I did it – I finished Kingdom of Ash last night. I’ve finally completed Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series. And wow, do I ever have a lot of feelings. This book made me both laugh and cry numerous times. I am sad that the series is over, I am definitely suffering from a huge book hangover and will miss these characters. However, I am also very satisfied with the series’ conclusion.
Title: Kingdom of Ash
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Length: 980 Pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.57
My Rating: 5/5
Goodreads Synopsis: (Spoiler Warning for Previous Books)
Aelin Galathynius has vowed 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. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day…
With Aelin captured, friends and allies are scattered to different fates. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever. As destinies weave together at last, all must fight if Erilea is to have any hope of salvation.
Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an explosive conclusion as Aelin fights to save herself―and the promise of a better world.
I loved everything about this book. It was so satisfying. Usually when a book series, there is something about it that I don’t like or something that I wished would have happened differently. However, this was not the case with Kingdom of Ash. Instead, I thought it was as close to perfection as a final book in a series could be.
One thing I loved is how Maas balanced the POV chapters. I thought for sure that was going to be impossible since we were introduced to so many new characters in Tower of Dawn but she managed to focus on everyone’s story and give all characters time to be in the spotlight. We get lots of time with Aelin and Rowan of course, but also with Dorian, Manon, Chaol, Yrene, Nesyrn, Elide, Lorcan, Lysandra etc.
Without giving too much away, another thing I loved about this book is how much of an emotional roller coaster it was. It managed to make me both weep and laugh out loud in equal measure. Similarly, the plot was also a good mix of action, romance, comedic and quieter moments.
It’s hard to talk about this book without spoiling anything. However, I will try and say some of my favourite things without giving too much away. I loved the developing friendship between Aelin and Fenrys – it was unexpected and wonderful. I also loved Lorcan and Elide – but that’s no surprise. Also, the search for and rescue of Aelin was one of my favourite parts. There is also a nod to Maas’ other series, that was really neat.
I also really appreciated that Maas’ took the time to elaborate on what happened after the final battle. Too often books end with the climactic battle and then a quick “and they all lived happily ever after.” It was nice to have a few chapters dedicated to what the characters did afterward.
Essentially I was enthralled from the first to last sentence and I am going to miss these characters very much. I’m hoping that Maas will some day decide to write more about them. If not – I will definitely revisit them by rereading The Throne of Glass series in years to come.
Happy Reading! 🙂