Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
By Sarah J. Maas
Summary: 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 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?
Source: I purchased a hardcover.
I started Empire of Storms realizing it had been way too long since I read the last one and so much happened and I wasn’t prepared for there to be more books and I forgot nearly everyone’s name and only vaguely remembered the side characters and their plots.
That was not a good place to be.
I brushed up on the previous book’s plot and felt a little better, but the first half of the book was also slightly boring and confusing since I was trying to jog my memory.The second half of the book was amazing. I’m once again invested in all of the characters and their doomed fates and tangled web of connections.
It’s hard to review the book because I love Sarah J. Maas, her writing, her complex plots, amazing side characters, and well developed characters in general. I love everyone not just despite, but because of their flaws, even the smirking Aelin. I really do love this series, but I need it to be over. I need closure. I need the books to be twice as long if that’s what we have to do to get the plot rolling and some conclusions forming without waiting a year. I should’ve just let Empire of Storms sit on my shelf until the series ended because I already know I need to reread the entire series again just to really experience it all happening. There is already one fantasy series in my life that is never going to end with a character list a mile long no matter how many of the main ones the author kills and I don’t have room in my life for another extremely complex never ending series.
What’s weird is that my frustrations with the series don’t appear to be everyone else’s. I’ve always loved the main character and as she changes, I like her even more. I like that she’s arrogant because girls don’t often get to be that way and guys get away with being that way all of the time without nearly as much criticism. I love how people change and grow in the series and love other people. The romance that everyone is cringing over doesn’t bother me, either. I’m used to reading adult paranormal romance and that can be quite cringeworthy, but the sex scenes that everyone said were all over the place (but only happened in one chunk) and outrageous weren’t even really bad, super descriptive, or inappropriate. I’m not a teenager or the parent of one, so I guess maybe I’m in a different place, but if that’s the outrageous content that shouldn’t be in YA, I think we need to rethink ourselves as a society because that was a coupling of love and respect and I’ll never see anything wrong with teens being exposed to that. (And let’s not get started on why brutal violence is okay in YA fiction but a little bit of sexy time makes everyone get their torches out).
I love this series, but I don’t think I’m going to read it anymore until it’s over. I’ll buy the books and let them sit and just do one binge read because it’s just too much to try to remember all the details and get invested all over again only to have it end and still not be over.