Release Date: 6th September 2016
Sarah J. Maas’ fifth instalment to the Throne of Glass series proves that some series just get better and better.
Empire of Storms continues where Queen of Shadows left off, with Aelin discovering the true depths to her magic, and finding out just how far she’ll go to protect those she loves. Yet when not only the Dark King Erawan raises his head to battle against the team, but Maeve also sets her sights on the destruction of her niece, can she really prove victorious without losing everything she stands for in the process?
Okay so to start off, I LOVED THIS BOOK. I honestly thought it was brilliant, I know that many people thought that Queen of Shadows lowered the overall excitement for the series, and although I did love it, this book exceeded everything.
One of my favourite things was where the narrative led us, I loved that it wasn’t just following the team around but there were so many obstacles they had to overcome and even when you think something is sorted, there’s another spin! It was great that nothing in the book was at all predictable, as some YA books can be, I was constantly on the edge of my seat.
It’s well known that Sarah J. Maas is absolutely amazing at character development and world building but in this book she just takes it to another level. Not only the development of Aelin but of the rest of the newly founded Court of Terrassen.
Aelin truly transformed in this book from heartless and careless queen, as she was sometimes portrayed in Queen of Shadows, to the caring person that we’ve always known her as. It was amazing to see the lengths she’d go to to protect those she loves but also just how much she wants to get her kingdom back.
Another key part was how characters that were seen as supporting ones in the prior books, became so important in this book. Lysandra, Aedion, Dorian and Rowans cadre became so key to the overall narrative, I loved how it wasn’t just Aelin and Rowan central. The multiple POV’s were such a nice breath of fresh air, and a welcome change of story for the series. Also just for a second can we mention the utter perfection of Lorcan and Elide’s characters?!
The ending was perfect, it left so many things open for the next and final book, yet it also ended with the perfect amount of excitement to keep it on your mind in the wait for the next book.
It’s been five books since the original start of this epic story, and for some authors it can be hard to keep up the atmosphere and excitement for so long, but this book shows just how talented Sarah is. Five book later and I’m still just as excited, invested in the story and my life is even more ruined by these amazingly created characters.