The End to A Phenomenal Series // REVIEW: Kingdom Of Ash by Sarah J Maas

Title: Kingdom Of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publication Date: October 23rd 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 7/7 of the Throne of Glass series
I Got A Copy Through: Enchantico and Bloomsbury India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: 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. 
THIS IS A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF KINGDOM OF ASH

I started reading the Throne of Glass series almost three years ago. It might not seem like a long time, but I’ve grown up with each and every character in this book. I graduated high school while I read Heir of Fire, I said goodbye to my best friends as we split up for college while I was reading Queen of Shadows and I’m looking towards my last semester of college, and everything unknown, untried and untested that comes after as I finish Kingdom of Ash. I’ve grown with this series, and I’m both elated and sad that I’ve reached the end.

There were a lot of hopes I had for this book, and also a lot of wariness because I did NOT enjoy Sarah J Maas’ last finale, A Court of Wings and Ruin and basically reading Kingdom of Ash was an emotional and nerve-wracking, anxiety inducing experience because I JUST WANTED IT TO BE A GOOD BOOK, OKAY?

MY THOUGHTS:

1.       I TRIED not comparing Kingdom of Ash to A Court of Wings and Ruin, but IT JUST KEPT HAPPENING INSIDE MY HEAD. I have to say, in terms of the PLOT, this book took the cake. There was something of substance happening any every point, even though the first 200 or so pages could have been cut out and/ or condensed. There were multiple wars, happening across the continent, with different characters and it was INTERESTING, to say the least.

2.       ACOWAR, EVEN DURING THE WAR, WAS A LOVE STORY BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE, BUT KINGDOM OF ASH WAS THE LOVE STORY BETWEEN THE CHARACTERS AND THEIR DREAM OF A BETTER WORLD, AND IT WAS JUST A BETTER BOOK TO READ.

3.       Sarah J Maas’ writing, though, pretty much remained the same. There was a repetition of the same thing with different synonyms when she described an emotion or emotional experience. There were a lot of places where there periods were used that SHOULD HAVE BEEN commas, semi-colons or even hyphens being used and that’s to my UNTRAINED EYE.

4.       So, basically while the writing was mediocre, the PLOT INTRIGUED ME. Add that together with the fact that I’d been WAITING TO FINISH THIS SERIES, I managed to finish this 988-page monster in three days, and even shed a tear or two at a particular Yrene Towers scene and the king of magic she thought during that time.

5.       I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO START A PETITION STATING THAT AEDION ASHRYVER WAS THE REAL HERO OF THIS SERIES AND THAT HE DESERVED SO MUCH MORE THANKS.

Would I recommend this series? Yes! It has a lot of flaws, and it’s definitely not for younger teens, but the plot, twists and character development are absolutely phenomenal! 4 stars.

Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.
Have you read the Throne of Glass series? What do you think of it?
Which series do you like better - A Court of Thorns and Roses or Throne of Glass?
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