Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: High Fantasy
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. 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.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
welcome to my review of Empire of Storm, by fantasy queen Sarah J. Maas! I got this book the day it came out and read it really quickly, but had to wait some time before diving into writing a review. As a warning, this review will have a short spoiler-free section just because so much happens, and so much has happened in the previous 4 (and a half) books that it is really hard not to slip. If you have read this book, please let me know what you thought about in the comments, because I definitely need to talk about it!
- Plot: oh boy. The plot in this book was probably one of my favorite things. So much happens, and what I really appreciated was that Sarah really thought it out, and readers can definitely tell: so many details present in previous books are now interwoven in the bigger picture, and everything comes together beautifully.
- Characters: some of the main characters, and other secondary characters go through such a huge development. Every character is different in his or her own way, each character has a different way of behaving towards certain situations, and I think that is great. The author definitely focused on characterization.
- Writing: this book is very fast-paced. It kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Maas also has a beautiful way of describing situations and internal conflicts, even though the novel is written in the 3rd person singular. Very remarkable.
These are my spoiler-free thoughts. If you have not read the book, I advise you not to read further, if you have, please do and comment your own opinions about it!
Until next time,
**SPOILER-ALERT** SECTION – Do not read further if you don’t want to be spoiled.
Okay, I don’t even know where to begin. Let’s go by characters, otherwise it’s going to be a mess. Elide and Lorcan: I loved Elide, I think she is a strong female character and isn’t afraid of being assertive or demonstrating her points. She is also very confident. I didn’t know how to feel about Lorcan in the beginning, but then he grew on me, even though at the end I hated him. Why did he have to call Maeve? Is he stupid?!! I don’t think that Elide is going to be able to forgive him.
Manon and Dorian: I love her. She’s so badass, and I think the part where I felt the saddest was when she learnt about her heritage: she is a Chrochan, and her grandmother had her kill her own sister. That was awful. Dorian is so different now than who he used to be. I feel like he has grown so much, and he is actually becoming a man. I also liked how the relationship between the two of them is mainly based on lust, which I think is a liberal way of writing in Young Adult fiction, and I appreciate that. I am also curious to learn more about Dorian’s raw magic, and I love him so much as a character. Maybe even more than Rowan.
Aelin and Rowan: I cannot deny that the fact that Aelin schemes by herself frustrates me a bit. Yes, the ending was great with Ansel coming back into the picture, at the same time I wish she’d told the others about her plans. However, I was heartbroken in the end, when she had to go to Maeve. I have to say I was expecting that she had to die for the cause, even though I really hope it is not going to happen! I really like Rowan. Although, sometimes I think he is overshadowed by the mating bond that takes up so much space in his dialogues. I loved how he and Dorian got along though. I was really glad of that.
Aedion and Lysandra: I love them both so much! I was so scared that Lysandra was going to die at Skull’s Bay but thank god that did not happen! I love Aedion too and his encounter with Gavriel was so interesting to see! I want them to be endgame.
Overall, this book was a freaking rollercoaster! I am so scared for the next book, because it’s going to be the last one, but I don’t want anyone to die! I am just really curious to see how things are going to be wrapped up, and how the characters we love will find a way to save a broken world!