WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS YET, TURN BACK AND READ SOME OTHER POST OF MINE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Note: I’m used to posting spoiler-free reviews on my blog but I don’t think I can articulate the full scope of my thoughts and feelings without uttering a spoiler or two. This post will also be different because I won’t be using lists this time. My thoughts are too disorganized right now even after a week of reading this book. This is how wrecked I am.
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.
CW: torture, gore, graphic violence
I binge read this series during summer vacation and I had high expectations for this last book. I was both scared and excited to read this because conclusions are always tricky, especially for a series as huge as this. Not to mention that the book looks like a new murder weapon in its 984-page glory.
Kingdom of Ash is the kind of book that screams, “IF A THIEF COMES INTO YOUR HOUSE, DROP ME ON THEIR HEAD AND THEY’LL PASS OUT IN NO TIME.”
(You can also drop it on your sibling’s foot if they’re becoming annoying. Seriously, this book has some serious uses.)
Anyway, the content is just as deadly as its physical appearance. I cried 10 buckets’ worth of tears because of KoA. I sobbed and I ugly cried until I looked like some rotten tomato left on the streets.
The first thing that I loved about this book was that Maas was able to write lots of subplots and weave them together seamlessly. Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn left almost all of the characters with missions of their own and I’m glad that each character was given a spotlight in this book. BUT OH BOY THERE WERE SO MANY NAMES. I read the series not so long ago but I already forgot about half the names of the characters.
SOME OF MY MOST GLORIOUS THOUGHTS WHILE READING:
“Is Sartaq the broody prince, the handsome prince or the one who is set to be emperor?”
“WHY ARE THERE SO MANY LORDS? Please spare me.”
“Who is this Borte? Her name sounds like spoiled cheese”
“Ooh there’s a character from the first book! Completely forgot about him now.”
“YOU EXPECT ME TO REMEMBER THAT VAUGHAN??? JUST LET GO OF HIM. WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER FAE MALE HERE. ALL THE GIRLS ARE ALREADY TAKEN.”
My last three brain cells have peaked, folks.
I ALSO LIVED FOR THE REUNIONS. I felt like screaming when my favorite characters saw each other again. If you think I didn’t cry when Dorian and Chaol were reunited, you’re utterly mistaken.
The build-up of the war between Terassen’s forces and Erawan’s was gripping. It was painful to read about Aedion’s efforts to rally Terassen’s army without Aelin leading them. It made me want to reach out into the pages and help him. There’s no denying that this book is epic in its entirety. You can’t help but feel the need to help Terassen succeed against Erawan’s forces.
Now, even though I had lots of positive feelings toward this book, there are still a lot of negative issues to point out. There’s the matter of Dorian. When I started this series, Dorian was my life. He was my favorite character. But as the story progressed, my love for him decreased exponentially. I’ll put this here now: his character arc was disappointing. By the end of Empire of Storms, Dorian went from charming to utterly insufferable. He became, broody, sex-driven, and about as interesting as a plastic spoon. I also think that his “romance” with Manon is rushed and unnecessary.
I also found the turnout of most of the romantic couples in this series predictable. It just seemed so unrealistic that almost all the relationships here worked out in the end. Yes to me being so uncharacteristically bitter here. THERE ARE TOO MANY COUPLES IN THIS SERIES THAT MY HEAD ACHES JUST THINKING ABOUT THEM. Maas is like, “Oh I have a male character here. Which female should I pair him with?” It has become
I was also unsatisfied with Erawan. He had this super evil character build-up but in the end, he ended up as a lesser villain than Maeve. I expected Erawan to be like Osaron from the Shades of Magic trilogy who I feared so much he almost felt real. I got none of those chills with Erawan, unfortunately.
This book wasn’t perfect. In fact, it was far from it but I still gave this book five stars because it gave a good conclusion to this series (and it made me so emotional). I was happy with how Aelin turned out to be and her court just gives me all the happy feels. Especially Fenrys. HE DESERVES MORE ATTENTION AND RECOGNITION. There was also a particular cameo in this book that made me scream. I NEEDED THAT CAMEO IN MY LIFE.
There you go! I hope you won’t come at me with your pitchforks now. I tried to include as little spoilers as possible here for the people who still read this review despite my earlier warning.
Have a good day, bookdragons!
Have you read Kingdom of Ash? If yes, what did you think? If no, do you plan on reading it anytime soon?