Those of you who drop by regularly might have noticed that I recently devoured just about anything SJM has ever written. I have a lot of feelings and thoughts to share about that (especially about the TOG series) – not only positive ones.
I’m doing all that in a separate post to avoid spoilers in my reviews. Anyway, let’s get started!
As much as I love her characters and stories, Sarah J. Maas seriously needs to work on her writing style. The more books I read by her, the more I noticed how much she fancies certain words and phrases. By now, I have an unending hatred for “toes curling in boots”, people “purring”, anybody who “lies through his/her teeth”, etc. It’s not just annoying but it also makes certain things lose their impact. Night Triumphant sounds rather impressive, but when she keeps flaunting the word Triumphant it’s not that big a deal anymore.
There are many others of whom I read multiple works, but SJM is the first one where this really strikes me. It bothered me so much, that I actually considered putting down the books somewhere in the middle of the TOG series. Hadn’t I already been that invested in the story and the characters, I wouldn’t have finished reading.
Along those lines, I have one more observation. Throughout her novels I noticed that she often refers to the female characters as girls, wheres the male ones are always men. I am aware that Aelin or Elide are quite young, but it still annoyed me. Granted, that didn’t occur as often as the other stuff I mentioned but it nevertheless bothers me – especially because her female characters are so badass!
Happily Ever After:
It’s nice that just about everybody in Throne of Glass got a happily ever after, but I don’t get why that means every character needed to find the love of their lives. Literally, the only (more or less) main character without a match is Fenrys – and that only because SJM had run out of main female characters. Sure, it’s great to find love but Maas has a tendency to state that the characters are not whole or lacking something as long as they don’t find somebody. I would have loved to get a character that is enough. Somebody who doesn’t feel the need to have somebody else complete him or her because he or she is their own person. You know what I mean?
Also, why do people have to get married so freaking fast? All the couples in her books either get married or talk about getting married and like “slow down!”. You can be in a healthy relationship without forever chaining yourself to somebody. There’s nothing wrong about that, but in her books getting married kind of seems like the ultimate goal. (I might be exaggerating a tiny bit but it really irritated me).
Manon and the Thirteen:
Hands down, Manon Blackbeak/Crochan is my favorite character in the TOG series. Along those lines, my two favorite chapters (featuring her and also in general) occurred in KOA. The one where she is accepted as Queen filled me with so much pride and just made me really happy. However, then the Thirteen sacrificed themselves. With that SJM broke my heart so thoroughly, I’m still trying to piece it back together. I cried so hard, I swear if I think about it for too long, tears well in my eyes.
By the way, Asterin is so freaking awesome. Her story deeply moved me. If anybody had deserved a happy ending, it was her!
As much as I live for Manorian smut, I would have enjoyed it had she remained alone. She’s so self-sufficient, strong and overall impressive, she really didn’t need the king of Aderlan to be awesome.
One more point: Could SJM please, please, please write a book about Manon and the Thirteen before TOG? I’ve always been a sucker for witch-stories, so I’m dying to get a deeper inside on their lives pre-TOG.
Before I sign off for today, I just need to mention how much I celebrated that fierce horse that could stomp people to death and is named butterfly. It’s another warrior that doesn’t back down!
Do you have any thoughts on Sarah J. Maas and her books you’d like to share?