Book review: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Empire of Storms (book #5)
Series: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Daniela’s rating: 3.5 stars.

Daniela’s review


I finished it. I FINALLY finished it.

Jeez. I started this book over two months ago. I couldn’t read anything else but it was taking so, so, so long for me to finish it 🙁 And this made me incredibly sad.

I am going to try my best to keep this review spoiler-free, but just remember this is the fifth book of a series. I recommend not reading this review unless you’ve read the previous books.

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.

This review might sound more like a rant than a review, but… I’m really frustrated!

This is the fifth book of the series, one I’ve loved with all my heart and hated with everything I had. But my love for it always ended up being harder, deeper. I just don’t know how to feel about this book though. We’re getting closing to the end and I’m afraid this is going to be like some other series I’ve loved at first and hated when I finished reading because of how it all ended.

This is a slow-paced kind of book. There’s a lot happening but there isn’t at the same time. It’s weird, because the things that got me excited at first, I couldn’t stand on this book. And somethings that emerged all of the sudden were the things I wanted to read most.

I have to admit, it’s been so long since I read the previous book, I got into this one practically blind. I couldn’t remember a lot of the details and that frustrate me, because I felt lost most of the time. That might be my problem, but man… This is a complicated story, with lots of unknown places and characters, it’s hard to keep up with everything that’s going on around the main characters.

Now, if you’ve read this series, you’re familiar with Aelin and Rowan by now. These two have always been something so special, like… their love is endless. You know it, you can feel it in your bones. It’s been so full of excitement and adventure from the start and we had to enjoy and savour every single detail about it because it felt like it could slip away any minute. Now? I could’ve read less about them and more about other characters and I would’ve been perfectly fine. Aelin is one of the most frustrating characters I’ve read. I can’t believe how she manages to get away with so much. I know, she’s Queen and everything, but come the fuck on. There’s so much you can overlook before you explode. People keep allowing her to pull the shit she keeps pulling and it’s like: “Oh yeah, but it’s Aelin, she’s like that, whatcha gonna do?” And that infuriates me. I know she’s seeing the big picture most of the time, but what would happen if she involved SOMEONE into her plans? Like, let someone help her? But FOR REAL? I bet not many things would go to shit or at least people would be prepared -.- .

Rowan, my amazing Rowan… he needs to put on some pants and scream to Aelin and tell her to stop being such a brat. To let him help her. To tell him the fucking truth. Until then, I’m over him.

Seriously. Ugh.

That’s what made me so mad at this book. Those two. Now, the beauty and amazing things of this book.

Lorcan. OH MY GOD!!!!!!! I wanted to punch him in the gut and then hug him senseless every time he showed up. I loved him SO much. Like, he’s so different from the previous books, and it’s all thanks to something AWESOME. GAH! I wished I could’ve read more about him and that that has made him change so much.

Dorian. Sweet Dorian!!!!!! Ok, not “sweet”, but OH MY GOD! I knew I loved him for a reason. Many reasons. He proved me right.  I still love him to death. He might be my favourite character throughout the whole series.

Elide. She started off as a weak young girl, who just wanted to escape her awful uncle. Now? Now she’s a total badass, who’s not afraid to stand up for herself, to fight with whatever she has, which might not be much, but damn it if it’s not enough to make you feel proud of her.

Manon. Woman, you drive me insane, but I’ve come to terms with your way of acting.

Aedion-Gavriel. I just want to hug these two, and make them make peace.

This book has been a difficult one for me. It dragged too many things for way too long. There were a bunch of stuff that simply was not necessary, they felt forced and so out of nowhere. I can’t lie to you, there were some incredibly awesome things I loved, but the bad overshadows them a bit, taking my interest away.

I truly hope the next book is better. I hope to see some big changes according to the development on some characters.

I can’t believe I have to wait until 2018. *sigh*

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