Review: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

empire-of-stormsTitle: Empire of Storms
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
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Blurb:
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?

My Review:
Initial Thoughts: Gods-damned brilliant. Superb storytelling. So clever. Loved every page. Sarah J. Maas, you are a genius.

Full Review:

Another EPIC read from an author and a series that continues to go from strength to strength. Put simply – this was perfection on a page. I loved every second of it, and I adore how Sarah writes long, intricate books because it represents such great value for money. It took me a full week to read this because a) it’s long and b) I had minimal reading time, but I enjoyed savoring it slowly. Reading Empire of Storms makes me want to read the entire series again because the characters have all evolved and matured so much.

I loved all the different POVs we got in this book, and all the couples we had to root for! I was in book heaven! If you follow my reviews, you will know that I love a blend of action with romance and this book ticked all the right boxes. Aelin and Rowan are perfect, and I also really loved the slow-building romance between Aedion and Lysandra. I’m not sold on Lorcan and he has a lot to do to prove things to me and Elide.

Aelin was very secretive in this book but it was for a good reason. She is the ultimate smart, fiesty badass female heroine and I loved her in Empire of Storms. She is still the same person underneath but you can see how much she has developed over the course of the series. The romance between her and Rowan is so heartfelt and reminiscent of the soulmates that they are. They don’t always work as a united team (she still keeps so much from him) but there will be no one else for either of them. Dorian grated on my nerves a little in this book, even though I still love him, but he needs to start stepping up to the plate. Too much responsibility is left up to Aelin. I had a feeling where the plot was going, and I was hoping I was wrong, but I wasn’t. My heart bleeds for Aelin and I’m not sure how Sarah is going to rectify it in the next book, but I have complete faith in her.

Plot development was sublime in this book. She pulls a lot of threads together in an expertly skilled fashion. To write in so many differing points of view in order to tell the story, and to involve so much incredible worldbuilding and imaginative storytelling, is the skill of a truly talented author. Sarah is the bomb. I cannot get enough of her work, and I hope she has plenty more series in her head as I will never tire of reading her books. Both her current series are superb.

The end few chapters were explosive and I swear I stopped breathing at one point. I want to kill Maeve. I don’t know how the hell I’m expected to survive another year to find out what happens next. It’s been over a week since I finished this book, and I’ve read about five others in between (I was on vacation) but I still feel gutted over how this book ended and heartbroken for Aelin and Rowan and so worried about all my favorite characters. Please hurry up and write the next one – I for one will be reading it the minute it releases.

Gush fest over. Do yourself a favor and pick up this series, if you haven’t already. I promise you won’t be sorry.

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