2019 | Fae (NA) | Fantasy (NA) | Magic (NA) | New Adult Fiction | Romance (NA)

Book Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

11. February 2019



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.



This book is about so much. It’s so much to wrap your head around and before you know it, it’s just finished. It took me some hours to really wrap my head around the fact that I was done with this 7 book long series, which was equally as draining as Harry Potter the first time around. And now that I’m done, I have so many issues with it, as well as praise. Like I don’t even know where to start.

This book is huge, and I wasn’t really sure how Maas was going to wrap this whole thing after Tower of Dawn and how that one ended. But as you got through chapters upon chapters it all started angling towards that epic ending that everyone had been waiting for, including me. I was ready to be mindblown, which I was, but at the same time wasn’t.

The ending was kind of bittersweet, but not bittersweet enough. I wanted it to end with some epic death that was so sad, but at the same time made sense, and it didn’t and that disappointed me. It also disappointed me that it all kind of “worked out” in the end. I was expecting this to be that epic finale where I was crying my eyes out and asking “WHY MAAS; WHYYYY”, but instead I felt kind of “WAS THAT ALL?”.

Of course, I was happy that it had a happy ending. One that I can live with. One that kind of made sense after everything our main characters has been through. But it’s still that feeling of; was that really all? And that is why I gave it four stars rather than five.

This will, all though, continue to be one of my favorite series of all time. It’s such a good series, and with that small point towards ACOTAR, that made me shooketh when I realized it.

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