Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: September 6th 2016

4 OUT OF 5 STARS

“It is not such a hard thing, is it – to die for your friends.”

Aelin is ready to claim her throne. With her band of loyal friends she works to gain allies while fighting enemies on every side. As Aelin discovers the depth of her magic and the strength of her love, she also discovers something else – she doesn’t have much time.

Aelin is the main character, but I’ve always seen her as the weakest point of view in the books. Empire of Storms gives quite a few other characters their own voice and it is so much better for it. The world feels vast and Aelin’s quest feels huge because of all the other places we’re seeing. Lysandra and Manon definitely hold the book up for me.

The biggest issue with me for this novel was coupling off. I loathe when novels have to give every prominent character a romantic partner. It’s not realistic that the eight most important characters all find love within their own tiny group. A group of eight people who (mostly) started out hating each other becoming a group of four couples is ridiculous. Maas tries her best to write the relationships realistically (for three our of four) but it just feels wrong.

The story starts a little slow – but once it picks up the action is non-stop. There is some absolutely stunning character development and some big reveals that will leave lovers on the series breathless. The ending is absolutely beautiful and perfectly sets up for the final book in the series – and also gives Aelin a little more interest as a character which she was desperately lacking.

There are some pretty terrible sex scenes, weak romance and sometimes the characters seem off – but it is an epic story. Manon’s chapters had me on the edge of my seat and the ending left me thrilled.

Throne of Glass has never been my favourite fantasy series, in fact, it’s not even my favourite Sarah J. Maas series, but Empire of Storms is a cut above the rest and I think that this series could actually end on a high note.

For Fans Of: Cinder

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