I recently did a review for Kingdom of Ash (KoA), which was non-spoilery. Today, I wanted to go over what I loved and what I didn’t like about the final book in the Throne of Glass series, and there are going to be many, many spoilers. So obviously don’t read this unless you either haven’t read it and/or don’t want it to be spoiled for you.
I seriously cannot rave about Manon enough. To me she is one of the most intriguing characters in this series, and definitely one of the only characters who *truly* is very grey. While the other characters in this series, like Aelin, talk about how they love killing and how horrible they are, you never really see them do anything to prove it. Manon on the other hand will gut you without thinking, but will also stand up for what is right. She remained true to herself and was an absolute badass. While there was a lot of Manon on KoA, I feel like there could have been more.
2. Yrene Towers
FUCK YES GIRL!!! What an amazing character Yrene turned out to be! Girl goes out and saves the world with her healing powers, which is actually fucking amazing. I haven’t seen many stories in fantasy where the person who saves the world is a healer, most stories usually rely on the hero to be someone who will go into fight with sword and dagger, so it was really lovely to see one of the most humblest characters make a massive difference.
3. Girl Power
Following on from Manon and Yrene, I absolutely LOVED that other than Dorian, the characters who saved the world were all female. The men (or males…pfft whatever), were the sidekicks. I love stories about girls saving the world (as you can probably tell from pretty much every book I read and review), and I was so, so happy that we got some really outstanding female characters as this series progressed.
4. SJM’s improved writing
Man I was absolutely thrilled to see that SJM’s writing had improved sooooo much since her last book (can’t remember which one that would be….Tower of Dawn or A Court of Wings & Ruin). Her wording flowed better, there were less ellipses (…), and she didn’t repeat her words as much. In saying that, there were still very noticeable repetitions of words such as “mate”, “male” and “thrice” (why “thrice”???? What’s wrong with “three”?????????), however they didn’t irk me as much as they have in the past.
5. The Rescue
Aelin’s rescue got my heart racing and my eyes sweating. It was so emotional and heartbreaking to see her so broken and terrified, I will never forget her clawing at her mask and screaming for her rescuers to get it off her. I loved that Aelin was still responsible for her escape and fought to get out, and that she wasn’t a damsel in distress.
6. Elide and Lorcan
I can’t believe how invested I was in this relationship. They compliment each other so well, and the fact that Lorcan would tie his life to hers is just so freaking sweet. I thought it was lovely to see a character who had hardened himself to the world and had become quite bitter, realise that he could love and be loved.
7. Aelin and Fenrys’ secret language
I absolutely loved that Fenrys created their own code so that they could communicate. He is seriously such a gorgeous character, and the amount of care he showed to Aelin was so lovely.
1. Sex – or the lack of
Above I mentioned how invested I was in Elide and Lorcan’s relationship. So when things started to finally get moving….they just….stopped. I don’t like when there is meaningless sex every couple of pages, that shit doesn’t appeal to me. However, I want to see the first times or the sex that has meaning and impact. I was therefore soooooooo bummed that we didn’t get that with Elide and Lorcan, along with Lysandra and Aedion. I guess SJM didn’t just want to be writing sex scenes, afterall the ToG series isn’t romance like the ACOTAR series. But still, it would have been nice, especially when we got Manon and Dorian sex scenes which I give zero fucks about.
2. Manon and Dorian’s relationship
Like I said, I give zero fucks about their sex scenes or their relationship. In my head, Manon should have been with a female. Her pairing with Dorian was out of character and there really wasn’t chemistry between them. I have never liked these 2 being together, and never will.
3. The length
I have felt this way about SJM’s books since Empire of Storms. I feel that they are too long and often have too much filler. SJM will sometimes talk about things that we really don’t need to know about, and that is what makes an almost 1000 page book feel like a 1000 page book. That being said, this wasn’t a slow book by any means. I would just prefer if we didn’t get these bits of filler that are there solely for the purpose of a higher word count.
4. The deaths
Naturally, I didn’t like them. I was soooooo sad when the thirteen yielded so that Manon could live and get the witches back into their homeland. I absolutely loved Asterin, she was a beautiful character who stood by Manon regardless, and just thinking about what they did makes me so sad. Gavriel was another shocker, and what absolutely broke my heart was that him and Aedion never got to build a relationship. I was glad that Aedion got to know that Gavriel cared about him though, so his death still had a lot of meaning.
5. The Cameo
This is my BIGGEST gripe with KoA. I am sure soooooo many people loved that Feyre and Rhys made it into this book, and that Rhys actually contributed in a tiny way, towards Aelin’s survival. I, however, found this to be EXTREMELY corny. I absolutely fucking hated it. I don’t care if they are in the same universe or different universes or worlds or whatever. It wasn’t needed. But like I said, I acknowledge that there are a lot of fans who would have really loved and appreciated this.
6. Fae wolves…fae and wolves?
This was such a last minute addition to the story that I honestly didn’t see the point in it. It was used as this way to get back at Maeve….who didn’t even care because it didn’t affect her, but Erawan. And I don’t even remember learning anything about them in the books, so I was trying to remember who they fuck they were. And why bring them in just as the war is finishing? Like, people have been dying for days and weeks, but sure, bring them in in the last 5 minutes when there is nothing left for them to do. Meh….I really didn’t care for this part at all.
I really had to think quite hard about the things that I didn’t like about this book. There were a few things that I obviously really didn’t like, but compared to my overall feelings of the book they are nothing. I absolutely loved KoA, like I said in my review, and I honestly can’t wait to reread it again.
Have you read KoA yet? What did you think? Do you agree/disagree with any of my likes/dislikes above? Let me know in the comments section below!