Did I love Empire of Storms?

13th October 2016
Book Review / 8 Comments

Did I love Empire of Storms?Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass, #5
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 6th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
Also by this author: A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury
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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?

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J. Maas >> Simply Adrift

Alright, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around my thoughts for Empire of Storms and I’ve been finding it a bit difficult.

I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this series. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first two books Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight, but I fell in love with Heir of Fire and book four Queen of Shadows is my favourite so far. So Empire of Storms had a lot to live up to. Do I think it made the cut? Did I love it as much as I expected to? Did it surprise me? Well if you saw any of my goodreads statuses while I read this book then you may already know.

I loved:

I loved the point of view changes chapter wise. I really loved getting to see what each character was up to and how their story was going to converge with the overall story. Switching POV every few chapters kept me interested in the story and interested in each character.

I loved Elide’s chapters the most. I guess because her story was really only just starting, she was fighting to get to her queen, she was bad-ass, and I actually just liked her. She was likable and I could connect with her.

There was a satisfyingly slow burn romance. I don’t want to spoil who the romance was between, but I loved that it was slow burning. It wasn’t a surprise at all but the characters didn’t pine after each other, in fact they mostly hated each other until they started to understand each other. And even then, the romance crept up on them.

Mannon was still bad-ass but I loved watching her character growth. I’ve loved reading Manon’s chapters the last few books. I’ve loved getting to see her change and grow, I definitely think Mannon is the character that has grown the most in this series. And while I think Maas planned it this way, I still really enjoy reading her chapters.

There were surprises that I really hadn’t even thought of. Empire of Storms had a number of surprises. A lot of them felt like they were there to fill the story and to make something happen. However, there were a few surprises that I loved and were so intelligent that they blew my mind.

Maas is a very smart storyteller. Maas has clearly planned this series very, very well. She set things up right from the beginning, things that happened in earlier books suddenly only make sense now. It blew my mind and it made me respect Maas’ storytelling skills.

The ending had me on the edge of my seat. By now I know how Maas likes to end her books. With a shocking surprise that no one could see coming, and a cliffhanger that has a few loose ends tied up but with just enough left loose that you still want to read the next book straight away. So while I wasn’t surprised that the book was going to end with a cliffhanger, I was still surprised at how it ended.


I couldn’t connect with Aelin and so I did not like her. She became this near untouchable character that knew she wasn’t really in any danger. I felt like she was never in harms way. I felt no connection to her at all and lost my interest in most of her chapters where we read her point of view. Am I crazy?

Aelin confided in absolutely no one. She kept too many secrets and it constantly felt like we were missing out on mostly everything Aelin was thinking, until the moment she revealed herself. We were completely blind and each new reveal was a surprise to everyone in the story, except Aelin. Nearly no other character had any idea what she was planning.

The story came together but I didn’t like how ‘planned’ everything was. I didn’t like that Aelin was barely ever surprised, because apparently she was able to think of nearly everything that could ever go wrong, and plan sufficiently for it. This bored me. I mean there were a few unexpected events, but even then I felt like Aelin had still planned that something might go wrong.

Dorian is meant to be a King yet he practically holds no authority, unless Aelin agrees. I really wanted Dorian to have more of a say, more authority, and more of a voice. He was so silent throughout the book, he just went along with the ride and tried to help as much as he could. We got to understand more of what role he was playing in this story, but he nearly felt like a different character.

Dorian’s and Aelin’s relationship did not exist. Where did their friendship go? Where did the love for each other go? Where was their connection? They barely looked at each other let alone talked to each other. Aelin saw him more than nothing but a pawn in her plans, I felt like when she was with him she did not respect him as a King at all. This bothered me a lot.

Nearly everyone is paired up. Yep. I mean it was nice and all, but it also felt too strategic.

I lost respect for Rowan. How? Well when we first meet Rowan, he’s this bad-ass fae warrior who listens to no one. Well unless Maeve calls on his blood oath then he physically cannot ignore her. My point is Rowan was his own man, he was independent and was following his own path as much as he could. In Empire of Storms I felt all of that went out the window. I hate to say this but I really felt like he was Aelin’s underling. He would do anything for her, and while it was nice that he loved her this much, it also felt like he lost his independence. He could do nothing without her, in fact he did not want to do anything without her. I feel so conflicted about this.

There was a lot of action but the story still felt like it was moving at snails pace. Is this weird to think? I felt like there was so much action and there was always so much going on. However, I felt like the overall story was relatively slow. Not a lot happened to make the story progress as fast as I wanted it to, the action actually felt like it delayed the story from progressing.

Spoiler Discussion

Do not read the below if you have not read this book AND Maas’ A Court of Mist & Fury (The second book in her A Court of Thorns & Roses series)! That’s right, both of her series. You have been warned.

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Did I love it or not?

Honestly? I’ve been feeling so mixed about this! There are many things I loved about Empire of Storms but also, there are a very many things that I really did not like. So I have to say that I did not absolutely love this book. But I also did not hate it.

I’ve thought about it and I’ve decided I actually really enjoyed Empire of Storms. I had fun reading it, I loved some characters more than others, and I was surprised at a number of times. However I do have to acknowledge that I did not love Empire of Storms like I expected I would, I cannot rave about how amazing this book is. But I definitely can’t wait to see what happens next in book six.

Empire of Storms is a satisfying read, and also a frustrating read. It moves the story a long enough that book six can actually not come fast enough.

What did you think of Empire of Storms? Did you like it? Were you disappointed? Were you surprised? Did it live up to your expectations?


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8 responses to “Did I love Empire of Storms?

    • I love Mannon as well, a lot of people thought her chapters were really boring when Maas first introduced her character. But I really enjoyed them, I enjoy Mannon’s chapters a lot more than Aelin’s to be honest!

      I hope you enjoy this when you read this!
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  1. I confess I haven’t read Empire of Storms yet *BUT* there’s an copy of it on my Kindle waiting to be opened haha. I bought it on the release date but then I got nervous and worried it would be the book that ruined the series for me..well I suppose I have to read it to see if it does that but anyway, that’s why I’m on the fence about reading it. I have loved literally every book in the ToG series so far though.

    Btw, thank you for this non-spoilery review! So many things you mentioned above have piqued my interest! Like the surprises that blew your mind or the cliffhanger ending. It’s just too bad you didn’t enjoy this book more.
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    • I definitely have that fear in books! I think if you start reading this with low expectations you could love it. The only reason I didn’t LOVE it, was because I had really high expectations. And I really liked Aelin in Queen of Shadows, however in Empire of Storms all of my love for her character disappeared. I really just could not connect with her. I hope you don’t find the same thing though!

      Aww no worries, I’m glad I spoiled nothing for you! Sometimes I feel like I may accidentally spoil something inadvertently. I definitely think there are things in this book that are shocking, I haven’t mentioned a lot of things because they spoil the story, but there’s a lot to be interested in! I couldn’t put this book down until I had finished a characters chapters, it really did keep me on the edge of my seat.
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  2. Manon was my favorite character in this one, and I looked forward to each of her chapters. Pacing was an issue for me as well with EoS; stuff happened, but at the same time I felt like there wasn’t a whole lot of plot advancement until towards the end. This was a bit of a weird read for me because I still enjoyed it very, very much despite having a few quibbles with it.

    • Mannon has really brought this series up I think, she is such an interesting character and is a lot more fun to read.

      I remember feeling the same about the pacing for Maas’ A Court of Mist & Fury! A lot happened but the story didn’t progress very far in the entirety of the book.

      That’s good you still enjoyed the book despite the few problems you had! I think the fact that I couldn’t connect with Aelin made me not like it as much as I was expecting.
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  3. Shannon

    I’ve been meaning to read this series for such a long time — definitely think I need to purchase it soon. 😀 Great blog post!


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