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Blogmas Book Review – Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
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 as gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at off with those who don’t.
With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she’s determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protects 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 the 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.
Review:
Way to rip my heart out of my chest Sarah J. Maas. As I’ve mentioned in my reviews of the previous books in this series, this is a reread for me. I’m reading the whole series again because apparently, I like the emotional pain that Maas puts us through. Check out my review for the last book, Queen of Shadows, HERE.
This book is killer and part of me just wants to skip rereading Tower of Dawn so I can finally get to Kingdom of Ash. The way Empire of Storms ended really just broke my heart, talk about a freaking plot twist.
I think my favorite part of this book was definitely getting to see the characters really develop their relationships with one another. There’s not so much development on themselves, but on their interactions with one another.

“She was not a rebel princess, shattering enemy castles and killing kings. She was a force of nature. She was a calamity and a commander of immortal warriors of legend.”

Aelin and Rowan went so much further into the seriousness of their relationship. I still adore both of the characters. Aelin is really filling in the role of Queen. She always has plans going on, even if she’s the only one that knows that plan. We get to know a bit more about Rowan in this story. But overall we see them develop more as one, together.

“Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.”

Aedion is still excellent. I really liked seeing him come to terms with certain things and find his proper place in Aelin’s court. I loved watching his friendship grow with Lysandra. I love that they’re both sassy and seeing that sass collide was always great. I enjoyed watching Lysandra grow and figure out who she is and her confidence in herself was excellent.

“Princess Lysandra Ashryver sounds nice, doesn’t it?”

I’m happy that Dorian played a bigger part in this book, but I feel like he was still mostly in the background. Though he was trying to learn about himself and his abilities and he definitely was spending time trying to figure out who he was now that he had this new role to fill. His interactions with Manon were my absolute favorite.

“It’s not such a hard thing, is it-to die for your friends.”

Manon definitely changed the most in these pages. Her whole world changed and she did her best to just go along with it, though she did cause a fair bit of that change. I loved her and Dorian talking because Dorian really comes out of his shell and seems like his old self. Manon challenges him in ways that I love. I also absolutely adore her relationship with Abraxsos. He’s the cutest but also pretty scary. I love the changes he’s sort of inspired in Manon.

“You and me,” she promised him. “From now until the Darkness claims us.”

I really really loved Elide in this book. She shows us her claws. She doesn’t take shit from anyone. She has a backbone and isn’t afraid to show it, even to those who she really just has no chance against fighting. She finds herself in some not so great situations but manages to get out of them. She shows that she’s loyal and honorable until the very end.

“I have no lands, no money, no army to offer Aelin Galathynius. But I will find her-and help her in whatever way I can.”

I really liked Empire of Storms even though it shattered my heart into a million pieces. So far, Queen of Shadows is still my favorite, but Empire of Storms finally answered so many of the questions that have been building up throughout the first four books. We got to meet lots of great side characters as well as seeing some old friends that we weren’t expecting. I loved that I was surprised again while reading this. I remembered the big twists but there were still things that I’d forgotten. I can’t wait to finally read the final book to see how this wonderful world is brought to an end.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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