KINGDOM OF ASH
Written by Sarah J Maas
Published by Bloomsbury, October 23, 2018
My star rating: 5 stars!!!
Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…
With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.
And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.
As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series. Find it on Goodreads
Now THAT was a series finale to end all series finale’s! After the final book in the Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, I was a little nervous going into this. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but it wasn’t great…… But this book was utterly flawless!! I’ve heard quite a few people mention that they’re hesitant to get into the series due to its length. I understand completely! The books are all super long and there are a lot of them. But trust me ladies and gents – it’s SO worth it! This review is difficult though. If I say anything at all that is specific, it will spoil something, so I will be very vague and will be speaking more of the series as a whole. So here it goes!
The world and cast of characters is massive! Not going to lie! But the way that S.J. Maas creates this world, adding in new characters, crews, and kingdoms along the way, keeps things clear and defined and easy to remember. But here’s the thing about this book – every little detail and character that was presented along the way (all the way from book one AND the characters mentioned in the bind up of short stories in The Assassins Blade) all come together in this epic finale! Long ago debts that were owed and debts to be paid come into play throughout this book and I couldn’t help but smile like a fool as the memories of past books came flashing back. She effortlessly weaves and connects past characters and storylines to one epic conclusion.
Aelin, even when broken, has a way of instilling confidence in everyone around her. She gives people purpose and direction. But, most of all, something to fight for. Because of this, characters that have struggled throughout this series are faced with their fears and given the strength to overcome it. They’re still afraid, yes, but they have something to harness that fear and direction to wield it. Characters that seemed like they were there in support came to the front lines and exploded power and confidence. Even those characters with no magic at all held the most power. Basically, what I’m trying to say, is that this book absolutely oozed bad-assery!! There were so many times that I literally jumped around the kitchen and living room because I was so riled up! I looked like an idiot and I didn’t care one bit! The strength of these characters was just incredible! But also their love. When they were faced with death and loss, they pushed through and gave everything they had. They laid their hearts bare, expressed their love and gratitude, and fought for the chance to have a better life – my heart absolutely melted! What I also loved is that even though they were strong, they weren’t afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves and show their love, caring, and devotion.
I will admit that I was a little annoyed by the convenience of some things that happened. Just when all hope was lost, something would happen and the day would be saved. Like I said, the word convenient is the perfect description. But even still, that didn’t take away from my happiness about it! I smiled like an absolute fool and bounced up and down with my excitement.
Yet at the same time, this was a brutal read. It was filled with death and gore, and not everyone makes it through. There were a few times where I had to stop reading because I was crying too hard to see the words. I understand why these things happened, but it didn’t make my heart take it any easier.
Now that the last book is done, I would love to go back to the beginning and see how all of these characters began again. Like I said in the beginning of this review, the dots that were connected from book one was just incredible and I would love to be able to connect them all over again!! This series is a MUST READ!!!
Until next time, happy reading!