Mini Review: Kingdom of Ash

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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.

Final thoughts

Let’s get this out of the way because it seems to need to always be said. There are annoying things about Maas’s books and her writing style. With the Throne of Glass series, there are problematic or annoying relationships. Everyone seems to need to be happily paired up. There is lots of possessive “mate” talk. Lots of the issues could be solved between characters with the simplest solution of communication. The protagonist is annoyingly powerful, smart, and badass. There is often a lot of talking about what they need to do, but not a whole lot of doing it. And as for the writing, well, there are so many em dashes and short sentences for emphasis that they quickly lose all emphasis.

And while these issues may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this series or this author, she manages to weave stories that people want to read. I can claim all day that I don’t like Aelin, but I still want to read about what happens to her in this world. I may not like all the characters all the time, but I find the whole thing interesting and generally well done (or I would not have read seven books). While the series feels like two separate stories (assassin versus fae), the worldbuilding is immersive and enjoyable. The finale itself is satisfying, although, for something that tried to step into epic fantasy within the young adult sector, I feel like many of the decisions felt a little too safe. I enjoyed the book, and let’s be honest, if you read the previous six in the series, you know you’ll be at least somewhat happy with this one. However, I will admit I’m happy the series is over and I no longer have to think about it.

4 Star

Details

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Format Read: Hardcover
Category(s): Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages:  984 (Hardcover)
Series(?): 7 of 7 (Throne of Glass)

As I looked through my reads these past few months, I wanted to rectify the books that lacked a full review. But as time has passed and memories fade, it didn’t seem fair to give my full write-up involving plot, characters, and writing style. Instead, I’ve shared a brief review of my overall thoughts and feelings. I hope you enjoyed, but be sure to check out some of my more in-depth analyses. 

 

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3 comments

  1. I’m going to admit that looking back, I loved KOA and thought of it as a lot more than it really was. I went to see Sarah J. Maas’s tour for KOA, which was frankly amazing, whether anyone likes her or not, and I think when I was reading it I was still feeling the afterglow of her inspiring talk. Still all in all, it’s a pretty impressive book.

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