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

kingdom of ash sarah j maasSynopsis

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.

Genre

Fantasy – New Adult


My thoughts

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that this series is very special to me. Simply put, it’s one of my favorite series of all times. I started reading Throne of Glass back in 2015 and flew through the first four books quickly after that. I’ve been waiting to read this conclusion for years now and I can’t believe this series is now officially over. I’ve got to admit it’s always a bit bittersweet to finish such a beloved series, but that final book was a great way to say goodbye 😍😭.

Of course, being such a big fan of the saga, I had high expectations for its conclusion… And overall, Kingdom of Ash didn’t disappoint. With a plot that had started small but grew over the books, there were many characters and as many storylines to wrap up. A challenge that Maas dealt with perfectly, giving us a very satisfying conclusion for this epic series.

“Once upon a time, in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom …”

Plot-wise, Kingdom of Ash gave me mostly what I expected and wanted. It was the epic finale I had hoped for, full of bloody battles, intense and dreadful facedowns, as well as some intense reunions between our beloved characters 🙌. There was even a pretty sweet easter-egg that might have had me screaming in fangirl joy.

However I feel like many plot points were predictable, and no plot-twist completely caught me off guard. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the storyline. Because I definitely did. But it wasn’t as new and surprising as the previous books in the series were. Also, as was to be expected from a 1.000 pages book, there came a point where the plot was just slower and dragged on a bit too much for my taste. But I still couldn’t put the book down, so it wasn’t that bad 😉.

That being said, I loved Kingdom of Ash so much and it gave me all the feels. I went through a wide range of emotions, jumping from heartwarming moments to gut-wrentching scenes. I laughed (god bless Aelin and her sass) and cried a couple of times (no, I do not want to talk about it, cause 1. Spoilers and 2. I’m strongly in denial).

“Let’s make this a fight worthy of a song.”

It’s hard for me to say more without spoiling anything, especially for those of you who might not even have started this series. But I will say this: I am highly aware that this series (this book included) is flawed and not everyone will love it. That’s ok. As far as I’m concerned I love it and will forever cherish it. So thank you for this epic journey miss Maas. Thank you for the strong and kick-ass female characters you’ve written, especially Aelin and Manon. Thank you for Dorian, my precious cinnamon roll. Thanks for the laughter and the tears. Thank you for rattling the stars.

My rating

4.5/5

Gaëlle

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