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Review: Empire Of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

on July 21, 2017

Empire Of Storms (Throne Of Glass #5)
Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury ANZ
2016, 693p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

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 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?

I’m not sure I say this very often but…. Oh. My. God.

I thought the fourth book was pretty intense but this book stepped it up another notch. Maybe several notches. I haven’t actually read the prequel novellas (which I think are now bound up in one volume) before reading this and I’d probably recommend doing that as I feel a lot of the people who show up with Aelin starts calling in favours are probably detailed more in those stories. But it reads well enough without that background – we already know Aelin has traveled far and wide as Celaena and has markers all over the place or people she can blackmail into assisting her.

This book is non stop from the very beginning and there’s just so many threads of the story that knit together in this part. A lot of people come together finally in this section, you can see a core group re-establishing as well but it’s not without its own issues. And just when you think Aelin has been too clever, that she’s foreseen everything and put things in place to counter, she gets outmaneuvered in the most epic of ways and this book ends in a way that kind of makes you want to scream. I’m lucky, I read it last month and the next one is supposed to come out in September (although from what I read that’s a story about Chaol and Nesryn and what they’ve been up to on the Southern Continent that runs parrallel to this one, kind of like the most recent two George R.R. Martin books, so maybe that won’t give me any resolution and I’ll have to wait until next year).

The romance is strong in this volume – quite strong. I don’t mind this as I do like a strong romance thread to run through my books. A lot of what I choose to read is romance or has romantic elements. Rowan has his critics and that’s fine, no character will please everyone and I’ve been on the wrong side of a ship in lots of books I’ve read (*cough* The Hunger Games) but I don’t mind him really. I certainly like him a lot better than Chaol and I like the two of them together. However there’s no denying that there quite a few similarities between Sarah J. Maas’ two series and they’re very apparent reading this book. Some of the things almost mirror each other and upon reflection, that can be a little jarring. But it’s not a detraction from this book or this series, more like a curiosity. I quite like the romance in this series (all of them) and there are some truly heartbreaking moments in this book. Some O.M.G. reveals as well – in terms of one character, part of their whole life has been a lie.

For me, Lorcan and Elide have somehow become almost my favourite part of this. I love everything about their dynamic – everything. Lorcan is basically an asshole who only loves/worships/serves Maeve and Elide is all that is pure and courageous and eventually she begins to break down the shell that surrounds Lorcan. But he still does the most douchiest of things, even when he’s doing kind things and ugh in this book Lorcan, I wanted to kill you. You are the actual worst. But I still sort of like you but gosh I hope Elide punishes you for a looooooong time. Their angst sings to me and I want to read whole books about them. I think part of this is because I think it’s equally likely that their ending won’t be happy as that it will be. I can’t tell which way it’s going to go but whatever it is, I feel there’s going to be lots of moments along the way.

In terms of how invested I am and just how utterly engrossing this book was, how much it messed with my emotions, I can honestly only give it…….

10/10

Book #114 of 2017

 


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