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Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas | A Book Review

Kingdom of Ash - Sarah J. Maas

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.

Quote:

“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.


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Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas | A Book Review

Tower of Dawn - Sarah J. Maas

Title: Tower of Dawn

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

About the book: It’s the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series. The story mainly revolves around Chaol Westfall who suffered an injury that leaves him unable to walk. He travels to Antica in hopes of having a healer help him recover. However, Yrene Towers doesn’t want to work with him at first for her own personal reasons. With war on the horizon, Chaol and Nesryn try to convince the rulers in the southern continent to forge an alliance together.

First impressions: I read the previous novels a while ago, so I was looking forward to continuing the series. The beginning sets the stage for the rest of the story with its world-building and character description.

Characters: To be honest? I was more invested in Chaol and Yrene’s storyline than Nesryn’s. That being said, I think the author did a good job introducing each individual as well as interweaving different perspectives throughout the novel.

Quote:

“I let other people walk all over me just because I was too afraid of the consequences for refusing.”

Writing: The book is almost 700 pages long, but it’s well-written. I especially enjoyed the banter and dialogue between characters. There are also difficult issues explored and nature scenes included.

Final thoughts: I liked the ending. It moves at a fast pace and leaves readers wondering what will happen next.

If you are a fan of fantasy mixed with romance, check out the series. I would recommend reading the books in order and picking up Tower of Dawn before the last book.


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