Title: Empire of Storms, book 5 in the Throne of Glass series
Author: Sarah J Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, High Fantasy
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?
Why I picked it up:
Okay. I admit it. I cried when I opened my package from Bloomsbury containing Empire of Storms and the Throne of Glass colouring book. I didn’t expect to receive it a week early, so getting my hands on it was such a wonderful surprise. I adore this series, and being able to read the fifth instalment before it was officially released was pretty awesome. Especially since I’d re-read the first four books in preparation, so I was more than ready for this!
Delving into Empire of Storms was like sitting down to coffee with old friends. I know these characters so well and love them all so much. I was excited to hear what they’d been up to!
I think Sarah J Maas is a really smart author. Her stories always delve down paths that astound me in their simple brilliance.
Quite frankly, Manon stole the show for me in this. The whole section at Skulls Bay dragged for me because I was SO DESPERATE to get back to whatever Manon was up to. I’ll really need to re-read this book so I can relax and enjoy the story for what it was without dying to know what was going to happen with Manon.
This book had a distinctly different vibe to the others. Empire of Storms was really about the war beginning, where as the first four in the series were more about planting the seeds and introducing the key characters and their relationships to each other. I feel like so much happened in this book that I definitely need to sit down and read the series all over again.
There were some moments that dragged, but in a book of 688 pages, I suppose that is to be expected. I really feel like this series is definitely coming to a climax now. So much was revealed, and the you really begin to see how much of a journey these characters have been on. I cannot wait till the next book!
A worthy addition to the series.
My Verdict – 5 stars