Series: Throne of Glass #5
Also by this author: A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble ◊ Book Depository ◊ Google Play ◊ Kobo
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?
Terrific Tuesday post from 09/06/2016
The year is coming to an end; can you believe it?! I am trying to follow-up with some of my previous Terrific Tuesday postings before the end of the year. Today’s book, Empire of Storms, is a fantastic installment in the Throne of Glass series by Author Sarah J. Mass (SJM).
Honestly, the Throne of Glass series is so developed at this point; I feel that in order to enjoy this series you need to start from book one. Need to, no sorry, more like have to! I have read every single book from this series and I had to go to a fandom site and plug in character names in order to remember who some of the characters were. By the end of the book there were even characters involved that came from the novellas prior to the Throne of Glass book itself. SJM has the most amazing memory and her ability to pull all the little strings that she has woven throughout this series makes her truly a master storyteller.
There is really nothing I can say about the plot, sub-plots, or character developments. It all just amazing and perfectly done. Aelin has been through metamorphosis after metamorphosis. Gone is the girl we met in Throne of Glass, she has truly become the Queen all intended her to be. We have always known that Aelin was going to somehow be responsible for correcting past mistakes from previous rulers but in this book, we learn the full in and out of those mistakes and what she has to do in order to rectify them and it is heartbreaking! By the end of the story I was in disbelief that she had to carry that responsibility but also blown away by the planning that Aelin did even before she knew 100% what she needed to do. She had all the pieces of her plan come together at just the right time and her reveal was poetic. Amazing!
Rowan Whitethorn is Aelin’s consort. He is a strong character and in this book we get to see him lay it all aside and give Aelin his everything. Swoon! In the previous books, he was always holding back or being so stoic. This time around he is more like a Fae in love and the relationship between them is really endearing. His absolute faith in Aelin really makes me love his character so much!
Dorian, oh my gosh it is about freaking time this character got a break. He still starts off a broken man who punishes himself daily for his wrongs but he is soon put into a position where he needs to man up and he does so, splendidly. We start to see some healing in his fractured psyche and he is learning to control his magic. Nicely done.
Manon Blackbeak!! Yes, oh my gosh I love this character now. One of my all-time favorites. When she was first introduced I was waiting for her to be killed off, not a huge fan. I loved her Wyvern, Abraxos, and thought maybe she was a redeemable character because he was just wonderful but I was not on her team. She was first introduced in Heir of Fire but it was not until this book that I was completely in love with her character and her character’s development. There is a mind-blowing twist dealt to Manon and her Thirteen and even by the end of the book she has not completely processed it but she does embrace it and I can’t wait to see where that story goes.
Another character that I loathed for the first three books was Lysandra. She seemed like such a self-serving viscous little trouble starter! All that changed by the end of Queen of Shadows where her true story came out and it was truly horrible. In this book, I simply adore her character. She is the most loyal and faithful friend that Aelin has and the levels that Lysandra goes to in order to further Aelin’s plans are commendable. There was a twist at the end that puts Lysandra at odds with a few characters that she was close with and that makes it hard to bear for me as a reader but I am hoping in the next book those issues can be smoothed out.
I could keep going about this amazing addition to the Throne of Glass series but I think I am going to discuss the Elephant in the Room. If I loved it so much why only 4 stars?! I do truly love this series but it does not impact me in the way SJM’s other series ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns and Roses) does. I read this book and loved it but pretty much forgot about it after I was done reading it. While writing this review, I am having an emotional connection to this book but it will pass quickly. 5 stars are for books that impact me on an emotional level that I keep thinking about the characters for days afterwards or that I loved so much that I just have to tell the world. Anyhow, great book, amazing series and I hope if you haven’t already you will give it a try. You will absolutely enjoy every minute!