Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas Review

Title: Kingdom of Ash
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publisher:  Bloomsbury YA
Format: eBook
Publication Date: 10/23/18 
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Purchased
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.

Kingdom of Ash. Wow. Where do I start? This book was LOOOOOOOONG. Almost 1,000 pages, and it actually took me two days to finish it which is saying something because I am such a huge fan of the series. This book is not for the squeamish as the beginning is full of Aelin’s torture, and while not explicitly graphic it is descriptive enough that you know what is happening to her. There were some questionable decisions by Chaol in terms of where they were going, and it felt like filler. It was there in order to give him closure on a small part of his character arc, and it was hard to care because of that. The whole middle part of the book was incredibly solid as they rescue Aelin (of course). Dorian and Manon find the Crochans and do their thing (spoilers happen).

Once the battle starts though it gets a little boring. There is just battle after battle after battle, and there is no real delineation between them except for the fact that dialogue is happening. I lost track of what the timeline was supposed to be because it just went on and on and on. Also this is where Lysandra and Aedion show back up, and he is a world class jerk. It was hard to believe at times that he was acting so childish because he knows that Lysandra is a good person.

This book though did allow some more minor characters to shine which is one of my favorite things. The Thirteen were amazing and I cannot give them credit enough. ALL THE FEELS with them. The Little Folk popping back up and beign AWESOME. The little circular ways that Aelin’s kindness over the years paid off. This book was amazing, and I’m sorry I had to touch on the little bits that weren’t perfect, but in the interest of full disclosure HAHA. I loved this book and I give it a full 5 stars because it had my heart in my throat the whole time. I cannot believe it’s over and I’m genuinely disappointed to not be coming back to this world.

5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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“To whatever end,” he whispered. Silver lined her eyes. “To whatever end.” A reminder—and a vow, more sacred than the wedding oaths they’d sworn on that ship. To walk this path together, back from the darkness of the iron coffin. To face what waited in Terrasen, ancient promises to the gods be damned.” ― Sarah J. Maas, Kingdom of Ash