Book Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas | Throne of Glass #5

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas | Throne of Glass #5

“You have no choice but to face it. The fear of loss…
it can destroy you as much as the loss itself.”

The path to the crown is not without a challenge. Aelin may be the rightful heir to the throne, but she must first prove herself to her own kingdom. As she prepare for an upcoming war against dark evil forces, enemy follows and attacks in succession. As she found out that an unimaginable task were lay down upon her by her ancestors as the only way to put an end to the enemy’s dark power, an unexpected battle came to view. They are at disadvantage, and the only hope to lessen the loss is through a sacrifice.

Aelin’s fight for her throne – it will be so much easier if she will be immediately crowned as Terrasen’s Queen once she have returned. But no, this book and just like most fiction story is not that simple, everything must be complicated. Our heroine must first suffer, she must prove herself to be worthy of the crown and she must first gain the trust and loyalty of her kingdom. In this book, her character growth is truly commendable.  She is no longer the arrogant and hot-tempered assassin that we have meet before. She have proven that even though things may not come favourably upon her, she still understood. Though current events seemed to give her a hard feelings, her loyalty still remains with her kingdom.

Expect an action-packed scenes as early as the first quarter of the book. It really heightens the mood of reading. Character development were really surprising and praiseworthy. Never underestimate our lead characters, just keep in mind that in a story there must be a lot of surprises to keep it more interesting.

Dorian and Manon’s connection has been really intriguing. It has been somehow hinted in the previous book, but the way the story unfolds, it just makes the development of their relationship something to look forward to. Manon’s character has been very enthralling ever since. Her capabilities and influence will definitely make the force, that Aelin needs, more powerful. In the beginning, Dorian’s character may seem to be at loss in where it is going, but then as the story unfolds, his character seemed to be more important than it looks. Definitely looking forward to that.

Lysandra has been a very interesting character. Her strength and capabilities are really remarkable. Her connection with Aedion, they can understand each other, specially both of their past. I love her loyalty to Aelin, but the last part, OMG! I just couldn’t grasp the idea of what Aelin wants her to do. That was just insane! But, wait I still believe that it will not happen, but… I’ll just keep my mouth shut. No spoilers right.

“Storms mean looking for shelter.
Shelter means being stuck inside with nothing to do but gossip.
Gossip means news from merchants and sailors about the rest of the land.
That is what thunder means.”

I didn’t intend to ship Elide and Lorcan together, but I did. They have an extraordinary bond that just got to me. Unexplainable but totally wonderful. Elide’s character has been constantly surprising. And I must add that, the scene before the reunion of Elide and Aelin –  was just truly epic.

I admit that at the first two instalments of this book, I rooted over Chaol and Celaena, Romance is something that makes a story more interesting and it surely gave spice to this fantasy series. It is not the main focus of the story but it is definitely part of a bigger picture, so when the romance has been shifted from them to Aelin and Rowan, it did not bother me. I just look forward to where the story is heading, the action scenes, the revelations and as to how the story will end surely made this series worth reading.

Though Chaol is nowhere to be found in this book, he still deserved to be mentioned in my review. This book have only mentioned his name and what he could have possibly be doing while having his injuries healed. Hence, I still look forward to where his character will lead to. And yet, I am half-hearted in regards to his own novel, simply because the final instalment has been pushed back for another year. Which will only mean that we have to wait for another year before this story finally conclude.

“I love you. There is no limit to what I can give to you, no time I need.
Even when this world is forgotten whisper of dust between the stars,
I will love you.”

Aelin and Rowan has totally emerged as a powerful couple. Their relationship were stronger than before. The romance is more intense and descriptive in this book. Rowan’s character influence has been really surprising but very much welcomed.

This fifth instalment of the series has totally shown that not all odds are in favour of our heroine. Aelin has made mistakes. She can come unprepared, and yet she can still improvised and come up with a sudden plan to cope with the disadvantage.

“This is what we are meant to do –
protect, serve, cherish. What Maeve offers is…
a mockery of that.”

Though Aelin has a very few people around her, their number is not to be taken lightly as they are all mighty and powerful. Our heroine’s clever tactics in gaining an army has been totally surprising but truly commendable.

“Fear is a death sentence.
When you’re out there, remember that we don’t need to survive.
Only put enough of a dent in them so that when she comes back…
She’ll wipe out the rest.”

This book has been heavily plotted, there are a lot of twists and turns but it also feels like there are a lot of filler as this one is a very long read. Character development has been astounding. I just can’t help but noticed that everyone seemed to need to have a romantic relationship with each other. It doesn’t bother me, but I just want to share it.

I admit that at this point I haven’t read the novellas yet, but I think this is my right time to do so. Others have mentioned that there are a lot of new characters in this book that were from the novellas, so definitely have to read those to be familiar and to have a full grasp of the story. Others suggest to read the novellas first before reading this one, but since, I didn’t know that prior to reading this one, so it just have to be my next read.

The surprises and the sacrifice at the end were truly heart melting, it totally shows courage, bravery, strength and wisdom and accompanied with survival. Having finished this book brought me a heavy heart, the ending was just saddening. But I still believed that the story is still definitely worth reading, it gave so much depth and emotions, it gave hope but it also brought pain.

The revelations towards the end gives a lot of thoughts to ponder on, it was very well thought of, the schemes that were done, Aelin’s plan for the future. One can’t help but think that, is it truly possible to happen but wait! lead characters are supposed to have a happily ever after, maybe, maybe not, are those only applicable to Disney stories? Oh my, the wait is going to be brutal, it’s killing me. This is the very reason I have been hesitant in starting this series, because I know that once I finished this book, the anxiety will be totally high.

Though I am not the biggest fan of this series, I admit that I am hooked, having read it and followed thru the characters journey, I can’t help but wonder. This may not be the best book but it is definitely well written in a way that will make a reader continue on reading the series. The surprises and revelations, the wicked schemes – they just really made this book and this series very very interesting.

There has been some debate whether this book still forms part of the young-adult category or a new adult one. Some says that though, there is a sex scene, the story does not totally revolved around that, hence still YA. Yes, it is alright to insert some sensual scenes in YA but do it in a milder way. I believe that this particular book Empire of Storms should be categorized as a new adult. The sex scenes in the story has been explicit, going towards erotica, there are not many scenes to talk about but they are still explicitly written in this book, hence, it requires a more mature audience. But since the series have started as a YA, it will be highly unreasonable to restrict reading it to only mature audiences. I believe this is an issue that parents will surely be bothered.

Other than that, this fifth instalment in the book series is definitely a must read. It feels like that this book is somehow going towards the climax of the entire Throne of Glass series. which definitely makes reading it very interesting. Can’t wait for Chaol’s journey in Tower of Dawn . Well, he’s got his own book now, so I can’t wait to dig it in soon.

Lead Characters: Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, Rowan Whitethorn, Dorian Havilliard, Aedion Ashryver, Lysandra, Elide Lochan, Lorcan Salvaterre and Manon Blackbeak
Point of View: Multiple


Heroes: 4.5 stars
Heroine:  5 stars
Intimate scenes: 4.5 stars
Imagery: 5 stars
Setting: 4.5 stars
Narration: 4 stars
Dialogue: 4.5 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Climax: 5 stars
Ending: 5 stars
Story: 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5 stars

Do I recommend this book? Definitely Yes!
Will I re-read this book? Probably
Will I read other books from the same author? Most definitely.

Throne of Glass Reading Order:

Throne of Glass | (Throne of Glass #1)
Crown of Midnight | (Throne of Glass #2)
Heir of Fire | (Throne of Glass #3)
Queen of Shadows | (Throne of Glass #4)
Empire of Storms | (Throne of Glass #5)
Tower of Dawn | (Throne of Glass #6)
Kingdom of Ash | (Throne of Glass #7)

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