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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.

Ahem.

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)!

USA:

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…

THE QUEEN OF SHADOWS COVERRRRR

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


USA:
US Final


UK/Australia/NZ:
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).

ANYWAYYYYY.

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!

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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!

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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...

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[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.]

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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,

Camilla
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.

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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!)


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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.

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UK:
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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):

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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

Annnnd:

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!!!
So, this will be a super-quick update, since I’m finally back from tour….and juggling two intense deadlines PLUS all the drama/excitement of buying a house (...which is one of the most traumatic/miserable processes ever. UGHHGHGHG.). Just a heads up: I’ll probably be MIA online for the next several weeks, BUT I wanted to mention a few things before I vanish into the wilds of Deadline Land…

First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came to one of my events in the UK & US!

I had an absolute blast meeting all of you—and, to be honest, I was totally NOT prepared for SO MANY of you to be at these events! Seriously, it blew my mind—and it meant so, so much to me that you guys were willing to wait in line for HOURS, that you brought me hand-written letters, and gave me the most beautiful and thoughtful gifts. I’ve only got one cup of tea in me at this point (side story: being in the UK for several weeks both cured my coffee addiction AND got me hooked on tea.), so I’m failing at articulating just how deeply it moved me to have you guys come to my events, but… Thank you. I had the best time, and I’ll never forget a moment of it. <3

And while I’m feeling slightly weepy… I don’t really have the words to express just how grateful I am, but getting the news that Heir of Fire / The Throne of Glass series debuted on The New York Times children’s series bestseller list at #4 was…overwhelming. To say the least.

True story: I started sobbing so uncontrollably that when I called my husband, he had no idea if I was crying happy or sad tears (since I was totally incapable of forming words or making any sound beyond weepy hu-hu-hu’s). And it was such a wonderful surprise to wake up the following morning to the news that Heir of Fire was also a USA Today Bestseller. I’ve pretty much spent the past week just staring & sighing at this little graphic Bloomsbury made me:

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So, thank you guys so, so much for all that you’ve done for this series, for your support, enthusiasm, and overall awesomeness. Learning that HOF/TOG has remained on the NYT series bestseller list for a second week (at #8!) was BEYOND anything I’d hoped for, and just… Thank you. I’m honored to have you guys as readers, and getting to meet some of you while on tour this past month has been such a privilege and delight.

Annnnd before I go, since I got asked this a bunch at my various events, here are two pieces off my Heir of Fire playlist (with enough commentary to explain WHY posting the 500+ song playlist would take SO long)… I've mentioned them before on my blog, but now that the book is finally (finally!) out, I thought I'd share them again. I suggest listening to both as loudly as your speakers will allow. ;)

Both of these inspired Chapter 55, which is *probably* my favorite chapter/part of the book (though there are a few other close contenders), so…. SPOILERS AHEAD (though I’ll try to avoid specifics).

So, this track lines up with the Rowan scene on pages 470-473 (in both the UK & US editions). And even though it's called "What Are You Going To Do When You Are Not Saving The World?" I've unofficially retitled it for my HOF playlist to: "Rattle the Stars."



You can probably tell where/how this piece lines up with the text, and the build-up is pretty much note-for-note perfect with that scene ("A rumbling shook the earth..." on pg 471 = the 2:19 mark), but at the 2:37 mark, I imagine the music aligning with the sentence that begins: “As if in answer…”

And then that killer drum-beat moment at the 2:47ish range is 10000% when a certain someone puts their hands over the mouths of certain Big Bads & obliterates them.

And then there’s this piece. Officially, it's called "Shenzou" from the absolutely stunning Gravity soundtrack (by Steven Price). Unofficially, I totally call it "Do Not Let That Light Go Out."



This was one of the pieces that wound up forming the emotional backbone of this book. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but it’s still really rare for me to go a day or two without listening to this piece. Last year, when I got home after seeing Gravity (which was a film that profoundly moved me & I saw at a time when I desperately needed to hear/internalize its message), I immediately bought the soundtrack and sat at my desk, listening to this piece on repeat for HOURS.

And as I listened, the scene on page 473-475 began to form. I think the music speaks for itself (the 1:55-ish mark is totally “To whatever end?” and the 2:43-ish mark is the “I claim you, too” line, and the rest lines up perfectly with the remainder of the scene), but the swell of the music at the 3:25 mark will always remind me of this line (emphasis mine, obvs):

  • "Yet this was not the end—this was not her end. She had survived loss and pain and torture; she had survived slavery and hatred and despair; she would survive this, too. Because hers was not a story of darkness. So she was not afraid of that crushing black, not with the warrior holding her, not with the courage that having one true friend offered—a friend who made living not so awful after all, not if she were with him."


That was a paragraph that poured out of me, tapped from some emotional vein I’d never really dared open up, and is pretty much word-for-word identical to how it was written in the first draft.

I think it’s fairly obvious who inspired some of it, especially if you look at the dedication of the book, but… I wrote that scene in tears, completely overwhelmed with gratitude to have a friend like my soul-twin, Susan Dennard, in my life. Truth be told, there have been hard days and moments that I was only able to get through because I knew that Sooz was out there, because I knew she’d have my back no matter what, and that regardless of what happened, I could call her when it was over.

At it's heart, I honestly think Heir of Fire is a story about the power of friendship—about how it can change us, how it can heal parts of us we didn’t know were broken, and alter the course of our lives forever. How friendship can change the world. And when I hear this piece of music, I’m again transported to that moment when Aelin herself realizes that—when she embraces it, and chooses who she wishes to be and what her future will be like, knowing that every part of her, good and bad, is loved.

Annnnd now that I'm well and truly weepy, I'm going to catch up on Outlander (JAMIE!!! MY LOVE.) before Deadlines drag me back to work.

But just to reiterate: thank you, thank you, THANK YOU ALL for everything. You guys are incredible.

Even MORE UK & US Tour Info!

Well, I'm days away from getting on the road for a solid month, so I thought I'd post all of my upcoming events for my UK & US Heir of Fire tours again, in one easy-to-find place! Because I'll be away for so long, I'll probably be pretty MIA in terms of replying to emails/tweets/asks/etc., but I'll do my best to respond as soon as I can!

Part of the reason why I'll be gone for so long is because I'll also be spending 9 days in Scotland, doing book research! Areas of Scotland have always reminded me of Terrasen (aka Celaena's home kingdom), and (not to give away any spoilers) I realized I really wanted/needed to explore it firsthand & see what inspires/strikes me. And parts of A Court of Thorns and Roses (side note: *that* is the official title of the book--not MORTAL.) were inspired by the UK as well, so...lots of note-taking & wandering awaits!

Anyway! I think I forgot to mention this last time, but... For those of you who have been asking & waiting & wishing for a Throne of Glass hardcover to match the Crown of Midnight & Heir of Fire hardcovers... Bloomsbury is rereleasing the Throne of Glass hardcover with the illustrated design! I am so, so, SO excited about this, you have no idea. It'll be available on September 2nd (the day HOF releases). Hooray!

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Annnnd here's my UK & US tour info!

UK TOUR : August 15th-21st:

(FYI: Because this is my only UK tour for 2014 and we wanted TOG readers to get a chance to have their books signed, early finished copies of Heir of Fire WILL be available at my signings!)

Friday, August 15th:
LonCon 3 – The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention
ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL

10:00 -11:00 am: Capital Suite 15: The Exceptional Girl Warrior panel
with Elisabeth Waters, John Dodd, Kate Elliott, Sarah Rees Brennan, Leigh Bardugo.

11:00 - 12:00: Capital Suite 1: Kill the Parents panel
with Todd McCaffrey, Leigh Bardugo, Grá Linnaea, Amy McCulloch.


Saturday, August 16th:
LonCon 3 – The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention
ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL

10am – 11am: Autographing Space: Signing session!

12pm – 1pm: London Suite 4: Kaffeeklatsch with author Michael Swanwick.


Sunday, August 17th:

Edinburgh International Book Festival
Box Office: boxoffice@edbookfest.co.uk or +44 (0)845 373 5888
https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/

2:30pm: Public event with author Justin Somper!
Venue: Peppers Theatre, Charlotte Square

3:30pm: Signing in the festival bookshop


Tuesday August 19th:

3pm: Signing at Waterstones Newcastle upon Tyne
Emerson Chambers, Blackett St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7JF
Further details: 0191 261 7757
Event Details Here

6pm: Event with Leigh Bardugo at Seven Stories in Newcastle
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle. NE1 2PQ
Tel: 0845 271 0777
Event Details Here


Wednesday August 20th:

12:30pm: Signing at Waterstones Leeds
93-97 Albion St, Leeds LS1 5JS
Further details: 0113 244 4588
Event Details Here

6:30pm: Event with Leigh Bardugo at Waterstones’ Liverpool One
12 College Lane, Liverpool L1 3DL
Event Details Here

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US TOUR: SEPTEMBER 2nd-13th:

Announcing: HEIR OF FIRE US Tour Dates!

So, I’m finally back on the east coast, and in the process of house-hunting (it’s just as stressful as I’d expected it to be, but also fun & exciting), BUT I have a bunch of suuuuper-awesome THRONE OF GLASS news to share with you! US Tour Information! Reviews! Covers!

Before I dive into today’s big news (aka tour info), I have a few absolutely amazing reviews for HEIR OF FIRE to share with you guys!

First of all, HOF received a Top Pick rating from RT Magazine, which is just…beyond incredible. I’m honored & thrilled. (Click for a bigger image.)

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Then, it received a truly lovely review from School Library Journal, which has some spoiler-y stuff, SO I’m just going to post these tidbits:

  • “Readers will devour Maas’s latest entry. The plot remains fast paced, balancing scenes of intense action with emotionally wrenching interactions between characters. Intriguing backstories continue to develop, vacillating between thrilling and heartbreaking, leaving readers to guess where alliances truly lie. While the story continues to be told from multiple perspectives, the addition of new characters brings tangled new relationships and dimension to the plot. …A must-purchase for libraries…”

Annnnd lastly, it received a wonderful review from Kirkus (again, trimmed for spoilers and/or a bunch of synopsis stuff):

  • “…Tension snowballs into devastating twists and an absolutely riveting ending. Maas’ usual hallmarks—an epic fantasy setting and the little-exploited truth that platonic relationships can be more intense and compelling than romantic—are present in force. Will leave readers ravenous for more.”

So, thank you RT Magazine, SLJ, and Kirkus, for such fantastic, thoughtful reviews!

And speaking of HEIR OF FIRE… It’s been so hard keeping quiet regarding details about my upcoming US tour for the book, but I can finally, finally announce tour stops and dates! (Click for a larger image.)

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You might notice that this year’s tour is a bit different from the one I had for CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. This year, I was fortunate enough to be able to invite my closest friends & favorite authors to join me at every stop, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! (Also, my publisher, Bloomsbury, is the GREATEST for making this happen.)

I’ll be kicking off the tour with a launch party at Books of Wonder (aka my childhood bookstore & one of my favorite places on the planet) in New York City with my two best friends, Susan Dennard and Alex Bracken, and then getting on the road for a few weeks! I cannot wait to see some of you at these stops—I have a feeling this tour is going to be a total blast. <3

(Also, I’ll have a final schedule for my upcoming UK tour in a week or two! Stay posted, because I’ll be adding more events to my preliminary list!)

Annnnd in case you missed it a few weeks ago, here are the GLORIOUS back covers for the US and UK editions of HEIR OF FIRE!

USA:
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UK & ROW:
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YAYYYY!



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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). A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in my new fantasy series, will be out on May 5th, 2015!

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