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So, I’m currently writing this from Adelaide, Australia (which is awesomeee), and just spent the past two weeks in New Zealand, road tripping from Auckland all the way down to Queenstown (no words to describe how amazing this trip was, but perhaps my Instagram will do it some justice)! I’ll have a more detailed recap of everything in my December newsletter, but because I’m on the road (and newsletters take a while to format), I figured I’d share today’s awesome news on my blog instead!

What news, you ask? WELLLLL….

First, the playlist for The Assassin and the Desert (perhaps my favorite novella) is now up on my Spotify page! (for the full/uncut playlist--because Spotify doesn't have all the songs--click here.)

And second (which is the real/actual news)....

As you might have already seen, I’ve partnered with Litographs for the glorious Throne of Glass merchandise (I never get sick of seeing photos of you guys rocking those t-shirts!). And while this awesome design is here to stay, we’re creating a NEW special design for this holiday season….

And what, precisely, makes it so special (other than the given holiday cheer)?

YOU could be the designer. Yep. Like, you.

Litographs is hosting a contest for the next TOG design—to be featured in both their online store AND in indie bookstores across the US! Litographs has never done anything like this before, but they’ve been so amazed by the sheer talent and gorgeousness of the Throne of Glass fanart online that they wanted to invite you guys to participate in the creation of the next TOG design.

(See details below to submit your art—as well as all the the incredible (like, INCREDIBLE) prizes.)

Below is a lot of terms and info (courtesy of the fantastic team at Litographs!), but if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Litographs team! I seriously cannot wait to see what you guys come up with! :D

Annnnd I should go to bed now, since I need to be up bright and early to attend Supanova in Adelaide! Just in case you need it, I’m posting my Australia tour info here, too! All of my non-Supanova events are sold out, but if you're at the con, come see me! I'll be on some awesome panels and signing books all day!

Litographs & TOG Design Contest

Your opportunity to create a design to be used as the base for posters, t-shirts, and tote bags for an original Throne of Glass Litographs line of merchandise.


– The winning design will be used as the main art for the release of Throne of Glass t-shirts, tote bags, and posters.

– Your design should be inspired by Throne of Glass, and/or speak to a key theme, or plot point, in the book. In other words, we want to be able to recall the book from your design. NO SPOILERS, GUYS.

—Your design must fit some general size and style qualifications as in the style guide on the side here (click for a larger image). That said, please do be creative!

– Your design should include graphics only. No text please (as the background will consist entirely of text!).
— Please do not use copyrighted images. All artwork should be your own creation.

– Please submit only one design.

– Once your design is finished, use this typeform to submit your design and contact information. NOTE: Your design will later be posted to my Pinterest for voting.

– Important: By submitting an entry to this contest you grant rights to use this design in forthcoming merchandise, and in display and promotional materials. Please read the terms of service within the typeform for more information.

All entries must be received no later than midnight PST on Friday, December 4th, 2015.


6 FINALISTS will each receive a $50 Litographs gift card. This can be redeemed for posters, t-shirts, tote bags, laptop decals, temporary tattoos, and other great literary goodies, including those for Throne of Glass!

ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $500 cash prize from Litographs, and have his or her design featured on Litographs’ Throne of Glass t-shirts, tote bags, and posters to be available at www.Litographs.com, and indie bookstores around the country!
Hey guys!

This is going to be a whirlwind of updates, because holy crap, my (third round of) edits for the ACOTAR sequel are due by Sunday night, anddddd I am literally on the sleep-eat-write-eat-write-sleep schedule until they’re sent in.

To kick it off, some exciting news! (…for me, anyway.) A little bird juuust told me that ACOTAR2 (no title yet!) is already available for pre-order on Amazon! And has a publication date (May 3rd)! Woohoo!

ANNNNND (in perhaps slightly more exciting news).... I’m starting a newsletter!

It seems like a much, much easier way to be able to update you guys on all things TOG/ACOTAR/my other projects. It’ll be released monthly (you have my word I won’t spam you with anything beyond that), and it’ll contain glimpses into what I’m working on, any exciting news, and some fun/exclusive extra content. AND, every now and then, it'll include a mini Q&A, with questions submitted by YOU. (I’ll have info on how/where to submit questions for me to answer in the newsletter at some point soon.)

If you’re interested, sign up here. I’ll be kicking off the newsletter on/around September 15th, ANNNND…

If you sign up for the newsletter BEFORE September 15th, you will AUTOMATICALLY be entered to win a signed copy of one of my books! I’ll be picking SIX winners, one for each of my published books, ANNNND a seventh lucky winner will receive an ARC of the ACOTAR sequel whenever I get them (likely sometime after the new year)! Yay!

The second order of business…my book playlists. You guys asked for it—and you got it. I’ve started uploading my book playlists onto Spotify!

Head over to the playlist page on my website to check out the finer details/explanation, BUT basically…the ACOTAR playlist is now available, AND I’ll have the QUEEN OF SHADOWS playlist ready next week on release day!

I’ll be sharing the other playlists the third Thursday of every month—AND I’m launching community-driven playlists for YOU to share the songs that make you think of my books!

Annnnd speaking of release day…holy crap. Less than a week until QOS is out worldwide! (You can still submit your pre-order receipt (ebook or physical copy) from ANY retailer to receive a free set of TOG buttons! Details here.) We’ve got a strict worldwide on-sale date for the book (meaning, bookstores are NOT allowed to put it out until 9/1, which is awesome/intense/wtf-is-my-life), and I am so, so, soooo excited for all of you to get the chance to read it--together! :)

I also just wanted to share the updated US tour schedule, since we added a couple stops to the end! (The reason behind the date gap & shorter-than-usual tour is that my sister-in-law is getting married. Which is awesome & wonderful, but I obviously would never ask them to plan their nuptials around my touring schedule! SO, I’m touring literally until the night before I fly down to Florida for the wedding.)

Only 6 days left, you guys! I can’t wait to hear what you think about Queen of Shadows!! Woohooooo!!!!
So, in case the lack of updating this blog was any indication, the past few months have been *super* busy! I went on tour for the entire month of May when A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES released, and had suchhhhh a blast (as always!) meeting readers in the U.S. and UK!

Thank you so much to everyone who came to my events on either side of the pond—and thanks from the bottom of my heart to ALL of you who have supported and embraced this book, whether in person or online. I cannot begin to explain how much it meant to me and what it felt like when I got the news that ACOTAR debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list.

(To give you an idea, I was with my agent, publicist, and husband in a car in NYC, on our way to my final US tour event, and I pretty much burst into uncontrollable, ugly, hu-hu-hu tears. And then had to attempt to calm myself down, because I didn’t want my tears to wash my makeup off my face before the event and show up looking like death.)

It’s been a whirlwind of deadlines and a few other events (SDCC was SO much fun!) since I got home from tour, and it’ll remain that way until I head back out on tour again on September 1st for QUEEN OF SHADOWS! (Yes, yes, I’m getting to the tour dates in a moment!)

Fun fact: I literally just spent the past few days down at the Bloomsbury warehouse in Virginia, signing 12,000 copies of QOS (with several thousand of ACOTAR thrown in)!

[Here’s me. With a signed copy of QOS.
If you want to follow more of my writing/life adventures, then check out my new/OFFICIAL Instagram page!]

We’ll have details about where you can purchase one of those signed copies in the US soon, but if you’d like to order signed copies of ALL my books (including QOS when it releases), then head on over to Good Choice Reading!

This is available for international readers as well! (You guys might remember that I worked with Damaris this spring on getting you guys ACOTAR signed copies, and she's amazing and reliable and the BEST.)

And regardless of where you preorder QOS, definitely check out this pre-order offer from my amazing publisher, Bloomsbury! Basically, if you’ve preordered the book FROM ANY RETAILER, forward a copy of your receipt to the email they’ve listed and you will receive a set of exclusive TOG buttons! This is also available to international readers (within certain territories)!

Speaking of QOS, it recently received two pretty stellar reviews! From Kirkus:

  • Character motivations and interactions—friendships, romances, and others—are always nuanced and on point, especially as Aelin's growing maturity offers her new perspectives on old acquaintances. The ending leaves readers poised for the next installment. Impossible to put down.

And from Booklist:

  • [Aelin’s] return to the city is a flurry of vengeance, score settling, and surprising alliances, and Maas delivers the action in her characteristic cinematic style. …Packed with brooding glances, simmering sexual tension, twisty plot turns, lush world building, and snarky banter. Even better, Aelin’s tale is far from over: the final chapters of this installment promise more epic adventures and badder bad guys to defeat in forthcoming volumes.




So, apparently, someone created a fake account using my preferred handle (sjmaas), and was pretending to be me. Which is…not cool. So, I got my own account (therealsjmaas) last Saturday night, and….I am now addicted. Warning: my account will likely be full of photos of food, my dog, and random writing/life adventures! Follow me here.


All right, folks.

Without further ado… Here are my U.S. tour stops for QUEEN OF SHADOWS!

Tickets for the NYC 92nd St. Y event can be reserved here (and definitely check with the other stores for signing rules before you attend)!

To answer some questions before they pop up: Yes, these are ALL of my U.S. tour stops for September (so if your city isn't there, hopefully I'll visit on my ACOTAR2 tour next May!). And alas, I’m not headed to the UK on tour this fall, thanks to my Australia/New Zealand tour in November (I need time to write these books, after all!). I’ll be announcing even more events for my ANZ tour soon, though there are already some stops listed on my website! (I think most of these events are sold out already, but we’re seeing what we can do about possibly getting bigger venues to accommodate the demand.)

Hope to see you guys on the road this September!!! Woohoo!
Well, ACOTAR is a week (!!!!) away from releasing, andddd I have about 20000 deadlines breathing down my neck before I head off on my back-to-back US and UK tours (fun fact: I’ll be gone for the entire month of May!).

SO, I thought I’d do a little bit of housekeeping (the only housekeeping I’m doing these days, har har har):

First, (IMPORTANT) updated US/UK Tour graphics, because some venues have changed!

PSA: You can pre-order ACOTAR from any of these fine retailers AND get an awesome, limited-edition ACOTAR keepsake: http://worldofsarahjmaas.com/post/111302371936/exciting-preorder-offer-alert-preorder-a-court-of

And THIS WEDNESDAY (April 29th), the lovely Hafsah/Icey Books (http://www.iceybooks.com/) is hosting yours truly at a Twitter party!

The chat begins at 9 PM EST, and feel free to ask any/all questions about ACOTAR, TOG, writing, what TV I’m obsessed with, etc. Use #ACOTARParty to join—hope to see you there!

Thirdly…ACOTAR received a starred review from Booklist! You can check it out on their site, but they said…

  • ...The ensemble is exquisitely developed, as is the sultry romance between Feyre and Tamlin (really, keep out of reach of children). The end result is a story that...simply dazzles. Refreshingly, there are no cliff-hangers here, but enough open-endings ensure that the clamor for a sequel will be deafening. Maas’ Throne of Glass series has been a smash hit, and...this new series is primed to follow in its footsteps.

True story: I got the news as I walked off a plane in Austin (to attend TLA, which is the freaking best) and had to awkwardly hide my tears behind my sunglasses as I walked through the airport.

(Also, “Keep out of reach of children” is the quote I hope they put on the back of all my books from now on.)

Annnnd that’s it. I’d ramble some more, but these deadlines, guys. So. Many. Deadlines.

ONE WEEK UNTIL ACOTARRRRRRR! (Until Feyre and Tamlin and Lucien and Rhys and a land of eternally shirtless dudesssss.)

(Kidding. Kinda.)
So, I'm currently in the middle of drafting the fifth (!!!) Throne of Glass book, which is turning out to be a LOT of fun--anddddd I can't really say anything about the book yet since Queen of Shadows is still months away from publication. :P

BUT I have some awesome updates regarding A Court of Thorns and Roses!

If you've pre-ordered the book and/or plan to pre-order it, then click here for some truly amazing prizes/goodies from my publisher! (Open to several international territories, but not all.)

I'm going to be on tour for prettyyyy much the entire month of May, and I am so, so, SO excited to meet you guys (and see some of you again!) If you live in the US, here are my tour dates for ACOTAR:

And if you live in the UK, I'm just gonna post the tour dates again (so it's all in one place):

ACOTAR also received some truly stellar reviews in the past week, and I'm pretty giddy over them (it's also SO weird to realize that this is now a REAL BOOK!). The reviews are all on the longer side thanks to the synopses, so I'm just going to post snippets (click on the links for the full reviews).
From Kirkus (okay, I cried when I got this one):

"A wild new take on 'Beauty and the Beast'... [the] romantic courtship sizzles with sexual tension before reaching a consensual consummation... The sexual tension and deadly action are well-supported by Maas' expertly drawn, multidimensional characters and their nuanced interpersonal dynamics. A satisfying conclusion to the storyline leaves the door open for future books. Sexy and romantic."

From Publishers Weekly:

"Maas (the Throne of Glass series) draws themes and plot points from several fairy tales, fueling a well-developed world and complex relationships. The gruesome politics and magical might of the Fae may seem to leave Feyre hopelessly outmatched, but her grit and boundless loyalty demand that her foes—and readers—sit up and pay attention."

And from RT Book Reviews (confession: totally danced around my kitchen this morning when I read this one. "Vicious and intoxicating" might be my new favorite review sentence ever):

Excuse me while I go cry happy tears in the corner.


Some of you *might* have seen some tweets on Friday with pictures of the absolutely gorgeous final copies of ACOTAR, but those pictures honestly do NOT do the US hardcover justice. The US cover is printed on this shimmery, pearlescent paper, and I've had it sitting on my desk for the past few days JUST so I can pet it whenever I want.

TBH, one of my favorite things about this cover is the back--which features the rest of the illustration (aka the rest of Feyre's face). And the most baller crown in the history of mankind. (Seriously, I would wear that in the street.) AND the amazing, lovely blurb from New York Times bestselling author and all-around BAMF, Alexandra Bracken.

Sooo, I thought I'd share the full US jacket with you guys, along with the full UK jacket, too (click for full-size)!


UK/Australia/New Zealand/India:

Annnnd that's it for now! I'll be back soon with *more* exciting news/info!
Okay, so this post is going to be chock full of exciting updates (cover reveal! Tour dates! Pre-order goodies!), BUT I’m going to jump right to (perhaps) the most exciting one…


Behold, in all its murderous/vengeful/badass glory, the US & UK/Australia/NZ covers (click for full-size/HD):

US Final

UK Final

So, I’m preeeetty much obsessed with this cover and it conveys so much of the tone/feel/atmosphere of the book (the UK tagline isn’t wrong about the vengeance thing). I can’t wait to share this book with you guys on September 1st (worldwide pub date! You can find where to pre-order here)—it’s probably the most fun I’ve ever had writing a book (despite the 100000s of tears shed).

And in the few hours that it’s been online, I’ve gotten a bunch of questions about it, which I’ll just answer below (if you want some sneak peeks at what will be inside the book, check out this interview with yours truly!).

Does the sword have any significance?
Yes, and no. The sword on the cover doesn’t actually appear on the book. Just like how Aelin doesn’t have silver hair and gray skin (lol), the sword, along with the outfit, is an artistic interpretation. We considered using exact renderings of one of the two swords Aelin wields in Queen of Shadows (Goldryn and Damaris), but upon studying the comp images I dug up (and comparing them to some others I had on my Pinterest page), neither had that Murder Princess vibe that we were going for. So—yes: Aelin wields a badass sword in the book—it just doesn’t look like that one on the cover. (Which is totally fine by me, because LOOK AT THAT SWORDDDD!)

Does Aelin wear that armor/outfit in the book?
Sort of. Like the sword, this is an interpretation of what she wears. If you’ve read The Assassin’s Blade, you might remember Aelin/Celaena receiving a pretty badass/nifty/useful suit from Arobynn. And that suit may or may not make an appearance in QOS. ;)

Did she get a haircut?
Yep. At the end of HOF (spoiler alert! Avert your eyes!), Aelin’s hair gets cut short during her battle with the Valg princes. So much of this cover is just a gorgeous/fierce interpretation of the book, but the hair length is the only thing that’s 100% accurate!

Is that Manon’s cloak?
Haha, no. Smart guess, but no. We tried a few different cloak colors, but none of them really fit that gorgeous, bloody background as well as the maroon. (What I find eternally funny is that—aside from the gray skin—the Celaena/Aelin depicted on these covers is kinda how I picture Manon: silver hair, red cloak, otherworldly fierceness.)

When will we see the dress on the back?
Soon, hopefully! I haven’t even seen it yet, so I’m just as eager as you are! Aelin’s "big" dress in QOS is perhaps my favorite of all of them so far, and I’m dying to see how the illustrator interprets it!

You keep calling her Aelin. Does that mean…?
Yep. The last line of HOF solidified the switch from Celaena to Aelin. You guys might have noticed that when I pin images on the TOG Pinterest board, I’ll still label some images with Celaena and some with Aelin—and that usually is because those images will represent the various parts of her history and who she is. And looking at the QOS cover, I feel like that shift in her character is subtly reflected, too.

Annnnd I’m going to share the first few tracks from my QOS playlist with you, BUT I have a little bit of housekeeping to do first.

If you’ve pre-ordered A Court of Thorns and Roses, or plan to pre-order it, then check out how to receive these amazing international prizes from Bloomsbury! (Limited edition/special metal bookmark, tattoos!) Click on the pic for more info.

Preorder Campaign

And, I’ll have dates for my May US ACOTAR tour (and fall tour for QOS) soon-ish, but I have TWO exciting tours coming up:

This May, I’m headed back to the UK as part of my ACOTAR tour! Dates/details below (but to answer a question I've been asked frequently, YES—you will be able to get copies signed at every event. Hooray!); click on the pic for a larger image:

And this November, I’m going on tour in Australia & New Zealand! Click here for the announcement I made the other month, revealing a few of my tour stops at Supanova (yes, I’ll have events in Sydney/elsewhere, too)! More stops/dates to come soon, but YAYYYY! (Also, holy crap. Someone pinch me, please!)

Annnnd okay:

So my QOS playlist is long as hell. (I’ve been waiting for a rainy day/week/month to share all the TOG playlists w/ explanations.) But to kick it off, this is the first track:

I was debating whether or not to mention who this pertains to, but… Okay, it’s Dorian. QOS opens with a chapter from his POV, and I listened to this piece on repeat while working on it. (And maybe cried 20000 tears.)

So, the next few tracks are semi-hard to explain. Mostly because #s 2 & 3 were pieces I listened to get into Aelin’s head before the actual events of her first chapter (aka Chapter 2) began:

Okay, so right before I began drafting this book, I was on an hour-long plane ride, and spent that entire hour listening to only the 2:30- 4:45 part of this piece. Literally just those 2 minutes of one long song for an hour on repeat.

Something about it hit a creative nerve—letting me tap right into Aelin’s head/attitude/wrath/cunning & wicked plans as she at last returns to Adarlan. (Confession: I got off the plane and worried that listening to 2 minutes of music on repeat for an hour meant I was going to become a serial killer.)

And then when it came time to finally write QOS, I sat down at my desk and listened to this piece with my eyes closed (literally meditating to Kanye) for a good, long time, freefalling into Aelin’s character. (Sorry, neighbors!) When I opened my eyes, I was in her head—and the first scene with her just poured out of me.

Annnd I’m pretty sure my neighbors all thought I was insane when I switched from blasting that song to this one (which is what I listened to while actually writing the first Aelin scene in Chapter 2):

I’ll leave you to imagine what might be happening (Tern, you might recall, had a very brief mention in The Assassin’s Blade), but… Here’s a snippet from (somewhere in) the middle of that (sassy) Aelin chapter:

Chapter 2 excerpt
You'll have to wait until September to learn how well Aelin reacts to that. ;)

Annnnd this post has gone on long enough, but here's one final Aelin/QOS piece (which might be tied with the Kanye song for “What song best embodies Aelin’s murderous rage/icy cunning/mega-swagger in QOS”)

Confession: I did NOT realize it's been TWO MONTHS since I updated this blog. Ooooops.

BUT I spent all of December drafting the sequel to ACOTAR (writing 145k words in less than a month is NOT something I advise doing) and then working on edits for the fourth Throne of Glass book (WHICH NOW HAS A TITLE--which I will get to soon!), then I ran away to the beach for 2 weeks with my soul-twin, Susan Dennard (where we rekindled our obsessive love for all things Legolas by watching the extended editions of LOTR back to back).


Because of my shamefully long absence, I've got a little bit of housekeeping to do before we get to today's EXCITING NEWS (basically an explanation of the title for TOG4).

Bloomsbury--aka my amazing publisher in the US, UK, Australia/NZ, and India--recently launched an absolutely gorgeous tumblr for all things Throne of Glass & A Court of Thorns and Roses! Head on over to worldofsarahjmaas.com to check it out!
US ACOTARSpeaking of A Court of Thorns and Roses (the first book in my new (kinda steamy) fantasy series)... It will be out on May 5th in the US (May 7th in the UK)! You can preorder it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Books-A-Million, Kobo, and Book Depository!

Also, if you're interested in a sneak peek of the first four chapters of ACOTAR, then download the FREE e-sampler via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo!

I'm not doing many events until May (details on ACOTAR events will arrive soon-ish), BUT here's where you can find me this February (and where you can also order signed copies of my books):

February 9th, 2015, 7 PM:
Chester County Book Company

967 Paoli Pike
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380
Event info Here

I'm joining New York Times & internationally bestselling author (and all-around super-chill, clever, and AWESOME person), Samantha Shannon to kick off her US tour for The Mime Order! I absolutely LOOOOVED her debut, The Bone Season, and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel! Samantha and I will be discussing all things writing/reading/random, and signing our books afterward!


February 28th, 2015, 11 AM-11 PM (tickets required--NOTE, all sales end February 1st):
ApollyCon (with Jennifer Armentrout, and many, MANY more amazing authors)

Embassy Suites Philadelphia Int Airport
Event info here

If you can't attend ApollyCon but want a signed copy of one of my books, then you can order one here! Note, orders MUST be placed by February 1st!

Andddd onto the main event!

So, if you're here, you've probably already seen the title reveal for the fourth TOG book. It's always such a relief to finally be able to reveal the title, if only because I often come SO CLOSE to accidentally spoiling it on twitter/tumblr when talking about the book. BUT, now it's out in the world, and I can finally, FINALLY call TOG 4 by its true name...


[Also, you can already pre-order Queen of Shadows on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, Books-A-Million, and Book Depository! Sweeeet.]

Honestly, I wish I had some super-cool or epic explanation for how we came up with the title, but... it came to me as I was drafting the novel & then just...stuck. Like, to the point where I couldn't imagine calling it anything else. So Queen of Shadows it was!

It's difficult to explain the full meaning of the title without spoiling the book, BUT let's just say that it (naturally) applies Aelin (AKA the assassin formerly known as Celaena) as she at last returns to Rifthold (capital city of Adarlan) to confront her past & fight for her future. Vengeance, violence, attitude problems & big egos, hot dudes, pretty clothes... You know, the usual.

AND the title also applies several other characters in the book. Like Manon, who is now down in Morath, which is a preeetty shady (har har har) place. Annnnd mentioning any of the other lovely ladies who show up feels kinda spoiler-y, but if you follow my TOG Pinterest board, you probs have a good idea of who might show up in this book (old faces, new ones...more pretty clothes & mayhem).

Right now, I'm in the middle of doing line edits for the book, and already counting down the days/months until you guys can finally read it (it will be out on September 1st--worldwide)! I had such a blast writing this book (and miiiiight have cried 1000000 tears, but...I think that might be normal when working on this series), and it honestly might be my favorite yet, especially since so many of the moments in this book were ones I've been dying to write for YEARS!

Annnd just because, here's a track from my Queen of Shadows playlist:

If I had to pick ONE SONG that encompasses the entire book, and is weirdly, creepily accurate in both lyrics and tone, it'd be "Take A Bow" by Muse.

Like, I could not have written a more fitting song to accompany this book (especially the final two minutes). It's dark and sexy and brutal and wrathful and... pretty much encompasses the entirety of Queen of Shadows. And, yes, those are all words I'd use to describe Queen of Shadows, and is probably why I love this book so damn much.

Anyway! We'll have more TOG & ACOTAR news over the next few months, so keep checking back!
[Note: I originally wrote this post on November 24th, 2010. Today I sat down to write a Thanksgiving post about everything I'm grateful for this year--which is a very, very long list, as this has been a very, very good year for me--but I kept circling back to this post, this story. My grandmother's story. Her story is one I have been proud and honored to tell to anyone who will listen. So I'm reposting it today, exactly as I wrote it back in 2010. It's a long post, and sometimes a sad one, but in rereading it today, I was again completely overwhelmed by the kindness and courage of strangers--the people to whom my family and I owe everything. We still don't know their names; we still don't know if they made it out of the war alive, or where they wound up living. But we are--and will always be--forever grateful.]


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday—mostly because I love to eat until I’m about to explode, but also because I love seeing my family. I love waking up on Thanksgiving morning to the smell of apple pie and the clamor of the Parade on TV. This is my first year not spending Thanksgiving on the East Coast—and my first year not sharing the holiday with my family, or my in-laws. It’ll just be me, Josh, and our dog—and while I’m excited for our first Thanksgiving as a married couple, I definitely feel like there’s something missing.

When I sat down today to write a post about what I’m grateful for this year, I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of wonderful things in my life. My book deal, my agent, my friends, my husband, my family. The privilege of living in America and having food to eat and clean water to drink. I tried to find some common thread between them all—some way to make this post more than a list of things for which I’m grateful—and when I tried to think of some connection, some point that they all share in common, I thought of my grandmother, Camilla.

My grandmother is one of my favorite people in the world. She's warm, enthusiastic, clever, and has a passion for life and new experiences that I've rarely found in others. But her survival—and my entire life—can be attributed to the kindness and bravery of strangers. And this Thanksgiving, I’d like to give thanks to those people. It’s a long story, and not always a happy one, but I feel some amount of duty to tell it today, for this holiday, in honor of the people who aren't here to do so.

In 1930, my grandmother was born into a well-off Jewish family in Frankfurt, Germany. She and her little brother, Manfred, had a happy early childhood, complete with wonderful, doting parents (Chaskel and Bertha Tydor). But as the Nazis rose to power, their world became increasingly darker and deadlier: my great-grandfather’s car was seized by the authorities, his factory was boycotted, and my grandmother was banned from her local swimming pool.

During 1936-1938, my great-grandfather made plans for his family to emigrate to England to escape the growing anti-Semitism. He liquidated their assets and shipped valuables like jewelry, leather-bound first-edition books, and Leika cameras to his friends in Holland and Switzerland for later recovery. They finally attained their papers, as well as papers for my great-grandmother’s parents (who lived in Poland). But my great-grandmother's family refused to abandon their textile factory in Poland--and my great-grandmother refused to leave her parents in Europe. So they remained in Frankfurt. All of them.

In October 1938, my great-grandfather was deported to Poland.

A month later, my grandma (along with her mother and brother) endured the horrors of Kristallnacht. She still does not remember the details of that night.

While in Poland, my great-grandfather managed to write to his wife and begged her to send the children out of Germany. She didn't. But in December of 1938, while on her way home from school, my grandmother was viciously stoned by people in the street. One stone hit her in the head and knocked her unconscious. My great-grandmother stopped objecting after that.

So, in March of 1939, my grandmother and her little brother, along with other Jewish children, boarded a train to Belgium. She had no idea that she would never see her mother again.

The Gestapo arrested my great-grandfather and deported him to Buchenwald, one of the most notorious concentration camps. With my grandmother and her brother off to Belgium, my great-grandmother raced to her parents in Poland.

My grandmother and her brother were escorted from Frankfurt to Belgium by the Kindertransport, an organization that smuggled refugee children out of Nazi-occupied countries. My grandmother was placed with a family in Brussels, while her little brother went to a children’s group home elsewhere in Belgium.

From there, they lost track of each other.

The Catholic family that welcomed my grandmother also sheltered two other German Jewish girls. In her private memoir of her journey, my grandmother wrote:

They…operated a Catholic day school within their townhouse. I remember sitting in on classes and learning French. Occasionally, I went with the family to church, but only if I wanted to go. I recollect [their son] curiously asking his parents why I could not be Catholic and they answered, ‘Because she is Jewish and we are taking care of her for her parents.’
She remained with that family for about fifteen months before the Nazi occupation of Belgium in May of 1940, and heard nothing about her brother's welfare, or the fate of her parents. During the aerial bombardment of the city, they hid in the basement, and that very night, the parents decided to flee to France. They also decided that they would bring my grandmother with them. The other two Jewish girls were sent to a refugee organization.

My grandmother wrote of their escape:

I shall never forget the trip from Belgium to the Southern part of France. We went by car and the highway was jammed with thousands of others who were fleeing as well. At first we rode in the car and progress was slow, at the rate of five to ten miles an hour. We soon found we had to push the car a great deal to save on gasoline. Then the Nazis began strafing the cars and people who were on the road, and it was no longer safe to stay on the highway. The first couple of days we spent out of sight, in the ditches along the road, driving or pushing the car when there were no German airplanes in the skies. The last part of the trip to the French border was made on foot during the safety of the night. At the border we abandoned the car and took a train to the interior of France.

It was then that this wonderful family, who had brought me to safety with them, realized that I, as a Jew, was a danger to them. They turned me over to the authorities of Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants (OSE), a children’s aid service.
She was taken to Masgelier, a castle in Southern France, which the OSE had converted into a children’s shelter. And after living in Masgelier for about a year, despite no news and little hope for over two years, she learned from a social worker that her brother, Manfred, was still alive.

And, of all the places in Europe he could have been, of all the horrible, unspeakable things that happened to so many Jewish children, by some stroke of luck, of fate, of some higher power, they found Manfred living in France.

After the German occupation, Manfred had been transported to Southern France, where he was currently living at the Chateau de La Hille, another shelter for refugee children. Thanks to the hard, tireless work of social workers, plans were made to have my grandmother and her brother quickly reunited at Masgelier.

With the advancing war, many brave, selfless, and incredible efforts were made to bring the children out of danger, often to the UK or America, and my grandmother soon learned that she had been placed on a list of children who were to be evacuated to the latter. But her brother hadn’t yet been brought to Masgelier. In fact, he wasn't on any list to get out of the country.

After so many years without him, my grandmother refused to leave her brother behind, and the ship to America departed without her.

But, again, by some stroke of luck or fate, when Manfred finally did arrive at Masgelier, they made it into the last major transport of children to the United States.

In August of 1941, my grandmother and her brother, along with fifty-one other children from Masgelier, left by train for Marseilles. Once in Marseilles, they received the inoculations and vaccinations necessary for emigration, and affidavits that secured their travels. They then took a train to Lisbon, Portugal, and on September 9th, they boarded the S.S. Serpa Pinto to the United States.

Two weeks later, they arrived in New York Harbor on September 24th, 1941. My grandmother recalls:

“The most vivid picture for me, as a ten year-old child, was sailing into the harbor and seeing the Statue of Liberty. The passengers aboard came out on deck to stare and gaze at Lady Liberty. In my mind, it symbolized safety.”
They passed through Ellis Island, and were taken to Pleasantville, NY, where they were quarantined before being placed in foster homes. Refusing to be separated from her brother again, my grandmother demanded the caseworkers place her in a home with her brother.

On Thursday, September 25th, 1941, a day after arriving in America, she wrote this letter to her parents in Europe:
My beloved parents,

We are no longer on the ship, no longer on the train, but we are now in New York…In America. We arrived the 24th of September. I am in a children’s home for 12 girls. The boys are not in the same home. I hope that you, too, my good beloved parents, will get a visa to come to America. We are very glad that we are here. We are always very well and I hope that you, too, are very well. The address here is: Pleasantville Cottage School, Pleasantville, New York. Thousands, thousands upon thousands regards and kisses to you today.

From your daughter who always loves you,

My grandmother was then placed into the home of a Jewish Family—the Lapides family—in Rochester, New York. While she adjusted somewhat easily, and quickly became fluent in English, her brother had a difficult time. My grandmother wrote: “I had adjusted to these hardships and challenges because there were no other choices.”

The Jewish Social Services Bureau visited their home at least once a month, and one of those social workers wrote in January of 1942:
Neither child has spoken of his or her experiences prior to their coming to this country. They also would not answer the questions of their foster parents regarding their past. It is as though they were frightened into silence and still do not feel secure and free enough to talk about what happened to them. They rarely mention their parents. Camilla regularly writes her weekly letter to her parents, but Manfred had to be coaxed before he will write his.
It was years later that my grandmother finally learned the fate of her mother.

After arriving in Poland, my great-grandmother moved in with her parents and helped run their textile business. Their factory was commandeered to make Nazi uniforms, but they were allowed to remain and run the factory. In 1941, my great-grandmother learned that her children had been placed on a ship to New York, and began corresponding with her friends and family in NYC with the intention of immigrating to the US. However, money was a huge obstacle, and though an aunt planned to help her, the funds had to be in foreign currency in order for her to purchase a ticket.

But before she could receive the money, the Nazis discovered that my great-grandmother’s family had been falsifying factory records to help Jews escape.

My great-grandmother and her family were arrested, and sent to an extermination camp in Lublin (Majdanek). There they were all murdered.

Living with the Lapides family, my grandmother also finally managed to learn what happened to her father. He’d been sent to Buchenwald, then transferred to Auschwitz, and then was sent back to Buchenwald. And when the war was over, after five and a half years in concentration camps, my great-grandfather walked out of Buchenwald.

My great-grandfather is an inspiration in his own right. He attributes his survival to faith—and even managed to continue practicing his religion right under the noses of the Nazi guards. And when the American army liberated Buchenwald on April 11th, 1945, he remained at the camp to help the surviving children get transferred to Switzerland and France. One of those children was a 16 year-old named Elie Wiesel.

But when the Swiss resisted the influx of refugees, and when it became apparent that many children, teens, and even some young adults would not get the help and sanctuary they so desperately needed, my great-grandfather began forging papers and medical records to get the surviving kids into Switzerland. In the end, he forged documents for 500 children.

One of his daughters from this second marriage, Judy, has written a novel about his incredible survival story, as well as several articles on how he endured Buchenwald, and how he forged those papers to save the children.

My great-grandfather eventually found his own children, thanks to the hard work and correspondence of many, many people. However, before he journeyed to see them, he escorted the surviving Buchenwald group to Palestine to build a Jewish state, where he established Kibbutz Buchenwald.

Once the kibbutz was settled, he lived with his late wife’s brother and family in Tel Aviv. Dwelling in Palestine, he rebuilt his life while raising money to not only see his children, but to also bring them to live with him in the new Jewish homeland.

In 1946, he was finally able to visit them in Rochester. But, by then my grandmother and her brother had become so enmeshed with their new, American life that they did not want to join him in Israel.

However, my grandmother did visit him in Tel Aviv for six weeks, and though he had high hopes that she’d join him there permanently, my grandmother chose to remain in America in order to attend college and become a United States citizen at the age of 21. For years, my great-grandfather traveled between Israel and New York, and he eventually remarried and attained a permanent visa to the US.

In the epilogue of her family memoir, my grandmother wrote:
I have been asked, what were my feelings when my mother put my brother and I on a train to an unknown destination in Belgium? Was I scared when I evacuated Belgium while the German airplanes strafed the evacuation lines along the roads? What was it like to be in a group home with children from all over German-occupied Europe in France? The answer is: ‘I don’t remember.’ No, I do not recall feeling scared, crying, or feeling lonesome for my parents—I do not remember emotions.
My grandmother married, and gave birth to my father in 1952. She then had three more children, and now has nine grandchildren. Her brother, Manfred, attended M.I.T., and earned a Masters from Carnegie Mellon.

To this day, she travels around the world, and just came back from a trip to Nepal, where she flew around Mt. Everest, and rode an elephant in a river.

She’s turning 80 a few days, and shows no signs of slowing down.

On the final page of her memoir, my grandmother writes:

“My legacy is, of course, the four children I have been blessed to have…They gave me pride and joy while they grew up and continue to in their adult years through their many accomplishments…Their children, my grandchildren, are the joy of my life…You all mean the world to me, and being the fatalist that I am, I am certain my journey to America was so that you could all be in my life.”

So, this Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank those nameless people who made that possible. The people who hid my grandmother and got her safely across Europe. To the families, to the teachers, to the everyday people who concealed my grandmother and other children of strangers despite the unspeakable consequences. To the social workers who went beyond the call of duty to reunite two seemingly ordinary Jewish children and kept them together after that. To all of the people who worked so tirelessly to reunite my family. You’ll never know what good your kindness and bravery brought into the world—what joy your selflessness gave birth to.

Countless Jewish children didn’t make it out of Europe—but my grandmother did. Thanks to the courage of strangers.

Maas family, May 30th 2010My grandmother’s story is my legacy—and I consider it my privilege and duty to pass on her story, and the story of all those selfless people who helped her, to my future children, who will hopefully tell it to their children, just as my parents told it to me.

My family has never learned the names of the people who saved my grandmother and her brother, but we still honor them. Their incredible courage in the face of great evil, their unshakable conviction of basic human decency, their willingness to risk everything because of their firm belief in the difference between what is right and what is easy—all of that inspires me every day. I have had a wonderful, magical, incredibly privileged life because of those strangers.

So on Thanksgiving, when I sit down for my meal and have my beautiful family present via Skype, I’ll give thanks to them.


Upcoming Events at YALLFest & NCTE!

So, I just turned in my second round of edits on Throne of Glass numero 4, which means I'm back to drafting the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, and maaaaaybe drafting up some new Starkillers stuff with my best bud, Susan Dennard. (If you have no idea what Starkillers is, click here. It's basically a free serialized space opera that we've been writing/sharing for a while.) I've been crazy-busy juggling deadlines, so I apologize if I've been slow to respond to emails/asks/tweets! But despite the deadline craziness, one of the highlights of my week/month/year was hearing that Heir of Fire is a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee--YAYYYYYY!

Anyway! I thought I'd pop in to mention a few exciting upcoming events!

THIS SATURDAY (November 8th), I'll be at YALLFest in Charleston, SC! I'm so, so, SO ridiculously excited to attend, especially because I'm on some truly amazing panels (and will probably be fangirling all over the place over some of my fellow panelists).

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1PM: Outlandish! Panel: YA fantasy romance authors ken the powerful Outlander Effect.
Location: Charleston Music Hall
Panelists: Jennifer Armentrout, Leigh Bardugo, Kiera Cass, Susan Ee, Marie Lu, Sarah J. Maas, & Morgan Rhodes
Moderator: Melissa de la Cruz

3 PM: Incurable Romantics Panel: The New Romantics--we've come a long way, baby!
Location: Charleston Music Hall
Panelists: Lauren Billings & Christina Hobbs (Christina Lauren), Ann Brashares, Kiera Cass, Becca Fitzpatrick, Michelle Hodkin, & Sarah J. Maas.
Moderator: Lauren Oliver

4 PM: Signing
Location: Big Tent in BBB Parking Lot, 420 King Street

Hope to see you there!

And then on November 21st, I'll be at NCTE in Washington, D.C.! I'm on the "Capturing Our Hearts and Leaving Us Coming Back For More: Popular Authors of Series Novels For Middle Grade and Young Adult Readers" panel, from 12:30-1:45 PM with Stephanie Perkins, Adam Rex, and Graham Salisbury (with a signing afterward). Yay!

Anddd I think that's it for the rest of my events for 2014! (I'll hopefully have info about my 2015 schedule soon!)

Okay, so I’m pretty sure that any intro I write will be skipped over (let’s be honest, you’re not even reading this, are you?), so I’ll put my commentary/excitement below (including some TOG4 info at the very bottom), BUT…We revealed the UK & US covers for my brand-new fantasy series, A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, earlier today on USA Today & Sugarscape, and the former includes an interview with yours truly (along with some glimpses into what to expect in upcoming TOG books!).

And just because we've had some requests, here are the hi-res US & UK covers (click for the full image)! The differences between them are pretty small (mostly background & name placement), but I adore them both so, so, SOOOO much.


UK Acotar

So, to be honest, this might be my favorite cover of all my books so far. It’s gorgeous, detailed, lush, deadly… It’s like the illustrator reached right into the pages of the book and plucked out Feyre. (Including some spoiler-y elements regarding that tattoo!) In case you have ZERO idea what I’m talking about, here’s a nifty little synopsis (again, click for full-size):


And here are some fun, exciting facts about the series:

-A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES (aka Book 1) will be out on May 5th, 2015.

-Because A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES is a wee bit of a mouthful, we (AKA: my CPs, agent, publisher, hubby, dog, neighbors, people with common sense, etc.) usually just call it ACOTAR. :P

-I began writing ACOTAR in spring of 2009 and wrote the first draft in about 5 weeks (in an absolute FRENZY OF INSPIRATIONNN, I might add). Then I let it sit on my computer for 4 years, until we sold it in spring of 2013. During those years, I’d occasionally open up the manuscript to revise or tweak it or just reread it because I loved the characters and world of Prythian so much. So it’s super, SUPER surreal to have it actually be a BOOK with a REAL COVER.

-It’s a trilogy, and I’m currently drafting the sequel.

-It’s definitely intended for an older YA audience, so…there ARE some sexytimes. (AKA no fade to black.)

-There are several delicious dudes in this book, and if you want a glimpse of them, you can check out my Pinterest board for the series. There are also images of, you know, other characters and the world of Prythian. :P


Because I’ve been getting these questions pretty often, I thought I’d clarify two things about the THRONE OF GLASS series:

1) It is NOT a trilogy. I know some retail sites mislabeled HEIR OF FIRE as the final book, but I can assure you it is NOT. I'm currently signed on for a six-book series, AND…

2) I’m working on Book 4 right now. If all goes according to plan (so, no official date yet), Book 4 should be out in Fall 2015.

And that’s it for now! Thanks, as always, for all of your incredible support and enthusiasm. You guys are the absolute BEST, and I can’t wait to share ACOTAR with you this May!!!
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I'm Sarah J. Maas, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows (Book 4), will be out on September 1st, 2015). I'm also the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in a new fantasy series--available now!

I'm represented by the awesome and lovely Tamar Rydzinski of The Laura Dail Literary Agency.

For more information about me and my books, please visit my (very rarely updated) website: http://sarahjmaas.com/

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