What an epic journey!
Since the first book of the series I have read 4392 pages with 992 pages for Kingdom of Ash only!
This book has everything that makes epic fantasy stories. It held me in its clutches for four days straight!
You have unthinkable torture.
You have Fae warriors of legend.
Rowan Whitethorn the prince mated with Aelin. Master of the wind, exceptional warrior. With his friends at arm become brothers Lorcan, Gavriel and Fenris they are the Cadre. A force to be reckoned with.
You have battles.
Battle at sea in the previous installment and battle on earth with the clash of armies. These battles are brutal, merciless, vicious with witch towers these horrific weapons annihilating everything in their way.
You have a quest to retrieve the third Wyrdkey.
Key element to sealing the portals to other worlds and preventing Erawan’s brother to enter this world. The mission is to get Erawan trapped past the gates just before shutting them once and for all.
You have sacrifices and death.
Huge sacrifices. Of lives, of power, of magic and beloved ones. All in the hope to have a better world. Some of these sacrifices shattered me. The artifices Sarah J Maas used to make this last installment unforgetable and believable, because war is ugly and has a cost, are uncompromising and unbearable.
Told from multiple point of views we follow Aelin’s unimaginable fate tortured for months with powerless Fenris as a witness.
Rowan, Elide, Gavriel and Lorcan are roaming the land to find her. Trying to locate Maeve is daunting. But if they find her they’ll find Aelin. Rowan was desperate to save his mate.
Dorian, Manon and the Thirteen are on a mission to rally the Cochran witches. Help gather an army to free Terrassen. Dorian has lost so much and the stakes are huge. He is plotting the impossible.
Aedion, Lysandra and other friends are defending Terrassen. Trying to make people believe Aelin is fighting among them. Trying to suffuse hope and strength to their soldiers and commanders.
And Chaol, Nesryn, Yrene and the army of Antica are sailing to join the army and fight with the ruks and the cavalry.
All these sub plots grow and take shape. Captivating the reader and making him need to go on reading and reading. There is a need to know if, when and how these destinies will merge. If the big army Aelin wanted to raise will converge and merge in the hope of saving this world from demon Valgs.
I held my breath countless time. I hoped just to despair right after then hope again. When a victory was in sight it was to be squashed right away by a plot twist, another ordeal to face.
I raged and I cried. Often. For all the hurt. For the lives lost. For the biggest sacrifices and the cruelest plot twist Sarah J Maas concocted. I was enthralled. Enraptured in this story of legend. I had stars in my eyes and lived in another world. Filled with huge beasts, witches, warriors, cruel gods, demons … I was elsewhere.