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AUTHOR TALK: Sarah J. Maas

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Last month I attended an author talk and book signing at Auckland Central Library with Glass of Throne author Sarah J. Maas as part of her Australasian tour.

It was Sarah’s only New Zealand event before she toured New Zealand, travelling from Auckland to Queenstown, visiting filming locations from Lord of the Rings.

Jenna from Time Out Bookstore hosted a 30 minute question and answer session with Sarah.

Jenna from Time Out Bookstore and Sarah J. Maas. Photo credit: Auckland Libraries
Jenna from Time Out Bookstore and Sarah J. Maas

Sarah talked about her obsession with Lord of the Rings. She joked about growing up with a life-size cardboard cut-out of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) in her bedroom. The area around mouth worn out from its supposed make out sessions.

She is clearly a fan herself from her love for LOTR and binge watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix.

LOTR Elven Leaf Brooch. Photo Credit: Sarah J. Maas Instagram
LOTR Elven Leaf Brooch. Photo Credit: Sarah J. Maas Instagram

Sarah also gave her top tips for first time visitors to New York City. She recommended seeing a ballet at the Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a walk through Central Park and the High Line (a elevated rail freight line converted into a public park).

Following the Q&A Sarah did a book signing and photo session. It was obvious Sarah cares about her readers taking time to talk with each guest, spending four hours to get through the line. She also invited guests to sign her copy of Throne of Glass.

Book signing & photo session with Sarah J. Maas
Book signing & photo session with Sarah J. Maas
Sarah invited  guests to sign her book. Photo credit: Auckland Libraries
Sarah invited guests to sign her book. Photo credit: Auckland Libraries

Links:

Sarah J. Maas Official Website

Sarah J. Mass’ Blog

Sarah J. Maas on Twitter

Sarah J. Maas on Instagram

Sarah J. Maas on Tumblr

Throne of Glass on Facebook

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book Club Pick: December 2015

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Book Details:

Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass series (Book #1)

Country: United States of America

Publisher: Bloomsbury

First Published: 2012

Pages: 404

Publisher’s Description:

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

 

Review:

Eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is serving a life sentence in the salt mines of Endovier when she is offered a deal by Choal Westfall, the Captain of the Guard, to represent Dorian Havilliard the Crown Prince of Adarlan in a tournament to the find the King’s champion. If successful after four years of service as the King’s personal assassin she will be granted her freedom.

Celaena begins her training under the watchful eye of the stoic Choal. During the tournament the other competitors begin turning up dead. This provides the fantasy novel with an element of mystery as Celaena works to find the killer before she becomes a victim herself.

There is also an element of romance with a love triangle between Celaena, Dorian and Choal. It was nice that the friendship between Dorian and Choal was not spoiled by this potential love triangle, something which can be tiresome in YA romance novels.

The novel has a strong female protagonist in Celaena, as well as being a skilled assassin Calaena likes dresses, parties and reading. Too often in YA novels a strong female character loses her femininity in favour of other qualities, so it sends a positive message that a young woman can still be feminine and strong.

Maas inspired by the Cinderella story originally published her story online as ‘Queen of Glass’ on FictionPress.com. Her popularity online led to her publishing deal with Bloomsbury.

 

Links:

Sarah J. Maas Official Website

Sarah J. Mass’ Blog

Sarah J. Maas on Twitter

Sarah J. Maas on Instagram

Sarah J. Maas on Tumblr

Throne of Glass on Facebook

 

Source: I purchased a copy of this book.