Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

Wow. So. Will say first off that I loved it and Maas certainly did the series justice ending it the way she did. It was such an incredible ending to an incredible series. I just was not prepared for all the feels! Or the tears. Guh.

ABOUT KINGDOM OF ASH

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.

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.

*Spoilers*

SJM made sure everyone had a voice in this novel and we can see how much each character has grown. She really explored each and every one. Most were still dealing with the aftermath of Empire of Storms. And also coming to terms with how their lives might look after the battle is over. There was an important theme of a new and better world with everyone working together.

Aelin’s start was heartbreaking and sad while she recovered. I loved her thought processes as she regroups back into her queen role. And I loved how SJM dealt with the recovery for both of them when Aelin returns. Though Manon is still my favourite and I’ve loved her storyline. And the Thirteen! I cried. So much.

Lysandra was awesome – I was not expecting her to play such a massive role. And she owned it. She was such an important part in the war and we really got to see her powers showcased on the battlefield.

Dorian was quite different in this novel. He was a bit of a tool when with Manon but then opens up and becomes more sure of himself. I liked that SJM reminds us that he is a king in his own right. He takes a lot more control over his own power and makes more decisions based on the kingdom instead of just himself. I really enjoyed the way he took on the burden of the wyrdkey – much better than Aelin did.

Chaol didn’t really add much which gave the feeling that really Tower of Dawn was his to get everything out then he was back to being secondary. Though loved his reunion with Dorian! Super cool to have Eldide and Yrene becoming such important characters. They had such an unexpected and huge role in the war. Love that it wasn’t just Aelin needed to ‘save the day’ at the end – it really was a group effort.

There were so many loose ends tied up – lots of things I’d forgotten about! I wasn’t quite expecting the sense of hopelessness and uncertainty that our characters had. And also the anger and sadness for Aelin in captivity. It hurt quite a bit seeing what she and Fenrys went through from Cairn and Maeve.

I really enjoyed the battle scenes, especially the wyrvyns who were brilliant. I loved how they played out on the battlefield. The final fight between Maeve and Erawan was fitting and SJM really did both of them justice. We had some excellent big bad moments from both Maeve and Erawan. I also really enjoyed the extra back story we got from both.

So there were definitely a few things that I found a little bothery… Not so much while I was reading but when I sat down to write this review…
  • I just did not see Dorian and Manon together. She ended up considering a life/destiny change for him which I found disappointing. That just seemed a little out of character for me.
  • No one from Aelin’s court died which feels really unrealistic and implausible to me. Especially Aedion and Lysandra who were fighting for SO LONG. With how much damage Lysandra did on the battlefield I find it hard to believe she wasn’t targeted more.
  • The Wyrdkeys were a bit of a let down. Like why was it such a big deal? Way too much build up there.
  • Did not like the added wolf tribe. I found it cheap and unnecessary as the battle was pretty much over anyway.
  • Aelin lied. Like a couple of times.
Despite that, Kingdom of Ash was epic and I just can’t believe it’s over! This has definitely been my favourite read of the year and I’m already looking forward to my next reread!

Have you read the Throne of Glass series? How did you feel about the ending to Kingdom of Ash?
Before you go make sure to check out my review of Tower of Dawn here or SJM’s other series here

 

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