So worth the wait…
A book series is really a relationship between an author and their readers, following the typical stages normal relationships transverse: the initial excitement of embarking on a new adventure, the commitment of working towards a common goal, and the winding down and parting of ways. The more involved the books are and the longer the time span from the beginning to the end of the series the more significant that final book becomes, considering the reader has invested a significant amount of time and emotional involvement in the story.
Throne of Glass, the first book in the series, came out in May of 2013. In the five years since its premier, Sarah J. Mass has produced seven novels, five novellas, spawned a vast array of fan art, and generated a fanatic fan base around the fantasy realm of Terresan. An epic tale centered around the deadly assassin, Calaena Sardothien who would soon find out she was the Fae heir Aelin Galathynius – Queen of Terrasen, quickly mushroomed into a multi-plot novel following the fate of numerous and fascinating characters. Throughout the entire journey, Sarah was unrelenting in maintaining her captivating storytelling and the natural evolution her characters.
Kingdom of Ash is the culmination of the multiple plot threads, deftly woven back together into a goose-bump inducing thriller that you will not be able to put down. The story resumes with Aelin, the prisoner of the Fae queen Maeve, locked in an iron coffin, subjected to unspeakable horrors. Maeve is intent on forcing Aelin into revealing the whereabouts of the third Wyrd key, which would give unimaginable power to the one who has all three. With battles waging on multiple fronts, Aelin’s mate Rowen must find her before both she and the world, as they know it, is destroyed. The various characters from the different books come together, each overcoming different trials and hardships, to fight against the ultimate evil. In typical Sarah style there are plenty of twists and turns that will floor you and an ending that is completely unexpected but wholly satisfying, after committing five emotional years to her.
There is definitely a reason that Sarah J. Maas is a best selling author, not only of the Throne of Glass Series but of the Court of Thorns and Roses Series, which have been written simultaneously. She is truly gifted as a storyteller, who creates amazing worlds filled with fascinating characters. But, almost more importantly, she honors the emotional commitment her readers have given her and gives them a finale they won’t soon forget! This is what makes Kingdom of Ash a worthy book.