This is a short, spoiler free review of Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas. For a more in depth discussion about the book (featuring some spoilers), click here.
I’ve been following the Throne of Glass series since (almost) the beginning; I picked up Throne of Glass as soon as it was out in soft cover, and in no time, I was hooked. I, like many other readers, have been eagerly awaiting the release of Empire of Storms for well on a year now, and the wait was certainly worth it! Maas has produced another beautiful written, intricate piece that will leave readers wanting more and utterly shattered.
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 who don’t. With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Empire of Storms will satisfy the needs of Throne of Glass fans – until the book is over (of course), then readers will be once again impatiently waiting for more.
What I Loved:
- The character and relationship development (romantic, platonic, hateful, you name it), in this book was exquisite. Maas certainly did not cheap out on the development of her characters in this one!
- Rowan and Aelin. I won’t say much more here for fear of spoiling what is quite possibly my favourite book couple (the exception being Rhysand and Feyre, another creation of Maas).
- Dorian was also perfection in this book. He’s broken, but he’s trying to heal, and he’s struggling with the implications of his experience in the previous novel. His struggle is so heart-wrenchingly human and so bitterly relatable that it is certain to draw readers in.
- Sarah J Maas is a storytelling master. Every single page of this book was masterfully written (even if I didn’t necessarily enjoy where the story was going). Maas is essentially unrivaled in this category when it comes to the skill and mastery she puts into her stories.
- The reader can begin to see Maas’ overarching plan for the series begin to come together, with this book linking not only the early novels in the series, but also the prequel novellas, together. This includes old friends, familiar places and half-forgotten warnings. This book does a great job tying up loose ends and unanswered questions!
What I Didn’t Love:
- The ending of this book. I mean, I loved the prowess with which it was written, but it shattered my heart into a million pieces, so there’s that. Sarah J Maas is a master of going out with a bang, so be prepared for fireworks before this one is over!
- One of my favourite characters from previous books was notably absent from this novel – with the plot so intently focused on Aelin’s story, there was simply no room for this character’s perspective, I suppose, but I still missed it.
- How long I’m going to have to wait until book #6. And the fact that this next book is going to be the last ToG book.
Empire of Storms is an exceptional novel, adding to an already exceptional series. Fans of the series will not emerge this novel unscathed; Sarah J Maas peppered this book with just the right amount of romance, action, intrigue and heart-break, sure to leave readers reeling long after they finish that last page.