Book Reviews

Empire of Storms || all I can do is applaud (but slowly)

empire of storms.jpgTitle: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: NA fantasy

Status: Book 5 of Throne of Glass series

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Synopsis:

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?

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I’m glad I started sectioning my reviews because, otherwise, this review would be an incoherent mess. Still could be.

The Plot

  • In the beginning, the story was bleak and I wasn’t much interested in it. In fact, I wondered if I had too high expectations after the ending of QoS and ruined EoS for myself.
  • But but but once the story picks up, damn. This book blew my mind.
  • In short, Aelin is rallying up forces, armies and allies for Terrasen. Also, going after the keys and unintentionally following the path set more than a millenium ago by the gods.
  • Dorian is totally alone, which I already expected and felt sorry for. Soon, though, he joins Aelin and the whole crew goes on adventures.
  • Add some romance in and shake shake shake baby.
  • I don’t know what I’m saying. Next section.

The Characters

  • Aelin is as awesome, cunning and clever as ever. Her plans and when they are revealed are the best parts.
  • Aedion was sort of annoying in this book, losing his temper a lot. Kept judging people in his crew and how they were making mistakes. Aedion, no.
  • Dorian, oh Dorian. Time and time again I felt like Aelin was the star and Dorian, despite being King of Adarlan, was nothing more than another member under her. Aelin took decisions and lead all the time while I never got “the leader” vibe from Dorian.
  • Manon finally gets claws, and she gives such a show. I never saw the twist about her coming. Nope.
  • Lysandra and Rowan were amazing, as ever.
  • A few more Fae characters, some old friends of Celeana and the old Terrasen court make appearances.
  • Erawan has finally shed his mortal body.
  • Just listing the brilliant characters of this book…
  • Chaol and Nesryn are TOTALLY missing. Other than a couple mentions of them by others, they’re out of the picture. I wanted to know something about them, some updates, but we got nothing.

The Romance

  • At times, there was too much romance.
  • There’s war and killing and all those stuff going on, and in the midst there’s love and romance. It made me feel a lot incompetent and as good as a shriveled up potato because I can’t even get a guy normally while all of them are pairing up nicely amidst a war. *Reads about the pairs and the love* *looks at my face in the mirror* *cries*
  • This book is definitely NA. Not YA. We get descriptions, people, we get bedroom descriptions.
  • I’ll just say it. Aelin and Rowan finally have sex. The timing of it, though, I didn’t like. But yeah.
  • We also get some Manon-and-Dorian. I could read their parts over and over again.

OVERALL

READ THIS BOOK.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT ME TO SAY

SHUT UP AND GO READ THIS BOOK. COME RANT WITH ME.

Also rant with me about the fact that it was a little disappointing?! But I’m ToG trash so I’m still gonna love it.

5

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3 thoughts on “Empire of Storms || all I can do is applaud (but slowly)

  1. Sorry I didn’t really read this post because I was worried there might be slight spoilers. I’ve had this book pre-ordered and now sitting on my shelf and haven’t gotten around to it yet because busy + library books to read first + I’m worried about romance overload. But I’m glad you like it, hopefully it won’t disappoint me because it’s one of my favourite series!

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    1. It’s okay! I try not to spoil anything in my reviews 🙂
      I hope you like it too! I was disappointed in the beginning but it might have been because of my expectations after QoS. Soon, though, it won me over. I don’t think it would disappoint you

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