While most of you might be reading Tower of Dawn (or have already read it), I decided to reread Empire of Storms. I started reading it on its release day last year and never wrote a review because I just couldn’t find the time in my busy school/internship schedule. Since I reread the entire Throne of Glass series over the summer, I felt like this was the perfect time to do a review, so without further ado: here’s my (lengthy) spoiler free review!
“A court that wouldn’t just change the world. It would start the world over.”
It’s no secret Throne of Glass is one of my favourite series and I’m so glad Empire of Storms lived up to it, because it was epic. It’s adventurous, detailed has a cast of very interesting characters. Basically, I loved it. I can’t ignore the fact that I also had quite a few difficulties with this book, though. There were more than a few times where I just put the book down and was like what the frick is going on!? And at one point I event felt as if it was putting me in a reading slump.
There are a lot of details in Empire of Storms. I took almost 170 notes while reading the book. Maybe I should re-evaluate my note-taking methods, but there was just so much to take notes on! Especially when it comes to little details you’ll 100% forget if you don’t take note of them. Looking back, there are a few scenes that definitely could’ve been cut from the book without making it less amazing or enjoyable. Many details aren’t all bad. They all help create this incredible world or make characters and relationships more special, but I often found it was just too much.
Empire of Storms has a lot of characters. I really love most of them and it makes the book just so interesting because it’s told from all these different perspectives. But I can’t deny how annoying it was sometimes. Chapters often ended on cliffhangers and the next was told from another perspective on the other side of the world and then you’d had to wait so many pages to know what happens next. It literally made me shriek with annoyance. At one point Elide’s perspective doesn’t return for like 80 pages! How am I supposed to remember what happened to her? There are actually so many perspectives in this book, that Aelin herself was overshadowed by other characters. At the same time it’s something I love because woah we got some epic scenes that just felt whole and complete because we got see it from different angles.
I never really liked Rowan (as you could’ve read in my reviews of Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows). But while rereading the series over the summer, he really grew on me. I actually like Aelin a bit less this time around. She continues to be one of my all time favourite characters, but she crossed a line with her countless schemes that just never seemed to end. *sigh*. I often liked how her scheming let to epic plot twists, but it got boring.
This book is so difficult to review because I love it so, so much but it does have lots of ‘issues’. I love this whole adventure. I love characters developing into who they are at the end and their relationships are just so, so interesting. Was it a worthy sequel to the series? Definitely. Do I still love it like I did last year? No, because I love it even more. I’m being really critical in this review, but most of the things I’m ‘negative’ about, are also the things I love.
The characters aren’t all good or all bad. I always sort of think in black and white when it comes to whether a character is good or bad, but all I could think of while reading Empire of Storms is how grey these characters all are. There’s some exceptions to evil villains, of course, but overall they can all be placed in this grey area. I was pissed at Aelin for her continues scheming, but she also did what needed to be done and basically sacrificed herself in the progress. Manon is a real badass, we all know it (if you’ve read the series). But she does have a good side. And Elide? Well, she’s definitely not as innocent as I once thought she was. But you know what? I love it.
I’m very conflicted by the end. Part of me loves it and is still in hysterics because oh my god what just happend!? But at the same time I’m just… I don’t even know! Some things were just so, so far fetched. I felt like it was so cleverly done, but at the same time it didn’t really make sense. As if there was no room for these things to naturally happen over the course of this book. Which actually makes perfect sense as this book is almost 700 pages.
It’s incredibly difficult to rate this book because I do want to be fair to my review, but I also just love this book so much. I do recognise the things that were off/wrong about this book, but it was also written very well! I’ve decided to rate Empire of Storms 4/5 because – although it has issues – it’s one of my favourite books.
About Empire of Storms
Kingdoms collide in Sarah J. Maas’s epic fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
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.
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.
Have you read Empire of Storms? What did you think? Are you excited for the final book in the series? Let’s chat in the comments!
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