Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Date: 2018
Pages: 984
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 14
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

The final battle is here.

Aelin Galathynius has vowed 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. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, friends and allies are scattered to different fates. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever. As destinies weave together at last, all must fight if Erilea is to have any hope of salvation.

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an explosive conclusion as Aelin fights to save herself―and the promise of a better world.

Kingdom of Ash is the final book in the Throne of Glass series. We follow multiple perspectives throughout the story and travel throughout the lands of Arellia and beyond. The basics of the story (so you won’t be spoiled, dear reader) is that Aelin and her friends must go to war against Erawan, the demon lord who is taking over the continent.

Aelin has developed as a dynamic and kick ass character, she continues her growth throguhout Kingdom of Ash, becoming a beacon of strength, resiliance and empathy. I love Aelin as our leading lady. She shows what a main character should be, flawed and oh so human but willing to change. She also shows a passion for equailty among her peers and her people.

Our support cast is full of magical and mighty players in this hectic and chaotic war provide additions of much needed humor as well as showing us what is happening in other parts of this vast, expansive world.

The conclusion to this 7 book (plus one prequel book) series is in a word, epic. The setting of Arillia has changed so much over the course of the seven stories that it becomes almost like the reader is experiencing a whole new world. The description and detail really adds to this experience.

To say that Kingdom of Ash is a Tome is an understatement. The sheer mass of this books is something that I found off putting when it came to finally reading the conclusion to a series I was deeply emersed it. It was a commitment that I was anxious about making, however is not one I regret.

The Throne of Glass series as a whole includes so many great tropes. Competition is rife, Fae are many and the detail in back story and connection between past and present is made so semlessly and effectively.

Plot: 8.5/10
Ease of reading: 4/10
Character Development: 7.5/10
World Building: 5/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall: 4.5/5

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms
by Sarah J. Maas
Book #5 in the Throne of Glass Series

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Date: 2016
Pages: 689
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 14
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Kingdoms will collide.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth instalment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

Empire of Storms is the fifth novel in The Throne of Glass series which I am utterly determined to finish before the end of 2019!

This series is one that I just want to devour as quickly as possible! There is cliffhanger after cliffhanger that leave me constantly wanting to pick up the next book.

This is no different in Empire of Storms. Things are really kicking off now, which makes sense with only two more books to go in the series. The characters are all facing a battle they don’t quite feel ready for in this fight to save Erilea and their lands.

Many of the characters have begun to shift in their dynamic and their beliefs with some becoming more drastic to achieve their ends and others discovering the true nature of what is happening and wanting to benefit their kingdoms in the best way possible. This makes for intriguing decisions and much political manoeuvring.

I have found myself as a reader backing certain characters and feeling a deeper connection to their stories. Elodie has quickly become on of my beloved characters who I really feel for and want to see succeed in this war. What is there to say about Celaena Sardothian? She is hands down one of the most bad-ass book characters EVER. We see her grow more confident in herself throughout the fifth instalment as well showing yet again that she will make the self sacrificing leader play.

As a band of characters they are really like a much older much darker comparison to Sophie and her friends in Keeper of Lost Cities, with civilisations relying on them to change the course of history and I love every second of it.

The Throne of Glass series thus far has been one that I have jumped head first into. Every moment has felt as though it is leading up to this and I am more than eager to see how this is all going to end.

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 5/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8.5/10
Stars: 5/5

Review: ‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas

‘Queen of Shadows’

By Sarah J. Maas

Book #4 in the Throne of Glass Series

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date: 2015
Pages: 648
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 5
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

This book had so much in it! I was constantly on edge reading it because there was constantly something going on and something about to happen, no wonder I finished it so quickly!

Celaena has returned to the Rifthold and she is there with a vengeance. There are so many different plans in place that Celaena is trying to complete that honestly I don’t know how she had so many things up in the air and seemed so calm all of the time. She can be such a stoic character. I loved her character development throughout the story and really wanted to continue following her adventure.

The plot overall really bring a lot of things together as well as continuing the story for the next 4 books. We are really making headway into the final stretch of the story, given its a very long stretch but we are getting there. The different points of view really lend to the story and help to develop the overall plot much more than if we were to only follow Celaena. These are characters give more depth to the story as well as developing the characters deeply.

This is by far my favourite book in the series so far and I am so excited to continue on with the series and cannot wait to jump into ‘Empire of Storms’.


Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

What are your thoughts on the ‘Throne of Glass’ Series?

Weekly Update: 7.5.19

We are back with a weekly update. This week has not been as hectic as previous weeks… I think, honestly I’ve blocked it out so I have no idea how busy it might of actually been.

I managed to finish one book this week, which was ‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas (review coming soon) This book was an accomplishment to finish in just 5 days. I usually find Sarah J. Maas’s books dense, absolute page turners but dense which just means that it takes me a bit longer to read.

Apparently not this week.

I’ve put down ‘The Geography of Lost Things’ By Jessica Brody. Not because I don’t like it but I do struggle to stay engaged when it comes to contemporary reads so they take me longer.

I’m definitely going to get back to this one at some point but not at the moment.

I currently have a couple of books on the go. I want to start my comic book reads by picking up Spider-Gwen. I’ve recently seen Endgame and I really just want to be immersed in the world. I have also stated ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan. This conveniently also fits in with my Marvel immersion since Magnus Chase is based on Norse Mythology which include Thor. Some may say I’m taking it too far, but am I taking it far enough?

Both of these books fit into the #Avengersreadathon2019 which I am participating in. I am also continuing to listen to both ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ By J.K. Rowling and ‘The Fever King’ By Victoria Lee. Both books are part of my #Avengersreadathon2019 book choices.

TBR: May 2019

A new month is a fresh start and new reading adventures await. For the month of may I am participating in the tail end of the #Avengersreadathon2019 for the first half of may before getting back into my own reading for the rest of the month.

Let me be the first to say that these are ambitious reading plans! I’ve made the decision that even if I don’t finish all the #Avengersreadathon2019 books before May 14th, I am going to continue on with them as my TBR for May.

I’ve really enjoyed starting series in the last month or so. They are all books I want to get to and starting them has helped me get excited to continue with the series.

For May I plan to read two graphic novels ‘Spider-Gwen: Greater Power’ and ‘The Ripple Kingdom’. When it comes to novels I want to read ‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas, ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan and ‘The Demon King’ By Cinda Willams Chima. I also plan to listen to ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ By J.K. Rowling and ‘The Fever King’ By Victoria Lee.

What are you planning to read for May?

Review: ‘Throne of Glass’ By Sarah J. Maas

‘Throne of Glass’ By Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publish Date: 2012
Pages: 404
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle  Audible Booktopia Book Depository Dymocks QBD

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. 

Let me start off by saying that I went into this book very sceptically. I’ve heard so many conflicting things about this book and series and I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it.

Finally after putting of starting this series, I jumped in, and I am happy to say that I really enjoyed my experience of reading it.

I do think I may be a little biased to Sarah J. Maas’s writing style. I really enjoyed the ACOTAR series and her writing I find is just as good in ‘Throne of Glass’. I will say that her writing is more dense than other books and it does take me a bit more time to ‘fly’ through it, as I want to catch every detail.

I am a sucker for a badass character and on that Celaena doesn’t disappoint. I do see a few tropes that can explain reasons as to why people wouldn’t like the book/ series as much but I honestly don’t mind tropes. I read fantasy to escape into another world and these things are a part of those stories a lot of the time.

I really enjoyed the competition aspect of the novel and enthusiastically recalled them to my partner, who could actually care less about these things but I appreciate that he pretends to listen anyway and pointed out that if I ever watched what was happening in these books on a show or in a movie I wouldn’t sleep for a week… He isn’t wrong!

Overall I think ‘Throne of Glass’ is an engaging introduction into a long series of books that I cannot wait to continue.

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5

What are your thoughts on the ‘Throne of Glass’ series?

Christmas at Hogwarts Read-a-thon Update

Ok, so i know no one is keenly awaiting an update on the Christmas at Hogwarts read-a-thon, but I thought I would post one anyway.

So far I have completed:
* ‘Finish your course work‘ which was a prompt to finish your current read.
* I then decided to ‘Help Hagrid decorate the trees’ which was a book with gold detailing on the cover. Originally I was going to read ‘Shadow and Bone’ By Leigh Bardugo but since it took me longer than I anticipated to finished my current read I chose something a little easier to read and went with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindewald’ the Official Screenplay by J.K. Rowling, which I’ve now finished.

*Next was ‘Visit the 3 broomsticks for Mulled Pixie Wine’ which was a prompt to read a book that would take a day to read for this I was originally going to read ’50 ways to Yay’ by Alexi Panos but decided instead to read ‘Explorer: The Mystery Boxes’ By Kazu Kibuishi’which was definitely a good choice as I really enjoyed it.

*The 4 the prompt I chose from the 3 options and chose ‘Attend the Yule Ball’ which was read a book you’ve been preparing yourself for. I intend to stick with ‘Throne of Glass’ By Sarah J. Maas.

*The final reading prompt has 2 options and I am still sticking with ‘Use the invisibility cloak to sneak into the restricted section’ which is to read a banned book. For this one I am sticking with ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’ By J.K. Rowling.

Thats the update on my first ever reading challenge! Are you participating? How are you going with your reading challenge?

Books I’ve Pre-ordered

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I wish my bookshelves looked like this… Goals. So to get me along the way and be a true book addict, I’ve – for the first time ever – pre-ordered some books that are coming out in October/November.

For October releases I’ve Pre-ordered ‘A Kingdom of Ash’ By Sarah J. Mass
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I am super excited for this book, I am yet to read the Throne of Glass Series but am excited to get to it will all the books out. I really hate waiting when I know theres another book coming out!

For November I’ve pre-ordered a few more books being ‘Wundersmith’ By Jessica Townsend; ‘Archenemies’ By Marissa Meyer; ‘All the Wandering Light’ By Heather Fawcett and ‘The Adventurer’s Guild: The Twilight of the Elves’ By Zack Lorn Clark and Nick Eliopoulos. 

 

I am so excited for all of these books! Definitely going to be fun mail to get to get me through the term!

 

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Have you pre-ordered any new releases?