Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
After eight long months, I’ve reached the end of my rereading journey through the Throne of Glass series. I only skipped The Assassin’s Blade, since I know what happens in those novellas.
The last time I read Kingdom of Ash, I waited for months after it came out and then chose a day. I came home from class, told my partner that I wasn’t stopping until I finished, and sat down with the book in my reading chair. I went through an entire box of tissues and ugly cried at so many moments. I was shocked to find Aelin falling through portals into other worlds…worlds I knew. By the time I finished, almost fifteen hours had passed. I remember going to the bathroom as quick as possible only when I needed to and eating once. My partner was long asleep and I was sitting in my chair, smiling at the dark room with tears streaking down my face. My heart felt full and satisfied and so very sad.
This time, I wanted to savour the book instead of rushing to the end. I started it with the plan to read bits every day until I finished. That did happen for the first third, but then I got sucked in. I finished the second half in one sitting, once again smiling and teary at the end.
As I’ve said for every other novel in this series, I didn’t remember very much of what happened (this is reinforcing my urge to reread EVERYTHING I own, which might be a problem). I once again gasped and reacted to every success and every death. Except that I knew what was coming. I knew that most of them would live. I knew that Aelin would indeed become the Queen of Terrasen, despite her doubts and fears.
I don’t know what else I can say to speak the praises of this book, this series, but this: I love these characters and their world so much. I hope one day we get to meet them again, whether on their own or through Maas’s other series.
I want to thank everyone for going through this series with me and providing me with a space to talk about these books. I’ll return to Sarah J. Maas when Crescent City Book 3 comes out…until then, I wish you all many adventures.
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