Book Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)

Title: Kingdom of Ash

Series: Throne of Glass #7

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, New Adult

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: 

Aelin Galathynius has vowed 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. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, friends and allies are scattered to different fates. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever. As destinies weave together at last, all must fight if Erilea is to have any hope of salvation.

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an explosive conclusion as Aelin fights to save herself―and the promise of a better world. 

**WARNING**

This is the seventh and final installment of the Throne of Glass series. If you have not read the previous novels, I would not recommend reading this review as it may contain spoilers. If you are interested I would recommend checking out the other reviews I have on the series, listed and linked below:

Review:

The final installment of the Throne of Glass series, Kingdom of Ash exceeded any and all expectations. It was a stunning, thrilling and emotional finale, ending in a gorgeous crescendo that had me breathless.

We return to the novel to find out what happened after Empire of Storms. It began with a bang and never slowed. Full of various perspectives, the revealing of final secrets and embracing ones destiny, this book is an emotional rollercoaster that still managed to have several plot twists, shocking me to my core. Following Rowan in his attempts to find and rescue Aelin, and her companions in their final face offs with all their enemies left me desperate to get to the next chapter. It tied all aspects of each novel from the series together beautifully. I thought this novel dealt with trauma, growth and love in such excuriating but gorgeous detail that it was almost painful from the emotions that overwhelmed me and the characters.

There will be bittersweet moments, as the book is full of both reunions, redemptions, revenge, failures, deaths and ultimately sacrifices that left me with an aching heart. There was no chapter that wasn’t gut wrenching, and through it all we get to see all of the characters we have come to know and love fully embrace themselves and eachother. Be prepared to cry, cheer and scream as you read this book. I also recommend preparing yourself beforehand with tea, snacks and blankets as you won’t want to put this book down. I won’t say much more as it is better to read it with as little details beforehand as possible to get the full, raw experience.

Through it all, the book ends in such a satisfying way that even though I’m sad the series is over, I can put the book down feeling closure. Maas ends this series with a true masterpiece. I give this book a 5/5, and the entire series a 5/5. I cannot recommend this series enough, it is absolutely fantastic and one of the best reads I’ve had this year.

Have you read Kingdom of Ash, or any of the other novels? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with my assessment? Let me know in the comments!

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