Empire of Storms
By: Sarah J Maas
Release Date: September 6, 2016
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.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
Gah, this book was so well done. I personally feel that this series has gotten so much better as it has progressed. I love the additional characters and how all their stories have woven together into this complex and wonderful fantasy world. Personal note- I’d read the novellas, The Assassin’s Blade, prior to reading EoS. You don’t have to, but some characters from the short stories appear in this book so it’ll help you get all the lovely details.
This was one hefty book but, for me, it didn’t feel long at all. I was completely sucked in and found it to be fast paced and a quick read (regardless of the intense page count). The chapters flip between character point of views and I loved seeing things play out from different point of views. Each of these characters means so much to me and I love getting more details about how they feel and their motivations.
Because of the time spent with other characters we aren’t in Aelin’s mind as much in this book but I honestly didn’t mind that. I felt we got to see how she appears to others and it was really compelling. There was a character from the prior books missing from this one- mentioned but we didn’t see anything from their point of view. I’m sure this character will appear again but there will probably be some disappointed readers.
In this series the quests seem to grow as the series does which really ups the tension and sense of unease for the reader. As with the best fantasy (in my opinion) I really can’t fathom how these people will be able to save themselves and this world. This was such an intense read but there were some humorous parts as well as romance. A warning for the younger teens- some of the romantic scenes were pretty steamy and might be a tad mature for some readers.
I enjoy that the characters can find solace in each other and reading their interactions helped me to connect with all of them. Maas really knows how to write character chemistry.
A whole lot happened in this book and there were some twists- being a fan of Maas and her other series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, I wasn’t overly surprised by some happenings. I do think that some of the storyline in each book has sort of overlapped and these books do have some resemblances. I don’t mind this myself but some reveals seemed a little less climatic because of this.
That all being said, the ending of this book was fabulous. I absolutely loved the set-up and Maas is rather evil for making us wait for the next installment.
My review is rather vague but I don’t feel I can really venture into too many details otherwise this would be full of spoilers. For me, EoS was possibly the strongest in the series yet and I can’t wait to read what will happen next.