Series: Throne of Glass #5
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genres: elves, epic fantasy, fantasy, fiction, historical, paranormal, romance, supernatural, witches
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication Date: September 24, 2016
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The long path to the throne has just begun for Aelin Galathynius. 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. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down.Also by this author: Crown of Midnight, Queen of Shadows, A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury
Well. Talk about leaving you want more. Empire of Storms was awesome. Better than Queen of Shadows in my opinion. Very action packed. Don’t read this review if you haven’t read the book because there will be spoilers. Not MAJOR ones, but smaller ones. Where to start with Empire of Storms? You are pretty much straight into the action and you don’t really get a chance to escape it. Which as a girl who likes her action-fantasy to be fast-paced, suited me down to the bones. Manon and her Thirteen are back (yay!) as is Elide and Dorian. Basically the gang’s all here (with the notable exception of Chaol who is still off somewhere remote getting healed.)
And hooley dooley do we learn stuff in Empire of Storms. Aelin has been a busy, busy girl, much of which she hasn’t told her companions, or at least not all of her companions. Lysandra is freaking awesome and spends the majority of her time in various animal forms, although occasionally shifting to her human form. Aeidion still has some issues he is trying to deal with – including meeting daddy, trying not to kill Dorian and getting the actual feels for Lysandra. Dorian is learning to use and control his very bad-ass magic and Rowan teaches him as much as he can.
Speaking of Rowan, he and Aelin’s love story is just gorgeous. *sigh* And with the pretty major plot twist we found out right at the end, there’s good reason for it. It also gets a little raunchy!
Elide is on the search for Aelin & Celaena when she gets spied by Lorcan (remember, gigantic asshole Fae guy from book 3) but instead of killing her, he decides to work with her until he can get as much info out of her as he can. But turns out Elide is more than a match for Mister Grumpiness. In fact she’s quite the devious young lady when she puts her mind to it. She’s quite an interesting character to watch really develop in this book.
As I menetioned earlier, Manon is back and she is one of my favourites, especially after Queen of Shadows. She finds out some things about her heritage from her Grandmother that absolutely floor her, all the whilst fighting very hard to actually stay alive. (The fight I am talking about is one of the best witches scenes in Empire of Storms, IMO.) She also develops more as a character throughout.
There are some massive plot reveals in Empire of Storms. Like piano-sized anvils they kept dropping onto the characters heads, including Aelin’s as she finally discovers the true meaning of her destiny. (SPOILER: It absolutely sucks.) All of the characters find out things about them selves and their companions that are irrevocably life-altering.
Unfortunatley for all of us both Erawan, King of the Valg, (formerly Duke Perrington) shows up as himself (ew) and also Maeve the Fae bitch-queen also shows herself again. Elide’s uncle Vernon also show up once but doesn’t do too much than mar the scenery and mess with Elide’s head for a few pages.
As usual, Sarah J Maas has managed to keep me up late, on the edge of my seat and reluctant to put Empire of Storms down before I finished it. A great addition to the series, and I absolutely cannot wait for book 6, Tower of Dawn, which is supposed to be out in September and will let us know what Chaol has been up to.