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"Kingdom of Ash" by Sarah J. Mass

A seven-year journey has finally come to an end. The Throne of Glass series was one of the first young adult series that I picked up. When the book came out last year, I was so excited to read it. Unfortunately, my senior year of college got in the way of my reading time. When the summer started, I brought Kingdom of Ash with me everywhere.


Kingdom of Ash is the last book in the Throne of Glass series written by Sarah J. Maas. The final installment follows Aelin, Rowan, and their companions as they fight to save the kingdom from the evil Erawan.


When I first started reading, I was afraid that I was going to need to reread a synopsis of the other books to refresh my memory. I think SJM did a great job is giving a brief recap, but still progressing the story without making it visible she was giving a recap.


I thought the plot was very well thought out and organized. Sometimes reading from different perspectives can be difficult, but SJM does a great job of letting the reader know which angle they are reading right away. The only thing I had an issue with was an event towards the end. I found it to be too convenient. I was expecting something out-of-the-box, but I felt a little bit let down. I have never had this feeling from one of her books before, so I was very disappointed that it was in the last book of my favorite series.


The characters are complex, witty, and fun to read. They are so loveable it is hard to choose a favorite character. There is a big cast of them, so sometimes it's hard to keep track of everyone. I would have to say my favorite character(s) was The Thirteen. I loved how strong, loyal, driven, hardworking, and bad-ass they were. I would love to read a novella all about their backstories and how they came to be. I enjoyed reading from all of the character's perspectives.


The characters are complex, witty, and fun to read. They are so loveable it is hard to choose a favorite character. There is a big cast of them, so sometimes it's hard to keep track of everyone. I would have to say my favorite character(s) was The Thirteen. I loved how strong, loyal, driven, hardworking, and bad-ass they were. I would love to read a novella all about their backstories and how they came to be. I enjoyed reading from all of the character's perspectives.


I did have a couple of problems while reading. I found some scenes to be very drawn out. It was to the point where I was skimming paragraphs (something I have never done for an SJM book). I was disappointed because I wanted to savor every word, but I found myself losing a bit of motivation. Again, some plot points were convenient, which was disappointing. I know they were supposed to be plot twists, but I kinda just raised my eyebrows and said, "okay, I guess." These problems slightly took away from my overall reading experience.


I rate Kingdom of Ash 4.5 out of 5 stars. If I didn't find myself losing motivation while reading, I would have given the book 5 out of 5 stars. Overall, I was happy with how the series ended. I thought of no loose ends or questions that were left unanswered. My only request would be to have a more extended epilogue, so I know what happens to the characters when they are older. I also appreciated the short appearance of Feyra and Rhysand. I would recommend this series to any young adult, 18 and older. If you love fantasy or Cassandra Claire, George R. R. Martin, V. E. Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, or Sabaa Tahir, then you would enjoy this series.


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