Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Also by this author: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass #5
Also in this series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
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KINGDOMS WILL COLLIDE.
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. 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.
With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she's to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.
I read the first four books of this series back to back and fell in love. I’m really kicking myself for waiting so long to read this installment.
I have to admit that when I started this book I was a little bored and a little lost. It has been so long since I read the fourth book that I had forgotten who some of the secondary characters were and when they kept mentioning certain people from other kingdoms I didn’t know who they were. I also feel the beginning of the story is pretty slow. There are now three POVs and so you end up reading a lot of the same things just from all the different people involved. Plus everyone is just moving through the woods to get to their destination and that is a little slow and uninteresting.
I felt the book really picked up once all the storylines started to pick up pace outside of the woods. Once Aelin starts to work towards her right to her own kingdom she really starts to shine in the way we are use to. I love watching her interact with her immediate gang of characters. Everyone feels really close in this book because we are so far into the series and they need to stick together because they are the only line of defense the world has. I loved watching Aelin start to figure out more about her past and how deep into her power she could go. I also liked the times she wasn’t able to keep that kind of intense magic up and had some struggles. I love how Rowan is there to understand her and how he is willing to step aside of that was called for.
I finally really loved our secondary/other characters in this one as well. Manon and her view was refreshing this time around. I felt she finally had something to add to the story and I loved watching her world fall apart and watching her pick up the pieces of her decisions. Dorian felt more real in this book than ever before, he really comes it his own as a ruler. I also really loved Lorcan because we finally get to see what he is really about. I think his power is unique and I loved what him and the other fae males were able to add. I really loved where everyone went in this story and I enjoyed all of the conflict, fires, passion, and reveals.
I have to say that some things did seem a little silly at certain points. It seemed that Maas was trying to pair up everyone so we could feel more loss when the last book come. We know those character’s lives will probably be on the line in the final huge battle in the last book. I did really like all the relationships and I personally like the sexual aspects that Maas includes in this story. I’m just saying at certain points some of the secondary relationships felt a little quick. We know that Aelin and Rowan were going to get together because that has been in the works for a long time but the rest felt a little rushed at points. I also feel like several characters were just thrown into the book at the end and I struggled to remember where they came from.
Overall I don’t want to say the plot of this one because we are late in the series. I do have to say I really like this series as a whole and I didn’t realize how much I missed all the plot twists and characters till I read this book. I think this book was a bit of a filler book but it sets us up nicely for the last book in this series. I can’t wait to see how this will all end.