Book Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Title: Empire of Storms

Series: Throne of Glass #5

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, New Adult

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: 

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.

Review: 

Warning: This book is apart of a series and this review could contain potential spoilers. If you are interested in this series you can read my other reviews that will be linked below; I would recommend starting with the first book Throne of Glass if you haven’t started the series yet.

Yet again another amazing book from the Throne of Glass series. This was a heart wrenching, addictive novel that I am so glad to have read. Full of twists and turns, drama and action, this fast paced book was a wild ride. Even at 700 pages, I gobbled up this book within a few days.

The stories of various characters begin to collide and develop at a rapid pace, blending together magically. The writing is absolutely splendid and the POV switches were so well done that I couldn’t believe the same author wrote them. Each person is so distinct in their personalities and expressions, with interesting and well developed back stories. Normally so many side characters would feel overwhelming and difficult to keep track of, but the way Maas has incorporated each felt natural and kept the plot moving at a great pace.

The romance was drawn out and steamy, giving many fans plenty of fuel and support for their favorite couples. Maas is an expert in enemies to lovers, a theme repeated through the books in different methods and ways. I will say though that some may dislike the romance themes and patterns, but I enjoyed the suspense and intrigue it brought. It does not detract from the plot, but rather enhances it, adding another layer into this already thickened series. The plot itself was bloody and intense, making me desperate to get through the chapters as quickly as possible.

I really enjoyed getting to learn more about Elide and Mannon, each growing in their own ways. Along with Aelin and Lysandra, there is a cast of powerful and diverse women through the series who are inspiring. Aelin herself fully seems to accept and grow in her role of queen and protector of Terrasan, even when her own countrymen reject her. She is determined, clever and fierce, mixing her wit with maturity and direction for a fabulous character arc. Her abilities and powers continue to grow with her, frightening and giving hope alike.

The book was an absolute pleasure to read and the ending was absolutely heart breaking. The novel made me absolutely emotional, leaving me stunned and crying by the end. With all this in mind, I give this book a 5/5 and highly recommend it to anyone who might have read the previous books and doesn’t know whether to continue.

Good Hunting.

Julia

 

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