Sarah J. Maas Books Ranked (from Best to Not-Best)

Sarah J. Maas Books Ranked

Sarah J. Maas Books Ranked

Spoiler warning for Sarah J. Maas Books Ranked: If you haven’t read Sarah’s books yet, and you’re planning on doing it—skip this post. If you’ve read them or aren’t interested, but want to know why I ranked them this way; read on.

In this post, I’ll give you my Sarah J. Maas Books Ranked, but only from her series: Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City. All three series hold a very special place in my heart. They’ve each been really important for me at the particular time I read them. Somehow, I always ended up reading the Sarah J. Maas book that helped me most through a certain time—or spurred me onwards.

In this post, I’ll get into my personal Sarah J. Maas book ranking and explain to you, why exactly they are in this order. Spoiler: there are no BAD Sarah J. Maas books, in my opinion.


1. A court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2)

A court of Mist and Fury comes first. This book, ever since I read it, has been incredibly rewarding. I read this book in one day and for the first time in my life, I wanted to read it again, immediately. I’ve gone back to it many times now, sometimes to read it from start to finish and sometimes to read certain parts of it. I’ve escaped into the Night Court more times than I can count, especially when I’m feeling sad/down. This book has my chest explode with feelings—the good ones. And obviously, Rhys plays a big part in this…

I think it’s the best book ever written, but that’s mainly because I’m a SUCKER for romance. And this romance is the most epic ever.

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Heir of Fire

2. Heir of Fire (TOG #3)

Heir of Fire is of sentimental value to me and was my number 1 before I read ACOMAF. This book I’ve read religiously when I felt depressed. I brought it with me to school for emotional support and read it every night, or when I felt especially down. The journey Aelin goes through in this book gave me so much strength. If she could get out of the black pit she was in, mentally, I could, too!
And it was the first time Rowan was introduced.

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Crescent City

3. House of Earth and Blood (CC #1)

Crescent city is relatively new in this list but amazing in its own way. I think no other book from Sarah had me crying so much and so ugly. This book made me cry after the first few chapters, and then again, all the way throughout the end. Man, I think that this is the best book she has produced so far, writing-wise. It’s also adult, so maybe my tastes are just shifting. 
The story is thoroughly thought-out and you really feel for all the characters, in a very deep way. It’s super emotional, fast-paced, and a hell of a ride.

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4. A court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4)

Her latest book! It’s Cassian’s and Nesta’s story and I’ve been waiting years for this book. It did not disappoint. I thought I would go nuts over the romance, but that wasn’t even the main thing I loved most. Because the character development Nesta goes through, was so magnificent. And the whole trio of girlfriends and Valkyrie plot made my heartache. Of course, I loved Cassian in this, too—but the girls made it special to me. 

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Sarah J. Maas Books Ranked

5. Queen of Shadows (TOG #4)

I enjoyed Queen of Shadows as a story, the most out of the entire TOG series. I loved Aelin and Rowan. Loved Lysandra’s plot, especially after reading The Assassin’s Blade. Loved the whole Arrobyn situation. Loved the freeing of Aedion and the reunion between him and Aelin. Also loved the dragon dress. Loved it all.

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Empire of Storms

6. Empire of Storms (TOG #5)

Empire of Storms was so good! I loved the build-up between Aelin and Rowan all the way through the book. And especially the ending is amazing. This was also the book I really liked Manon in. Same with the colliding of so many of the assassin’s blade stories.

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7. A court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)

This book was the most anticipated read of my entire life so far. After finishing a court of mist and fury, I was desperate for this book—as most people were. 

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Sarah J. Maas Books Ranked

8. The Assassin’s Blade (TOG #0)

I loved each one of the separate stories in the Assassin’s blade. It made me appreciate Aelin as a character so much more and it planted seeds that came to fruition later on in the series. 

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9. A court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1)

What an amazing start to a series this was… And the first moment Rhys appeared I was a sold. But because I know how the trilogy continues, I don’t come back to this book as much—except for certain parts.

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Kingdom of Ash

10. Kingdom of Ash (TOG #7)

Kingdom of Ash was highly anticipated after the ending of Empire of Storms. I enjoyed it a lot, but it wasn’t the same as the other books in the series. Still epic, though. And don’t forget the cross-over reference to ACOTAR & CC!!

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Sarah J. Maas Books Ranked

11. Tower of Dawn (TOG #6)

Tower of Dawn was the book that a lot of people dreaded. Not because they didn’t think it would be good, but after reading Empire of Storms everyone wanted the last book of the series—to continue on Aelin’s journey. But Chaol and Yrene’s journey was more enjoyable than I expected. I loved the Mongol-empire influences and the fact that the Assassin and the Healer’s story came full circle.

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Crown of Midnight

12. Crown of Midnight (TOG #2)

Crown of Midnight was the last book before the story ‘began’ in my opinion. What happens in this book was so incredibly hurtful for Celaena and it made me break down with her. It was also the book that started to make me obsessed about the series and Sarah. I remember finishing reading it like it was yesterday. Slowly, I put the book down, wide-eyed, and just said: oh my god. I was flabbergasted, and ever since Heir of Fire I was OBSESSED.

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Throne of Glass

13. Throne of Glass (TOG #1)

The first book of Sarah’s that I read! Obviously, I fell in love with Celaena and how badass she was. I wasn’t obsessed with it yet at this point, but I did feel a deep connection to the story. The flashbacks about Endovier, the fact that she slays the men, and that she also loves fashion… Who wouldn’t like the sassy assassin? (Don’t answer it)

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Sarah J. Maas Books Ranked

14. A court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3,5)

This book was heartwarming and a build-up towards A court of Silver Flames for me. It’s a bridge from the first trilogy to the next few books and it felt that way. Although I did really enjoy it, it didn’t feel like a ‘real’ book and thus it just sits there. But damn. Sarah doesn’t have a bad book.

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Lots of Love,

Britt van den Elzen

Hi! I’m Britt, a 20-something creative entrepreneur from the Netherlands. I’m passionate about all things magic and can often be found dreaming about fictional worlds. The greatest love of my life is storytelling and I’ve been reading and watching stories ever since I can remember. ✨

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