Hello friends! Today I have my review of Kingdom of Ash, by Sarah J. Maas.
Kingdom of Ash is the latest (and as far as we know) last book in the Throne of Glass series.
My review has been sitting in my drafts for far too long. So I decided today was the day that I was going to post it.
Trigger / Content Warning: Blood, Torture, War, Near Death Experiences, Character Deaths, Pregnancy
A little forewarning about my review of Kingdom of Ash. It’s less of a review and more of an overall review of what I ended up feeling from reading KoA. And since I wanted to not spoil this book at all, my review is a short read.
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.
I had re-read the entire Throne of Glass series before I even thought of reading Kingdom of Ash. Let me tell you that there’s so much leading up to Kingdom of Ash—-even before KoA even begins! So while this last book certainly feels like the last in its’ series, I’m quite happy with the way things ended.
Let me just say really quickly that the prologue had me freaking speechless.
Within Kingdom of Ash, there are 12 points of view and frankly, that’s what made the story feel longer than what I had imagined. We read from (in no particular order): Aedion, Elide, Aelin, Manon, Dorian, Lorcan, Rowan, Chaol, Nesryn, Yrene, Lysandra, and Fenrys. Actually, there are a few other people that we read from as well, but to avoid anymore spoilers, I won’t mention who they are.
When I say so much had happened within KoA, I mean it. A freaking eternity passes in this novel–that is how much happens in Kingdom of Ash.
I thought I had known what would happen in Kingdom of Ash. I thought I had prepared myself. What actually ended up happening was I undermined and understated everything–every single thing that happened. Good, bad, happy, sad, or even being gutted to the core. You name it, I felt it. I just about bawled my eyes out quite a few times while I was reading KoA, too.
Gah, there were so many things that I didn’t expect would happen. Yet those things did happen. I am completely flabbergasted and shocked and anything else you could imagine, towards this ending. Not to mention the whole book.
There’s a whole roller coaster worths’ of emotions that I experienced while I read Kingdom of Ash. I’m incredibly happy–yet I am unbearably sad. There were character deaths that happened that shook me to my core. I had to stop reading for a few minutes whenever said deaths happened. Like, I didn’t expect these somewhat major character deaths to happen.
There were sights that I didn’t think we would ever see in this last Throne of Glass novel.
I’ve tabbed so many pages in my copy of Kingdom of Ash, and I even tabbed my one of my more favourite parts.
Kingdom of Ash has stuck with me for a long, long time. And will continue to do so whenever I think of the Throne of Glass series.
I give Kingdom of Ash, 5 stars.
Have you read the Throne of Glass series? What’d you think?
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