Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) – Sarah J. Maas

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Pages: 992
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

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.

First a quick summary of my tumultuous relationship the Throne of Glass series:

Ever since Heir of Fire, I’ve had a detached interest in the Throne of Glass series. I really disliked the way Maas wrote Dorian and Chaol’s perspectives and I hated Manon’s introduction. It wasn’t until later books that I grew to love Manon (especially in Kingdom of Ash). Empire of Storms rekindled my love for the series. Everything about that book was perfection, especially that killer ending. Tower of Dawn dampened my excitement for Kingdom of Ash, which is why I didn’t get to it as soon as it was released.

Kingdom of Ash is almost everything I wanted from a finale for this series. It featured a steady pace with an explosive finale, epic battles sequences, incredible magic, and interesting relationship dynamics. I loved almost all the perspectives, especially Dorian and Manon’s, except Chaol’s. Each of the perspectives brings a different dynamic to the story giving readers a taste of all the most loved tropes of fantasy.

The reason I gave Kingdom of Ash four stars instead of five is because of the rushed ending and the lack of mortal danger to any of the primary, secondary, or tertiary characters. The pacing of the novel is steady throughout until the epic battle sequence at the end. Maas took her time setting up all the various pieces only for it to topple too quickly and conveniently. I complained about it in my review for Tower of Dawn and I’m complaining about it here: I was not worried for a second that a loved character would die. Maas seems incapable for killing off any of her characters giving her series little to no stakes.

Overall, Kingdom of Ash is a great finale to a good series. Though it has its issues, the Throne of Glass series is still one of the best young adult fantasy series on the market.

 

Have you read Kingdom of Ash? What did you think?

Also (slight spoiler)

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RHYSAND!! 🙂 ❤

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