Review: Kingdom of Ash, by Sarah J Maas

downloadTitle: Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: High Fantasy – New Adult

Published: 2018

Pages: 980

My Rating: 3/5 stars


Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.


Hello Everyone,

welcome to my review of Kingdom of Ash, the final installment in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. This series has been with me for three years now, and I have loved it and hated it. I had the great opportunity to go and see Sarah here in Edinburgh, and she truly is lovely. Overall, this book was what I expected it to be, and if you want to know more about what I mean and you have read the book, the a look at the spoilery section of this review. Overall I gave it 3.5/5 stars only out of nostalgia, otherwise the rating would have been lower.

  • Plot: The plot is messy. Ever since Heir of Fire (and with the exception of Tower of Dawn which I overall enjoyed), which was my favorite book in the series, I started feeling that everything that happened was in a deus-ex-machina kind of way. Pieces of plot would be twisted to move the story forward, and would feel unnatural. This was the case with all her latest books, including A Court of Wings and Ruin. It just seems that she doesn’t plan her books, and when she started Throne of Glass didn’t know which direction to give her characters, and I could definitely tell. The plot is not a strength of this book, especially because it was either very predictable or highly unlikely.
  • Characters: way too many. Too many characters that were highly forgettable and thus I didn’t care about. The only ones I truly cared about in the end were Yrene, Chaol, and Dorian. All the rest I really couldn’t care less, except for Aelin, whom I like a little more than the rest. I thought that Yrene and Chaol were amazing however, and even though it’s ridiculous that in two months they met and got married (yes, the timeline was also a bit off, since Aelin is NINETEEN still in this book, like what!), I still pretended they had known each other for longer, and I think Yrene is the most badass of them all.
  • Writing: another disappointment. This book is so badly written and edited. There are a lot of “descriptions” such as wine-red, ice-kissed, and you would find the same ones even 5 times in the same page. Another pet peeve was that all the characters are referred to by their first name except Ansel, she is ALWAYS Ansel of Briarcliff. All the time. It would be so disruptive of my reading experience that I stopped reading “of Briarcliff” after a while. I know where she’s from after the first time you say it, you don’t need to repeat it! And finally, the pacing was off. All the most minute details were described, and in fact in almost 1000 pages not much happens to be honest. If you read The Name of the Wind which is equally long there is so much that happens, but not in this book. It dragged at times. Sarah admitted that she wrote this book in 6 weeks, and I am sorry to say that yes, I could definitely tell she rushed it.

These are all my non-spoilery thoughts about Kingdom of Ash. The only thing that saves it was the nostalgia, and the fact that, overall, it was what I expected it to be. It did not surprise me in that sense. If you have read it please let me know what you thought.

Until next time,

Keky

**SPOILER-ALERT** SECTION – Do not read further if you don’t want to be spoiled.

What disappoints me is that this book is so very unrealistic. No one of important characters died and I think that at least one should have died between Aelin and Dorian… I mean really? No one dies in a war that is this destructive?

The whole thing between Gavriel and Aedion didn’t make sense, and I don’t like Lorcan and Elide together. All these white heterosexual couples… I mean, every single one of them is a white royal heterosexual and coupled off.

And don’t get me started on all the Lord of the Rings recycling… but yeah it was exactly what I expected. No one died and everyone got married. At nineteen.

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