Title: Kingdom of Ash
Author: Sarah J.Maas
Published: 23rd October 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Start Date: 27th August 2022
Finish Date: 30th August 2022
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 unravelling 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.
Perfection. I am in awe and weeping, my remnants of a heart full. I was scared that this last book, through whatever course it took, might diminish my love for the whole series, but god, was I wrong. It was a thing of beauty, satisfying and heartbreaking in all the right ways. Bittersweet.
I cried and sobbed, I gasped, I screamed, I smiled, I felt my heart beating out of my chest, I shivered, I swooned.
I am so in love with this story, so grateful for this fictional world and these characters, that I cannot quite believe it is over. It should be illegal to attach so deeply to imaginary beings, because it goddamn hurts when reality seeps in and they're no longer around you. My favorite series, without a doubt, one that I’ll cherish forever.
The book is a perfect length, though close to a thousand pages not a single line is wasted. Every possible loose end is tied up. Every hint or hidden story leads to this masterpiece. The story is awesome, the character development and use is unreal. Every characters' moderation and reasoning is spot on. Every character has something to contribute. However we still know who the hero of the series is.
I cannot understand how, but this book just crept deep, into the core of my soul, ripped it apart, ruined my sense of life and left me aching both of devastating pain and of speechless joy. It felt complete and at ease with the Universe and I am grateful that there is a book that can destroy me but still find a way to mend me.
In Kingdom of Ash, the time felt like its own god and indeed, it felt like it run out of patience.
Everything felt desperate, hopeless. Nothing went according to any plan. There were no gods above, no demons below. There was nothing. And the characters and the action itself seemed to feel that too, the anarchy. They were rushed, but reduced to silent fight. They were pressed and oppressed. They ran out of hope but still kept looking for it. It was devastating. Throughout and beyond.
In this book, the characters are the ones who make the action. They are the most important tool in the destruction of me. So, I don’t even have the faintest idea what to tell you about them. I fell in love with all of those fantastic characters. Like truly in love. They made me ache all over and they made me feel part of their lives. I laughed and cried with them, I fought and won. I suffered and I loved. That is the most precious thing a book can soothe you with. To make you feel included. Hollow and whole.
This is an awesome finale to the most awesome series, after reading that all other game of thrones are secondary. "The Queen that was promised" delivers big time. Action, adventure, suspense, and such intense emotion evoking writing. This could not have been done better. I cannot find a single negative thing to say about this book. Except the series is over. Though I think almost any surviving characters are good enough to have their own book.
I highly recommend to anyone who loves Fantasy to read this series. Thank you, Sarah J. Maas, for sharing this story with us. It has been a joy.