You knew this review was coming.
And you probably know how big a fan I am of everything Sarah J Maas writes, so you can probably guess which side of the love/hate scale this review is on.
But either way. Here’s my review!
Let’s talk about Empire of Storms!
Title: Empire of Storms
Author: Sarah J Maas
Series Status: The 5th book in the Throne of Glass series
Genre: Young/New Adult, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 689
Goodreads | (Synopsis copied from back cover)
Blood will run.
Dreams will shatter.
An army will rise.
The assassin-queen has sworn not to turn her back on her kingdom again. Especially when she might be the only one who can raise an army to keep the Dark King from unleashing his beasts upon them all. But Erawan will wield Aelin’s past, he allies, and her enemies against her.
With a powerful court trusting Aelin to lead them, and her heart devoted to the warrior-prince at her side, what – or who 0 is she willing to sacrifice to spare her world from being torn apart?
I will say this right now. If you hate this series, this review is not the place for you. Because I adore it, and I’m not letting other people’s hate ruin my enjoyment of it. I don’t mean the people who just dislike the series, you guys are fine. But hate is a very different matter and I won’t tolerate it.
Just needed to get that out of the way.
Because that’s basically all that was going through my mind for hours after finishing the book. Hence why this review has taken a while to go up.
By now, it’s no secret that I love Sarah J Maas’ books probably a little bit too much. So the days I spent reading this book were basically just me in full fangirl mode. I actually found it so hard to write notes as I read. One, because I rarely paused long enough to write notes and two, because my brain was just one huge !!!!!!!!!
But I tried. So here are my somewhat coherent thoughts:
I can pinpoint two main reason as to why I love this series so much…
- The characters. They all have such different personalities, and are so thoroughly built up that they feel like real people – or as real as they can be, considering this is a fantasy world and a lot of the characters are fantasy beings.
- Just the sheer amount of cleverness. HOW Sarah J Maas managed to think this plot up, I have no idea.
This book didn’t fail to completely blow my mind like the rest. I actually cannot believe the amount of scheming and clever twists/plot reveals that go on. The amount of times I actually gasped out loud was incredible. I’d be reading the book, and then some grand reveal would happen and I’d gasp, then smile, then laugh because of course. Of course I didn’t expect what was coming because that’s just the way it is!
I feel so involved with this world. Everything that happens, I feel so much emotion towards. I mean, I was sobbing by the end of this book. It wasn’t even something I’d usually sob about. If it was any other book, I probably wouldn’t have cried. But I’m way too emotionally invested, and I felt the effect of the situation fully.
“I would sooner die tomorrow than live a thousand years with a coward’s shame.”
The only *slight* problem I had with this book in particular was how Dorian seemed to change a bit. Of course, it’s understandable if you’ve read the previous books, considering what he goes through, but to me I think I’d have liked just a few more perspectives solely from him, just so we could see more of what was going through his head. Maybe then his personality change might have made more sense.
I honestly think this might be my favourite book out of the series so far. That might change when I reread them, but for now, it’s my favourite. There’s just SO much action, paired with just the right amount of romance for me considering the sheer amount of characters. The story, the world, the characters…they all have a place in my bookish heart. And I’ve no doubt they’ll remain there for a very long time.
I know a lot of people find this series problematic. And I understand their reasons, I really do. But honestly, it doesn’t ruin my enjoyment for these books, and I’m so glad this one lived up to my expectations.
Rated 5/5 stars!
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