Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J Maas

I spent much of last week lugging a behemoth around with me, so that during every spare minute I could actually make my way through the finale of Sarah J Maas’s 16-year saga. It’s not a short read, by any means. But I did quite enjoy it!

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

39340341Years 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.

Okay, so last week I talked about my ten hopes for Kingdom of Ash, questions that I wanted answered. Of the ten questions I had, three actually got resolved to my satisfaction. The other seven, well…

Overall, I have to say I really did enjoy Kingdom of Ash. It was by no means realistic, but what book with wyverns and magical assassins would be? There were lots of things, especially towards the end, that I rolled my eyes at, but even still, I thought it was a fitting end to the series.

If I hadn’t read ACOWAR already, I probably would have been disappointed in aspects of KoA, but I felt like I was forewarned in some respects, so probably wasn’t expecting as much of this as I might otherwise have been.

The change in tone from the first books in this series to the final books is clear and marked, but I think I’ve already gotten over that by this point. I have the same issues that I had in the earlier books, but actually there was less drawn-out sex in this, which was gratifying. Or maybe I skipped over it?

There was one glorious scene in this book which was truly phenomenal, and the rest was… fine, I guess. I had no complaints about it. The story panned out the way I thought it would. Most of the characters had good arcs, although more Elide badassness, please. Also, where was Vaughan?

I have lots of questions about this book, and I don’t know if there’ll be followups, but certainly I wasn’t absolutely delighted with it, but also I wasn’t devastated with it. It all panned out… kind of how I expected it to. So that’s fine. I’m happy enough with that!

overall?

Four Stars
****

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