Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher/date: Bloomsbury YA, October 23rd 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
The first thing I should say about this book is that I needed a reread of the other books before I started. I jumped right in, and so did Sarah! This book picked right up where the last left off, and doesn't give enough detail to really remember what happened in the last one.
Aelin's torture is sickening.
Maive's motives aren't easily understood.
I've rarely hated a character as much as I hate Cairn.
Manon Blackbeak cares, and Dorian Havilliard may finally forgive himself.
My dear, sweet Elead, you could do so much better than Lorcan.
And the Thirteen. The fearsome, glorious Thirteen.
And the crocans flew.
We ended the last book with Maive capturing Aelin, planning to torture her into submitting to Maive the location of the keys and the blood oath. We pick back up with Aelin in Maive's clutches, tortured regularly and fighting not to be broken. For her friends, for Terrasin, she will not yeild. She'll die first. She was going to die anyway...
I don't want to share any more of the plot with you than that. For such a long book this is a relatively short review, because I refuse to ruin any of the magic Sarah J. Maas has so artfully wrought for you. If you have not started the Throne of Glass series, PLEASE PUT DOWN WHAT YOU ARE READING and proceed to the route! Yes, now!
I have to tell you that I'm an emotional suppressor. I don't cry - I'm talking almost never. But THIS BOOK. I actually tallied how many times I cried - 5 times Sarah J. got me. I'm pretty sure that's a personal record. And I love her for it! There was crying, there were goosebumps, there was a part where my smile was so big my face hurt. THIS IS WHY WE READ!!!
Most writers weave a web with words. Sarah J. weaves a tapestry. There are many threads, many characters, all with their own colors and personalities and stories, each so distinct from the next that they are never confused or mistaken. They each provoke their own thoughts and emotions in the reader. And when they converge, the result is more than the sum of its parts. It is a story in and of itself, and there is magic in those threads.
This book is my #1 read this year and easily rates a 5/5, I loved it so much I can't wait to do a re-read of the entire series!