Ranking The ‘Throne of Glass’ Series Starting With My Least Favorite

Happy publication day, Throne of Glass! These books changed my life, so here’s my unsolicited opinion.

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It’s ten years for Throne of Glass, and honestly, I don’t really have a lot of ideas to introduce this article. I can only say that I adore this series and was truly heartbroken at Kingdom of Ash — not because of its contents, but because it was the end of an awesome adventure. I think I read the series over the course of a year. A year and a half maybe? Oh well. Either way, I love it and it has a special place on my shelf.

So, for its publication date, here’s my ranking of least favorite book to my favorite in the ToG series:


8. Tower of Dawn


I want to preface by saying it’s not for the reason that comes to mind. Unpopular opinion, but I don’t hate Chaol. He’s not my favorite but there’s definitely far worse in the world of Throne of Glass. Like, him and Yrene? Endgame; and I will take no other responses. I just didn’t like this book because it moved so slowly and made no sense, and also the whole idea of the “tandem read” with EoS freaked me out. I just didn’t, and still don’t, have the brain capacity.

7. The Assassin’s Blade


Samlaena stan’s are fuming at me for putting The Assassin’s Blade at number seven, but it had to be done. It took me a WHOLE YEAR to finish this book–and I read it AFTER I finished the other books. And yes, I know it’s a prequel, but I just…couldn’t get into it. And I apologize for that. Like, don’t get me wrong, I love Sam and I love Celaena but it was just like…weird to read I don’t know. Maybe I should start from the beginning, and perhaps this would be higher on my list.

6. Crown of Midnight


Be right back, chucking this book out a window. I want to fight Maas for what she did to my queen Nehemia. She deserved better and I mean, I get it, character development is important but why her? Of all people? Why not Chaol, huh? That would have been a great plot point, but then I guess ToD wouldn’t have happened…oh well. Sacrifices must be made.

5. Empire of Storms


No words are needed, I think. But also, I actually loved this book. It came together so well (except for the ending of course). Points have been deducted accordingly.

4. Throne of Glass


I don’t know, it was a good start to the series. Really grabs the attention and does its job well. Nothing insane happens that makes me love or hate it, but it’s the book that started my obsession with Throne of Glass, so I have to give it a decent amount of credit, you know? My heart will always belong to the original.

3. Queen of Shadows


Just everything about this book is perfection. The writing, the story-telling, the world-building, the angst. The entire scene with the glass castle? Actually everything. And of course, Rowaelin’s love starting to build (they will always be my fave Maas couple). I just really love this book.

2. Kingdom of Ash


This book was pain, but it was beautiful pain. When I say this book put me into a reading slump, I mean it. I read it in four days. FOUR DAYS! It is still the quickest I have ever read a book of this size. And also: Aelin and the cadre better get their happily ever after or so help me (in reference to the possible Crescent City and Throne of Glass crossover).

1. Heir of Fire


I love Rowan, that’s really it. I am obsessed with their relationship and this was the book where I first realized I was in love with this series. It was the book that really put me reading it into high gear and the one that made me want to continue. I owe a lot to all of the books in this series, but I owe everything to this book. I go back on a frequent basis just to reread some scenes. And that is precisely why it is number one on this list.

I feel as though I should specify again I adore all of these books. They hold a special place in my heart and are everything to me. Now if you’ll excuse me, as I have nothing left to say other than read the books, I’m going to go reread them. Happy ten years, Throne of Glass!

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