|Release Date: September 6, 2016|
from Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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"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?"
My Thoughts:Before I start, this review has spoilers for previous books in the series but is spoiler free for Empire Of Storms.
Sarah J. Maas is a queen and we are not worthy. Seriously, her books continually deliver everything I want in a book and that is why she is my favorite. My expectations for Empire Of Storms was ridiculously high and the book still managed to exceed every single expectation I had.
Gotta start with my girl Aelin. I’m trying to think if there has ever been a heroine I’ve loved more than Aelin and I don’t think there is one… maybe Hermione and Feyre but even then I don’t think so. I am forever and always Team Aelin and I love how she continually shines. Not only is she a badass, but she is insanely smart. She surprises me left and right and no matter how dire the circumstances I know she has some sort of plan. Also, I absolutely love her swagger and sarcasm.
But aside from Aelin, this book delivers a horde of amazing heroines. I’m completely obsessed with Lysandra because she is a rock star. I could gush about her for days on end. She is so strong and smart and her friendship with Aelin is amazing. And Manon, gosh there are no words to truly express how awesome Manon is. Or Elide who is so strong in a way that is so different from Aelin, Lysandra, and Manon. I seriously love them all.
Now what would this review be if I didn’t talk about our guys. Sarah J. Maas delivers delicious characters. I mean we all know how I feel about Rowan. From the moment he swaggered into Heir Of Fire I was hooked and with each book the hooks dig in deeper. I absolutely adore him… to whatever end. And Dorian. I’ve loved Dorian from day one and I still love him. And then so many newish and older guys to love in this one. She just crafts such wonderful characters that you can’t help but get invested in.
Empire Of Storms delivered in every single way. I was heartbroken and devastated. The book gutted me. But I was also swooning and smiling and crying. It’s such a wide range of emotions and you really live the story. You don’t just read it. It gets under your skin and into your soul. The plot keeps you on edge and turning pages and reading for hours on end. The book is huge but you still demand more once you are done.
All in all, this series is forever solidified as an all-time favorite and I know there are many re-reads to come. Here’s to surviving a year waiting for the final book.