Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass Book #5)
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Page Number: 704
Format Read: Hardcover (Birthday Gift!)
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?
At first I wasn’t really sure of the cover, it was least favorite cover, and still is, but it’s grown on me and I kind of like it now.
The pages are thin in this book because it’s 700 pages so they must have made the pages thinner so it’s not as thick, but it’s still realllly heavy. I brought it to school with me and on top of my other school books my arms felt like lead carrying my books around.
I absolutely love Sarah J. Maas and her books so when I started reading this one and I felt no emotional connection for a quarter through I was really sad. But then after we met Elide and Lorcan and the plot started to unfold I finally could breathe okay because I found myself finally enjoying it.
I think part of the reason that there was no connection for me at first was because I couldn’t feel the Rowan/Aelin romantic spark that I felt in Heir of Fire. And honestly? The ships in this book! Lysandra/Aedion, Dorian/Manon, and Elide/Lorcan are some of my favorite ones.
The ending of this book rivals the ending of A Court of Mist and Fury almost! I was in tears at the end. I was sitting in my yearbook class and tears were just coming and the girl sitting next to me was just like, “it’s just a book, the characters aren’t even real, it’s all just in the authors head.” And I really wanted to punch her for that.
The whole Elena and Brannon and Maeve and Valg story is so confusing and I feel like the way to banish the Valg keeps getting changed up.
So far what I’m getting is that either Dorian or Aelin has to die and I’m really not okay with either of those options.
I’m also scared that since there weren’t really any deaths in this book, the finale might have some, which I’m not really ready for.
I can’t wait to see the Manon and her grandmother showdown in the next one too!
Highly entertaining and heart wrenching as usual, I loved it! Is this even still considered YA with those steamy scenes??
What are your thoughts on Empire of Storms!?