Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas: 5 stars review and the conclusion to an epic story totalling 4392 pages.

Synopsis

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.

Review

5 Stars.

What an epic journey!

Since the first book of the series I have read 4392 pages with 992 pages for Kingdom of Ash only!

This book has everything that makes epic fantasy stories. It held me in its clutches for four days straight!

You have unthinkable torture.

Cairn and Maeve are pure evil. What they did to Aelin was beyond madness. I really had a hard time reading Aelin being tortured and hurt over and over… But Aelin was strong. She did not yield.

You have Fae warriors of legend.

Rowan Whitethorn the prince mated with Aelin. Master of the wind, exceptional warrior. With his friends at arm become brothers Lorcan, Gavriel and Fenris they are the Cadre. A force to be reckoned with.

You have battles.

Epic and brutal battles.
In the air with huge war birds the ruks or cruel Wyverns commanded by cruel witches. The Wyverns look like dragons with spiked tail.
There was one particular scene that gave me thrills: witnessing all these witches, undercover for years leaving their clueless families, gathering behind their queen. I imagined countless witches airborn on their brooms like a growing red cloud. THIS! This is a scene worth of an epic movie the likes of Lord of the Rings!

Battle at sea in the previous installment and battle on earth with the clash of armies. These battles are brutal, merciless, vicious with witch towers these horrific weapons annihilating everything in their way.

You have a quest to retrieve the third Wyrdkey.

Key element to sealing the portals to other worlds and preventing Erawan’s brother to enter this world. The mission is to get Erawan trapped past the gates just before shutting them once and for all.

You have sacrifices and death.

Huge sacrifices. Of lives, of power, of magic and beloved ones. All in the hope to have a better world. Some of these sacrifices shattered me. The artifices Sarah J Maas used to make this last installment unforgetable and believable, because war is ugly and has a cost, are uncompromising and unbearable.

Told from multiple point of views we follow Aelin’s unimaginable fate tortured for months with powerless Fenris as a witness.
Rowan, Elide, Gavriel and Lorcan are roaming the land to find her. Trying to locate Maeve is daunting. But if they find her they’ll find Aelin. Rowan was desperate to save his mate.
Dorian, Manon and the Thirteen are on a mission to rally the Cochran witches. Help gather an army to free Terrassen. Dorian has lost so much and the stakes are huge. He is plotting the impossible.
Aedion, Lysandra and other friends are defending Terrassen. Trying to make people believe Aelin is fighting among them. Trying to suffuse hope and strength to their soldiers and  commanders.
And Chaol, Nesryn, Yrene and the army of Antica are sailing to join the army and fight with the ruks and the cavalry.

All these sub plots grow and take shape. Captivating the reader and making him need to go on reading and reading. There is a need to know if, when and how these destinies will merge. If the big army Aelin wanted to raise will converge and merge in the hope of saving this world from demon Valgs.

I held my breath countless time. I hoped just to despair right after then hope again. When a victory was in sight it was to be squashed right away by a plot twist, another ordeal to face.
I raged and I cried. Often. For all the hurt. For the lives lost. For the biggest sacrifices and the cruelest plot twist Sarah J Maas concocted. I was enthralled. Enraptured in this story of legend. I had stars in my eyes and lived in another world. Filled with huge beasts, witches, warriors, cruel gods, demons … I was elsewhere.

I finished this book exhausted and in awe once more of Sarah J Maas talent. Holding the reader’s interest for 4392 pages, rallying a community behind her and becoming one of the most revered fantasy writer at such young age is a huge accomplishment. Mind you she wrote this series for half her life now!
I bow low to Sarah’s enormous talent. I am happy to have a conclusion yet sad because I am leaving these characters behind while I’ve followed them for six years now.
Recommend it? Of course!!!

Have you read it? or do you plan to?

Thanks for reading.

Sophie

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22 Replies to “Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas: 5 stars review and the conclusion to an epic story totalling 4392 pages.”

  1. Skipped reading this review because I’m going to binge the whole series this month! I’m so glad you loved the finale!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha yes i’ve seen that you began!!! Happy reading raven.

  2. I’m starting to become very tempted by this series!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahahaha then my mission is accomplished LOL

  3. I think I will need to pick up the last book soon. I haven’t always loved this series, but I think it will be worth it just to finish up this epic journey!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Mogsy I hope this last installment will meet your expectation! But yes finishing this would be epic! 😉

  4. I’m so so glad this was such an epic conclusion!!! I can’t wait for this! Wonderful review! 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I hope you get your copy soon enough! Thank you <3

  5. Whoa, that is a lot of pages. Glad you found a series you really love.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Haha yes I know! Thank you Alicia 😉

  6. OMG!! I am so thrilled that you loved it so much! I am so far behind in the series and all of the books glare at me from my bookshelf daily. lol Looking forward to this one so much more now. 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh I hope you’ll get some time to end it! Have fun!

  7. I have the first two books in hardcover. I’m waiting to have them all before I start. I know I won’t want to stop. My head is spinning and my heart is racing. What a review!!!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Laura! But if you plan to read them all in a row you’ll need many days LOL

  8. Great review! I plan on reading it sometime soon.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Jackie! And have fun 😉

  9. Oh I’m so glad you loved this book!! I’m currently reading it — almost at 500 pages — and am loving it!! I’m so apprehensive about the end because I’m worried one of my favourite characters will die (I will riot if Lorcan or Elide dies) but I also just want to hurry up and finish it because I’m so excited!
    Great review

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Laura! I can’t wait to read your review!!! Happy reading.

  10. I am not even going to pretend that the size of this book is intimidating me, but I am so happy with all the positive reviews I am reading. This is a series I have really enjoyed, and I need it to end on a high note, which it sounds like it did. I must admit, I have tears in my eyes from reading this post. Awesome review!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Sam! And enjoy your read ;-))))

  11. It was epic wasn’t it! I cried at the end and I am not a cryer!!!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Exactly! But I did cry before the end! The witches ….:-(((

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