Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
Format Read: Paperback
Published by Bloomsbury Australia on 6 September 2016
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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?
I’ve been sitting on this review for a while, not knowing how the heck to sum up my emotions after everything that’s happened in Empire of Storms. WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?! I’ll try to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, but if you haven’t read the first four books already…what are you even doing here? Shoo! Go, go, go. Pick yourself up a copy and wait for Sarah J. Maas to rip your bloody heart out (in a good way).
Empire of Storms picks up where all our character arcs are left off in Heir of Fire. You guys have no freaking idea how long I’ve waited for things to go down after all the set up that went into Queen of Shadows and Heir of Fire. Finally, finally, we were going to see Aelin take up her rightful place and reclaim what was hers.
Maas is a masterful storyteller, and while the Throne of Glass series seems to have had some epic moments already, you just know that Maas and Aelin have more in store for the reader. As a fangal of the series since the very beginning — and I mean very beginning when it was still a draft on FictionPress — it’s so lovely to see the story evolve and take the direction it’s taken. I remember when Throne of Glass came out and I was telling people that it’s important to treat The Assassin’s Blade like the Throne of Glass 0, and that it’s not just a side book. Well, Heir of Fire really nails this message home. Characters from The Assassin’s Blade (which I’ve dearly missed by the way) make their reappearance in this book. I won’t say who, but I’m sure you can guess if you’ve read TAB.
And oh gosh guys, if you thought that Heir of Fire was downright 5 stars already…well just you wait. As storylines begin to merge, and all those cryptic messages from the previous novels are revealed, all the little details that Maas has scattered throughout this series over the years begin to click. And boy do they click.
I’ve definitely missed all the characters in this series, and it’s always so lovely diving in and knowing that year after year, they grow and become people that you can continue to root for (pun intended ;)). Yes, even Lorcan although I felt his change in sentiment towards a certain someone felt a little too swift.
Aelin and Rowan of course are complete badasses (but my heart still belongs to Sam), and it’s so great to see her court come together, and work with each other through all the shit that Morath continues to throw at them. And boy, do they throw a lot — not to mention the evil queen from the east, Maeve, and all her bloody meddling. When I thought that she was just some side character that we can forget about but Maas throws a spanner in the works…seriously don’t even get me started on Maeve and her stupid timing.
While there’s definitely some downright amazing characters in this series, my all time favourite will have to be Manon. Oh Manon, the things she’s gone through and endured in this book makes me weep, even though she’d probably rip me in half for the pity. But I know she’s a softie deep down 😉
I don’t think there are enough words to describe the jumble of emotions that I experienced while reading Empire of Storms. I definitely felt like there was a thunderstorm brewing in my heart, and it’s honestly still there as that ending has yet to fully sink in. I’m definitely counting down the minutes until the sixth and final book (omg noooo!) is released next year. I’m not ready to let any of these characters go…a reread is definitely needed!
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.