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Title: Empire of Storms

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publish date: September 6th, 2016

Pages: 693

Rating: 4/5 stars

Blurb: 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?

Overall: Really, this book got so much better than the forth one and I loved it. I loved the characters, the fast-paced plot. Although, I would say there were so cringe-worthy parts and a few flaws, still.

Non-spoiler review: Truthfully, I was pretty excited to read Empire of Storms, just ‘pretty’ because I felt the connection between me and the series has faded away throughout the year so I wasn’t as excited as I used to be. I felt that it was just a book that I had to deal with sooner or later, so why not get it done now since it was a newly released book? Did I regret reading this book? Fortunately, no. Did I enjoy it? Yes. A lot.

Throne of Glass series used to be one of my favorite series of all time. I enjoyed Throne of Glass and I loved Crown of Midnight,Heir of Fire was okay, yet after I read Queen of Shadows, I was disappointed about a lot of things and my liking for the series started to disappear then.

First off, the writing. I am not really sure right now if I enjoyed Sarah J. Maas’s writing style anymore. There were some parts in Empire of Storms that I fell asleep reading and some parts urged me to drop the book down and play games on my phone instead. There were some cringe-y sentences like:

“Sometimes, you’d be sleeping beside me at Mistward, and it’d take all my concentration not to lean over and bite them. Bite you all over.”

For Christ’s sake, he was mentioning her earlobe, the writing made it sound like something else (I couldn’t help it, sorry). Although, some parts were horrible, there was a majority of writing that I liked, it was empowering and entertaining. I fancied the way she improvised the movement of a plot by using strong and provocative vocabularies.

Somehow, I was also entertained by the considerable amount of twists and plot lines in the book. It seemed to improve and got even better than Queen of Shadows. There were still some flaws because the worldbuilding had expanded into something wider and bigger than what we saw in the other four books. I loved that there were richer story line and also the wicked, horrified, heartbreaking ending. I loved the ending above other things in the book because it was emotional and soul-wrecking. I adored how she pulled that scene off admirably and the way she added the useful amount of characters from her novella.

Despite all her loving plot, I was very furious and irritated that she cut off a character in this book, which is Chaol. I have loved Chaol since the first book and I shipped him and Celaena and I wanted them to be an endgame. Unfortunately and sadly, that did not happen. And Chaol’s character development was seemingly intentional to make him look like a complete ass. I would love to see Chaol back in the sixth book, please Sarah J. Maas, as it is being the last installment in the series.

Moreover, I had been very uninterested in Aelin since Queen of Shadows. She had developed into a character that I didn’t really care for anymore. She was drifting/I was drifting away from me/her in this book far more that the forth. Yes, she was sassy and sarcastic, still, but not as quite when she was Celaena who was a stone-cold heart bitch that I loved. I guess it was because she now had a wider stuff to care for, and not just killing off people on Arobynn’s orders. As for Rowan, I don’t really have much to say about him. He was a character that I did not like since Heir of Fire. He seemed to be too much around Aelin and couldn’t keep his horniness aside while Aelin was trying to save her country. Aaaaand, I don’t ship Aelin-Rowan. Every time I read their sex scenes I just cringed really, enormously, widely, ineffably hard. Please, stop torturing me with these anymore, I’m sure I’m not the only one.

A dark laugh against her now-burning skin. It was an effort to keep from taking one of his hands and guiding it up to her breasts, to beg him to beg him to touch, take, taste.

Manon Blackbeak, our Wing-Leader, just got a MILLION times more interesting than I expected. My god. She was unexpectedly good, she was unexpectedly doing THINGS that satisfied the readers. I loved her character development so much. I could see her grow into more of a phenomenon in the sixth book. She was by far my favorite characters in this book because Sarah J. Maas kicked out Chaol, of course. Our Dorian Havilliard also got really intriguing. He pulled off his magic and it just got better and useful to him. He was just as I remembered him, his softness and loyalty. Elide and Lorcan parts were really entertaining. Interesting how they got so well in the first place while Lorcan was actually hunting her in the first place.

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