Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Release date: September 6, 2016
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Pages: 704
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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. 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.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what – and who – to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


45 stars

Empire of Storms is the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series, which means that this review may contain spoilers for the first four books.

Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a review copy of the book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I loooooved this fifth installment of this series but I didn’t love it more than Queen of Shadows and Heir of Fire. While there were lots and lots of elements and plot points that I highly enjoyed, I had a few minor issues. But they were so minor that I could probably overlook them.

The plot of this book was great and I thought it followed on nicely from the ending of Queen of Shadows. However, at times, I felt that the plot lacked logical flow and transitions. There were things that kind of happened out of the blue and I think that’s a little bit inexcusable for a book that’s 700 pages. Having said that, while it did make me slightly confused at times, it didn’t really bother me and I loved where we went in this story and how the book ended as well. It fit in really well with the overarching story arc of the series and I’m super excited to see where the finale takes us and how it’ll end.

This book follows a couple of different perspectives and character journeys and I enjoyed all of them. We follow the stories of not only Aelin and her court but also Manon’s story, Elide’s journey to finding Aelin and Lorcan’s own personal quest to find the Wyrdkeys. I loved finding out more about Elide and Lorcan because they were intriguing characters that we didn’t really get to see a lot of in previous installments. Those two characters really, really grew on me throughout the novel and I love them so much! I also highly enjoyed Manon’s story arc. I loved her in previous books but now I think she might be my favourite character of the series. Her journey throughout the book was heartwrenching but worked so perfectly with plot of the series. What I think was slightly missing in this book was Chaol’s story. I’m not the biggest Chaol fan but he wasn’t in this novel at all and I did find myself wondering what he was up to. I can understand why his story wasn’t included in this book since it was already filled with lots of juicy action but I think fans of Chaol will really be disappointed by the lack of Chaol in Empire of Storms.

All of the characters were fantastic in this novel. I had problems with the characters in A Court of Mist and Fury but I was definitely not disappointed by Empire of Storms. I do have to say though that some of the side characters overtook Aelin as my favourite. I thought the complexity of Manon and Elide’s characters in this fifth book were much more appealing and interesting to me than Aelin. She just felt a little bit less feisty and funny than in previous books. We saw a much more serious and responsible side of her in this novel, which worked well with the plot and makes complete sense. I just found her to be slightly less interesting to me than some of the other females in this book. In terms of the other characters, I continued to love Rowan in this novel. But I felt that his character was also slightly different to who he had been in the past. He was also a bit more subdued and at times came across as a bit weak and needy, as opposed to the big, bad Fae warrior he was in Heir of Fire. These are all very minor criticisms though because I love the cast of characters in this series and the things they make me feel.

All you really need to know about Empire of Storms is that it is absolutely amazing. Fans of Chaol might have a bit of a problem with the lack of Chaol in the novel but you definitely cannot deny that this is a wonderful installment with a clear story arc. I can’t wait to find out how it all ends and I’m so sad that it’ll be another year before I find out.

Empire of Storms was published by Bloomsbury on September 6, 2016 and is now available at Australian retailers for $17.99.


8 thoughts on “Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Yeah… I really didn’t like ACOMAF all that much. But I absolutely love the Throne of Glass series and where the story is heading. I also don’t follow a lot of series, unless they’re trilogies or not that a big commitment, but I think Throne of Glass is a series that’s worth it. I do much prefer standalones too though!

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  1. Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer says:

    I bought this yesterday (a day early, haha) and I’m SO excited to dive in. I haven’t yet read ACOTAR and its sequel, but there has certainly been a LOT of debate about those characters. Interesting what you say about Chaol, though. He’s getting his own book, right? So maybe it makes sense that there is a lack of him in this one. Either way, I’m looking forward to this.

    Fabulous review!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Ooooh you make a really good point about the Chaol novella/book. That could definitely explain why he’s not in this book at all. I can see SJM writing about his own journey in a separate book. Still, I think fans will be disappointed with this decision. It’s no excuse to completely exclude a character so that you can sell more books. I hope you enjoy the novel! I really loved it, despite the lack of Chaol and some other issues. Definitely a much stronger book compared to ACOMAF, in my opinion!


  2. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    I am rereading Heir of Fire and they have all changed SO MUCH. But I will now call this character development OK, esp since I am still a helpless and completely bias shipper. I actually like Aelin more with every book, even though Manon is my main bae. I have a strong feeling Chaol will have an important part to play in the next book – so his fans will hopefully be happy with that. Plus he has a novella coming up, SJM already hinted it will cover his missing arc in this book. Anyway I am so glad I had you to read this book with and scream about ships to ❤ ❤ MY CARRANAM IS YOU BB.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I quite liked all the ships in this book so I am okay with everything too. I’m keen to see how some of them develop further, especially Elorcan because I not only love hate to love and pretend marriage tropes, I also love second chance romances too HAHA ❤ ❤

      Awww you are my blogging twin and carranam ❤


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