Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

September 24, 2016 Review 36 ★★★★★

Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
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Source: Purchased
Pages: 384
Release Date: September 6th 2016
Series: Throne of Glass #5
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Note that this review itself does not contain any inappropriate material.

Spoiler free, just a few non-spoilery quotes!


Once again, I find myself in the Post-Maas What Do I Do With My Life Crisis. As of right now, I’m sort of in denial and have convinced myself that everything is okay. I just got off a totally crazy roller coaster but I am going to be okay.

“A storm is coming. A great storm.”

Oh boy, is it. Prepare yourselves because it. Gets. Real. Without saying too much, the stakes are extremely high for Aelin and The Gang, and you can feel it in every single page. Like I said, this book is an emotional roller coaster filled with turns and turns and loops that will turn you upside down while you love every second of it.

EMPIRE OF STORMS is absolutely epic. It is the opposite of an in-between book; in fact, I might even say it holds more action than all the other books combined.  There is no peace, there are no holds barred, no punches pulled. I was both a sobbing mess and a giggling mess, sometimes at the same time. Above all, I was a terrified mess because I’ve come to care about each and every one of these characters so much.

“There was no force in any world that could keep her contained.”

I do have to say that there was a cost for all of the action – we didn’t get to see the inside of the characters’ heads as much. When compared to the previous books, I really missed being able to see what each character thought about a certain situation or be able to completely understand what motivated them. Because of this, I thought some of The Gang acted a little bit out of character and I couldn’t fully understand some of the decisions they made.

The characters themselves are absolutely glorious so it kills me to kick a half star off but I am doing it because I just didn’t see as much character development. A lot is happening but because we didn’t get to intimately know what everyone felt, I feel like any changes went unnoticed. You could tell a lot of them were growing due to the events happening but I wish we had gotten to experience more of that from their perspective. I felt particularly distanced from Aelin, who we have always been close to in previous books, although there is a much larger cast of characters now.

“The fear of loss . . . it can destroy you as much as the loss itself.”

Everything is weaving together effortlessly. Those novellas you may or may not have thought twice about? Maybe it’s time you go ahead and check them out. How long has this all been planned out because seriously, plots and things I never expected to converge come together and it’s a masterpiece. Also now I realize so much foreshadowing.

It may not have broken our rating scale like A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, but EMPIRE OF STORMS is an installment you need to get your hands on immediately (if you haven’t already, I’m a little late to the game this time.) If you’ve already read it, what stage of grief are you in after that cliffhanger? (No spoilers!)

Rating Report
Overall: 4.8

36 Responses to “Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas”

  1. Zoe

    I finished it today, and when I did I was speechless. I was a hot mess after finishing. The ending was so bittersweet that I don’t know what to think…I think I’m alright now ahahaha from scrolling through spoiler posts on tumblr…

  2. Adalyn

    I loved this book so much! Like you, it was just off of five stars for me. I felt that it got kind of boring and seemed to drag on around the middle, but the end totally picked up. I agree that it would have been nice to see more inside each character’s heads though. Great review!
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  3. Puput @ Sparkling Letters

    YASSSS I agree with the lack of character consistency and development! Which is why I only rated EoS 3.5 stars because characters are my #1 deciding factor when I rate a book :P but I do agree that the plot is incredible and I loved how it was so action packed!! I can’t wait to find out Maas’ plan for the final book. And yes, it’s probably time for me to read The Assassin’s Blade because I was totally confused with all the new characters :’) great review!
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    • Alise

      The rating was hard decision for me as well, it’s closer to four stars than five stars. Oh man, I’m so nervous for the end! The novellas are great, I hope you enjoy them! Thank you :)

    • Alise

      Yeah, I really missed Aelin in this book. I think it’s hard trying to find a balance because there are other characters now that need development.

  4. Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    Aaaah! I’m still re-reading the series to get to EoS! AND I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The planning in particular that you mentioned has me so dang intrigued! But I know I will enjoy it more for having reread everything……….

    I know I’m in for a massive book hangover.. But my ARC schedule is super full so hopefully something will help me out of the slump?

    I need more time to read! I need to pick this book up already!
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  5. Lonna

    Awe, you sound so sad. I hope it’s better to be a little disappointed that a book ends on such a high note that you want more, as oppose to the many other possibilities, yes? I’m glad that you enjoyed it so much. Hopefully Maas will bring back some of the internalization of the characters that you enjoy in her next installment. =)
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  6. Nara

    I 100% agree with this review! I just love how Maas is able to build the momentum throughout the series. Going to be veeerrrry interested in how she ties everything together in the last book! I’m sure it’ll be incredible :D
    Also damn the cliffhanger! First ACOMAF and now EoS, dammit Sarah!!

    • Alise

      Right? I’m so excited but also terrified at how it is going end, especially after all the revelations in this book!

  7. Cyci Cade

    Is this the last book of the series? I didn´t finish Queen of Shadows because I didn´t like the book, but seen your review I´m considering reading Empire of Storms.
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  8. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Ok. Ok…..ok.ok.ok.ok.ok.
    Ok. We had some VERY similar feelings about EoS Alise (it’s Alise right, I feel like Bec said she could only read this in December??) The plot man…the plot was sooooo intense and did.not.quit. I also felt that it was at the expense of the characters but honestly I love the gang so much, I could have done with EoS parts 1 and 2 so we had all the plot PLUS all the character development and inner monologues! And the foreshadowing! THE FORESHADOWING. The connections from the past, the set up the ARMY. GAH! AND THAT ENDING. I am NOT OK. That was just too much. How are we going to survive till ToG6? And even if we do, reading it will kill us D: Le sigh.

    Awesome review^^ I feel better now that I have gushed with you haha! ♥
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    • Alise

      Yeah! Sorry, we were having theme issues so the author box is gone xD Haven’t had time to fix it. Totally agree, there was so much action! I’m so afraid for the final book now, I really hope it’s not too heartbreaking!

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