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
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! :)
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!