Empire of Storms – Book Review

Empire of Storms

By Sarah J. Maas

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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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Crown of Midnight – Book Review

 Crown of Midnight

By: Sarah J. Mass

 
DISCLAIMER: There are spoilers in here so YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

SynopsisFrom the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
            Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.                                                                    Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.(Goodreads summary)

 
My Review:  Throne of Glass is one of my favorite books, and I was very excited to see where Mass was going to take the story with Crown of Midnight, and, once again, she did not disappoint.
            The action took off right from the very beginning. Celaena is the newly dubbed King’s Champion, and she’s already been out on several jobs. Mass doesn’t take any time to get into the action, and actually starts out the book with her on a job and returning severed heads and hands to the king. The true plot really begins when the King gives her the job to kill and old friend of hers, Archer, who the King believes to be a rebel against his rule. 
            Throughout Crown of Midnight you are able to see the characters develop more thoroughly and see how their relationships with each other develop as well. Chaol and Celaena’s relationship is explored much more in this, and Mass does a fantastic job in portraying how much they truly care for eachother. Celaena by going after Chaol when he is kidnapped, and Chaol by sending Caelana off to Wendlyn to be with the fae. Another thing I thought Mass did particularly well was show how Dorian felt about the whole Chaol and Celaena situation. She showed his jealousy and anger and finally content with their relationship fabulously, and the readers are able to truly feel how he feels. Lastly, Nehemia and Celaena. Their friendship was truly tested in this book, and I cried at the way it ended. After Celaena arrived at the castle to find Nehemia dead and defiled, she went off into a storm of rage and attacked Chaol, showing that she cared more for her friend. It was truly a beautifully, heartbreaking moment.
            One thing I just have to add in is about Fleetfoot. During the final battle scene against the creature Celaena summoned, fleetfoot tries attacking in to defend Celaena over and over again, and for some reason I’m much more effected when a dog gets injured or killed, so I actually cried when Fleetfoot fought for Celaena. It was so touching and sweet, and something Mass put in to make up suffer.
            The way this book ends is absolutely amazing. Mass has set it up perfectly for the next book with the reveal of Celaena actually being the lost queen Aelin, and Chaol unknowingly sending the biggest threat to his country off to meet with potential allies. I just can’t wait to read the next one and find out what’s going to happen, and how Chaol and Celaena or Aelin’s relationship will continue, IF it will continue. The one major thing I just didn’t like about Crown of Midnight was the feeling that it was a filler book for the most part. It reminded me of how I felt about Avengers: Age of Ultron, that it was just created to fill some time and set up for the rest of the series. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic read, and I look forward to what is going to happen next.           In conclusion, I give Crown of Midnight four out of five stars for it’s incredible plot and it’s amazing set up for the rest of the series, but also for the feeling of this book being a little bit of a filler to get into the next part of the series. Once again, I highly, highly suggest you pick up any of Sarah J. Mass’s books because they are all incredible, and you will not regret it.

                                                   

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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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A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses

By Sarah J. Mass

SynopsisWhen nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
 

           As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. (Goodreads Summary)


My Review: I went into this book knowing it had a bunch of hype surrounding it, and it surely did not disappoint. I started reading it around nine in the evening, and finished it are two in the morning. I had to finish it in one sitting because every chapter ended with you wanting more, and I just couldn’t not know what happened next.
            Sarah J. Mass does an amazing job building up the characters and their personality (I absolutely loved Lucian, he was a little bitch), and giving each of them their own little traits that make them unique. The world building is stellar, and all of her descriptions of the Spring Court make me want to go live there (you know, apart from the creepy monsters). ACOTAR is another wonderful novel written by the queen, Sarah J. Mass, and I suggest that you go read her Throne of Glass Series if you liked ACOTAR because it’s amazing, and Mass does an amazing job with the characters and world building in the ToG series as well. 

I give A Court of Thorns and Roses a five out of five star rating because it always kept an upbeat pace, the characters and words were stellar, and it always left you wanting more.

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