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Author: Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass #5
Goodreads Synopsis: “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.”
Review: Well, after Queen of Shadows, I couldn’t keep my goal of reading only one of these a month (PS- I’m already halfway through Tower of Dawn). This one was just as good as Queen of Shadows and I finally feel like I understand why someone who likes Game of Thrones would like this series. There’s magic, there’s death, there’s all these forces against each other while not realizing they need to work together on a bigger darkness than imaginable.
Of course I was a little disappointed that Chaol wasn’t in this one. Yes, I still love Chaol, I’ll leave it there since Tower is Dawn is mostly about him. I found myself really falling for some old and new characters more. Is it weird I love the complicated character Lorcan? I must go for the bad guys, Manon — the witch who has struggled for awhile with what’s in her heart has finally won me over, while Elide shows that the mind can win wars just as much as brute. With these new characters emerging, new friendships are being forged in very unlikely situations, again, reminding me of Game of Thrones — where enemies or adversaries have to work together for the better good. You have human working with Fae working with witches and people with magic — putting their differences aside to understand what’s needed.
On top of that, the romance is very “adult”. Romantic relationships might not last, but in this series, Maas finds away to make all these mature, understanding and she doesn’t let them fall into a pit of misery, you find them excelling at their new romances instead.
Unfortunately I’m still not a huge fan of Aelin and Rowan but I understand the appeal and the strength they bring as main characters in this story. Aelin is that complicate heroine who will do just that for the people she loves and this story brought that to light more, while I’m still not a huge fan, I find myself understanding the difficult position she has been thrown in and how she’s smarter than she lets on in the story. She sees how everything is going to play out before anyone else. I can appreciate what Maas has done there.
This story in general was somewhat of a blur for me, I couldn’t put it down, I needed to know what happened next and for once Maas left us with a cliffhanger! Ugh! She’s been so good at leaving me satisfied with the endings but this one left so much open that’s its going to be hard to wait it out (PS- I already pre-ordered the next book, more on that in a later post).
I feel like Empire of Storms showed that one person cannot win a war, no matter if it’s fantasy or real life. You need people around you that you can trust, you need to know when to divulge information and you need to know when to keep them to yourself for the very end.
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars