Title: Kingdom of Ash
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy (New Adult)
About the book: It’s the final book in the Throne of Glass series. Aelin Galathynius is captured by Maeve, and her friends are scattered across the continent. They come together to fight in a battle for a better world.
First impressions: I’ve read the other books, so I wanted to know how the series would end. I’m a fan of the title and cover. The beginning with Aelin being tortured is dark and explores some difficult themes.
Characters: There are many different characters as well as relationships. Aelin, Elide, Yrene, and Manon resonated with me the most. I appreciate all the development and growth, but I would’ve liked more diversity and representation.
“She was done making herself appear nice for men whom she had no interest in being nice to.”
Writing: The book is almost 1,000 pages, so it’s a long and slow read. I like how Maas tells the story from several alternating viewpoints. That said, I found certain storylines held my attention better than others. There are some sexual and graphic scenes as well.
Final thoughts: In my opinion, the ending isn’t too surprising or unexpected. I anticipated that some characters would die while most would survive. A lot of them are coupled up in the end, but I wouldn’t have minded if some of romantic relationships were just friendships instead.
If you want to read a high fantasy with plenty of magic and romance, check out Kingdom of Ash. In order to follow along, I’d recommend reading the rest of the books first. Although this novel isn’t for everyone, I enjoyed the happy and heartbreaking moments.