Review of Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

empireofstormsEmpire of Storms
By: Sarah J Maas
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Hardcover

My Rating:

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?

My Thoughts:
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.


Final Thoughts:
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.


  1. says

    I definitely agree that this series has gotten better and better with each book! My favourite book of the series is Queen of Shadows, I actually liked Aelin in that book, she had more of a likable personality.

    But I really did not like Aelin in Empire of Storms… She lost all of her personality and became this person that could plan for every single thing that happened. She felt like an untouchable god. And she acted like one. I was so bored by the fact that Aelin knew everything and yet she never eluded to the readers about it. So it felt like we weren’t actually IN Aelin’s brain but instead just watching her watch the world. Blah. Boring.

    Also, it was frustrating that she kept all of her secrets from the people she’s supposed to trust the most. Like why?! I was also disappointed with how Rowan has changed, he was so bad-ass and sexy in Queen of Shadows. But in Empire of Storms he became Aelins puppy and way too over protective. I wasn’t a fan of this change.

    However I really loved all of the other characters and I agree that it was so interesting seeing how each character intertwined with the overall story arc in this book. I really loved Mannon and Elide’s chapters! I loved seeing Elide and the slow burn romance 😀

    I’m actually really glad that there’s only one more book in this series, it feels like it’s so long winded now.

    I too was a little disappointed with one of the reveals which was also in A Court of Mist & Fury. I guess it just wasn’t much of a shocker because it happened in Maas’ other series.

    I enjoyed this book mainly for Elide & Mannon. I can’t wait to see how it ends!

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift

  2. says

    I adore this series and despite the emotional distress this book put me through I absolutely loved it too!! I must confess to ship Manon & Dorian and Aedion and Lysandra with much more fierceness than Aelin and Dorian… so this book made me so very happy!! And had me so damned worried all the time! AND TALK ABOUT AN AWFUL CLIFFHANGER!!
    I cannot wait till I re-read the whole series again in preparation for the final book!!

  3. says

    Gorgeous review Kristen. <3 Aw, I'm so glad you were happy with this book 😀 YAY. I have heard some bad things, lol, about how it keeps getting worse as the series grow. But I'm so glad you didn't feel that way 🙂 Personally, though, I will never ever read these books. Don't get them at all, haha 🙂 But I am glad that you weren't disappointed. <3 Hugs.

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