprise: Aelin decided to follow the path I'd laid out for her in Kingdom of Ash, right to the very last line.

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GR: Fans also praise Aelin for having multiple, nuanced relationships throughout the books (friends, lovers, family). Which relationships stood out to you the most and why?

SJM: Writing about the dynamics between all these characters was one of the biggest highlights for me, and one of my favorite parts of Kingdom of Ash was that so many characters who haven't yet met or seen each other in a while finally get to interact. But to pick one relationship that really stands out to me, I'd have to say Aelin and Manon. They were just so fun to write whenever they were in the same scene/space, and having them go from enemies to allies to sort-of-friends was one of my favorite journeys. Random factoid: Their conversation in Empire of Storms about whose sword has a better name is one of my favorite moments in the entire series.

GR: If you could speak to Aelin, what would you say to her now that your series is drawing to a close?

SJM: Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all the good you've brought into my life and for choosing me to tell your story.

GR: Throne of Glass has such a passionate fan following. Let's time travel back to the early days of writing the series: Did you ever imagine that something you wrote would make such an impression?

SJM: Definitely not! This journey has been beyond anything I ever dreamed for myself, and I'm so deeply grateful to all of my amazing readers for making it possible. It's been such an honor and joy to share these books with them!

GR: You've also been a multiple Goodreads Choice Award winner and nominee! How does it feel to have such enthusiastic support?

SJM: Unbelievable. I can't even begin to express my gratitude without tearing up. My readers truly are the best group of people I've ever encountered.

GR: Now that your series is drawing to a close, what new projects are on the horizon for you?

SJM: I've got a couple projects coming up that I'm super excited about! But right now I'm drafting the first book in my upcoming Crescent City series. It's too early to really say much about it, but it's my first series for adults and takes place in a modern fantasy world (think Throne of Glass or A Court of Thorns and Roses set in our century). I've been working on it for several years now, and I can't wait to share it with readers next year! Once that's written, then I'll switch gears to work on the first full-length A Court of Thorns and Roses spin-off novel (if you've read the teaser in the back of A Court of Frost and Starlight, you'll know who it's about). I'm already super pumped to dive into it, too!

Sarah J. Maas' Kingdom of Ash will be available on October 23. Don't forget to add it to your Want to Read shelf! Be sure to also read more of our exclusive author interviews, and get more great book recommendations.

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message 1: by Danielle (new)

Danielle I can’t wait!!! 😁😁

message 2: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Lockwood I'll be in NY for the tour on the 23rd. I've never done anything like this before, but then I've never liked a series this much in my adult life! Cannot wait! >^ ^<

message 3: by :) (new)

:) I love everything by Sarah and I am eagerly waiting for all she chooses to share with us!

message 4: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Doyle I’m going to see her I’m edinburgh. Can’t wait 🤭🤭🤭

message 5: by Jeanne (new)

Jeanne Walz So excited for this! Thanks for the interview!

message 6: by Angela (new)

Angela Anderson Oh yay! Time to read the whole series again to get ready. They never get old!

message 7: by Renee (new)

Renee *sob* don't die Aelin. Don't die.

message 8: by Sadie (new)

Sadie Roman I look forward to your new series! I’ve shared ACTR & TOG with so many people. Best ever!! ❤️

message 9: by Joanna (new)

Joanna We love you Sarah! And Aelin and her incredible world ! I have never been moved to tears as many times as I have while reading this series and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

message 10: by Alejandra (new)

Alejandra Caliz I can’t wait for neither series!

message 11: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Literally my favorite author at the moment! Obsessed!!! 😍😍😍

message 12: by Vy (new)

Vy Even if Kingdom of Ash was 100,000+ pages I’d still think thats too short, Sarah J Maas is truly a queen!

message 13: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I'll be in NY on the 23rd to see her! I'm so excited for KOA and whatever else she's working on!

message 14: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Louise I am so excited and terrified for this final book. Her books have helped me through so much. I could never Express what her books have done for me in words.

message 15: by Jan (last edited Oct 05, 2018 07:08PM) (new)

Jan van Es Cannot wait! I'm SO EXCITED!!!! And very interested in Crescent City! Both are wishlisted on my Goodreads Wishlist. Sadly never had the pleasure to meet her, because of living in a country where there's hardly any book tours.

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Jan van Es Renee wrote: "*sob* don't die Aelin. Don't die."


message 17: by Kaza brekker (new)

Kaza brekker SJM: It's funny. I've been writing about Aelin for 16 years, and yet she still managed to surprise me until the very end. As a writer,

i feel like sobbing just thinking about saying goodbye to aelin i cant imagine what sarah must feel

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Ethar I really can’t wait for the book to come out, it’s going to be swtand sad moment when the series end , but I will always look for whatever comes from you Miss Sarah. Thank you so much for the wonderful journey.

message 19: by Molly (new)

Molly Yesss!!!

message 20: by Terry Juell (new)

Terry Juell Thank you for this interview! I can and can't wait for KOA I don't want anyone to die!!! I know it's going to be bitter-sweet. Sarah you're the best!! <3

message 21: by Faith (new)

Faith The Assassin I can't believe it's ending. I remember picking up Throne of Glass my junior year of high school. And it instantly pulled me into this incredible world that Sarah has spent 16 years writing. I've loved all the characters, despite all her flaws Aelin still remains my favorite. It's going to be bittersweet with my all time favorite series ending. It's been a crazy, magical, journey. So thank you, Sarah J. Maas for creating this amazing world and wonderful characters. It's been a fun ride. And I can't wait to see what else you have into store and what other worlds you will create.

message 22: by Mary (new)

Mary L Omg I can't wait!!!!! I just really really hope Aelin gets reunited with Rowan and everyone else early on in the book or at least at the half way mark!! I just dont want her being tortured for the whole book!!!

message 23: by Linda (new)

Linda Eller I’m so excited!

message 24: by Heaven (new)

Heaven Boynton I’ve just preordered Kingdom of Ash so I’m now rereading the Throne of Glass series. I love it just as much as the first time I read it.

Avy  (Book Looney) ❄️ I’m crying 😭 I’m not ready for this to end 😢

message 26: by Olivia (new)

Olivia Hicks This is so exciting! This is an amazing series, and i’m so proud to be a part of it. Wonderful job to all involved. :)

message 27: by Cloud (new)

Cloud James Could've been better if you filmed the interview.

message 28: by Carmelle (new)

Carmelle  Abbigail Moodley 😭😭❤️

message 29: by Sarah (new)

Sarah M I honestly cannot wait!! The countdown is in full swing!

message 30: by Emily (new)

Emily I’m super excited for Kingdom of Ash but really sad because it’s coming to an end

message 31: by Mark (new)

Mark Kaye Great interview. My next book is Empire of Storms, looking forward to it.

message 32: by Dezzy (new)

Dezzy Tomaszeski So excited for all her upcoming books! <3

message 33: by Emmerson (new)

Emmerson Sarah I need to know when their birthdays are so I can make cakes AHHH

message 34: by Tania (new)

Tania I think I need to reread the series 😂

message 35: by Emma (new)

Emma Taylor Met Sarah a few years ago when Heir of fire came out. Gutted she’s only doing two UK venues but cannot wait to read!

message 36: by Linda (new)

Linda  Kwakernaat (Linda Linea Recta) I am afraid to read the last book!
However I can't wait!

message 37: by Monique Reads (new)

Monique Reads Right now I’m on book 5 empire of storms and I’m loving it can’t wait to read kingsdom of ash 😁😁😁

message 38: by Anya (new)

Anya Blackhart Queen!

message 39: by Daniella (new)

Daniella Pancika Oh I'm so excited! 😍

message 40: by Gwen (new)

Gwen Yess! Aelin is the best! So sad to see her go. :( Going to have to watch Sarah’s publications because i’ll have to read EVERYTHING!

message 41: by Ruby (new)

Ruby L. Bourne I’m going to be in London for the tour on the 9th and I’m absolutely silly with excitement😆! Both ACOTAR and TOG where the first series to ever make me truly love characters in a book, and they have impacted my life massively. I am so looking forward to reading KOA!! *albeit slightly...completely terrified!*😅❤️❤️

message 42: by Sentranced (new)

Sentranced Jem This series is LIFE ❤️

message 43: by Holly (new)

Holly Beacher Thanks for the interview! Can’t wait for the book!!

message 44: by Farah (new)

Farah Im in between re-reading the entire series! Have Kingdom of Ash preordered and can't wait!

⭐️KasiaTopia⭐️ I can't belive this series has come to an end! I love it so much😭

message 46: by Heaven (new)

Heaven i’ve only ever preordered one book and it was empire of storms before this year but when the preorders were up in the summer i immediately preordered the US B&N edition of KoA and i’m also going to her london event so i can’t wait to get my signed and sprayed edges UK edition too as well. i’m also gough to buy the waterstones edition, honestly i’ve never loved a series to the point of buying multiple copies of a book before ToG😭♥️♥️

message 47: by Biagio (new)

Biagio Pipitone Great sarah

message 48: by Anna (new)

Anna It’s so exiting to know how she feels about this and that she is as sad as we are about the ending of ToG

message 49: by Belle (new)

Belle Wongsuwan N. I love you Sarah! Fan forever :)

message 50: by Cassie (new)

Cassie James Still nothing about the Queen of Shadows TV series

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