Sarah J. Maas

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Sarah J. Maas
Sarah Janet Maas

(1986-03-05) March 5, 1986 (age 35)
New York
Notable work
Spouse(s)Josh W [1]

Sarah Janet Maas (born 5 March 1986) is an American fantasy author, best known for her debut series Throne of Glass published in 2012 and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, published in 2015.[2] Her newest work is the Crescent City series. As of 2021, she has sold over twelve million copies of her books and has been translated into thirty-seven languages.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sarah J. Maas was born on March 5, 1986, in New York City, New York.[4][5]

In 2008, Maas graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College in Clinton, Oneida County, New York, where she majored in creative writing and minored in religious studies.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Maas lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Josh, her son Taran, and her dog, Annie. Her son was born in June 2018. Maas met Josh on the first day of her freshman year of college.[1]


Maas began writing what would become her debut novel, Throne of Glass, when she was sixteen years old.[6][7] After writing several chapters of the novel, then titled Queen of Glass, Maas posted them on, where it was one of the most popular stories on the site. It was later removed from the site when Maas decided to publish the novel.[7] The story line of the series is based on the story of Cinderella, with the premise of "What if Cinderella was not a servant, but an assassin? And what if she didn't attend the ball to meet the prince, but to kill him, instead?"[7][8] In 2008, Maas started sending the story to agents before signing with Tamar Rydzinski of The Laura Dial Literary Agency in 2009.[7] Throne of Glass was purchased in March 2010 by Bloomsbury, who later purchased two additional books in the series.[9] The series is available in 15 countries and 35 languages.[10][6] While several prequel novellas set two years before the first novel were also published, these were later condensed into one book, The Assassin's Blade.[11] The second book of the series, Crown of Midnight was a New York Times young adult best-seller.[4][12] The final book in the series, Kingdom of Ash, was released on October 23, 2018; the finished series comprised seven books.[10][13]

A Court of Thorns and Roses, Maas' second fantasy series, is a loose retelling of the traditional Beauty and the Beast.[14][15] The first book of the trilogy was written in 2009, but was not published until 2015. Due to the success and popularity of the original series, it was extended and a spin-off series was announced which would feature stories of other popular characters. The fourth book in the series and the first of the spin-offs, A Court of Silver Flames published on February 16, 2021.[16] The series is set to be adapted into a television series for Hulu.

On May 16, 2018, Maas announced her third fantasy series which is also her first adult fantasy series, Crescent City. The first book, titled House of Earth and Blood, was released by Bloomsbury on March 3, 2020.[17][18]

Writing style and influences[edit]

In an interview with Writers & Artists, Maas told them that "Music— especially movie scores and classical music" is her inspiration of writing.[19] She continued on to say that Sabriel written by Garth Nix and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley "kindled my love for reading fantasy and my desire to write it..."[19]

Maas has mentioned that, "The sense of discovery is why I love writing so much. It’s a total thrill for me."[20]


Throne of Glass[edit]


  • Throne of Glass (2012)[6][11]
  • Crown of Midnight (2013)[6]
  • Heir of Fire (2014)[6]
  • Queen of Shadows (2015)[10]
  • Empire of Storms (2016)[21]
  • Tower of Dawn (2017)[22]
  • Kingdom of Ash (2018)[13]


  • The Assassin's Blade (2014)[6]
    • The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (2012)[23]
    • The Assassin and the Desert (2012)[11]
    • The Assassin and the Underworld (2012)[4]
    • The Assassin and the Empire (2012)[4]
    • The Assassin and the Healer (2013)[4]
  • Throne of Glass Coloring Book (2016)
  • The World of Throne of Glass

A Court of Thorns and Roses[edit]


  • A Court of Thorns and Roses (2015)[14]
  • A Court of Mist and Fury (2016)[24]
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin (2017)[25]
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight (2018)[26]
  • A Court of Silver Flames (2021)[27]

Crescent City[edit]

  • House of Earth and Blood (2020)[28]
  • House of Sky and Breath (2022)[29]


  • The Starkillers Cycle (2014)[30]
  • Catwoman: Soulstealer (2018)[31]


  1. ^ a b "Sarah J. Maas – Net Worth, Bio, Husband, Books, Quotes". Famous People Today. December 19, 2020. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  2. ^ "Sarah J.Maas". Goodreads. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "'A Court Of Thorns And Roses' Series Based On Fantasy Books In Works At Hulu From Ron Moore & Sarah J. Maas". Deadline. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Sarah J. Maas". ISFDB. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Sarah J. Maas on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "About Sarah". Sarah J. Maas. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d "Interview with Sarah J. Maas". Steph Browe. 11 October 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  8. ^ Chase, Serena (16 August 2012). "Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas". USA Today. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  9. ^ Sarah Maas (16 January 2012). "Big News Reveal". Goodreads. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  10. ^ a b c "FAQ". Sarah J. Maas. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "Interview with Sarah J. Maas". A Backwards Story. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Best Sellers – Young Adult". New York Times. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Kingdom of Ash". Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  14. ^ a b "Sarah J. Maas's 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' And 7 Other News Series You Need To Start ASAP". Bustle. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  15. ^ "A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – review". The Guardian. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  16. ^ "A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #4)". Retrieved Apr 15, 2021.
  17. ^ "House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)". Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  18. ^ "Sarah J. Maas on Instagram: "So ridiculously excited to finally be able to announce this (link in bio for more details)!! I've been working on Crescent City for several…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  19. ^ a b "Interview with Sarah J. Maas". Writers & Artists.
  20. ^ "Sarah J Maas: Struggle with guilt of wanting to spend time with son when on a deadline". Hindustan Times. 2020-06-13. Retrieved 2021-02-27.
  21. ^ "Empire of Storms". Sarahjmaas. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  22. ^ "Tower of Dawn". Sarahjmaas. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  23. ^ "The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas". Publishing Crawl. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  24. ^ "A Court of Mist and Fury". Sarahjmaas. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  25. ^ "A Court of Wings and Ruin". Sarahjmaas. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  26. ^ "A Court of Frost and Starlight | Sarah J. Maas". Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  27. ^ Sarrazin, Chloe (Jun 24, 2020). "Sarah J. Maas Announces 'A Court of Silver Flames'". Retrieved Apr 15, 2021.
  28. ^ "House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1)". Goodreads. April 4, 2019.
  29. ^ "House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2)". Goodreads.
  30. ^ "The Starkillers Cycle". Twitter. December 1, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  31. ^ "Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, and Catwoman get the YA treatment". Retrieved 5 December 2018.

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