Worth the Wait and Length
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book has all spoilers tagged, so you won't be spoiled unless you want to!
MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK: It took me a week to fly by the finale. Overall, I'd like to note that I believe ACOWAR is a stronger finale. I think because there were more life-or-death instances occurring during the battles of ACOWAR. HOWEVER, Aelin was 10000% more involved in the war than Feyre ever was in her own. So take what you will from my piss-poor comparison.
CHARACTERS/DYNAMICS: Aelin: okay WOW. After hating her throughout the novels off-and on, it was nice to be fully behind my homegirl for this finale. I loved that she still had surprises, even at the very end. People got mad over (view spoiler) thereby breaking her promise. But I think this truly showed her maturing. Just like when she didn't want to (view spoiler) At least, not like she used to, back in her Dark Days. Aelin truly grows in this novel, and it was a joy to see her story. She continues to inspire me. Fun fact! Every time I read a ToG novel, it makes me want to exercise, be fearless, and be confrontational. Thank you to this awe-inspiring character. I already feel the need to reread these books over and over. Fun fact #2: I am the same age as Aelin????????????????????????? SJM, I need some answers. Why have I not either just become the long-lost queen and found my true love, OR been captured by the Spring Court and will soon find my true love THAT way???? I'm very disappointed.
Rowan: I needed more Rowan for this novel to be 5/5 stars. I love Rowan. He's one of my fave characters, and I think he is perfect. For Aelin. Hehe. I don't think we see him grow in this, not like other characters, and he was really just a hot side-piece for what I love abt SJM'swriting: romance, and fated mates