OH GOD I DID IT.
Just like that, Throne of Glass is finally freaking over. I thought this day would never come and now that it’s here (well, passed, I finished this last week) I can’t quite believe it. Another Sarah J. Maas series is in the books (hah!) and you know what, I hate it less than A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Kingdom of Ash is LONG, y’all. I got a look at it in a bookstore where I giggled as I pointed it out to my mom and this tome puts Feast for Crows to shame. It is a lot of book a so little payoff. The whole series is wrapped up in a nice, neat little bow so no one has to be too sad. There’s only one death of any minor significance and it doesn’t matter because you aren’t invested in any of these characters anyway but someone had to die and I guess he drew the short straw. The rest of them all end up in their handy, dandy little lobster pairs and they all live happily ever after. Umpteen weddings and a no-one-gives-a-fuck funeral.
I don’t really ever read the author comments in the back but something caught my eye – Maas mentions that she’s been working on this series in one form or another for half her life. According to her website bio, she wrote the first iteration of a Throne of Glass book when she was sixteen and I’m not sure she updated anything before she published it. This will stay in my playbook of “read it on the plane because you’re about to go mad with boredom” but also lordy am I glad I’m done.
This review has exactly as much substance as the book.
Edit: I read through some of y’alls reviews and remembered that there actually were character deaths of substance, they just took place like 400 pages before the end. That bit was almost powerful.