First of all, Merry Christmas everyone, hope you have had a festive last week!
"For a new world. For a better world."
Kingdom of Ash was a great finale to the Throne of Glass series that inspired unexpected emotion and investment from me. The plot and ties to the characters formed in the first six books have resulted in such a great depth that each member of the cast has a fantastic and varied personality that I loved. The former novels of the series had been rather inconsistent. Some being great, some good and some disappointing. So I was glad to finish on a high.
This book was huge, being just short of 1,000 pages! So it is impossible to cover the broad range of events that occurred, unless I were to write an essay. So will keep it brief and stick to the main elements to avoid any spoilers.
Maas writes some brilliant scenes that were proper goosebumps moments, as heroes stood against overwhelming offs and sacrifices were made for victory. The novel carried me through fear, joy, laughter, mourning and surprise. Despite the huge size, the tension is somehow maintained, providing a satisfying and enjoyable conclusion to this 7 book series. There was no dull moment, and every page was needed.
The prose was smooth and guided me from page to page. It has got better and better as the series progressed and Kingdom if Ash was no exception.
it is dad to reach the end of the journey for so many characters, but hope that Maas will one day return with a new series or more short stories.
I’m a little bit behind on the times. But late is better than never, right? Throne of Glass has much to commend. It sets up the world well, although I feel like a little more worldbuilding would have been helpful. We get a glimpse of the magic system, too. But it seems the author almost entirely focuses on character development. A fair choice, especially considering this is a long series. My preference tends to be worldbuilding and plot alongside character arcs, but I can see why some authors choose not to.