Woooooow!!!! It’s been a little over ten hours since I closed the book, and I still feel absolutely wrecked from that emotional rollercoaster. From all the book releases this year, I think Kingdom of Ash has been my most anticipated one, and this certainly did not disappoint.
After the events of Empire of Storms, Aelin is suffering under the hands of Maeve and Cairn. She’s brutally tortured in front of Fenrys almost always, and she’s barely holding on. The only thing that keeps her going is the thought of her friends and her allies liberating Terrasen — and the underlying hope that her mate, Rowan, is out there searching for her. Dorian and Manon are searching for the Crochans and the third Wyrdgate key, while Lysandra and Aedion stand as Terrasen’s last line of defense alongside their newfound allies.
I’ve followed this series since the release of Throne of Glass, and it’s so nice getting to see Aelin grow from the first book to this last one. She’s endured so much at the hands of so many people, yet she still remains steadfast, and really really badass. She’s one of my favorite YA protagonists, and it meant so much to see her story come to a close through Kingdom of Ash. Once I got the book, I couldn’t put it down. The scenes were perfectly executed, and they definitely showed the stress and the brutality of war. I also appreciated Sarah’s portrayal of PTSD, and I thought it was done really well. I loved how some old characters made an appearance, and how bittersweet the ending was (also that probably-but-not-really-sure ACOTAR scene HOLY SHIT).
I’m a little bit upset that this six-year-old series has come to an end since I’ve followed it for so long, but I’m also really excited to see what Sarah J. Maas has in store for her readers next!
Title: Kingdom of Ash
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
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