Sarah J Maas
Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Date Read: October 26, 2016
Genre: YA - Epic Fantasy
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?
"I would sooner die tomorrow than live for a thousand years with a cowards shame"
There are no words to explain my excitement when I finally got this book in my hands. Sarah J Maas has fast become one of my all time favourite authors. I adore everything she has written and when the gorgeous hardback of this book landed on my doorstep a week early (Thank you Book Depository) I could not contain my excitement. I started it immediately... Unfortunately then life got in the way and I had no time to read at all so it took me around 2 months to read this book. But man was it worth the wait. I loved every moment of it and although it's not my favourite book of the series it was such a phenomenal book.
Sarah grabbed my attention immediately in this book and I couldn't contain how excited I was to finally be back in this world that I fell in love with what feels like forever ago when Bloomsbury sent me an ARC of book one of this series. I love the series even more now than I did back then. I loved that in this one we saw the goings on from so many different perspectives. I did find some of them slower than others but by the end I loved each and every one of them. As always when I read split point of view books as the perspective flips I'm always like 'no I need that one back. What's about to happen' and Sarah is an expert as leaving you hanging wanting more of Manon's point of view when you're back to Aelin and vice versa.
This book has some of the best characters that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I love pretty much every character (apart from the evil bad guys, obviously). My one thing that I didn't like in this installment was the lack of Chaol. Right from book one Chaol was my all time favourite character in this series and although he has changed into a different person from that first book he is still my favourite. I adore him! And I missed him so much in this book. I need much much more of him in book 6 please.
There is no way I can put my feelings about this book in words. I was completely taken by this book and I found Empire of Storms came in waves. There would be chapters where I couldn't turn the pages fast enough because I couldn't wait to see what happened and then it slowed down where I was okay just reading at a leisurely pace. The ending of this book is one of the biggest cliffhangers I have ever read and I was so heartbroken and emotional I didn't really know what to do with myself. I loved every moment of this book but a part of me wishes that I had left reading it until book 6 was out so I could read them both together. I do not know how I am going to cope waiting a year for the final book of this series. I need to know what happens like right now.
Throne of Glass is without a doubt one of the best series I have ever read and although this one was not my favourite of the series I adored every moment of it and I am waiting with bated breath for the final instalment in this series. Next year will be a bittersweet feelings. I am no where near ready to say goodbye to these beloved characters but at the same time I cannot wait to see how it all ends. If you're looking for the next epic series to devour this one is a must-read!
"Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you."