Title: Empire of Storms
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audio, via Audible
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
As a reminder, I review sequels a little different from other reviews. I am going to hide the description from the main page so you will have to click “Read More” due to potential spoilers from previous books in the description or my review.
Also, there is some swearing in this review….just be warned.
See my reviews for the other books in the series here:
– The Assassin’s Blade
– Throne of Glass
– Crown of Midnight
– Heir of Fire
– Queen of Shadows —> I didn’t do one on my blog. It was my least favorite book and I would only rate it 3/5 stars. SJM turned Chaol into a complete asshole, which was so out of character for him IMO. I have some other issues with the book, but I’m not getting into them here.
Description (Source: Amazon):
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.
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. ”
The book starts from Elena’s POV and right way we know that Elena probably did something really terrible and it will negatively affect our beloved group. I’m not going to do a big summary of the plot, but a few key points are happening in this:
- The group is spread out each accomplishing their own missions and come together in the end.
- Aelin is looking for the second and third Wyrd Keys.
- Aelin goes back to Terrasen and doesn’t get quite what she expected.
- Erawan continues to be evil.
- Aelin is making plans (behind everyone’s back, *grumble grumble*, see my complaints below) and gathering her army.
- Maeve and her blood sworn Fae continue to be a threat.
- We see several characters from The Assassin’s Blade again. If you have not read the prequels, read them before reading EoS.
- A big reveal on how the keys will be used.
- A huge world shifting battle ensues at the end.
One more thing, the book shifted from YA to NA in this book. There were a few (3 I think?) very steamy scenes. *fans self* DORIAN THOUGH. Keep that in mind if that’s not your thing.
I said that QoS was my least favorite in the series, but this one almost surpassed it as being my least favorite. The only thing that kept it from being that way was the ending. While definitely not a “happy” ending, it was pretty epic and unexpected. It didn’t completely redeem the book, as Aeilin’s own arrogance (one of my biggest problems with this book) was to blame for the entire event. I’ll go into that a little bit more at the bottom under my “didn’t likes”.
Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she’d bleed for Erilea.”
What I liked:
– Elide is my new favorite character in this series. I loved how tenacious she is! She’s also intelligent and witty. The way she had Lorcan wrapped around her finger killed me. Side note: check out this art I found online (link to artist’s page if you click on the picture). It’s basically exactly how I picture Elide. Anyway, Elide is kick ass and I can’t wait to see more of her. I’m shipping her and Lorcan pretty hard so I’m hoping they work out all the stuff that happened at the end, but I have faith they will.
– Manon, as always was perfect. Manon’s character development in this book was exponential. She is finally beginning to think for herself rather than beleive all the lies her grandmother has been shoving down her throat for the last 116 years. Her twist is awesome, but not all that unexpected.
– Aedion’s dad (Gavriel) comes to Erilea for an ominous purpose, but sticks around long enough for the reader to get to know him a little better. His companion, Fenrys, is part of Rowan’s old Cadre (one of the wolves). Fenrys is another of my new favorites. I’m predicting him to have a major role in the next book with Aelin, but IDK how it will turn out for him. 🙁
– Overall, the story was good. It got a little slow in some parts, but it was a really long book so I kind of expected it.
What I didn’t:
– FFS…..Aelin. Girlfriend. We have to talk about your attitude. Two things made me almost rate this book as 3 stars. :
- Aelin’s unwarranted distrust to her court. Okay, so Rowan has given her the blood oath and Aedion has pledged his life for not only her but also Terrasen. But she can’t let them in on any of her plans. Why? Because she doesn’t want to “disappoint them”. What. So rather than disappoint them, she continues to hurt them by not entrusting them with her plans?…Oh, and because she didn’t trust anyone, it’s her own damn fault she SPOILER——-> Highlight to see——–> was caught by Maeve. Yes, Lorcan betrayed her, but he was fearing for Elide’s safety by sending out that signal. Had she not been so damn arrogant and actually fucking told someone that she knew the people on the beach she could have prevented Lorcan sending out that beacon to Maeve. <——–End of Spoiler.
- Aelin’s arrogance. OH MY GOD. She has always had some arrogance and a swagger, but it was out of control in Eos. Aelin said she didn’t want to disappoint her court by not telling them her plans, but I think that was only part of it. She liked to see the look in everyone’s eye when they found out how “clever, cunning, blah, blah, blah” she was. She is so arrogant that she believes she is the only one who can strategize, plan, and build an army. Oh wait, SHE HAS A GENERAL AND A FUCKING WARRIOR AT HER SIDE. But Aelin knows best, right? I really really hope that Aelin is humbled by the events at the end and wakes the hell up. I can’t take her insufferable arrogance for another book.
– No Chaol. Boo! After SJM butchered his character in QoS, maybe this was a good thing. We are getting an entire book from his POV next though so I’m holding out hope that she can save his character. Maybe make him hook up with Yrene from the Assassin’s Blade? I am not really a fan of Nesryn. I don’t think she’s good enough for my boo.
– READ THE PREQUELS. Trust me, it’s worth it.
It is not such a hard thing, is it – to die for your friends.”
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