Review: Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J Maas

Oh my actual heck. It’s over. It’s actually over. I was so excited for this book and now it’s all over and I don’t know what to do with my life. Because this series has been a part of my life since 2012. And that’s quite a long time!

For those who haven’t read the series, there may be spoilers for some previous books, as I’m posting the blurb here:

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.

Even just the blurb sounds action and feels packed. And let me tell you – it did not disappoint. There was so much happening at every point in this book! The multiple POV is fantastic, even though I fall into the ‘No, don’t switch characters now! I need to know what’s happening with these characters!’ trap with almost every POV change. But there would be no other way to tell this story than by changing that point of view! Because there is just so much happening! Did I already mention that? I need my own map and war room to keep track of all the different battles and armies and where all the main characters are (note to self: this is a fantastic idea!) Maas seamlessly blends all the storylines into one epic conclusion that I didn’t see coming!

Now the feels. There were many. In abundance. Lots. I think I was on the knife-edge of emotion the entire time I was reading. One tiny slip – tears. Maas has created and developed these characters, built our relationship with them, and their relationships with each other, so well that when they’re upset, we’re upset – which is quite often in this particular story! When Rowan and Aelin are teasing each other, we’re giggling along with them (and wishing we had a relationship that perfect). These characters mean something to me. I felt like I’ve been able to grow up with them and I’ll miss them now that their story is finished. I can’t even imagine how Maas feels, farewelling this story after so long!

While I’m devastated that the story has finished, I am content as well. I feel like the ending was fitting for the series and I am not disappointed. In fact, the whole series is my number one most recommended series at the moment. I love the story. I love the characters. I love how strong females are the basis of this series – even including Maeve! But honestly, Aelin, Manon, Lysandra, Elide, Evangeline, Nesryn, Yrene… these are the women I look up to and want to be like. I want their courage and strength. Their quiet determination. Their knowledge that they are strong and worthy of love! So an eternal thank you to Sarah J Maas for creating such characters. We are forever in your debt.

This gets a resounding ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 stars from me. If you haven’t already, you can grab your copy here, using my affiliate link 😊

If you’ve read it already – tell me your thoughts!! I think I’m still recovering, so excuse the fangirling!

What series have you read that have characters you look up to?

Happy readings loves!

– Bec x

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