Empire of Storms: Throne of Glass (Book 5)
by Sarah J. Maas
“Blood will run. Dreams will shatter. An Army must rise.
The assassin-queen has sworn not to turn her back on her kingdom again. Especially when she might be the only one who can raise an army to keep the Dark King from unleashing his beasts upon them all. But Erawan will wield Aelin’s past, her allies, and her enemies against her.
With a powerful court trusting Aelin to lead them, and her heart devoted to the warrior-prince at her side, what – or who – is she willing to sacrifice to spare her world from being torn apart?”
I pre-ordered Empire of Storms, and it was there waiting for me on release day, so I rushed in on my first break and started devouring it straight away. And 62 hours later I am lying in bed, well past my bed time, having just finished.
Aelin and her court we in Terrasen, 3 weeks after we left them at the end of Queen of Shadows, trying to get approval from the Lords of Terrasen. Things do not go to plan, so Aelin, as per usual, starts planning without informing anyone. Rowan gets sent to Rifthold to help Dorrian, while Manon is also on her way there. Elide is on the run from Morath, when Lorcan finds her and helps her escape from Ilken.
Wow, oh my gosh, just wow! I have literally just put Empire of Storms down, and that was incredible! Do I really have to wait until next September to know what happens to everyone? I am speechless.
All my favourite characters are back, and I love them even more. The list just keeps on growing! Aelin, Rowan, Aedion, Dorian, Manon, Elide and Lysandra.
I cannot pick out a single bit a my favourite! I think it was all fabulously written, I was hooked from the very start and any chance I had, I had my nose in it. I kind of wish I did not have work and I would have probably read it in a day, but then I am glad I did not read it in a day as well. I cried several times during it, I also laughed, gasped and almost screamed at a point or two.
There were fantastic fight scenes, as well as conversational scenes. I think that the sexual scenes were probably the best that I have read, and I may have felt a bit envious afterwards that we do not have magic to have such passionate moments, but then I would not want to burn the house down… With all of Aelin’s scheming there were so many twists and turns, that I was comletely guessing what was going to happen next, and I totally did not expect that ending.
Empire of Storms does have a cliffhanger (to say the least), this is in preparation for the sixth book (currently unnamed) due out next September.
While reading Empire of Storms, I described it as the scheming behind a Queen getting her country and the demands of long-dead royalty. I would recommend to older teenagers and adults due the very mature content. 5 out of 5.
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