Friday, January 26, 2018

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass#5)

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
By: Sarah J. Maas

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 and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect 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 this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling 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.

This series has gone so far beyond what I expected of it when I first began reading it last year. This book was categorically better than the last one, in my opinion, but it still went pretty dry in the middle. The plot line of the story is moving along quickly enough but Aelin didn't really do a while lot in this book which made for a pretty long read in some chapters. There was more of Aelin in this book than in previous ones, which was too bad as the other characters were all doing more in their own story lines than Aelin. 

Throughout this book I was more interested in the story line of Elide and Lorcan, who were thrown together unexpectedly and had fantastic chemistry together. Both were more interested in getting to their final destinations than in each other and their journey is not without peril. I started rooting for something to develop between them early on. Who doesn't love the idea of a centuries old, powerful and heartless faerie doing the impossible and falling in love? This is probably the story line I'm most excited to see more of in the next installment, even if things didn't go as planned for them in this one. 

Now that we're getting further along in the war against Erawan we get to see more and more of our favorite characters (Manon and her thirteen, Dorian, Gavriel and Fenrys, etc.) come together and forge alliances, some temporary and some lasting, and its gratifying to see all of the previous plots and characters come together to form one powerful story.

While I found the middle of the novel pretty dry I was impressed with the end of the book. There was a fantastic culmination of powers and alliance changes that had me on the edge of my seat. The end of the book was such a cliffhanger that waiting until the next book to come out to find out what happens is killing me! 

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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