Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

Posted September 22, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J MaasEmpire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #5
on September 6th 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 693
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Series Rating: five-stars
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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

I am heavily conflicted with my feelings towards this book.

As disclaimer: I LOVE this series. SJM writes incredibly entertaining, addictive story lines and develops characters that really stick with you. However, with this installment in the series, I could not get past the inconsistencies. The most frustrating to me where a few things:

  1. The constant POV change was frustrating. Though I enjoyed reading the POV of a few new characters in the book, it was very difficult to tell who‘s eyes I was supposed to be seeing events play out through. The narration would shift from third person to third person omniscient constantly, and it made it so I could not connect with any characters.
  2. It felt like Celaena/Aelin existed purely to further the plot for the entire book. She lacked any kind of character development and really felt disconnected to the story the entire time. I missed my favorite MC this entire novel! I found myself losing interest through her chapters, and constantly looking for the MC I had fallen in love with through the series.
  3. Word choice was seriously lacking in this one. It’s 698 pages of the same adjectives, the same “wolf’s smile” or “toe curling” sexual tension. Though I did notice this in the previous books, it felt like this one was particularly suffering from it this go around.
  4. Mature content was introduced, and though I enjoy mature content in YA, it felt out of place in this series. We had the usual “fade to dark” sexual content throughout the first four novels, and with its debut in book 5 – it caught me off guard. It really changed the overall tone and the type of chemistry that I had grown accustomed to associating with the characters and with their romance story arcs. It also felt like every character had to have their own show of mature content every few chapters. We lost the usual fast paced action, and the romance aspect seemed to really be the central idea that kept characters together.
  5. I can’t quite go into detail without spoiling SJM’s other series, but this novel felt just like her other books. There were a few too many MAJOR plot points that were essentially replicated in this series. This left me feeling like I was reading fanfiction, not the actions of characters in a whole other world.

I rated this book 3 stars because although there were many flaws, I still enjoyed my read. It still read it in three days, and I still want to see how SJM will conclude the series. Disappointed as I am because of its downfalls, I’m still conflicted. I walked away feeling like I had read the product of an author under pressure or two large book deadlines in one year, and it seemed to me (as a reader, not professional) that this book could have seriously benefited from an extension in deadlines and further revision. What do you think? Was the usual entertainment factor of this installment enough to let the other blips skate by? Let me know down in the comments!


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