◆MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!! ◆
The fact that there is a brief cameo by Rhysand in Kingdom of Ash is all that needs to be mentioned to hint at how I felt about this book. It was utter perfection!
I’ve spent the better part of this year with the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I started the first book right after coming home from my honeymoon in May, and I moved swiftly through the majority of the series before taking a tiny break and then finishing the rest of it. Suffice it to say that many of the months of 2018 have been spent thinking about Celaena/Aelin and her court members and friends…and I can’t say I’m upset about that!
If you happened to read my review of The Assassin’s Blade (the prequel to the Throne of Glass series), you’ll know that I had a bit of a rough start with this story. Unlike the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, which wowed me right from the first book and had me totally hooked, my experience with ToG was a bit more tumultuous in that I didn’t love the characters from the very beginning and found my mind wandering as I read many of the early books. When I made my way to Heir of Fire, though, I started to become more intrigued, and then by the time I finished Empire of Storms…holy ****, I was shattered. That book really clinched the series for me, and reading The Assassin’s Blade and then Tower of Dawn right after made me extremely fond of the characters, particularly of Aelin who does this complete 180 from how she was in the first few books – something that I personally appreciated!
What makes this series so special? I don’t think I’m an authority on that, to be honest. I read the entire series in one year, and while that made my experience very immersive and emotional, there are readers out there who began reading the series as soon as it came out six years ago. That is A LOT of time to spend with such fictional friends, and I can’t imagine how much more devastated I would’ve been at the conclusion of this series if I had been reading it for so long because…to be honest…I’m devastated that it’s over even now. I spent all of last year reading the ACOTAR series, but then, I had ToG to look forward to. Now, I have nothing…well, at least until Sarah J. Maas releases her next novel!
Again, I’m no expert on this series, but it is one that I have seriously enjoyed and that I am thrilled to have read! I’m a true and loyal fan of Aelin and her court now (Does my outfit for today – see below – make that clear enough?) and I do feel like I learned a lot from Aelin’s character about inner strength and fortitude and the lengths someone sometimes has to go to in order to protect the ones they love. My reading life will be a little bit emptier now for having lost Aelin, but my own personality has certainly benefited from this lesson in perseverance and sacrifice.
I could go on and on, quoting scenes from Kingdom of Ash that I loved – I bookmarked almost every other page because it had a scene or passage that I liked – but what would be the point of that? That would spoil it for you readers out there who are lucky enough to get to read it for the first time, and for those of you who have read it, I’m sure you already have your favourite passages anyway! My one piece of advice to readers just starting Kingdom of Ash would be to take it slooow. I spent over two weeks reading this novel, even though a book as big as 980 pages would normally only take me just over a week. But, I wanted to savour every moment, every sentence, and really soak it all in, and I am very happy that I chose to do that, because I am now left with a profound sense of having truly lived with these characters and said a thorough and proper goodbye to them.
ToG was an incredible ride and one that will make my 2018 reading year hard to top and even harder to forget!
❥❥❥❥❥ (out of 5)
All hail the Queen of Terrasen!
Girl with a Green Heart