Review of Kingdom of Ash, the end of the Throne of Glass Series

I finished Kingdom of Ash around two weeks ago now and I was at a loss for words for so many reasons. For the start I’ve been a fan of this series since only the first book was out and the prequel short stories.

*ahem* Spoilers ahead for the stories up to Kingdom of Ash, so if you haven’t read the first five books look away, or be spoiled.

I loved the character Celeana Sardothien, I thought she was fun and badass. She was the character my seventeen year old self at the time felt energised reading about. I loved how the story grew and took this massive turn in Crown of Midnight that I could never have expected ever – hello Aelin. The story plunged in to the world of the fae and this huge plot to stop the Valg demons. IT became HUGE. And I loved it. Heir of Fire was awesome. Honestly, I need to sit down and do a thorough re-read of this entire series when I can finally get all my books in one place.

Aelin/Celeana always had these mad plans that were fun to read about and usually only became apparent to the reader by the time her plan was in action. It was fun to read but I grew tired of these wild surprises by Empire of Storms. I still liked the surprises but I began to want to be in the know. She always felt a bit distanced. I don’t know if this was because I changed as a reader (I’m 23 now and I like to think I’ve changed and I know my tastes in books have too).

I was never a Chaol fan, he grew more intolerable for me as the books went on and so I was distraught at the idea of an entire novel for him. I tried to read Tower of Dawn and I did DNF it and then reaped the spoilers online so I was ready for Kingdom of Ash. I did quite like Yrene in the short story before she got Chaol-ed (it’s a verb now).

In the same vein there were aspects to the stories that irked me, how everyone was beginning to pair up and find love. This is a fantasy series so my disbelief is somewhat suspended but not to the point everyone finds love. So when people began to break up in Kingdom of Ash I mentally cheered that on for some damn realism. Heartless? Perhaps.

This is series amazing and evolves with every story. Celeana Sardothien even read differently from her prequels as an assassin. Sarah J Maas is amazing at writing books about characters who change, even in her other series the characters are so effected by the world and the events that transpire. Sometimes authors don’t capture this and their characters seem almost like they’re made of rubber. So I don’t think Kingdom of Ash could be reviewed as a standalone, it definitely wasn’t written as one. I like to try and rate books apart from what transpired before as if they could stand alone in their own awesomeness. But I don’t think I can with Kingdom of Ash because this was an awesome series and while I didn’t love Kingdom of Ash it is the end of a series that I would and will still call one of my favourite series of all time.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

3.5 / 5 Stars

I read someone else’s review on Goodreads and they summed it up perfectly for me, but their comment has long since been buried and I can’t find it. What they basically said was, “they go to war…. and then another….and another war….and another war….” The story really hammered in the fact this is basically a WORLD WAR and everything is HOPELESS but we fight with HOPE. The odds weren’t in Terrasen and its allies’ favour. I felt that was very hammered in. I also don’t enjoy books about wars so it really wasn’t for me (I haven’t even read Lord of the Rings). I also didn’t like how a character who only appeared not so long ago was integral to ending the damn war.

It was LOOONG. So Long. Too Long. I agree with a lot of people that some of these tiny battles could have been cut out.

Aelin’s torture was brutal and that’s another thing with these books. They change so much I honestly don’t know what I was going to be reading. Like brutal torture, or pretty detailed sex scenes. I don’t mind reading sex scenes but I like to know that I’m going to be? Throne of Glass wasn’t detailed – I don’t recall it becoming detailed until Queen of Shadows was it?  Correct me if I’m wrong.

Speaking of those kind of scenes, I liked the evolution of Elide and Lorcan’s relationship as well as Lysandra and Aedion. I honestly just loved Aedion as a character and his struggles in the war and just rallying Terrasen. This book developed such a love for the idea of Terrasen.

I enjoyed the take on the gods. I like how they were perceived as gods and beyond the characters comprehension. But how they could potentially be just powerful beings from another world. I also liked how those gods’ histories also felt like legends and fairytales for Erelia.

Which brings me to the prophecy. Harry Potter inspired my love for a good ol’ prophecy. I like how we see how effected Aelin is by it and how it weighs on her as a character.

I love that we got some Aelin and Rowan. Aelin deserves all the damn happiness in the world.

Aelin was still a badass, swords and plots and fire-breathing bitch queen magic.

Dorian was awesome and his part in the story was amazing. He personally helped me understand Manon better and grow to like her journey.

The ending was fitting.

So overall, I rated the book 3.5 stars. I wouldn’t read this again if it wasn’t for the novels before this as the style of story wasn’t for me. The novel was also so damn long and could have really been 200 or pages shorter. However, I was invested in the characters and as a whole I felt it wrapped up the series fairly well. It can’t be rated as a stand alone and this rating doesn’t reflect my feelings on the entire series which I suppose I’d give a …

4.5 Stars

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas

An unpopular opinion? – A Court of Frost and Starlight Review

I actually read this the moment it came out but for a number of reasons I never got to post a review and then I though I’d do a video review… and chickened out!

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So unpopular opinion of A Court of Frost and Starlight – I loved it. From what I’ve seen online not many people did because it was like, hello, where’s the plot? And I get where people are coming from when the rest of the ACOTAR series has been about WAR. But the blurb of this novel and Sarah pretty much said it was about the after. So I was fully prepared for something softer.

Overall, it was a pretty laid-back novella (its not a novel. I think it was slightly miss-marketed, or at least not Sarah J Maas size novel). It felt like a contemporary romance novel to me but set in a fantasy world. The topics covered could have been felt by a normal human, worrying about Christmas presents and family and love.

I was really taken aback by the size of ACOFAS (does the shortened title sound like a sneeze to you too?). I thought it would be a novel and before I’d opened my Amazon box I thought they’d sent me the wrong thing! However, I think it was perfectly the right size for this story.

The story itself… I’m a massive ACOTAR fan so I loved it. The novella was basically fan service and I love the fact this could get published because enough people loved the stories and the characters and wanted more.

So I would say get it if you want to read more Feysand and just read about the daily lives of these characters after the tragedies that befell them. There are no huge huge fights. But also don’t get it if you’re not super in love with these characters.

I rate it a 5/5 stars because, yes, I am biased. But I knew what I was getting in to.

 

 

 

A Court of Flipping WAR (A Court of Wings and Ruin Review)

It has been two days since the penultimate novel has came out and I have finished it on a small tiny phone screen. And I loved it, of course!

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A Court of Wings And Ruin

by Sarah J Maas

5 / 5 stars

Now have I mentioned I love Sarah’s stories? Because by the way, I do, in case you missed my fan-girling already. ACOTAR was my least favourite in the series and then I fell truly in love with ACOMAF and I think it is probably my favourite book of all time – quote wise, the issues it covers and because of the plot, description, world. It just didn’t shy away from anything. So it was almost inevitable that I would love her third novel. I missed those characters as if they were a little family of my own. And if you could guess by the 5 / 5 rating I loved it. But maybe I’m just being picky but I felt like… the book should have hurt me more (strange thing to want, I know.)

Okay well let me GUSH for a minute in a somewhat neat style about what I loved:

  • HEY EVERYONE’S BACK. Picking up from where we left off Feyre goes to infiltrate Tamlin’s court and she’s being a manipulative goddess.
  • Feysand.
  • We hear more about the courts as they all attempt to band together to stop Hybern.
  • More evil booglie fae monsters are revealed.

If you loved ACOMAF pick up this book, why haven’t you yet? 😀 If you’ve only read ACOTAR oh-my-gosh why haven’t you read further, so much happens. ACOTAR is so different in comparison to the rest.

Anyway here is my one thing against the book, which is a slight spoiler so if you don’t want a single hint on how the book may make you feel don’t read further! 🙂

So now let me explain my one problem about it all. There is this huge war that’s going to happen and there are so many powerful things on either side and everyone is using so much magic. They constantly run out, which is fair enough they’re all being stretched thin. So when they get to the penultimate battle (Obviously, not a spoiler unless you believed Hybern was going to poof in to smoke. Spoiler he doesn’t.) and fight. Why was my heart not ripped from my chest? I cried while reading it, a true sign of a book that can emulate feels and I was happy with the outcome. But I didn’t feel like they lost so much. It felt too good to be true.

Maybe I’ve become a cynic. But that’s just my take on it. Loved it all but I feel like I should be heartbroken…but I’m really not. Hope this babble made some ounce of sense. I’ve tried not to be too spoilery! They do lose things, but in my opinion not enough. Also did anyone else find this book less quotable? So many awesome things happened but I felt like I could have highlighted half the pages in ACOMAF as quotable whereas not really at all with ACOWAR.

Also I’m hoping we see more Tamlin in the spin-off series she’s planning to do. Tamlin was complex and his actions in ACOWAR really made me want to know why. What was going through his head?  What did you guys think (if you’ve finished it yet?)

 

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