Review – Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

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November 18, 2018 by ceresbooksworld

 

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

Book Seven in Throne of Glass series

Publisher : Bloomsbury

Publication date : October 23rd, 2018

Source : Paperback

Rating : Evil Love

 

 

Synopsis

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

Review

What can I say except that this book perfectly closes the series, Throne of Glass has improved with each book to end in a climax. All the characters have evolved, changed, become more mature, more interesting and important.

Aelyn in this KoA is the person who for me has changed the most, it’s due to the fact that she was tortured by Maeve and Cairn, she now feels fear, more than in previous books but it has not taken anything away from her intelligence. She’s always several steps ahead of her enemies. Aelyn is my ultimate heroine, she has an impressive strength of character, she doesn’t let herself get away with it, she may seem cold but deep down she’s caring.

Rowan at the beginning of the book suffers a lot, he’s looking for Aelyn with Lorcan, Gabriel and Elide. He knows she’s alive, but he also knows Maeve and Lorcan and knows she may not stay alive for long. After that, he may still lose her and he doesn’t appreciate this fact very much. I love Rowan, he’s so perfect for Aelyn, he knows how to control her, protect her and he respects her. There is not a single thing I don’t like about him and their relationship is beautiful. I who at the beginning during the first 2 books was totally for Aelyn and Chaol, I changed my mind as soon as I met Rowan.

Dorian has also grown up a lot, now that he’s king, he must protect his people, kill Erawan while discovering the extent of his powers. He takes his responsibility, he tries to be a good man and even if his decisions are not always the best he does what he can to save the world. I loved his meeting with Maeve, his reunion with Chaol and his relationship with Manon.

Manon has a great responsibility in this book, she must try to unite and save her people, she makes mistakes but in the end she tries and succeeds. She lost a lot in that book and my heart broke several times for her. I have learned to appreciate Manon, she has her little character, she is stubborn as a mule but deep down she loves her people and her allies.

Aedion has to protect Terrasen, he does what he can in Aelyn’s absence but he blames her for planning to sacrifice herself. He also blames Lysandra, who takes the role of Aelyn until she is released. I love Aedion and Lysandra, they have a lot to deal with, they tell each other things they regret but in the end they love each other and that’s all that matters.

Chaol and Yrene came back to save Terrasen with Sartaq, Nesryn and all the other characters discovered in Tower of Dawn. Chaol is delighted to see Aelyn and Dorian again, the starting trio is finally back together. I loved the moment when Aelyn and Chaol found each other, it’s so beautiful, I also loved the moment when Irene discovered that the person who saved her was Aelyn.

Elide and Lorcan have a lot of work to do on themselves, especially Lorcan, he still betrayed Aelyn and it’s because of him that Maeve was able to capture her. I appreciate Lorcan accepting the wrongs and trying to fix them.

One character I loved in this book is Fenrys, his relationship with Aelyn, built while they were captives of Maeve, is very beautiful and powerful.

I loved the whole story, the characters, the actions, the villains, the world and I will miss this series enormously, I feel like a part of me has stayed with it.

Sarah J Maas has made a crazy bet with this last book:

– Beautiful Hero – Check

– Break into tears – Check

– Laugh – Check

– Not wanting to say goodbye – Check

Quick word: If you haven’t read this series, go for it, it’s great and for those who only have Kingdom of Ash to read, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.

Chronique

Que vous dire à part que ce tome clôture parfaitement la série, Throne of Glass s’est amélioré au fil des tomes pour finir en apothéose. Tous les personnages ont évolués, changés, ils sont devenus plus matures, plus intéressants et importants.

Aelyn dans ce KoA est la personne qui pour moi à le plus changé, c’est dû au fait qu’elle est été torturée par Maeve et Cairn, elle ressent désormais la peur, plus que dans les précédents tomes mais ça n’a rien enlevé à son intelligence. Elle a toujours plusieurs coups d’avances sur ses ennemis. Aelyn est mon héroine ultime, elle a une force de caractère impressionnante, elle ne se laisse pas faire, elle peut paraitre froide mais au fond elle est attentionnée.

Rowan au début du livre souffre beaucoup, il est à la recherche d’Aelyn en compagnie de Lorcan, Gabriel et Elide. Il sait qu’elle est vivante mais il connait aussi Maeve et Lorcan et sait qu’elle ne le restera peut-être pas. Par la suite, il risque encore de la perdre et il n’apprécie pas beaucoup ce fait. J’adore Rowan, il est tellement parfait pour Aelyn, il sait la contrôler, la protéger et il la respecte. Il n’y a pas une seule chose que je n’aime pas chez lui et leur couple est magnifique. Moi qui au début durant les 2 premiers tomes était totalement pour Aelyn et Chaol, j’ai changé d’avis dès que j’ai rencontré Rowan.

Dorian quant à lui a aussi beaucoup grandi, maintenant qu’il est roi, il doit protéger son peuple, tuer Erawan tout en découvrant l’ampleur de ses pouvoirs. Il prend ses responsabilités, il essaie d’être un homme bien et même si ses décisions ne sont pas toujours les meilleures il fait ce qu’il peut pour sauver le monde. J’ai adoré sa rencontre avec Maeve, ses retrouvailles avec Chaol et sa relation avec Manon.

Manon a une grande responsabilité dans ce tome, elle doit essayer de réunir et de sauver son peuple, elle fait des erreurs mais au final elle essaie et y arrive. Elle a beaucoup perdu dans ce tome et mon cœur s’est brisé plusieurs fois pour elle. J’ai appris à apprécier Manon, elle a son petit caractère, elle est têtue comme une mule mais au fond elle aime son peuple et ses alliés.

Aedion doit protéger Terrasen, il fait ce qu’il peut en l’absence d’Aelyn mais il lui en veut énormément d’avoir prévu de se sacrifier. Il en veut aussi à Lysandra, cette dernière prend le rôle d’Aelyn le temps que cette dernière soit libérée. J’adore Aedion et Lysandra, ils ont beaucoup de choses à régler, ils se disent des choses qu’ils regrettent mais au final ils s’aiment et c’est tout ce qui compte.

Chaol et Yrene sont revenus pour sauver Terrasen avec Sartaq, Nesryn et tous les autres personnages découverts dans Tower of Dawn. Chaol est ravie de retrouver Aelyn et Dorian, le trio de départ est enfin réuni. J’ai adoré le moment où Aelyn et Chaol se retrouve, c’est tellement beau, j’ai aussi aimé celui où Yrène découvre que la personne qui l’a sauvée est Aelyn.

Elide et Lorcan ont beaucoup de travail à faire sur eux même, surtout Lorcan, il a quand même trahi Aelyn et c’est à cause de lui que Maeve a pu la capturer. J’apprécie le fait que Lorcan accepte les torts et essaye de les réparer.

Un personnage que j’ai adoré dans ce tome c’est Fenrys, sa relation avec Aelyn, construite pendant qu’ils étaient captifs de Maeve, est très belle et puissante.

J’ai adoré toute l’histoire, les personnages, les actions, les méchants, le monde et cette série va énormément me manquer, j’ai l’impression qu’une part de moi est restée avec elle.

Sarah J Maas a réussi un pari fou avec ce dernier tome :

  • Héros magnifique – Check
  • Fondre en larmes – Check
  • Rire – Check
  • Ne pas avoir envie de dire au revoir – Check

En bref : Si vous n’avez pas lu cette série, foncez elle est géniale et pour ceux qui n’ont que ce dernier tome à lire, VOUS NE LE REGRETTEREZ PAS.

About the author

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Links

Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33590260-kingdom-of-ash?from_search=true

Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Throne-Glass-Sarah-Maas/dp/1619636107/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540986883&sr=8-1&keywords=kingdom+of+ash

 

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