Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Empire of Storms
Series: Throne of Glass Series #5
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA 
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 693


Kingdoms will collide.

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. (taken from

Well guys, I am officially caught up with all of Sarah J. Maas’ published works! It’s taken me quite a while to get here, but hey, better late than never, right?

As I’ve said in my previous reviews, I’m an enormous fan of Maas’ ACoTaR series. Like, I passed the fan-girl stage long ago and have now entered into some sort of unhealthy, all-consuming obsession. Don’t worry though, I’m fine… At least, I will be until May when A Court of Wings and Ruins hits shelves. Then, my heart might give out. Seriously, that book might destroy me.

But I digress.

Empire of Storms, the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series, picks up where the last book left off. Maas has a tendency to really speed things up at the end of each novel, only to pick up in the aftermath with the next book. Therefore, things start fairly slowly with this one. I was okay with it, though, since I was delighted by the comradery between Aelin and her court members. Their bond strikes me as very Tolkien-esque, like the new YA fellowship or something. Honestly, no matter the speed or epicness of the plot, it was the characters that truly won my love for this series and fifth book.

Like I’ve been saying all along, I have higher and higher hopes for each of the Maas books I read. I have seen Maas’ raw talent in A Court of Mist and Fury, after which I was nearly incoherent due to my absolute love for the characters and story. I’ve been hoping the Throne of Glass series would rival the greatness of that book, and prior to this book, it hadn't. However, I am finally happy to say that this fifth book has earned a five star rating from me.

I’m a huge sucker for political webs and scheming royals, so I’ve definitely appreciated Maas’ worldbuilding. Aelin’s character has continuously improved over the course of the series, and I can practically see Maas’ character developments improving in each book. Rowan, Dorian, Elide, Lysandra: they’re all incredibly well-developed, and I can’t help but root for them all.

Based on the reviews I’ve read, many Maas fans believe A Court of Mist and Fury still ranks as the number one Maas novel. However, Empire of Storms still holds many of the key elements that contribute to Maas’ overall greatness: her knack for plot twists, her beautiful language, and most importantly, her kick-ass characters.

The next book in the series isn’t supposed to hit shelves until MAY OF 2018. MAY, PEOPLE. So let me get this straight: I’m going to fall in love with A Court of Wings and Ruin this May, and then have to wait an entire YEAR before reading another new Maas book? Clearly I’ve spoiled myself by reading the entire Throne of Glass series, one after another, in the span of just a couple months.

This is probably one of the rambliest reviews I’ve ever posted on this blog, and I’m not proud of that… Let’s chalk it up to Maas’ ability to create fans who literally have no words for her books. If you haven’t checked out this series, or the ACoTaR series, then do so now. Trust me, if you don’t, you’re going to feel super left out when you realize that Maas is the next huge YA superstar. 
Maas just makes you fall in love with each and every character, and she wrapped this one up in such an epic way.