Book Review: Kingdom of Ash (Spoiler Free)

This Review is Spoiler Free! If you want to read the 100% spoiler version, Click HERE 

This is Book 7 of a series, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, please head to my Review page and find Throne of Glass and start there :)


Name: Kingdom of Ash
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: October 23, 2018


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.

Book Cover Comments

US Edition

Can I please say that now its gold and blue instead of blue and gold hahahaha its like a somewhat mirror to ToD’s theme color

Kingdom of Ash strikes a stark difference that sets it very off from the rest of the series, in which the background uses generally dark, near-black hues of different colors, whereas this one is fullblown gold.

Whether or not any signs of significance in the stark difference and the color itself, its gorgeous and I look at the cover and weep :)

UK Edition

This is the only underwhelmed UK edition for me, simply because all the other US versions felt too overwhelming for me. But when you have a gold background of clarity, you can’t help but be drawn to its US counterpart.

The Actual Review


Once upon a time, in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom.

I’ve put this review off for a week or two simply because I didn’t think I was able to revisit everything (despite typing up all the quotes within the first two nights). Everything had passed by so quickly and so soon, and moments were slipping from my mind, yet still vividly imprinted.

Aelin. She was Aelin Ashryver Whitethorn Galathynius, and she was Queen of Terrasen.

And I definitely can’t believe that Throne of Glass has come to an end. I think right now, I still very overwhelmed by the fact that I turned over the last page.
I started reading Throne of Glass back in 2016, so no, I do not have a long history like many other readers do, probably back in the HoF/QoS era where it blew it even more than it already did. But nonetheless, the moment I saw it on the bookshelf, that UK cover sitting in Kinokuniya KLCC-Malaysia, I feared the girl on the cover- yet she seemed to be full of courage and power, so in one throw I picked up the first three books of the series- (since they were on the shelf. Oh and Assassin’s Blade too). Throne of Glass was really the series that got me so involved into the book community, where I met new friends and did different types of digital art (not drawing. I mildly suck).

To walk this path together, back from the darkness. To face what waited up north, ancient promises to the gods be dammed.

And here I am, your average 18 year old biatch who still doesn’t do things on time, completely ruined her blog by changing her site name therefore little to no traffic, and so far I’ve managed to meet authors, and last but not least Sarah J. Maas herself.

Beauty. There was still beauty in this world. Stars could still glow, still burn bright, even buried under the earth.

The story starts off with a parallel prologue of Rowan searching for Aelin, and Aelin enduring the pain since the moment she was hauled into Maeve’s iron coffin by, Maeve of course. Sarah does no less of a job to ruin your mood and damage your heart starting from the first page of the book. She made sure you knew what boat you were getting on yourself, and that we have to turn away from the calm healing we got from ToD and get serious to witness the ending.

I am here, I am with you.

You will learn that Aelin has been through incredible torment in between Empire of Storms and Kingdom of Ash. So much pain, and within the vivid descriptions of Aelin’s sufferings, and someone else who was alongside Aelin the entire time. And despite that someone not getting as much physical torture, the most pain one can feel is probably when you are helpless. Sarah J. Maas is best at getting the best of you. To make sure every single moment of your journey in this book will truly break you.

Fireheart, why do you cry?

Sarah also mentioned it on her book tour how she enjoys and laughs like an evil witch when she finds out which parts of the book destroys her friends (LMAO)


like i thought seeing Endymion was just going to be a one-time thing in Empire of Storms, but Sarah actually brought back Endymion, AND BROUGHT SELLENE with her like this is not okay all the Sailor Moon feelz this IS NOT OKAY.
(also its Serenity not Sellene nor Serena screw you english dub)

True despair, without light or hope. The sort of despair that wished for death. The sort of despair that began to erode strength, to eat away at any resolve to endure.

We need to talk about Aedion’s POV for a second because up north at the battlegrounds, there was just so much. raw. emotion. going on. As much as the fact that I would spend all day just learning about how Aelin and Rowan is doing, Aedion played such an important part in the book, setting the stage for the final battle as the dread and despair builds up. When all is at stake and your power is nowhere to be found, when rumors and whispers break out, what happens? What happens when its as if there is not a spark of hope left in the world? You’d rage. Rage at anyone and put the blame on anyone that has caused you misery in the current situation. His raw emotions played such an important part especially in the second half of the book. But it is at these times where you realize that it doesn’t do anything, and all you can do is cherish every moment you are given.

“But you have to realize that he swore the blood oath to Aelin for you. For no one else. So he could remain near you.”

Honestly cracked up when this fae Esar said “Because you are wearing Lorcan’s shirt, and Rowan Whitethorn’s cloak” to Elide.
Elide and Lorcan going back and forth oh boy. You’ll get a good relationship out of the two of them. So raw and so beautiful, the determination and knowledge of knowing that they might never actually wanna lose each other, as much as the fact that there’s so much resentment going on by the end of EoS. Ok no more spoilers.

“Only the Thirteen,” Manon said. “We will bury them.”

Manon and Dorian oh Gods Jesus. Their part of the game was as epic as Roawelin. Manon searches for her other bloodline, the Crochans in order to find allies to help Aelin in finishing Maeve and Erawan. She definitely developed a lot and grew a lot in this book, deciding what she needs over the ironteeth pride, what she needs to do to prove that she is worthy in the world of the witches in order to follow her. Dorian became a catalyst for Manon to become rawer and rawer by the moment (during the times she spends with Dorian), to get closer to fully gaining a human heart and not to fear it, and that it wasn’t cowardice, but it was strength: to acknowledge those around you, to know that you need the powers of others and that you do not need to always be in solitude.

“A better world.”

Dorian made a lot of important choices in this book. He also continued to grow in both power and maturity as he comes to decide who he wants to be and what he wants to be. The conversations he had when Dorian managed to get into Morath was prime time. His cunning intelligence, knowing exactly what he should do to not get caught and to walk away with victory. The character developments thank the lord. Dorian walked out of the Glass Castle three books ago and shed that old skin of his. No longer was the Dorian trapped under his father’s thumb and within the cage. He has been through everything you can possibly imagine, and while he was no longer like the Dorian before, he came out stronger than ever. (just like Aelin *sobsobsobsobs*)

Who do you wish to be?

In this book, you’ll also get to explore a little more of how wonderful villain, Maeve. So much depth was added into her character as our heroes and heroines converse with this evil Queen. Such conflicting feels within me when I read the book. There were signs of weakness and vulnerability.

“Every day, that was what I felt.”

Then let’s talk about Chaol and Yrene. They’ve had enough of their spotlight in the previous book but I don’t think this paragraph will get anywhere shorter. Seeing Chaol now grown, fully mature knowing that what happened to his legs will not take away his power and not a single part of who he is, bringing that back into Erilea and getting ready for everything that might come at him, honestly makes me so happy and why Tower of Dawn is significant af. And Yrene, the other hero of this book: with her gift in healing, knowing that she will not succumb to the darkness, and will use her light to bring the others out of the darkness as well.


Also, Sarah knows how to land revelations. I was blown when this revelation from the previous book resurfaced.

“What is my name?”

I completely erased what was in this paragraph for the spoiler version, but a little hint, you’ll get more of a glimpse of other worlds in this book, as well as some old characters that Dorian might summon along his way to guide him on his answer-seeking quest. And I’d honestly like to say how powerful some of these quotes and words the characters spoke are. There are so many quotes I’ve noted down while reading that are either one-words or a few words, and yet they land such a big blow and with so much impact. One of those reasons why I love her writing.

A map home, a map inked in the words of universes, would lead this way.


He lifted a hand, as if in greeting.

sorry let me recollect myself

I name you Elentiya, “Spirit That Could Not Be Broken.”

Final battle. Kisses and speechlessness to it. Aelin yielded whatever she could, knew that she wouldn’t be afraid because she has her family around her, fighting alongside with her. And she also knew that her family will not break. And that they would all come out together.

Death had been her curse and her gift and her friend for these long, long years. She was happy to greet it again under the golden morning sun.

To their future.

You do not yield.

And in the final moment of the book, when I read the last line, I wish I could but apparently I’m not sentimental enough cried.

“Because I am not afraid.”

Sarah J. Maas ends the Throne of Glass series with an epic conclusion, with fantastic writing and her power to wield words strongly, bringing out the courage and the love between the characters of the series to end everything in Kingdom of Ash, for Terassen, for those who passed away, for a better world, for hope, and for tomorrow.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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