Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.14 of 5 stars 36 ratings • 10 reviews • 77 shelved
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Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.14 of 5 stars 36 ratings • 10 reviews • 77 shelved
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.
  • ISBN10 1619636107
  • ISBN13 9781619636101
  • Publish Date 23 October 2018
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Imprint Bloomsbury YA
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 992
  • Language English

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pamela 2 of 5 stars
Kingdom of Ash finally ended the Throne of Glass series, and I’ve got to say, I’m breathing a sigh of relief. It was like a runaway train that I couldn’t get off until I’d seen it slow to a grinding halt or crash and burn. I honestly don’t think Maas is a bad writer, but I do think that she just let this story get away from her.

Now that the series is finished, I can look back on it from a birdseye view. Where Maas writing really excels is when her world is small, and her characters focused. We can almost pinpoint the exact moment when Throne of Glass went off the rails – the second Aelin left to go to Wendlyn. Up to that point, the story was focused. Rifthold was built as a real world unto itself, and the small, tight-knit cast of characters were well developed with real personalities, a great dynamic, and realistic interactions.

The King of Adarland and Arrobyn were great villains with real motivations, and it made Celaena’s arrogant swagger bearable, as it fit into a cast of flawed yet relatable characters. As soon as the world widened, Maas just kept introducing more and more characters, and it kind of felt like she didn’t know what to do with them. By Kingdom of Ash, we ended up with a book that was at least 400 pages too long, full of repetitive filler while Maas tried to give all of the broad cast a POV, whether it was needed or not.

Without a doubt, Maas’ best work of the series is The Assassin’s Blade. By the time that book was released, she’d matured as a writer, but the short story genre meant that each chapter was tight and self-contained. The action was exciting, and the characters were well developed. Maas’ quality appears to suffer when she’s given carte blanche on length.

The longer the series got, and the wider its world, the more the characters were rewritten or overlooked. Dorian, Chaol, Aelin, Manon, Lorcan, Rowan, Lysandra, Aedion, Maeve – all of them were re-written entirely to fit a runaway plot. They got pushed into archetypes, rather than developing in keeping with the personalities developed when we were first introduced. Every major character was also pushed into a heterosexual coupling, which seemed wildly unnecessary. The worst of these was the Manon/Dorian romance. They had absolutely no chemistry, and their romance was not at all in keeping with their characters.

Another huge issue with the runaway plot was the timeline of the series as a whole. In Kingdom of Ash, we are continuously reminded that the entire series happens within the space of a year. I keep thinking about it, and there’s no way I can make it work. In only a year, we are meant to believe that Aelin is released from Endovier, Erawan creates an army from nothing, characters travel to various different continents, battles are waged, traumas are overcome, over half the cast meet and get married (!), and Manon and the Thirteen are meant to have overcome a lifetime of brainwashing and social conditioning? There’s just no way. None whatsoever.

But, my biggest issue in the series as a whole is Aelin herself. I have so many issues with her characterisation, especially as she’s represented in the series as being the rightful heir to Terrassen and would do anything to protect her people. The reality in Kingdom of Ash however is that she doesn’t actually do anything for Terrasen. She spends the first quarter of the book captured by Maeve, then the rest of it travelling. Aedion, Ren, and Lysandra are the ones fighting for Terrasen, while Aelin’s people die by the thousands as she has a little side adventure. When Aelin finally arrives to be the fire bringer in battle, it’s not in Terrasen. It’s in Anielle. They search for a way to get the army to Terrasen, but when they find the solution, it’s cast aside and forgotten until the last 50 pages or so when we introduce a new group of characters who have never been mentioned before and arrive by way of the solution that could have carried her army to Terrasen in the first place. And when it comes to taking a vote to see if Aelin can seal Erawan away in advance and give Terrasen and fighting chance, all her companions vote for her to do that. She then doesn’t do it, choosing to both ignore the outcome of the vote, and trade the lives of thousands of her people in exchange for the soul of a queen who has already been dead for centuries. So, thousands of her people continue to die on the battlefield, and when she finally faces Maeve and Erawan, it’s not her that saves the day, it’s Dorian and Yrene, but Aelin still gets the crown and the glory despite doing very little throughout the entire series to actually save her people. Also, the blood oath is just slavery, and you will never change my mind on that.

There are other issues in Kingdom of Ash like sexism, ableism, transphobia, a lack of diversity, and some pretty blatant outright plagiarism from Lord of the Rings (the films, not the books, to add insult to injury), but other reviewers have done a much better job of outlining those things. I recommend you check out Aentee’s excellent review.

What started a fun series that could serve as a trashy popcorn read turned into a long, sometimes boring slog through to many locations and too many characters. Kingdom of Ash could have been half as long and been a much better book for it. The great characters and detailed world-building flew out the window, replaced with an emphasis on “mating” and pairing all her characters off. If Maas goes back to books that are smaller in scope with a core cast of focused characters, I’ll totally be here for her again. But until that day, I’m afraid that Kingdom of Ash was probably the last Maas book I’ll be picking up.

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I admit I slept on Kingdom of Ash. I pre-ordered the special B&N edition and everything but I hadn't yet read Tower of Dawn and I didn't want to skip a whole book before heading into the finale of perhaps one of the most well-known YA fantasy series of the decade. So I placed it on my bookshelf and admiringly stared at it until I finally talked myself into Tower of Dawn (mainly because I had spent the past year rereading the previous 5 books and the novella collection and didn't want the start forgetting details since I so rarely treat myself to rereads!) After Tower of Dawn put me in a MASSIVE slump (it took me over a month to read, and I refuse to even write a review as I don't want to spend any more time on it) I decided to just jump into Kingdom of Ash ASAP to finally be DONE with the series.

What I wasn't expecting, however, was for KOA to be such a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. I was pretty hesitant to even read the series from the start, and had a lukewarm experience with Throne of Glass. I then took a chance on Crown of Midnight and liked it quite a lot, and then absolutely ADORED Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows (my favorite of them all). My love for the series then dimmed a bit when I found Empire of Storms to be rather slow and a lot of just characters journeying around (I hate that). So when Kingdom of Ash became an unstoppable reading experience for me, causing me to try and sneak it in at any spare moment amidst one of the busiest work weeks of my life (12-13 hour+ days) I knew it was going to be a 5 star read for me no matter the conclusion. Was it a perfect book? No. But it was a fitting ending to a finale that's enraptured so many readers and I truly felt invested in the characters and it's honestly going to be difficult to leave them behind!

As it's the last book in an epically long series, this review will contain spoilers for both Kingdom of Ash and the previous installments of the series! You have been warned :)

I don't really know how to coherently organize my thoughts on this 900+ page tome so I'm just going to break things down into the categories that I want to talk about!

Aelin

First and foremost, the beginning of KOA is dark, delving into the capture and torture of Aelin and handling it in a very stark and introspective way that I wasn't quite expecting of this book. Aelin's treatment at the hands of Cairn and Maeve was graphically depicted, with no one but Fenrys, trapped in wolf form, to witness it. The bond Alein and Fenrys forged over that time, with their blinking language that they continued to use throughout the rest of the book, was so moving and heartbreaking at the same time, and the fact that Maas spent time focusing on the fact that they were truly the only ones who could understand the dept of each other's trauma was really well done. I am here, I am with you.

I was a bit wary as to how long Aelin would be held in captivity (worrying it would be the whole book) but her eventual escape was fitting and the perfect combination of Aelin leaning on her Celaena roots as an assassin and fighting her way out just in time to reunite with Rowan and the gang. I appreciated that it didn't fall to Rowan to save Aelin, and at the end of the day she still manages to save herself. Aelin's irrevocably changed and her swaggering and posturing is gone- we see Aelin, raw and reborn, silent for days as she processes what happened to her and how she's going to move forward. In fact, I was so pleased overall with Aelin's character growth in this book- we see her still planning and scheming and making crazy Hail Mary passes in some instances, but we also see her at times where she so clearly is scared or broken or just doesn't know what to do. We see glimpses of the Aelin she might have been had Terrasen not fell all those years ago. I am so, so proud of Aelin and her journey from assassin to queen was truly a rewarding one.

Manon is Our Queen

One of my favorite elements this series introduced was Manon and the witches (both Ironteeth and Crochan) and the political and historical intrigue their plot lines carried. They were integral parts of the plot but yet still had this super interesting internal story that didn't really concern itself too much with the drama happening in the rest of the continent. I've always loved Manon and seeing her reclaim her rightful title as the QUEEN OF WITCHES was just !!! Her CROWN though. Seeing her go from a cold blooded killing machine to a peace bringer across just 4 books was incredible, and the sisterhood between her and the Thirteen was so breathtaking. Speaking of the Thirteen- RIP, it GUTTED me. The fact that they all did the Yielding and exploded in LIGHT instead of darkness was just incredible and honestly their sacrifice was the most emotional moment of the book for me. I definitely don't like that they all died but WOW what a way to go. Also, Manon is a literal QUEEN who deserved better than Dorian in this book which brings me to my next topic...

Dorian

He SO disappointed me in this book- like I know he's supposed to be edgy and sassy but I feel like his squishy center was removed and he was too conveniently powerful (like who teaches themselves how to shape-shift in 5-8 business days???) and honestly lacked a lot of depth for me as the series went on because I initially really liked him! I also didn't like his gross/problematic mindset when he shifted into a Crochan (I was like how did this get past revisions???) I also didn't like the weird flirtation/alliance thing him and Maeve had going on and I don't believe for one second that she wouldn't have killed him? Although I was intrigued by the teasing that Maeve may have gotten a redemption arc- I think that was a welcome reprieve from some of Maas' other villians who are just evil to be evil (*coughkingofhyburncough*). The villains had some dept to them that really seemed to come out through Dorian's interactions with them at Morath...but I still think he got way too powerful way too soon.

Lorcan + Elide

They were the ship I didn't know I needed. I wasn't a huge fan of either of their characters initially but I love how different they are and how Elide's strength is such a juxtaposition to Aelin's (she clever and cunning but definitely isn't made for battle) and how Lorcan comes to love and acknowledge her strengths and find value in them even though they're pretty different from what he's spend his centuries of existence fighting for. Also that scene on the horse when he was about to sacrifice himself for Elide and she was like I DID NOT RIDE ALL THE WAY OUT HERE FOR YOUR STUPID HEROIC ANTICS and wouldn't let him go...I die. Also, Lorcan Lochan LOL I'm glad that was acknowledged because I always thought it was strange how similar his first name and her last name are.

Battles

So there were a LOT of battles in this book, and it definitely added to the page count. I've seen a lot of complaints that the battles weren't necessary or were too drawn out, but I actually don't think that's the case. I feel like Maas did a good job showcasing how war is a lot of sitting around, waiting to fight, and building up the tension, fear and anxiety all of that waiting causes. From Morath banging the bone drums all night to keep the soldiers up from exhaustion to drawing out battles and retreating each evening to give them the illusion of a reprieve- it was strategic and realistic and well done. The battle at Anielle was probably my favorite, with Aelin & Co finally rejoined with the armies, Lorcan single-handedly fighting his way down a siege tower and the dam breaking at the end- these were some of the best battle scenes I've read in YA fantasy, personally. Or when she goes riding into battle at the end on the Lord of the North with her flaming sword, fighting on the front lines with everything she has to protect the homeland that was ripped from her by Adarlan and Erawan a decade ago- truly iconic.

Geography

Maas did a fantastic job in this final installment with tying together all of the locations on the map that she's woven over the course of the past 7 books and novellas. Laura does a great job explaining this in her review, how Maas expertly moves around the armies and players taking things into account like routes, climates, etc. which made the world building feel so realistic. She also introduced even newer settings on top of fully fleshed out world, like the underwater caves that they sail through with the guidance of The Little Folk (whom I loved, and it's charming that they've known Aelin was their true queen all along).

Deaths

I spoke earlier about how gutted I was by the sacrifice of The Thirteen, and Gavriel's death right after reuniting with his son was also v. tragic (especially how he did it to save the Western wall from falling, which would have been catastrophic). There were also some other sad loses, such as Murtaugh (foolish old man, but so noble). Did it feel like sort of a cop out that all of the main characters got through the entire war without dying? Absolutely. Was it sort of cheesy that both Dorian and Aelin forged the lock and neither died or was completely drained of power? Totally. But this is Maas' world and if she wants to give most of her characters a HEA I can't stop her so I've decided to just embrace it.

Random side note- I really don't understand WHAT happened with the lock business and the gods and the wrydmarks and all of that. It's kind of a piece of the series I sort of glazed over but I figured "Ok cool now at least Erawan can't let his brothers in" but then Aelin manages to rip several portals open later on like it's NBD...

ACOTAR Crossover

So I miraculously managed to go a year without being spoiled for KOA before reading it, but the one thing I had heard of was that there was a little ACOTAR crossover. I thought it was going to be a tiny easter egg or something but it was SO huge and I was literally screaming when I read it. The fact that they're just in another parallel universe and Rhys totally helped her out...I have no words. I need a crossover novel SO BADLY.

That Ending Though

I will be the first to admit that the end was a little too easy in its resolution. I didn't really understand the whole "lost Fae of Terrasen coming out of portals and riding direwolves" thing and I felt like I sort of missed something along the way? Were they mentioned previously? It was pretty convenient but not as bad as ACOWAR so I'm looking past it. I really liked how the final battle took place right outside Orynth where this whole journey began for Aelin and how afterwards we received a glimpse of what Aelin's court will look like, how they will rebuild, and how she's now the Faerie Queen of the West. I could read a whole additional series on Terrasen or even a fun fan service novella like ACOFAS. Maas created a truly incredible and vast cast of characters and gave them all such distinct personalities and spent so much time crafting unique voices for them that I would love to be able to check in on them. They're so human in their thought and feelings, more genuine in some ways than the characters in ACOTAR and you can tell they are a part of Maas and she knows them as well as she knows her family.

Other Things I Enjoyed and/or Just Had a Strong Reaction To:

-I forgot Rowan's cousin's name was Prince Endymion LOL please tell me that is a Sailor Moon reference.

-Finding out Dorian's father's name was so satisfying- names hold so much power in so many cultures and I love that Maas used that idea in her storytelling!

The Whitehorns are just casually the rulers of Doranelle now.

-That final goodbye between Aelin, Chaol and Dorian was just heartwarming and really brought everything back to the vibes from book one in the series.

-Aelin basically giving Chaol's dad a stroke every time they interacted (which he deserved).

-So many female characters that showed strengths in ways aside from just being powerful/good at fighting, such as Elide, Yrene, Evangeline, etc. Also Hasar and Aelin should totally be BFFs.

-The fact that Nox came back was excellent- I felt like there were a lot of little nods to the first book!This review was originally posted on Girl in the Pages

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pigpen_reads 5 of 5 stars
This finale was and wasn't what I expected and that's a good thing.

I shed some tears, I laughed out loud, and gasped throughout this huge book.

At times, I was ready to throw it as some things seemed to be leading somewhere I did not want to imagine. Luckily, it didn't go there. Lol

I would highly recommend this series, it was such a great long journey. I am forever thankful to my friend that recommended this series to me in the first place!

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After the action-packed novels of Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms, I was shocked to find myself struggling to get through Kingdom of Ash. Weighing in at 992 pages, I fought to get through the tome that clearly could have been edited down to around to only 300 or 400 pages. Not only was there a severe lack of action in the rest of novel, despite plenty of battle scenes, but also I was dismayed by the jumping of point-of-view from chapter to chapter. As soon as things finally started getting interesting with one character, I was forced to trudge back to one of the other lackluster story lines. When this all culminated in an entirely happy ending with everyone paired off perfectly in their cookie-cutter relationships, with only the deaths of side-characters to remember, and the Queen-who-was-Promised effectively alone in her hard-won kingdom, I was really disappointed.


I also felt that the novel really lost direction with some of its characters, most notably Dorian. In Kingdom of Ash, Dorian suddenly and perplexingly develops the powers of a shapeshifter out of nowhere. Putting aside the fact that another shapeshifter in Aelin's court really cheapens Lysandra’s role in the story and is a pretty lackluster development considering he’s the fourth encountered in the very same novel, I was disconcerted when it was stated that his first urge when he transformed into a woman was to explore his, er, her body and to see if everything felt the same. Sure, maybe that’s what any actual guy would want to do, but in a time of war with his friends and the world at stake, really unnecessary to even entertain the thought.


That weirdness aside, I really do not understand why Dorian’s development went in the direction it did. After being possessed by a Valg prince and corrupted and broken, I felt that it would have made sense if Dorian would have been the one to forge the Lock and to give his life in doing so. It felt like the action of the past couple of books—his heartbreak at the loss of his love Sorscha at the hands of his father, his possession, his affair with the witch Manon in attempts to feel, and his resulting despair over whether or not he was still human—was leading to him making the ultimate sacrifice to save his friends, kingdom, and the world. His death would’ve been emotional and heartbreaking, and could have served as the catalyst for making Manon realize her true nature as a loving Crochan Queen and to rally her forces.


This development also would have given Aelin the excuse to become an empress, something hinted at throughout the series. To me, it would have been fitting if she had taken Adarlan under her protective wing in Dorian’s honor, as she spent so many years in Rifthold, among its people. In a way, her journeying back to rebuild Dorian's kingdom would have brought the series full circle to the first novel, when Dorian released her from Endovier. It also would have shown the kindness of her spirit in helping her former enemy’s people flourish.


Instead of this heartbreaking development of Dorian’s death, we were given a surprise appearance by the King of Adarlan, which honestly felt like the ultimate cop out. We spend novels preparing ourselves for Aelin’s or Dorian’s sacrifice, only for another minor character to show up to take the brunt of the burden. Plus, there’s yet another kept-secret-almost-sacrifice by Aelin, which is supposed to be gutting, but spectacularly failed to even come close to the devastation of her sacrifice in Empire of Storms. The scene was so redundant that I was sort of in shock it was happening. Its only redeeming feature was Rhysand and Feyre’s appearance, which made me squeal a bit in delight, even though it was completely gratuitous and I knew it.


But I was not pleased that the author dodged any main character deaths. It honestly didn’t feel realistic that in a war for the soul of Erilea, not a single main character died. I did not really care when Gavriel met his end, as he had been alive for centuries, and as it came across as a very contrived and forced death. I was more upset when the Thirteen, with Asterin leading the charge, flew to their deaths and exploded into balls of lights in their own Yieldings, and destroyed the witches’ curse once and for all. 


Other than these deaths, all main characters of the squad lived. Dorian, Yrene, and Chaol journey home to Adarlan to pick up the pieces of the shattered glass castle, Manon goes home with her people to the Wastes, Lysandra and Aedion are married, Lorcan and Elide profess their love and journey home to Perranth together. Boring. It also felt like a massive step backwards to me, after spending multiple books in the series, with Aelin struggling to accept her fae side and her gargantuan magic powers, to rob her of most of her magic. Upon reading that our great Firebringer and Fireheart’s magic was gone, I asked myself, then what was it all for?


The only answer I could come up with was that it was not only for Aelin to be forced into her immortal fae form so she could have a happy eternity with Rowan, but also so she was forced to face Maeve and Erawan without her powers—making the audience think she was going to sacrifice herself again after she failed to do so with the Lock the first time—sigh. This encounter also allowed Chaol's wife, Yrene to be made somewhat relevant—as she healed Erawan and destroyed the Valg king once and for all. Starting this series, I never thought some goody-goody healer would be the one to save the world, but that is exactly what happened.


I was not overwrought with emotion during Aelin’s coronation either. The whole thing just felt like the wrapping up of a Brady Brunch episode. I felt bitter after spending so much of the novel slogging through battles that I could care less about with characters I didn’t like—I’m looking at you Anielle, Yrene, and Chaol—only for everyone—both main and side characters—to get perfectly happy endings. If everyone in the entire series lives happily ever after, it's not exactly special. I was also shocked when part of the book referenced that the events of the very first book happened merely one year ago, which seemed utterly preposterous for the magnitude of circumstances—Aelin alone was in three different relationships, raised an entire army, was the king's champion after winning a deadly tournament, killed her assassin teacher and abusive father figure, gained control of her fae form and fire powers, was kidnapped and tortured for months—all in single year.



Though this timeline is completely unbelievable, the entirety of the novel is not bad—there are moments of that typical Maas greatness, like Aelin destroying a tidal wave of water with her firepower, Aelin riding the Lord of the North to the final battle, Manon humiliating her grandmother and killing a matron and taking her true crown,  Fenrys and Aelin’s secret language during their torture by Maeve, Petrah Blueblood stopping the murder of Abraxos in the name of her fallen wyvern, and Elide finally admitting she loved Lorcan. But these moments are buried deep under hundreds of pages of drabble and I found myself almost disbelieving that this was the finale of the same Throne of Glass series I loved so much. Surely this ending wasn’t written by the author that gave me the gut-wrenching deaths of Sam Cortland and Princess Nehemia, the satisfying death of Arobynn Hamel, the emotional turmoil of Chaol and Aelin’s breakup, the tragic sacrifice of Aelin at the hands of Maeve—but sadly, it was.


Though I was somewhat disappointed with A Court of Wings and Ruin, the disappointment I felt at the ending of Kingdom of Ash, as all the characters went their separate ways, leaving Aelin and Rowan at their court virtually alone, was much worse. A running theme of the series was how Aelin was a different type of ruler and her court was unlike any before. So to see all of her friends parting with no promises to reunite after the buildup of this legendary court—complete with healers, shapeshifters, generals, fae princes, magic wielders, witches, wyvern riders, and healers—was pretty defeating.  Especially grueling for me was Yrene's exit with Chaol and Dorian, which mirrored Aelin, then Celeana's departure from Endovier at the beginning of the series. It just felt wrong in so many ways for Chaol and Dorian to leave without Aelin after they had gone through so much more than just the end of the world together.


Again, I found myself asking, "What was it all for?" Not only was Aelin almost powerless, but she was practically friendless in her own kingdom—not something I ever envisioned when I pictured the ending of this story. I almost wished that Aelin had married Dorian and united their kingdoms—even though I am a big fan of Manon and Dorian's unconventional love affair and have made my peace with Aelin's romance with Rowan—if only so that the court could remain together. These kind of scenarios for a different happy ending continually run through my head even days after finishing the novel. Plus, I was not happy that Ellwye's the plight and restoration was a mere afterthought in the epilogue. This in passing mention seemed outrageous, as the death of this kingdom's princess Nehemia was the reason Aelin finally took up the mantle as Terrasen's true Queen and fought to save the world.


Ultimately, I felt really let down by Kingdom of Ash. I pushed through the majority of the novel, which should have all been cut except for the parts at the beginning and end, in the hopes of a great ending for the series. Instead, I was wrought miserable by the insufferably happy endings, in which everyone essentially paired off in their own relationships, and then left Aelin's court. Despite my dissatisfaction with the ending to the Throne of Glass series, I am certainly not giving up on Sarah J. Maas and her works by any means. However, I will definitely go into any new series of hers with more reserved expectations.


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Ashley 4 of 5 stars
I guess I liked it, but I didn't really love it and that makes me really sad. It was a massively long book, but not much actually happened? I feel like I walked from one end of the continent to the other, with nothing happening along the way. It was just one long walk, all building up to one thing at the end.

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I dragged this read out as long as I could because I didn't want this journey to end. I loved it all, even when it broke my heart. My only wish was for an epilogue where Rowan's dream actually came true.

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Leigha 4 of 5 stars
Aelin Galathynius, her allies, and her enemies come together in this epic finale to the popular Throne of Glass series.

Kudos to Sarah J. Maas for wrapping up such an epic fantasy novel. I know of several epic fantasy authors, such as George R. R. Martin and Robert Jordan, who start strong but fizzle out. Kingdom of Ash isn’t without its problems, but, for the most part, it hit all the right notes. We get to see all the characters and storylines from previous books weave together to create a satisfying, if not all that surprising, conclusion. I honestly don’t want to go into too much detail as I feel so much falls into spoiler territory. If you’ve loved everything up to this point, you’re probably going to enjoy the last book.

I will say it’s too long. This book needed to be split into two books instead of one. I also think several POV characters needed to either be lessened or removed from the final book as they brought little perspective to the final story. Nesryn by far got shafted. I love her and Sartaq. I would have loved more time spent with them, but they really had no development beyond being a part of Aelin’s final army. Magic powers and general representation is also an issue, but they have been since the very beginning.

I’ve written a series review, which will be posted soon on my blog for those of you looking for a more in-depth review. It will be full of spoilers!

tl;dr A satisfactory conclusion threading the previous book’s characters and stories into a (mostly) cohesive ending.

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Artemis 1 of 5 stars
I read exactly three chapters of this before I wanted to hurl my iPad and iPhone at the wall. I just can't with this series anymore. I don't know why I kept reading when all I felt was annoyed with everything. I skimmed various points and ultimately as I slowly jumped ahead nothing in this story grabbed me and made me want to slug through and actually read this book.

I'll post a short review for Tower of Dawn on the blog (some day!) and then that will be the last of this series. I doubt I'll revisit this again. And I may be finished with Maas altogether. . .