Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

Sarah J. Maas

YA Fantasy

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.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5) Honestly, this series just doesn’t get boring!

Everyone is coming from near and far for the eminent battle. Each have their own reasons to join Aelin but all the reasons align.

It’s hard to pick a favorite character at this point. We know these characters so well! We know each redeeming quality and each flaw. I like seeing where relationships are taken and how each person is evolving.

This is the book where I started noticing many similarities with Bryce, Maas’ character in the Crescent City novels (Crescent City review). This was both exciting and saddening. While I like each character, it made me a bit sad they weren’t more unique. Many scenes were similar and many personality traits. So while I still love this series, I started picking it out more and more and that made Aelin lose some of her spunk that I’ve always adored.

This is also the book where the intimacy takes a turn. I’d definitely label these more NA (New Adult which tends to have older teens or 20 year old as characters). The intimacy gets detailed and “open door” while the violence is taken up a notch with gore and blood.

General content summary: little/no language, lusty (thinking about intimate moments, wanting intimate moments etc), battle (blood, death, some gore, injuries), demons, creatures, passionate kissing and more (few details), battle and death (multiple), near drowning, detailed intimacy scene (2x) and multiple references, creature attacks, blood, m/m relationship, whipping and blood.  

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