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?
I promise I will do my best to keep this review as non-spoilery as possible!
So, Empire of Storms. The book I have been waiting for for a year. The book I have thought about on a daily basis, literally. The book I(and so many others) have agonized and theorized over. It’s finally here, I got my copy last Friday. I did nothing but read and sleep for two days. After finishing this book that I had, admittedly, completely unfair expectations of, I took a couple more days to let it sink it, to rally my thoughts and try to approach this review as unbiased as possible(very hard for me, SJM is my favorite author, so yeah, I gravitate towards bias here).
I wasn’t let down by Empire of Storms at all. In fact, I’ve decided to no longer worry about Maas’ future books. Obviously, she writes what I love, and it works for her so I think it’s safe for me to expect to enjoy her books. Empire of Storms is no exception. It was full of all of my favorite staples from the Throne of Glass world: fast-paced action, gruesome and vivid detail, fantastic world-building, an ever growing story, beautiful characters that I can’t help but fall in love with. So many things made me adore this book.
No, it’s not my favorite in the series(that will probably always be Heir of Fire*heart eyes*), but I do think that Empire of Storms is a very solid installment. Maas’ did a fabulous job of taking the overall story and expanding it in really big ways, creating much higher stakes and a much greater sense of urgency. I’ve seen a lot of controversy over her writing just not making sense at all anymore and honestly, I don’t see that. I think it might be because to me, Empire felt more like some of the adult fantasy stories that I love. Like I said before, the stakes are higher, and everything just felt bigger.
Speaking of adult fantasy, I had somehow missed the memo that the Throne of Glass series would be transitioning from YA to New Adult with Empire of Storms. Sooo...I was really surprised when I got to a certain point. Empire is definitely not YA. After I got over my initial shock I was totally okay with this, I felt that with the direction the story was progressing it felt like a natural transition.
Now I promised to keep this review unbiased(so difficult omg). The only “issue”(it really didn’t bother me that much) I had with Empire was that after digesting everything, a few of the plot devices used were actually very similar to ones used in Maas’ other new-ish release, A Court of Mist and Fury. I obviously can’t go into detail because of the no spoilers thing, but a few times I knew approximately what was going to happen next because of the similarities. Not my favorite thing, I love to be surprised, but obviously it didn’t bother me enough to stop me from reading more. And overall, the story went in directions I never could have guessed, with the ending completely blind-siding me.
So I really loved Empire of Storms. It was so wonderful to get to see my favorite characters again, to finally be immersed in the world of Erilea after the agonizing year of waiting. I’m going to go ahead and say that this is my favorite book of the year. And today marks day two of waiting and fretting and frantically anticipating the last installment in my favorite series. One more year to go!