Series: Throne of Glass #5
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published on September 6th 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Hardcover
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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 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?
*In this review I’ll have all EOS-related spoilers hidden, but there are potential spoilers if you have not read the previous books in the Throne of Glass series.*
I’m going to do things a little differently for this review, cause I had so many emotions while reading it, that it’s hard to string my thoughts together.
So, I present to you: The 5 Stages of Empire of Storms.
STAGE ONE: OVERWHELMING EXCITEMENT.
My book arrived on my doorstep; I opened up my precious parcel with a swiftness that has ne’er been seen before.
Book in hand, I spent an embarrassing amount of time caressing the cover, and staring into SJM’s beautiful author photo.
I then prepared my mind, body, and soul before embarking on what I knew would be an amazing journey.
STAGE TWO: YOU GIRD UP YOUR MUTHA F*CKIN’ LOINS.
I kid you not, I started EOS with the highest of hopes; I was like “Oh, I’ll get like a few chapters of picking up where QOS left off, and get to enjoy some quality Rowan + Aelin time…”
Yeah, no. My loins were not fucking girded, friends.
EOS opened up with View Spoiler »a flashback prologue of Elena and Gavin in mortal peril, and then I got a page or two with Rowan getting blue balls, then Elide is in a sticky situation, and Darrow (or as I like to call him “Asshole Extraordinaire”) crushing all our hopes and fucking dreams. « Hide Spoiler
Yeah. Gird up your loins, friends! Are they girded? Are you girding?
I was creeped out.
I was grossed out.
I cringed; I (internally) screamed.
I loved ever page-turning second.
STAGE THREE: A DASH OF SWOON & A WHOLE LOT OF STEAM.
Let’s be real, okay? I was waiting for *the* moment when my man Rowan to, for lack of a better term, ‘get it in’.
Heck, I was ready for ANYONE to get it in.
With each turn of the page, even with the mortal danger in practically every other chapter, all I kept thinking about was “WHEN WILL THEY?!?!”.
In Chapter 2, Rowan be like:
“And what I said still holds. I’m not taking you against a tree the first time.”
Then Aelin was like:
It wouldn’t be against a tree–it’d be in a pool.”
And I was all:
But then, #BlueBalls.
“Careful, Aedion. I bite.”
And Aedion was like:
“Good thing I know how to make women purr.”
And then I was all:
But then, #BlueBalls.
View Spoiler »“I’ve never taken a woman on the beach,” he purred against her skin, sucking gently on the space between her neck and shoulder. « Hide Spoiler
And I was all:
Which resulted in (what you see in the first illustration in the video):
There are a couple other moments where you best be sure to clutch your pearls, but THAT^ moment was pretty friggin’ epic.
But here are some swoony moments from the mouth of my beloved Fae warrior, Rowan Whitethorn:
“Aelin is my heart. I taught her what I knew, and it worked because our magics understood each other deep down–just as our souls did. “
“Even if Maeve had kept me enslaved, I would have fought her. Every day, every hour, every breath.” He kissed her softly and said onto her lips, “I would have fought for the rest of my life to find a way to return to you again. I knew it the moment you emerged from the Valg’s darkness and smiled at me through your flames.”
BRB, clean up on aisle 10!
STAGE FOUR: SHOCK AND F*CKIN’ AWE.
The suspense was strong with Empire of Storms; every action sequence had me on the edge of my seat.
I’d turn a page and be like:
I’d read the first line and see a plot twist/revelation, and be like:
There would be a surprise cameo and I’d be all:
I could barely keep up with it all! While I’m trying to recover from one reveal, we get slammed with another plot twist or evil spawn of darkness.
So in other words, Empire of Storms may cause heart conditions. Or ulcers. Or mini-strokes.
and for the final stage…
STAGE FIVE: THE MUTHA F*CKIN’ FEELS, YO.
I ran the gamut of feels, while reading Empire of Storms.
Of course there was happiness, fear, and anger, but each of those feelings came with TEARS.
Actually, I didn’t just cry, I was utterly inconsolable.
The last 10% of EOS killed me. As in, my soul left my body. D-E-A-D, dead.
Then, when I read the last page, and realized there were no more words to be read, I got mad.
And because I finished this before 99.9% of my friends, I had to sulk and sob in silence.
So now, I’m sitting here waiting for all of you to finish this so that we can fully talk about our book feels…
So if you need me, I’ll be the one doing an audio re-read, whilst drinking my emotions away.
As cliché as it seems, this book was everything a Throne of Glass lover could ever want, and then some. I loved getting more face time with Elide, Dorian, and Manon. I loved getting more tender moments with Rowan and Aelin. I loved getting more depth to the story. Sarah left no stone unturned; she gave us just enough to keep us coming back for more.
This was probably the first book in the TOG series where I physically felt the intensity of the emotions each of the characters felt. You’d think that by the fifth book of a series, you’d have 1 or 2 favorite characters–but with Empire of Storms, I was equally invested in the welfare/wellbeing of EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. And that is what makes this series, and this author so great. That is very indicative of a well-written book. When you are sitting there in awe of a villain, or invested in the slightest romantic spark between two unlikely characters, that when you can walk away from the story and legitimately know that that author has something special.
I am a forever fan.
I’m equal parts excited, and sad to see how the series ends in book 6!
**And a word of advice: If you haven’t read The Assassin’s Blade yet, I highly recommend you do so before reading this one!**
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