Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
by Sarah J Maas
Kingdoms will collide.
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.
SOOOOO MUUUUUCCCCHHH EPICNESSSSSS
Aw jeez, that gif is making me dizzy …………
‘Empire of Storms’ is the first time we get a WHOLE book with the gang together. Minus Chaol and Nesryn but honestly, I’m not complaining. Some serious butt-kicking is involved (of course), questions are finally answered, romances escalate and some new romances emerge. IT’S A HELL OF A RIDE!!!
Where to begin, where to begin? That’s always the issue with Maas’ books. There just so much epic stuff to discuss, where do you start?
Unlike Heir of Fire, this book doesn’t have an identity complex and unlike ‘Queen of Shadows,’ Empire of Storms doesn’t generally stick to one location. Nope, the gang goes on a road trip in this installment! Aelin is gathering up an army to take on Erawan. All throughout the novel the gang travels around Erilea to rustle up old companions to return the favour they owe to Aelin/Celaena and become part of their army. We see some old friends from The Assassin’s Blade and we also get to know more about Aelin’s ancestors.
Rowan and Aelin are going strong in this novel. You realise that the first three books were used to establish Aelin’s character, her past, her choice to be Celaena for a good chunk of her life and then accepting herself as Queen of Terrasen. Then book 4 was used to establish her and Rowan’s unbreakable romance. This means we see less of their heart to heart moments in ‘Empire of Storms’ though there are two steamy ones. But I think it was good to focus less on them and more on the general storyline and the surrounding characters. As the reader, I was confident in their relationship and their identity so it was more relevant to focus on their efforts to gather an army and try to thwart Erawan’s ambushes. It’s one of those books which have less of a defined storyline. It was more of tying some loose storyline ends and building a really strong foundation for the last book which will come next year (COME FASTER PLEASE).
It’s in this book that you actually realise how friggin’ powerful Erawan is. Especially since we get to see Elena and Brannon fight him in the past, he just won’t stay down! He’s a VALG KING! HOW DO YOU KILL AN IMMORTAL ALL POWERFUL DEMON BEING!!!???
Well, we’ve got the Wrydkeys and even though they’re scary AF, most of Aelin’s chance to win lies with them and her evolving army. In my opinion, Maas might have made the complication too complicated. Erawan is powerful as hell (hehe, pun) and this is combined with the nosy yet forceful dealings of Maeve. This means we have two super powerful and very old enemies against Aelin. Combine this with their also impressive armies and Aelin’s struggle to claim her rightful throne – I’m not sure the next book is enough to solve all this.
Who we also get to read about in this installment, is Lorcan and Elide. YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!
Just putting it out there – SO MANY EMERGING OTPS and my heart can’t take them all.
We see Lorcan’s softer side, Elide’s badassery and when they’re combined it’s like HELL YEAH! Lorcan tells us more about his twisted love for Maeve and Elide tells us more about her tragic past. She’s going to be such a treasure in Aelin’s court. She has this fantastic kindness, goodness and generosity which is also combined with the strength and viciousness to reach her goals and protect her loved ones. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know her better and watch her become more free.
It was also amazing to see Dorian really find his place among the gang. Before, he was a like a lost puppy, finding his feet after being enslaved by a Valg King. You really see him grow as a person – it’s also really surprising to read his wise words in ‘Empire of Storms’. It seems that his experience with the Valg didn’t leave him broken but rather, much wiser and mature. You also see his full power in this book and just watching everyone’s honed battle skills and other-worldly powers come together was just AWESOME. AND OMG HIM AND MANON ARE AMAZING!!!! The interaction and banter between Aelin’s court is just so hilarious.
After ‘Empire of Storms,’ I’m left wanting more (as usual) and breathless at how this series has developed so vividly. Aelin, Rowan, Dorian, Aedion, Lysandra, Manon, Elide, Lorcan, Nehemia, Gavriel, Fenrys, Nesryn and yes, even Chaol have this special place in my heart that will always have me yearning to be in their world rather than mine.
Now, give me the next book please.