Hello, everyone! Today, I’m going to be reviewing Empire Of Storms which is the fifth book in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne Of Glass series.
Summary: 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?
Note- If you’re a die-hard ToG and Sarah J. Maas fan who is offended easily, please proceed with caution because I did rant.
I’m just going to go all out on this- I did not thing this book was good. It wasn’t bad, but it certainly doesn’t deserve an average rating of 4.6 on Goodreads. Here’s why- It was a copy of A Court Of Mist And Fury. Might as well call it ACOMAF 2.0, except that the ‘mature content’ was cringe-y, the ships were literally forced to sail by the author, and the main character was honestly the worst character in the whole book.
The writing was awful, which is saying something since Sarah J. Maas is one of my favourite authors and A Court Of Mist And Fury is my favourite book. And I was so excited to read Empire Of Storms, it’s ridiculous.
Throughout the book, Aelin is an annoying, bossy, fiery and reckless protagonist. When we first dove into Throne Of Glass, Celaena was a flawed character, yet she was amazing, bad-ass but there was still room for development. But look at her now- she is this goddess (supposedly) with people worshipping her left and right, oh no nothing Aelin Ashryver Galanthynius does is ever wrong. She always has a plot twist people, and even though she considers you her closest friend, she will refuse to tell you because she’s afraid of failing.
Are you a child, Aelin? Because that’s what children do. Do you think Rowan or Aedion are children? That they will wholly depend on this one plan of yours that you’re not even certain would happen or not? No, of course not! They’ve been doing this far longer than you have! So get your head out of your ass- and give others a bit more credit.
And this wasn’t just it. Aelin bossed people around like she owned the bloody world. I understand Aelin, you are the best, your magic is amazing, you could burn the whole world. Ever heard of being humble? Ever thought of toning it down a little? I hated every moment of where she belittled Dorian like he was a child playing at magic. How dare you? You do realise that you’re not just the only one who has powers, do you? Fuck you, Aelin and get off your high horse.
Ever since Heir Of Fire, we have seen Celaena change her name to Aelin and then literally transform herself. Yes, she’s badass and perhaps it worked for her in Queen of Shadows. In fact, the fourth book was my favourite. But dear god, her bipolar-ness annoyed me so, so much throughout this book. What kind of shitty character development is that? Leave the development, Maas, and give us our flawed Celaena back. She’s far better than the narcissistic protagonist Aelin is.
Also, can we please talk about how Aelin and Rowan were getting hot and heavy when Lysandra was on the verge of dying? Are you serious? You had all this time, and this is when you do it? Yes, yes, you deserve your happiness whenever you can, but come on! Lysandra is dying, and you go off to get going with your eagle boyfriend? (hawk, whatever.)
Speaking of getting hot and heavy, the similarities between this book and ACOMAF made me so angry and frustrated. Again and again and again with the same thing, this time written even more badly.
Because- and I’m not making this up- she describes his amazing length as velvet wrapped steel. VELVET WRAPPED STEEL.
I laughed out loud when I heard this.
Remember this line from ACOMAF?
Rhys roared as he came, slamming in to the hilt. Outside, the mountains trembled, the remaining snow rushing from them in a cascade of glittering white, only to be swallowed up by the waiting night below.
We can only imagine what good ol’ Rowan can do, if Rhys makes the mountains tremble.
Rowan’s own release barrelled through him at the sight of it, lightning joining wind and ice over the water.
Aelin held him through it, sending the fire-opal of her magic to twine with his power. On and on, as he spilled himself in her, lightning and flame danced on the sea.
The lightning continued to strike, silent and lovely, even after he stilled.
P.S.- Aelin and Rowan started this shit two chapters into the book.
Also, can we talk about how white this book is? And how super straight everyone is? Sarah J. Maas has SO MANY CHARACTERS, and yet everyone is white, super gorgeous and straight with some extent of amazing powers. I don’t hate the characters, but what the hell, Sarah? You’ve got a plethora of characters, it’s 2016 and yet it looks like you’re writing a novel in the 1700s. I don’t hate white characters, and I have no qualms about making your protagonist and the whole band wagon white, but not even a single diverse character? And Nehemia, the one diverse character, died in the second book so just great.
And almost everyone is a prince or princess. EVERYONE. Sarah uses the “and the prince said,” or “the princess glared.” WHICH ONE ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT. THERE ARE ABOUT TWENTY ROYALS IN THIS ROOM.
The. Ships. Were. So. Forced. Down. Our. Throats. Does every character have to be in a relationship to be happy in life?
The Manon and Dorian ship? I don’t even know what happened there. One minute they were locking eyes, and the next minute they were having sex. Oh oh, she let her be on top because they’re in lurrrveee and he’s speshuuull. Fuck off with this bullshit. I swear to God if Manon changes herself when she’s with Dorian, I will rip out someone’s throat.
And what the fuck happened to Lysandra and Aedion? I was waiting for this ship for so long, and now I hate it! Aedion is my favourite character in the series. Like, THE FAVOURITE, and I hate how patronizing he is towards Aelin. Like bae, you deserve BETTER. And now this weird Lysandra+Aedion ship has sailed, and it is nothing like I imagined it to be and it was so rushed! That was such a disappointment.
The only couple I do ship AT ALL in this book is ElidexLorcan. Their love was just the right amount of swoon and the perfect transition from fuck you to fuck me.
I like the plot. NOT THE END, but the plot. The fighting scenes were one of the few that were written great, the plans and battles were genius-ly thought out. In fact, those parts were so good, they warranted a three star all by themselves. The characters were great. I liked literally everyone’s POV except our wonderful protagonist’s, which is saying something.
Though I still don’t get why Nehemia actually had to die. Her death was so pointless. I’m pretty sure she could have riled Aelin to fight even without dying. Why would you kill her so pointlessly? Sarah literally wrote the scene, shouting and screaming “are you sad yet? do you feel the feelings and the sacrifices? I’m great guys hahaha.”
Also, how did Aelin know where she would end up from RIFTHOLD to give a message to Anrys and the Wendlyn prince to come to her aid? She claimed to have given the co-ordinates, so can she see into the future now?
The end. Finally. Let’s talk about it, shall we?
Sarah plagiarised herself. There’s no other way to put it. She literally used the same plot twice. You know Sarah, some people read more than one series, and they could have read this and ACOMAF? *gasp* Shocker, I know.
Let me sum the end up for you:
TamlinLorcan, to save his one true love FeyreElide betrays Rhysand and gangAelin and gang to HybernKingMaeve to protect her and now FeyreElide hate TamlinLorcan forever and now the evil TamlinMaeve has taken FeyreAelin captive and now we are doomed. But wait! What is that I hear? Feyre Aelin has already married her soulmate Rhys Rowan and now FeyreRowan is the HighLadyOfTheNightCourtKing Of Terrasen! Oh, golly! How wonderful! And heartbreaking, oh no! Whatever will happen now? *sad face*
Go away, plot! You’ve already been used before!
Sorry, Sarah. I have no tears to spare for this end. I feel like I’ve already done it somewhere. Oh, I don’t know. Maybe the book that you published this year a couple of months ago?
And Chaol wasn’t even in this book. I don’t like Chaol as a character, but that’s Sarah’s fault. Once in every thirty chapters is Chaol mentioned- and Dorian only mentions him once, like are you serious, Sarah?- and even then they’re just like ‘oh yeah there’s Chaol he is doing something idk what but he’s doing it I think’. Why. Why. Why would you do that? Throne Of Glass (the series without bitchy Aelin) had three main characters- Celaena, Dorian and CHAOL. And now you’ve just removed him from the whole book? Woooow.
I was certainly disappointed in Empire Of Storms. I expected so much more. Sarah said this book would make us cry, make us hate her. But I felt none of that! I was honestly expecting someone to die, but no one did and honestly I was a bit disappointed (I know, what is wrong with me). This book had a great, absolutely fantastic plot, waaay better than ACOMAF. But dear lord did it lack. Please don’t steal ACOMAF 3’s end for ToG6. Thanks.