Wednesday, November 7

Review: Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)

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

Published By:  Bloomsbury
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Date Read: October 29, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 980
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33590260-kingdom-of-ash

From Goodreads:
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.

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

There are no words to explain my feelings about this book. I have been completely in love with this series for the past 6 years. Way back in 2012 I received an ARC of Throne of Glass, the first book in this series and I fell head over heels in love with the world and characters that Sarah J Maas had crafted. It started my obsession for YA Fantasy books and although the series can't really be classed as YA in these later books it will always hold a special place in my heart for introducing me to my now favourite genre. I was so not ready to have to say goodbye to these special characters that I have loved and followed throughout the past 6 years but at the same time ready to see this story conclude. Kingdom of Ash was everything that I could have hoped for and more. This book is, in a word, perfection.

Kingdom of Ash sees the incredible journey that Aelin has been on finally come to an end. When I think back to the first book in this series I just can't believe these are the same characters. They have grown so very much and it has been an absolute joy to experience this story through all of their eyes. I am a very emotive reader and have laughed and cried along with these characters for so long. Aelin will always be my favourite character of the series but I loved reading from the points of view of Chaol, Dorian and Manon as well. They have all grown and developed so much and came out of the other side so much better as more sincere, incredible and kick-ass people.

I am the type of reader who gets intimidated by big books quite a lot. I often find myself just thinking about how long it is going to take me to finish it which always takes away from my enjoyment of the book. When I saw that Kingdom of Ash was almost 1000 pages long I worried about my enjoyment of this enormous conclusion to one of my favourite series. I needn't have worried at all. Sarah J Maas weaved her tale to superbly I forgot all about how long this book was and was just taken away on this incredible journey that was filled with love and heartbreak. From the very first page I was enthralled once again by this world and what was happening. I couldn't read this book fast enough. I loved every single moment of this book.

Kingdom of Ash is one of the most heartbreaking instalments of a series I have ever read. I was prepared for some heartbreak in this book, afterall there is a war going on, but nothing prepared me for the devastation that I experienced. It's true that I am already a crier and cry at most books but Kingdom of Ash broke me so completely. Nothing could have prepared me for the heartbreak I experienced at the hands of this book. At one point I had to stop reading for a good half an hour as I was sobbing so hard I couldn't see the words on the page because of my tears. I was utterly broken, which shows how amazing this book is, that I was so emotionally involved that it brought about this reaction.

Kingdom of Ash was brilliant and astounding and just the perfect conclusion to this series. There are no words to convey my feelings about this book, and the whole series in general, and nothing I ever write will be able to compare to this incredible series. I am utterly heartbroken that it is over and I have to say goodbye to these characters that have become like friends in the last 6 years of following this series. Throne of Glass will remain one of my favourite series of all time and I know it will be one that I read again and again in the coming years. It was utterly perfect and I loved every single moment of it. It's without a doubt a must-read for every reader. Sarah J Maas is definitely an auto-buy author for me, and I can't wait to see what she brings out next.

"We'll face it together. And if the cost of it truly is you, then we'll pay it together. As one soul in two bodies."


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