Kingdom of Ash

Title: Kingdom of Ash
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass, 7/7
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Release Date: October 23rd, 2018

Note: This post reviews the seventh and final book of the Throne of Glass series. You may like to read the first six books in the series, Throne of Glass, Crown of MidnightHeir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and Tower of Dawn before reading this review.

Additional Note: Though this series is considered to be Young Adult, I consider the sexual content in Kingdom of Ash to be more New Adult than Young Adult. 

In this final installment of the Throne of Glass series, Aelin Galathynius, the true queen of Terrasen, fights to save all of Erilea from the ancient evil of the Valg. Even though she is held prisoner for months by Maeve, the Queen of the Fae and Aelin’s aunt, Aelin refuses to break. She stays strong for those she loves and to her cause to destroy Maeve and the Valg.

Meanwhile, her Fae mate, Rowan, fights ceaselessly to save Aelin from her living hell. The rest of her friends and allies, including Aedion, Lysandra, Chaol, Dorian, and Manon, all have their own battles to fight across Erilea. Unexpected friendships are formed and previous relationships solidified, while others are severed forever. In the end, all are united in one common cause – to destroy the Valg once and for all and seal the gate so that none can ever return. As they fight to save all of Erilea, it will cost Aelin and her friends everything. For some of them, their very lives.

This final book was the best of the series. Well done, Sarah J. Maas, for wrapping it up in such a satisfying way. You did your characters and your readers justice.

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Hello, 2018!

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m sorry I didn’t make my weekly post on Monday (and I haven’t missed a Monday since I started about 16 months ago!), but at least I am posting this week. I was partying too hard welcoming in the new year. (And when I say “partying” I mean “Disneying!”)

As we all turn our attention on the new year, I wanted to share with you some of the books that I am anxiously awaiting to hit the shelves this year. Here are my top YA books for 2018!

A Court of Frost and Starlight, book 4 of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series – May 2018

War Storm, book 4 of the Red Queen series – May 2018

The Orphan’s Wish, book 8 of Hagenheim series – June 2018

Throne of Glass book 7 (Untitled) – Fall 2018

Are any of these books on your To Read list too?

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The Assassin’s Blade

Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass series, a collection
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: March 4th, 2014

Note: This post reviews a companion of the Throne of Glass series. As it is a collection of novellas that take place before Throne of Glass, it is okay to read this book in any order of the series. I recommend reading it after Heir of Fire, as it introduces some of the characters in the following books. 

Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s Assassin and protégé of the King of the Assassins, is the best of the best – and oh does she know it. When she and Sam, a rival assassin, are sent to deal with the Pirate Lord in Skull’s Bay, Celaena must decide whether to follow her master, or follow her conscience. In The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, we see just how far she will go to fight slavery.

We see yet another side to Celaena in The Assassin and the Healer. Celaena is on her way to the Red Desert as a punishment for her actions in Skull’s Bay, when she meets a young woman, trapped in an unwanted life.

Celaena continues on to the Red Desert and reaches the Mute Master in The Assassin and the Desert. She is to spend one month with this group of assassins, and to learn from their master. During this time, Celaena forms an unlikely friendship with Ansel, another assassin.

The Assassin and the Underworld shows Celaena, back in Rifthold yet again. She is assigned to another job involving slavery, and this time, she believes she is doing what is right. With Sam – no longer a rival, but a friend – at her side, she begins to see more clearly who she can trust, and who she cannot.

In the last novella, The Assassin and the Empire, Celaena and Sam know that their place is with each other – and not Arobynn. But as they make plans of their own to start a new life together built on their love, they realize that their master, the King of the Assassins, will not let them off so easily.

I really liked this prequel to the Throne of Glass series! Maas did an excellent job of taking us back in time and showing us Celaena’s life before she is rescued from Endovier.

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Empire of Storms

Title: Empire of Storms
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass series, book 5
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: September 6th, 2016

Note: This post reviews the fifth book of the Throne of Glass series. You may like to read the first four books in the series, Throne of Glass, Crown of MidnightHeir of Fire, and Queen of Shadows before reading this review.

Additional Note: Though this series is considered to be Young Adult, I consider the sexual content in Empire of Storms to be more New Adult than Young Adult. 

Aelin Galathynius, the lost heir of Terrasen, is back and will stop at nothing to save her kingdom, and all of Erilea, from the ancient darkness that threatens to consume them all. With loyal friends and the Fae Prince Rowan at her side, Aelin must use her powerful magic, her skills as an assassin, and her birthright as Queen of Terrasen if she is to even stand against the evil waging war against her world. As kingdoms are being torn apart, she risks everything in an attempt to put it back together.

But Maeve, the Queen of the Fae and Aelin’s aunt, uses her power and forces to make sure that Aelin, and everyone she loves, is destroyed, one step at a time. Aelin begins to see that the price of peace for the rest of Erilea demands sacrifices – sacrifices she herself is willing to make for the ones she loves.

I liked this fifth installment of the Throne of Glass series best so far!

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Queen of Shadows

Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass series, book 4
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: September 1st, 2015

Note: This post reviews the fourth book of the Throne of Glass series. You may like to read the first three books in the series, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire before reading this review.

Celaena Sardothien has returned to Adarlan – and she is ready to do what needs to be done, no matter the cost. With both Prince Dorian and Aedion Ashryver, her long-lost cousin, imprisoned by the King of Adarlan, Celaena risks everything to save the people she cares about.

But that is only the beginning. The King of Adarlan will be brought down, his tyranny and corruption brought to an end. With the help of her friends, and the Fae Prince Rowan faithfully at her side, Celaena must embrace the truth of who and what she is if she is to save Dorian’s people, her people, and the rest of Erilea from the impending darkness ahead.

This fourth book of the Throne of Glass series was the best so far. Not only was it an action-packed page turner, but it was rich with character development. Maas definitely upped her game with this one.

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Heir of Fire

Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass series, book 3
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014

Note: This post reviews the third book of the Throne of Glass series. You may like to read the first two books in the series, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, before reading this review.

Celaena Sardothien, the King’s Champion, has been sent on an errand to the distant continent of Wendlyn. But instead of doing the King of Adarlan’s bidding, she finds herself on a mission of her own: to find the powerful Queen of the Fae, Maeve, and learn more about the ancient weapons the King of Adarlan has come to possess.

But she has more to learn than this – so much more. Celaena has been running from the truth of who and what she is for ten years now; her past, too terrible to confront, her power, unimaginable. She trains with Rowan, a prince of the Fae, and is easily outmatched by him, despite her skill as an assassin. Rowan does not let her off easy, but instead pushes her, challenges her, and ultimately breaks her. It is at this time that she must make a decision: to crumble into worthless nothingness, or to rise up and become the person she was destined to be.

I enjoyed this third installment of the Throne of Glass series… after the first two hundred or so pages. It took me a long time to get into, but once I was into it, I didn’t want to put it down.

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Crown of Midnight

Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass series, book 2
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: August 27th, 2013

Note: This post reviews the second book of the Throne of Glass series. You may like to read the first book in the series, Throne of Glass, before reading this review.

After winning the brutal contest and earning the position as the King’s Champion, assassin Celaena Sardothien only appears loyal to the king she serves. Celaena is pulled in different directions by the ones she cares about most: the Crown Prince of Adarlan, Dorian, the Captain of the Guard, Choal, and her best friend, Nehemia, Princess of the threatened kingdom of Eyllwe. Since each of them have their own expectations of her, she struggles to decide where her trust, her loyalties, and her heart truly lie.   

But as she uncovers more and more of the king’s dark and powerful secrets, it becomes harder for Celaena to do his bidding, especially with her own secrets about who she is, secrets so dangerous that she trusts no one with them; secrets that could affect the future of everyone.

Sarah J. Maas is becoming a new favorite author of mine. She drew me in first with her series A Court of Thorns and Roses, and is continuing to captivate me with her series, Throne of Glass.

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