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Kingdom of Ash

Lu par : Elizabeth Evans
Série : Throne of Glass, Volume 7
Durée : 33 h et 11 min
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Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas's number-one New York Times best-selling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius's journey from slave to king's assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world....

Aelin has risked everything 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. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day....

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation - and a better world.  

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen - before she is lost to him forever.  

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

©2018 Sarah J. Maas (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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worth reading

I enjoyed every minute it reminded me of lords of the rings .I wish the story never ended the narrator was amazing her voice was full of emotions every audiobook should have have her voice.

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  • deziree Ortiz
  • 27/10/2018

Immensely satisfying and brilliant!

I waited almost 2 days before I finally settled down to do a review for the last book in my favorite series. I was left stunned, speechless and sobbing tears of joy and sorrow. I think I cried about 80% of the time during this book because it's just so heavy with action, romance, suspense and heartbreak. Sarah J Maas just kept me on the edge of my seat and even though I had so many theories of how the book was going to go down she just kept blind siding me with twists and turns I had never even imagined would happen! I won't go into detail because i don't want to spoil anything for anyone but if you're a lover of the series you will thoroughly enjoy this but you will also have a wicked book hangover. I want more and not because SJM let me down but because she blew this one right out of the water. I'm so incredibly happy to have an ending to the series but I so want a spinoff for some of the other characters. I never wanted this journey to end.

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  • Victoria E Torres
  • 25/10/2018

Absolutely Amazing

An absolutely amazing final installment in the Throne of Glass series. I cried I laughed I had so many feels during this book. I can not recommend it enough.

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  • lekitto
  • 05/06/2020

Well, too much torture for me; I'm out.

While I would have liked to have finished this series, there was so much time spent on descriptive torture that I had to keep skipping ahead by chapters. And really, it dragged so much that I gave up. This series had so much going for it in the beginning, but I can't get behind torture for no reason. It really didn't seem to assist the story at all. And I stopped caring what happened to anyone due to how slowly the novel progressed.

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  • Bambi Babayemi
  • 29/01/2019

Good narration but story too drawn out

Unfortunately this last book was a let down, it ended as we thought but was mostly drawn out and in some ways a little predictable. I enjoyed the other books and looked forward to an ‘epic’ ending but was left a little dry. It is definitely still worth reading/listening to though!

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  • Alli G
  • 11/12/2018

Not my favorite and not a great ending...

I'm a little torn about the last installment. I knew it would end in a predictable manner and I was expecting it. Overall, I felt it was rushed, no major plot twists, and monotonous at times.

As far as the narration performance, I still feel that Evans is inconsistent. She's good at keeping her voices consistent and gives them enough distinction, but she has random pauses. I don't know if it's just the way she reads, if it's the input from the audio director or if it's the editing, but there are random pauses and her words get cutoff. It's like this in all of the Throne of Glass Novels.

**Spoilers throughout review**

Like others, I think the last installment would have benefited being split into two separate novels. There was too much going on, not enough character development, and it was difficult keeping track all the different time frames/character stories in perspective. I love Elide's and Lorcan's story, but you barely saw any of the development; the southern royals played a huge part strategically, but were hardly mentioned; and we should have seen the much anticipated weddings of Lysandra/Aidion and Elide/Lorcan. Perhaps Maas could write a novella like she did for the A Court of Thorns and Roses series?

There were a handful of times that I had an emotional response, but overall it was just meh. The only part my heart was truly racing and I was yelling at my car stereo was when Elide was looking for Lorcan on the battlefield... that was good. Perhaps my favorite part of the entire book. On that note, there were not many memorable moments. They all blend together. Besides the one I just mentioned, I can't highlight any other one moment that I thought: damn, I need to replay that again! The story just seemed a little formulaic.

The battles were too drawn out, LOTR and GOT-esque. I'm a fan that most of the main character-cohort survived, but a death to one of the main characters would have put a good plot twist in that would have probably put some spice in the story.

I've said this in previous reviews of the Throne of Glass novels and I'll say it again: I'm not a fan of Aelin's self-righteousness nor her fake-ness. She reminds me of the people that I disliked in high-school who did charity work just to get public recognition and to have it look good on their college resumes, not because it was out of the goodness of their hearts or did they care about the organization. I didn't listen to the books because of her, I listened to them despite her.

Thank goodness Dorian grew a pair! He was so pathetic in Empire of Storms that it hurt. I looked forward to his development both magically and personally. The Roan-Gavriel-Lorcan-Elidearch before Ailen's rescue I enjoyed, again I wished there was more story development. Seriously, there could have been so much to write about with a mortal female traveling around with 3 male, Fae warriors. Honestly, I was waiting for culture-shock and embarrassing situations.

Read the book to get closure, it's by no way the best of the series. I'll listen to it again whenever I get around to doing a re-listen of the whole series, but it won't be one of the ones that I say: Yeah I could listen to that on its own.

My favorite by far is still Tower of Dawn followed in a tie between Empire of Storms and Queen of Shadows, all 3 of which I could easily listen to on their own in no particular order.

My taste isn't everyone's, so don't take my word, judge for yourself.

P.S. I appreciate that Maas has different writing styles for her series. Keep it up and I look forward for what's to come!

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  • m. m. mears
  • 11/11/2018

Not as good as the rest of the series

I have read the fantasy genre since before it was cool to read. And Maas had a really stellar series going with several smashing female protagonists (though the main character feels a bit like Nicholas Cage - has about three basic expressions). I was really looking forward to the final book...annnd....nope. The first third of the book does well, but after that it feels as if Maas just needed to get the thing written and done. The plot twists and reveals she's had in the other books are just not there. This is pretty straightforward vanilla by comparison. Having said that, it's still very satisfying to see most of the loose ends tied up. It just can't measure up to the rest of the series for excitement and innovation. #ChosenOne #FemaleProtagonist #Magical #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Tierra Fuzzell
  • 06/11/2018

Least favorite of the series!

This was a struggle to follow! I was expecting a “Big Bang”, which never really happened. Boring compared to the last 6.

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  • Heather L
  • 14/01/2019

Anticlimactic Ending

While I realize that I'm a bit older than the target demographic for this series, I can say that the Throne of Glass series started out really strong for me; however, the last 2 books really felt like the author was just looking to provide readers with an ending for the story.

The surprising twists & turns, the shocking losses of key characters & the intricate worlds that were the greatest parts of the first books of the series gave way to focusing on the romantic well being of the main characters & making sure that everyone was in love with a bright future ahead. Having the chaos & hardships endured by these characters finish up with everyone living happily ever after was unrealistic & very disappointing... it left the story with a falseness at the end where you were waiting for that one last challenge from the pervasive evil of Morath... but it never came.

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  • James Clendenning
  • 21/06/2020

recaps!

the recaps were drawn out by chapters, the reflections drawn out by chapters

this one felt like the author was just placing in "fillers" to make it a whole book.

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  • Samia
  • 17/03/2020

Intense and heavy series, but much too drawn out.

While I've really enjoyed this series, it is heavy and dark. Sarah J. Maas draws it out much too long which makes it difficult to start the next book or finish the series. This is not a series that once completed, you will ever reread or start again. It's a one-time read/listen that is also too winding and complicated to fully remember the intricacies and interwoven sub stories tied to the characters. The drawn out nature of the writing urges the reader to skip ahead, but if you do, you will be too lost or have missed too much to understand. It's a frustrating experience and not in a good way when you internally are urging both author and narrator to "get to the point" of a chapter and move on. The narrator - Elizabeth Evans - did a good job given that these worlds are fiction as are the accents and dialects of the (too) many complicated characters. I'm not sure I will pursue or endeavor to read any other titles by this author as it is a commitment and feat to complete without the reward of truly remembering and wanting to relive the facets of the worlds created within the pages.

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  • Catti
  • 12/11/2018

The End of my Favorite Story

I loved it. Every single part of it, and i cannot express enough love for these Books in words. It was a glorious and epic end to my absolute favorite story. A story of pain and how to find the light in the darkness. The narration is soothing and absolutely Beautiful. I have no idea what to do with my life now, knowing no other series of books will ever touch me, draw me in, as much as the Throne of Glass one. Knowing these characters that i have come to truly love, to truly have in my heart forever, are going to never be written on pages again. That i shall never know how their stories continued. But it's an Ending i can live with, one that was worthy of praise. I can onlytell everyone thats willing to listen: read these books. You will not regret it.

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  • Lea Shakthi
  • 11/02/2019

bestes Fantasy Werk

ich bin zufällig auf diese Serie gestoßen und war mehr als nur überrascht. Der Sprecherin gelingt es fantastisch die Persönlichkeit der Charaktere hervorzubringen. Die Geschichte ist brilliant.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 21/07/2019

love it

I loved it and had no struggle finishing the book, but I sometimes had trouble with the pronounciation of the reader. :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28/03/2019

A fantasy as epic as Tolkien

Let me start by saying that I will never be able to adequately put into words what this series means to me and how much immeasurable joy it brings me. I will probably write and rewrite this review in order to try and do it justice. The Throne of Glass series is my favourite fantasy series since Lord of the Rings, simply put. It is absolutely epic in every sense of the word, especially in the way the story unfolds. The story starts off in book one with a rather normal princess fairy tale, and you would think it is just another YA series. But then, in book two, it becomes more. You get a first glimpse of the complexity, the mystery. And by book three, the story unravels, like a luxurious carpet slowly draping itself down a long stairwell. The world unfolds. The characters become more, become deeper than you would have ever expected. And the writing is so deliciously vivid. Over the whole course of reading this series, I have felt immersed in the story in a way I have never felt with any book before. When Aelin sneaks down Rifthold's dark alleyways, I can hear the rain pattering down and hitting the pavement. When Chaol and Yrene walk through the streets of Antica, I can feel the heat on my face, smell the dry air. When Aelin slays hundreds of foes, I get instant goosebumps. And when the characters interact, when secrets and passions come to light, I cry and laugh in equal measure. The last book in the series, Kingdom of Ash, is all this times a hundred. I can feel my heart pounding, I can hear the characters running, fighting, loving, fearing, and I can hear the epic music score that would befit the scenes. Without wanting to spoil anything - the pivotal scene in Anielle is probably my favourite scene ever. All this is due to the lush world-building and, more than anything, the truly amazing characters. Aelin is one of a kind, and to me, the best book heroine out of all of them. But there are a myriad of strong, fierce women in this series, and every woman can only aspire to be like them: Manon, Lysandra, Elide, Yrene, Nesryn... If anything, the series depicts a matriarchy, since the male characters rather follow a certain pattern - almost all of them are tall, beautiful, brute warrior types, but of course they also hold the reader's interest, each in their own way. Apart from Aelin's story, it was also Manon's and especially Dorian's journey that made this book remarkable for me. But I have also rarely read a book that handles an ensemble cast so well. Every story gets room, an individual view and experience, and it makes the whole story incredibly rich. I could continue praising this book forever, but if you've made it so far, let me just say this: read this series. Read the books, and when you get to book three at the latest, the story becomes extraordinary. I am still in denial that it has ended, but I like the ending very much. And not to forget the narrator: Elizabeth Evans is another huge reason to read/listen to these books. Her voice IS Aelin for me now. I love her voice, her intonations and pace. Listening to these audio books and experiencing the world of Throne of Glass is pure joy. A last remark: I think these books should not be strictly "YA". Adult readers will enjoy them just as much, although the reader demographic will probably lean more towards women due to the strong female heroes and the fact the books focus equally on romance as they do on mystery, intrigues, assassinations and epic battles. The perfect blend.

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  • Amazon Costumer
  • 06/11/2018

The best Series finale I've read until now

I cannot put into words how much I loved listening to this and reading along to it on my Kindle. The whirlwind of emotions and fastpacing scenes was incredible and easily made this one of my most favourite books ever. an epic conclusion to a well loved series, read perfectly by its narrator.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 03/11/2018

A last kernel of doubt

I have just this moment finished Kingdom of Ash and my first thought was WHAT? There is no denying that this is a wonderful addition to the Throne of Glass series but my first conclusive thoughts were:

-What about Nox?
-Huh, I’d like to have had some more details about the hidden fea of Terrasen and how Aelin found them in the first place.
-There has got to be a follow-up!

Otherwise it would just be too cruel. I agree that some times its better not to find out what happens in years to come because that gives the readers their own choice of follow-up, but in a series that this SO filled with detail it really will drive `some´ (me) of us crazy!

I also have to word my…mystification that follows and continues from chapter 108. I’m not talking about the death that occurs in that chapter but I just can’t get rid of the feeling that at that point the `ending´ of the book underwent A LOT of editing. I was left feeling that a lot of scenes were cut out or kept too short.
I know that this is a LONG book and any longer would have been too much but really, I’d rather have had an 8th book (and the wait) to the series but therefor a better rounded ending. It could have ended where the golden army came out of forest, for example.

My feelings are confused, on one hand I am happy that the last book is out but really, on the other hand I’m also disappointed that I’m left with a negative taste in my mouth. There were so many scenes that left me crying because it was so heart wrenching (because of the wonderful writing and plot flow) but at the end I’m really left with regret. It feels like a chasm and that’s not a great feeling to end off with. At the end there where a lot of question-marks.

That is why I can’t give it a 5/5. It’s a great book, worth every praise, as is the whole series but there is that last kernel of doubt that tells me not quite there.