Friday, October 7, 2016

Review: Empire of Storms


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?




Rating: 5 Stars

Book Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: September 6th, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 704

 


What was obviously my most anticipated release this Fall, Empire of Storms was no let down whatsoever. Despite it’s length, the 704 pages were worth every minute of my life spent reading it! Drama aside, I really loved this addition to the series and I am still just as hooked with the storyline as I was when I set out to read this series at the beginning of last year.  I will say though, I can’t believe we have to wait so long for the next book.  On the bright side though, I’m pretty sure book 3 of Sarah J. Maas’s other book series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, comes out between now and the next TOG release.  So at least I have something to pass the time and keep the throne of glass withdrawal symptoms at bay! :) 

Favorite Bits:
o   “I know you two are old and up past your bedtime, so I’ll keep this quick…”
      Some things never change! Leave it to Aelin to taunt two of the oldest Fae warriors in her vicinity, Gavriel and Fenrys. Whether it was them, Rowan, or even Rolfe (who swore to kill her last time Aelin was with him) she was messing around with, Aelin never failed to be her old joking self. One of my favorite parts about Aelin is her ability to crack a joke in even the most dire of situations. I could be on the edge of my seat reading a battle scene and all of a sudden she’d makes a joke that had me in tears.  She always knows how to lighten the mood when the others are worried sick about the state of their current circumstances and I think that has to do in part with her coming into her role as Queen. I think Empire of Storms showed just how well Aelin is able to handle this role and it was the first time the story really cemented that fact for me. She’s always able to keep those in her court calm and it was the first book I read where I really looked up to her and understood why the others saw her as this force to be reckoned with. All of the decisions Aelin was making in order to keep them safe, she did on the side as a backup plan. She was ALWAYS prepared for the worst and even when the others thought they were doomed, one of her backup plans played out in their benefit.

o   The gang’s all here!
      What I really enjoyed most about EOS was seeing all of the character’s journeys come together as one by the end of this book.  I also loved that the attention shifted from being entirely on Aelin, and also on the other main characters as well.  We got to meet Elide in previous books, but EOS really explored her character and I saw her in an entirely different light after finishing this book. Besides Aelin and Rowan, I’m pretty sure Elide and __ are my new favorite ship (spoiler free, you’re welcome :) )

o   The diversity
       This is really minor in the book overall, but I just wanted to add that it felt like a small victory reading the scene where Aedion casually drops the fact that he’s bi-sexual.  EVERY TIME an author introduces a person’s sexuality like this in a book, as opposed to making it this big reveal, I feel like we’re one step closer to normalizing people with all sexual identities. I love how Maas revealed this detail in EOS and I thought it was even more awesome how well Lysandra took it, like it was no big deal (which it obviously shouldn’t be). YAY for diverse YA!

8 comments:

  1. I've heard so much about this series, I really need to read them. And the nice thing is she cranks her books out- makes the wait a bit easier! I'm still waiting for the Song of Ice and Fire series to bring everyone back together, and sounds like Maas is doing it here for her series. Nice review. :)

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    1. Yes, that is good! Because if Maas was anything like Martin we would be screwed! LOL.
      Thanks for reading my review Greg!

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  2. Oh I skimmed, I totally skimmed I need to read the previous book first..no worries though I own both and will complete them before the end of year :)

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    1. Sorry Kimba! I hope I didn't spoil anything for you!
      AND I can't wait to read your reviews/hear your thoughts when you get to finish the other books! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. The way all the different characters came together here was AMAZING! Now I wish I'd thought to mention that in my review LOL XD Maas never fails to disappoint and I'm just so impressed by how far Aelin has come while still staying true to herself ♥ Oh and I agree with that spoiler-free ship comment, though I ADORED Manon and ______ too XD Awesome review^^ xx

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    1. It was definitely one of my favorite parts about this book because it felt like numerous stories in one, since they were all off having their own adventures! I loved it!
      and YES Manon and _ are growing on me. I wasn't team Manon until this book!
      Thanks for reading my review Micheline!

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  4. I'm so happy this wasn't a disappoint in any way, Emily. I've yet to start this series but it's on my shelf. ;) The characters seem well developed and the plot sounds exciting. And yay for diversity! :)

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    1. Although I'm bummed you haven't read this series yet Brandee, I'm really excited to hear you have the books on your shelf already! That's one step in the right direction!:) I'm just a HUGE Maas fan; I have yet to read any of her books that wasn't a 4 or 5 star review for me.
      Thanks for reading my review!

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