Sarah J. Maas was born on March 5, 1986. She is an international bestselling author, with her works being published in thirty-seven different languages. Born and raised in New York City, she currently lives with her family in Pennsylvania. She had graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Maas currently has three power-house series in publication, two still on going, with many of the titles having appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Maas’ first novel, Throne of Glass, was published in 2012 and immediately propelled her into literary fame. Only a year later did the The Young Adult Library Services Association honor the work with the “Best Fiction For Young Adults” award. Set in a fantasy world, the story follows the character of eighteen year old Celaena Sardothien, an assassin who gets propelled into a world of intrigue, danger, and magic after her infamous skills are put to use by the Crown Prince. Celaena’s story expands across seven more novels, with the finale, Kingdom of Ash, having been published in 2018.
A return to fantasy but with a whole new world and cast came in 2015 with the publication of A Court of Thorns and Roses. In this series, Maas gives birth to the character of Feyre, a young woman trying to keep her family from starving when she unwittingly crosses paths with the all feared Fae. Forced into their world after accidentally killing one of their own, Feyre must try to keep herself alive while learning that all is not right in this world of magic and mystery. Maas gives wisps of influence from Beauty and the Beast in this first novel, and then for the sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury, she takes cues from the myth of Hades and Persephone. The series is still ongoing, having grown in scope with its continuous introduction of new and captivating characters. The latest book, A Court of Silver Flames, was published in 2021 and currently stands as book number four.
While these first two series are considered Young Adult fantasy, older ages have made their claim to loving them as well. Maas officially entered into the realm of adult fantasy literature with her publication of House of Earth and Blood in 2020. Maas’ website describes the series as: “(a) story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.” Returning fans can safely expect the appearance of different mythical creatures, a cast of characters you will love and love to hate, and battles between good and bad and that gray area in between. Only just recently did the sequel of this newly made Crescent Series come out this past February with House of Sky and Breath.
It seemed like a no-brainer that Hollywood would eventually come knocking on Maas’ door. In 2016 it was revealed Hulu would pick up a Throne of Glass tv series, yet since then there unfortunately hasn’t been any followup news. Lucky enough for fans, attention was then directed toward A Court of Thorns and Roses. Hulu again takes the mantle as the streaming service, with Outlander’s Ron Moore helping bring the story to life. Maas confirmed the news herself on Instagram where she also announced she will be a part of the production.
What better way to celebrate Sarah J. Maas’ birthday than to start one of her acclaimed series full of fantasy, action, and romance? For comic book fans out there, she even took a go in the superhero world (DC, not Marvel) with her work, Catwoman: Soulstealer (2018). A standalone story in the DC Icons series, titular character Selina Kyle decides to have fun in a Batman-less Gotham with fellow bad girls Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. You can find this book and many of the titles mentioned above as well as others by Maas on Libby and Hoopla as well as clicking on them below to see what library you can borrow them from. And don’t forget to wish this beloved author a Happy Birthday on March 5!
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” – Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
Written by Margaret Andracchi
Reference Librarian, Will Library
Really recommends these books if you like fantasy and romance, don’t be put off by the Young Adult Literature label! (Which, may I add, is my favorite genre)