Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) | Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, September 2016, Bloomsbury, RRP$17.99 AUD

Blood will run. Dreams will shatter. An army must rise.

The assassin-queen has sworn not to turn her back on her kingdom again. Especially shen she might be the only one who can raise an army to keep the Dark King from unleashing his beasts upon them all. But Erawan will wield Aelin’s past, her allies, and her enemies against her.

With a powerful court trusting Aelin to lead them, and her heart devoted to the warrior-prince at her side, what – or who – is she willing to sacrifice to spare her world from being torn apart?


I feel like I can’t fully express my opinion without detailing events of the book. Sorry.


Returning to some old places and exploring some new places and LOTS OF WATER. I personally love pirate books and books set on the high seas so I kinda liked it. Ok, I LOVED it! I would totally be a pirate is I didn’t get sea sick. *sigh* I’ll just have to experience it vicariously through reading. Also, the Stone Marshes were interesting, and I wish there was more of the temples with some divine intervention.


NOT EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP. Super unrealistic and really took away from the book (even if it did give us lots of our greatly desired OTPs). Also, can relationships please be less touchy-touchy, sexual tension and more about love and companionship. Thanks.

I’m starting to warm up to the idea of Aelin and Rowan together (after three books), but I still think Rowan and me would make a better couple, haha!

Yay for the return of characters from The Assassin’s Blade; it was a little too predictable (there were some pretty obvious hints of Ansel in Queen of Shadows…); although I was pleasantly surprised to see the Silent Assassins again.

Loved the development of Lysandra’s character and her abilities. I hate Maeve. I actually like Lorcan. And WTF Elide? You were so strong and almost sassy before but by the end of this book you are a simpering little girl who is super whiny and annoying. I’m pretty sure falling in love with a hot Fae male or being in Aelin’s dazzling presence does not change a person THAT much.


Needed that back story from Elena and the disproving of a theory about Arobynn that I thought was stupid and unrealistic = double yay. But so much stress for Aelin in the Witch Mirror. AAAGGHHH. As I said before, I really, REALLY enjoyed sailing the seven(?) seas. Fight scenes so full of action as always but some were a bit too conveniently placed just to add some excitement to slower sections. Do not approve. There must be a reason that is actually significant to the plot for it to work, IMO.

I felt like this book works similarly to Heir of Fire as a bridging book that fills in the details before continuing with the main plot (i.e. we are just building the army and getting some backstory but not much else important really happens).


Addictive, as always. But men really don’t smell like concrete objects; each person has their own scent that doesn’t smell like anything else. That is all.

Not my favourite in the series but still has some of my favourite Throne of Glass moments.

5/5 stars

Recommended to: JUST READ IT

Please Note: all opinions are mine and are not endorsed with any company or organization. 


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