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Book Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas


Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Throne Of Glass, #7
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 980 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 23rd 2018 by Bloomsbury YA
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Might contain spoilers for earlier books of the series.

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.

Kingdom of Ash is the last book of the series and after waiting two years to see what happened to Aelin I was disappointed with this. I didn’t reread the earlier books before starting this so I don’t know if I’ve grown out of love with this series or if I just didn’t enjoy this one.

There were just so many POVs that I didn’t care about. It was hard enough to try to keep my interest up with all the war talk but switching POVs so many times with characters I could care less about like Lysandra and Manon. Was it really necessary to write this one to have almost 1000 pages? I skipped some pages– yes call me bad reader but I did do that and it still took two weeks to finish it.

I enjoyed seeing Rowan and Aelin reuniting. I also like what happened between Elide and Lorcan even after how she treated him and what she felt like betrayal by his end. I love how Aelin reacted to Chaol and Yrene’s news. She was so happy for them.

I liked how certain character came back from book one. Unfortunately he didn’t stay that long. I remember being sad when he left in Throne of Glass. There was also good amount of angst and this time I actually liked it.

I know most people hate how much romance these books usually have but I was craving more romance. It’s weird since SJM has paired every single character with someone. I mean even one of the villains had a spouse.

All in all this one was too slow for me to keep my interest up. I think I mostly just finished it to see what kind of “happy ending” there would be and which characters would die. It’s not a bad book but way too long and too much war talk. To me KoA was my least favorite book of the series. Nothing really even happened in the first 200+ pages and I wasn’t really into the book until after reading 50% of it.


2 stars

10 thoughts on “Book Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

  1. I admit that I have been slumping a little in the middle part of the book and that it took me 3 weeks to finish it, but I still loved it. Yes, sometimes the continuous battles and war talk was a bit too much indeed. It was still a 5 star read for me though.


  2. I never managed to get into this series (though I enjoyed ACOTAR), but I’ve often found that the last book is the best or worst in the series 😕 sorry this one didn’t live up to the others, especially after you struggled through ALL those pages – I’ve heard quite a lot about how long this one is, oof. hoping your next read is much, much better!


  3. You do realize you are the odd one here Jamsu right? LOL I loved that series but I can see why you would give it two stars based on what you explained above. Too bad it did not work for you xoxo


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