I am super excited to have Sarah J. Maas by the blog today for a Fantasy Five Friday interview! I am eagerly anticipating reading her book, Throne of Glass, which came out on Tuesday.
Sarah J. Maas is the author of Throne of Glass. She lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she’s not busy writing YA fantasy novels, she can be found exploring the California coastline.
Could you give us the one sentence pitch of your book?
An infamous young assassin must battle her way to freedom in a corrupt kingdom where magic has been outlawed.
Since you have a fantasy novel coming out, the next question I obviously have to ask is: If you were a fantastical creature, which would you be?
Dragon! I’d love to be a big, grouchy dragon and spend all day lounging about on my hoard of gold and treasure. And then go out and cause trouble whenever I felt like it. (Honestly, I’d have a little too much fun with that part.) Though I’d probably be more like Kazul (the dragon in Patricia C. Wrede’s The Enchanted Forest Chronicles) than like Smaug (from The Hobbit).
Do you have a favorite fantasy read?
Agh. Just one? I’d say Sabriel by Garth Nix, or Melina Marchetta’s Lumatere Chronicles. Or Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain. Or Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy. Or Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn. Or-or-or…I could go on and on and on. Blerg. Impossible question to answer!
Generally speaking, which comes first: the world, the characters, or the plot?
Characters. Always the characters. The characters are usually closely tied with the world, though—since they’re a product of their environment/culture/upbringing. While I adore world-building, the characters are always what I love most. (Though I certainly come up with the major plot points fairly quickly, and writing those moments becomes the reward I get for figuring out the rest of the book).
They are always coming out with new editions of board games. If your book could be a special edition of any board game, which would you choose?
RISK! I love the game, and think it’d tie in pretty well with the whole “evil empire hell-bent on conquering the world” element of Throne of Glass. :)
Thanks so much for stopping by Sarah! I love a good came of Risk too – I think a Throne of Glass edition would be epic!
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.