Review | Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas

My final reread in the Throne of Glass series! It took me a bit to finish this huge book but I did it. And today I want to share my thoughts with you all. There will be spoilers for the previous books in the series but I will try to not spoil this book. Let’s dive in!

Review | Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas

An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here.
Aelin Galathynius has vowed 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. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day…
With Aelin captured, friends and allies are scattered to different fates. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever. As destinies weave together at last, all must fight if Erilea is to have any hope of salvation.
Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an explosive conclusion as Aelin fights to save herself―and the promise of a better world.

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury YA on 14/02/2023
Pages: 980

“Once upon a time, in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom …”

Empire of Storms ended on a heartbreaking note (and I had to wait 2 years in between those releases!!) and we dive right back into that heartbreak. It was so hard to once again read about Aelin chained and starting to feel hopeless. Fenrys is one of my favorite side characters so my heart was also really really breaking for him. And I also think that is the theme of this read haha. My heart broke over and over again throughout the book and even though I knew what was coming I cried so much. Maybe because I knew what was coming haha.

“Fireheart, her mother had called her.
Not for her power. The name had never once been about her power.”

One of my absolute favorite characters is Manon and some of her chapters are the ones that broke my heart the most. The first time reading ‘Run’ was such a shock! And that chapter brought me many tears, the first time and once again while rereading. But nothing good prepare me for the quote below. Just thinking about that chapter brings me to tears. Every time I’m seeing it on TikTok I start crying haha. The first time I was bawling and screaming no, no, no. I still can’t believe Sarah did this to us, although there are some cool theories floating around and I really hope those are true, iykyk.

“Live, Manon. Live.

This book had a lot of despair in it and for such a long time the characters are all in different places. I didn’t know what would happen and if it would all turn out okay. Even though I did know this time around, it was still hard to read sometimes. I do really appreciate that Sarah shows us so much of the actual war, it isn’t all glossed over and won in one big battle. So while it’s not an easy read, I really like how it is done.

This series remains one of my favorites ever and I will definitely reread it again and again. But it will be a while before I’m ready for this one haha. I’ve shed too many tears ;). Okay, a bit of a quick review but it’s hard to say more without spoilers! I would love to hear your thoughts on this book and this series. Come talk to me in the comments!

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