Y’all. I finished KoA in about a day all things said and done. And now I’ve almost finished reading it a second time to tab and note all of my favorite/critical parts. My review will be up soon!!
NO KINGDOM OF ASH SPOILERS BELOW, PROMISE!
Now on to better things…my hubs (who I just adore, he’s my mate and totally judges me when I call him that) took me to the SJM event in Houston. It was such a great time! I got some great swag (pictures below), got to hear from Sarah about ToG, ACOTAR, and new books coming out in the next few years! She was incredibly funny, and there was even a live proposal they helped orchestrate. I took a lot of notes. So here they are!
General Stuff about the Throne of Glass Series
- She’s been writing this book since she was 16, but it was pretty different from our version now. For instance, Rowan & Aelin weren’t together, but she was writing fanfic smut about them going behind their current partners back enough that she decided to make sure they did end up together. (This re-write started in 2008).
- KoA’s final page count was around 1008 pages, but the specific glue that was ordered to bind the books couldn’t hold anything above 1000. Bloomsbury worked around the clock to play with margins, headers, etc. to cut it down to the 984 pages it is now.
- SJM thought it was absolutely hysterical that we liked Tamlin after reading ACOTAR. And she’d have to fake it every time she met someone at a signing, etc. Thinking to herself, just wait!
- There were originally a handful of endings for ToG, but in 2013 on a vacation in Costa Rica in the Monte Verde Cloud Forest she burst into tears when they came over the summit and knew exactly what the last line would be.
- Aelin as a character never did what SJM wanted her to do. Only Rowan was a solid character she could count on.
- SJM absolutely loves Lysandra and mentions that all the women in ToG are uniquely strong.
- She never cried more than when writing a critical scene for Manon in Koa.
- Guys, she married her first boyfriend. They met when they were 18, and she feels like she can write love stories because she truly has that in her life.
- Anytime they’re are eating scenes in the books you can safely assume she’s either eating or thinking about eating.