Empire of Storms – Book Review

Empire of Storms

By Sarah J. Maas

Details:


Title: Empire of Storms


Author: Sarah J. Maas


Page Count: 693


Publisher: Bloomsbury 

 

 

 

Summary:

Tensions are high in the world of Erila, as war is brewing on the horizon. Aelin Galathynius has begun forming alliances with the former lords of Terrasen and building her army. She is determined to save not only her people, but the man she loves from the evil Valg queen, Maeve.

As the upcoming war comes closer and closer, Aelin is forced to make some desperate, drastic declension, ultimately deciding the fate of her kingdom. In the end, will her sacrifices be enough to save them all?

My Review:  

           Having been a fan of The Throne of Glass series since the very beginning, I expected nothing less than perfection from Empire of Storms, and Mass pulled through once again with another fantastic installment.

            The already long list of character grown in this addition to the series with some fresh new faces, but Maas doesn’t forget about our favorite, original characters. Everyone from Aelin, to Manon, to Dorian, and beyond further develops, and I’ve found myself falling deeper and deeper in love with this set of characters every day. Manon is now officially my favorite, and I find her story so interesting. I love where Maas has taken her story, and I think it is such a good move on her part to put Dorian and Manon together. Aelin is still as problematic as ever, but I grew to respect her more throughout this novel. I still think her relationship with Rowan is a bit annoying and creepy to be honest, but by the time I read that ending I was sobbing for their sakes. There isn’t much more I can say without spoiling the series for those who have not read the series yet, but just know that everything about the characters gets better as the series goes on.

             At almost 700 pages, Empire of Storms is the longest book in the Throne of Glass series, but it moves faster than the rest and is filled to the brim with action packed drama. The tension is tangible throughout the novel with war a war brewing, and I know that all the minor battles described in this book are going to be nothing compared to the full fleged war we expect to come in the sixth installment, but I still can’t help but be impressed with Maas’ ability to go from a romantic scene to one where Aelin is literally ripping off someones head in the span of a few pages without making it feel broken up and disjointed. The different character POVs throughout the story allowed for us readers to experience stuff beyond Aelin, truly opening up the world. I briefly mentioned the ending earlier, and oh my god–THAT was an ending. It caught me off guard, and I’m so mad at Maas for doing that to me, but so happy with how she’s setting up the next book in the series. 

                In conclusion, I give Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas four out of five stars for being another fantastic installment in one of my favorite series of all time, as well as leaving all of us readers on a cliffhanger, setting up the next installment. I highly recommend the Throne of Glass series to anyone who loves fantasy, and hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

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Throne of Glass Book Review

Throne of Glass

by Sarah J. Mass

SynopsisWhen magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.
Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

 But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world. (Goodreads Summary)

 
My Review: I came into this book knowing that there was a lot of hype behind it and I was already a fan of Sarah J. Mass because of her book A Court of Thorns and Roses, and it certainly did not disappoint. The main character, Celaena, is lovable and humorous even with her profession being killing people, and I found that she was very relatable for me. I also thought that Princess Nehemia sounded like a kick-ass princess who I wished ruled my country. I didn’t really have any issues with Chaol or Dorian, but they seemed a little bit stereotypical to me. The competition to be the king’s champion sort of reminded of of The Selection, one of my favorite series, in the way that it was multiple people competing for one elite position, but of course this competition was much more badass. I finished it in two days, and every time I was forced to put it down I just wanted to pick it right back up again because every page left you hanging and wanting more.
The only two things that I really wish Mass would’ve done differently was focus more on the world building, because even though the story was great and there was a map in the front and all I just had difficulty imagining where everything was and I didn’t really know that it was supposed to be magical because it wasn’t really specified to me in the beginning, and I wished that Mass would’ve worked harder on building Celaena’s relationships with the other competitors. Mass kind of started on that by making Nox and her friends and making Cain and her enemies, but she never quite got very detailed. All in all I thought that Throne of Glass was one of the best books that I’ve read in a while, and I can’t wait for the rest of the series to be delivered to my house via snail mail.

I gave Throne of Glass a four out of five star rating because it constantly kept me on the edge of my seat,  the characters were written extremely well to the point that I could hear and understand each of their own , individual voices, but I had some slight issues with the world building and the lack of detail SJM put into creating the other competitors interesting to read.
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