Ｔｉｔｌｅ：Empire of Storms
Ａｕｔｈｏｒ：Sarah J. Maas
Ｒａｔｉｎｇ：★ ★ ★ ★ ★
KINGDOMS WILL COLLIDE.
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. 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 Timesbestselling 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.
✩ I absolutely have to put Aelin on this one because… ugh, all my feels. She’s so dedicated and passionate about everything she does. She’s brave and cunning, I’m really happy to see how far her character has come.
✩ Elide was amazing in this book. I loved how observant and intelligent she was. I liked that her strengths lied in her mind and not physically like other characters.
✩ I also really loved Lysandra because of how powerful and loyal she could be. She worked very hard throughout the whole book to improve herself and always had Aelin’s back.
❝ I suggest, Lord Darrow, that you become accustomed to this. For if we lose this war, darkness will reign forever.❞
This series has been an amazing journey. I’m so happy that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Aelin grow up from the haughty, self-doubting, and broken young girl she was in Throne of Glass into the confident, dedicated, and passionate Queen of Terrasen. In fact, I think this book is mostly about character development. There is a crazy amount of character growth for many of the characters in this book, especially those that maybe didn’t have a very big part in Queen of Shadows. And also a lot of romance.
Consider this a Badass Female Showcase because I’m about to run through the reasons I love the female characters in this book. Just about every female character in this book is badass in their own way.
The book starts off with Aelin finally returning home, although she doesn’t exactly find the warm welcome that she was expecting. Which is disheartening, but, in typical Aelin fashion, she takes the bad news and then sets out to find a way around the rules in order to accomplish her goals. What I loved most about it was that Aelin took the criticism to heart and set out to prove them wrong, but in her own way.
Lysandra takes on so much in this book. She really comes into her own and shows off her true potential. It was great to see her take on a bigger role in this book than in the last one. We get to know her better and see her interact with more people. I also liked the potential romance between her and another character. Not much happens there but it’s starting to grow and I’m really rooting for both characters.
❝ And Manon understood in that moment that there were forces greater than obedience, and discipline, and brutality. Understood that she had not been born soulless; she had not been born without a heart.❞
I think Elide was one of the characters I was most impressed with in this book simply because of how observant and resourceful she could be. She had a tendency to talk herself down and doubt that she had much to offer, but she makes up for her lack of physical strength with her sharp mind. This was another romance I was really behind. I thought Elide and her partner were perfect for one another and really cute, but things didn’t quite turn out how I expected.
Besides the big reveal with Aelin, I think Manon had the biggest reveal in this book. There were some hints of it in the last book, but to have it confirmed was still pretty epic. I like that in this book Manon breaks away from the things she was taught. She’s not just following someone’s lead, but really figuring out what’s right and wrong. The romance with her was pretty spicy. It seemed more physical than emotional though, and I’m hoping it develops further the next time we see them.
❝ His lips crushed into hers, and he said onto her mouth, dropping words more precious than rubies and emeralds and sapphires into her heart, her soul, “I love you. There is no limit to what I can give to you, no time I need. Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.❞
Be forewarned that the ending to this book has the potential to absolutely leave you drained and is definitely emotional. I won’t spoil it, of course, but I will say that I’m a little upset that the next book in the series is about Chaol because I don’t really care about him right now. What I need after this ending is the next book with Aelin so I can know what happens! The pacing in the book was pretty steady and filled with plenty of action, but really the last 30 pages or so is when it gets really crazy and heartbreaking. I think it shows off the best of Aelin’s qualities, but also Sarah J. Maas’.
This ending left me a little stunned as I kept going back through the other books in my head. Really, this whole plot was so well thought out and executed. I also couldn’t believe just how far Maeve went in her scheming and what she did to Rowan and Aelin. This book has to be one of my favorites in the series now, despite the fact that it made me cry (or maybe because it made me cry).
If you haven’t started this series I highly recommend it. And I think if you don’t like Celaena in the beginning, you should still try to give the second book a chance. She grows a lot from one book to another and I think it’s worth pushing through it.