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Because I can’t keep this spoiler free, I just can’t. I tried.
Title: Kingdom of Ash
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Throne of Glass #7
Blurb: 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.
Review: What do you say at the end of a seven book epic? It’s actually really hard to put into words. This is a sprawling, monstrously vast world with a cast of hundreds. Pulling all these strings together without leaving anything hanging unresolved is a difficult challenge, one that I wasn’t sure exactly how it could be accomplished.
Sarah J. Maas. That’s how. I am pretty blown away right now.
This book is a lot. It’s massive. And most of it is a battle fought on many, many fronts. All of these characters that we have gotten to know and love are scattered and it makes you, the reader, want nothing more than for all of them to be together again. This is an exhausting book to read, but that only speaks to Maas’s skill as a writer. You FEEL what these characters are going through. Their struggles against nearly insurmountable odds.
Victory does not come without a price though. Aelin pays a hefty price to protect her people. Aedion loses his father after finally coming to terms with their relationship. Manon watches her beloved Thirteen sacrifice themselves for the greater good. It’s brutal, visceral. A fantasy story with lots of magic, but also lots of blood and dirt, mundane and banal. High emotion and the numbness of war. Maas hits all of it with exquisite balance and skill.
GoodReads rating: 5 stars all the way.
Oh, and also, this! One more down!