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. 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.
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #5
Format: Hardcover, 701 pages
Status: Read from January 22 to 25, 2017
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Empire of Storms was truly a roller coaster ride. I laughed, I cried, I seethed in anger. There were so many feelings, and there was a lot of silent screaming. This gives you just a little indication as to what you’re in for.
There are quite a few additional perspectives to follow in Empire of Storms — I particularly loved being privy to Lysandra’s point of view; she is an absolutely perfect addition to the court of Aelin, our beloved ‘fire-breathing bitch queen’.
We learn even more about the depths of Aelin’s powers — and not just the magical. Some of her scenes with Rowan reminded me A LOT of A Court of Mist and Fury. *swoon*
Elide also really comes into her own as a character; she always felt a bit flat to me, but with her freedom comes the opportunity to develop her personality. I really loved her story line in Empire of Storms and she comes pretty close to being one of my favorite characters. (With so many amazing characters in this series, even being close is an enormous achievement!)
The pacing of the book is perfect as always, keeping us on our toes, and culminating in an amazing ending which had me simultaneously wanting to fist-pump the air and curl up in a ball with my tears. I have never been so satisfied while also wanting to tear out my hair in frustration.
What I didn’t expect was that I’d find myself equally enjoying the myriad of subplots in Empire of Storms. The cast of characters in this series grows with each installment. And somehow, every new character on the scene proves to be just as captivating as the old ones.
For me, the break-out characters in Empire of Storms were Elide and Lorcan. Also, Manon continues to bring a whole world of bad-ass attitude to the table. Her role in Empire of Storms was everything I hoped it would be since her first appearance back in Heir of Fire.
This is the fifth book of the Throne of Glass series and things are getting so intense! There is a lot of history and mythology revealed throughout the course of this book, making the world of Erilea even more richly imagined than ever before. Plus, THE ENDING! Oh boy! The final act of Empire of Storms is just so packed full of drama and tension and heartbreak and AAARGH! The stars are definitely starting to rattle!
In conclusion: fans will not be disappointed. Sarah J. Maas has done it again!!