By Evelyn Burdsall
On October 23, 2018, Sarah J. Maas released her final novel in the Throne of Glass series, which several of my friends and I love. Everyone who read her books was excited and nervous to see how everything would turn out since her last book had ended with a cliffhanger. I asked two of my friends, S and T, who had also read this book with me, to give me their reviews of the novel and how it impacted them.
S – I absolutely loved it, I liked how Sarah J. Maas dealt with Aelin’s PTSD and how she carried her story line. I would 100% recommend but you have to start from the beginning. This book ruined me. I got tears all over my friends book. It was really bad. I’ve already read it twice, and I would definitely read it a third time. I was actually quite content with the ending, and I thought it was a fitting end to the series and Aelin’s storyline.
T – I absolutely loved it! Sarah J. Maas does character development so well, and I feel like that that character growth really shines in Kingdom of Ash. Everyone is so dynamic and all the characters are morally gray somehow, which is super representative of the real world. The ending shattered me in the absolute best way, and nothing seemed forced. It felt super final, which broke my heart, but I would completely read it again, and I already have. That’s what happens when you read a book in 6 hours, you have to read it again to process everything.
Me – I loved Kingdom of Ash! I thought that Sarah J. Maas did an amazing job of tying up all the loose ends, even ones from the first two books and the prequel. Everything came together in the end, including new and old friends, and all the plans from the series all played a role in this novel. All the characters went through good and bad events that changed their lives and made them better characters. None of the characters from the first three books are the same as they are in Kingdom of Ash. Sarah J. Maas made great character development with all the characters. I thought that the ending was perfect. It was sad, happy, and was the perfect conclusion to Aelin’s story in Erila. I would definitely recommend it, but start at the beginning of the series. Also, be ready for a lot of twists and turns, heartbreaks, love, mysteries, and secrets that should have never been shared.