Empire of Storms | Book review
Series: Throne of Glass #5
Also in this series: Tower of Dawn
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. 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.
With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she's to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.
Empire of Storms is fifth installment in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. If you haven’t read any of the others this book review will contain spoilers. So go read the series, because you haven’t lived until you have.
Empire of Storms follows Aelin and her journey to find allies for her fledgling kingdom. They travel across the continent, trying to succeed when all the odds seems to be against them.
Overall thoughts on Empire of Storms
Empire of Storms was probably one of my favourite of the series. I loved watching the characters grow, the story arcs were believable and well written. Everything that happened was a natural progression from the previous book. I adore that about this series, nothing is a massive leap of faith. The characters are consistent throughout, they grow and change but never outside of their personalities.
This was a joy to read. I am so in love with this world and all the characters.
I have briefly mentioned how much adore the storyline in Empire of Storms. The best part about this book was the added politics. Now that Aelin has a kingdom to look out for, politics comes into it, and it was a massive success in this book.
But don’t worry there is still a lot of blood and gore. Aelin doing what she does best – killing. I thought the action scenes were well paced and placed nicely throughout the story. It was never too much and I appreciated that.
I adore Aelin’s badass attitude, she doesn’t take crap from anyone and I really love that. Regardless of what she has gone through that never changes. It has been tempered a little bit, being a Queen will do that.
I think that the best thing about this book is that we see Aelin shrug off the petulant teenage and step fully into her destiny. I loved that she didn’t lose anything of herself in the process, it was a natural progression.
Oh be still my beating heart. I adore Rowan, and this book is no exception. I can almost see his muscles. His character stays as loyal and true to Aelin as he ever has but there is something deeper to it. When he’s confronted by his past it doesn’t waver a single mile. I love it.
He is the perfect companion.
I hate to say this but oh god did Aedion annoy me. I wanted to tear my hair out as soon as he started to talk. He was condescending and patronising. His love interest was rushed and there was no charisma there.
I love him really but in this book he fell flat. Hopefully the sequel to Empire of Storms will show him in a better light.
Empire of Storms was Manon’s chance to fly, and so she did. Her characterisation was fantastic. Previously she was one of my take it or leave it characters in Queen of Shadows, but she really made an impression. It was a constant surprise and there was nothing predictable in her movements.
She really became integrated in the story instead of some sideline threat.
I have lost all kinds of respect for Dorian, I’m not entirely sure what I expected but throughout this story he was dull. I mean I can’t remember anything that was particularly show stopping or even interesting that he did in Empire of Storms.
He was way more interesting when he was possessed by a demon.
Would I recommend it?
As a continuation to an already fantastic series, completely. The world Sarah J Maas has expanded and re-explored leaves nothing to desired.
Have you read the Throne of Glass series? What are your favourite parts of the story? Who are your favourite characters? Let me know in the comments