I’m fairly certain my heart is broken.
But I’m not entirely sure, because Sarah J. Maas left us hanging at the end! Gah!!
(FYI – spoiler free review for your viewing pleasure. I’ll give my unadulterated thoughts later.)
Empire of Storms follows the continued saga of Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. Aelin and her court of magical warriors search to form allies as hints of a promised war begin to rise throughout their continent. In her quest, Aelin forms bonds with unlikely heroes and continues to prove her desire to bring peace into a world that has suffered far too long.
Although the Throne of Glass series primarily focuses on Aelin, Maas does a breathtaking job of creating complex storylines and backgrounds of each of her characters. The character development Maas has been able to write is unbelievable. As I was reading Empire of Storms, I could not get enough of Manon’s storyline. Besides Aelin, the Ironteeth witch has become one of my favorite literary characters. My heart broke for her as Manon grew through the conflicts that began in Queen of Shadows, but I also rejoiced with her as she discovered her heart of compassion.
I love that throughout the series, Maas has switched the point of view between more and more characters. It’s one of my favorite things about Throne of Glass; I already loved Aelin, but the different POVs allow me to truly appreciate and care for the other characters as well.
Empire of Storms kept me guessing through the entire book. Maas ties in bits and pieces from the previous novels to weave a magnificent, intricate puzzle that will rip your heart apart. Struggles, conflicts, and doubts went from bad to worse; distrust and arrogance threatened to destroy the young queen’s carefully planned allies. But through it all, Maas leaves us with a glimmer of hope and a valuable life lesson – that the world really can be changed by the dreamers, those that look for a better future for not only our loved ones, but those who will come after.
Hands down, I would rate Empire of Storms a 5 out of 5. This is a novel that will require thought to grab all the pieces Maas fits together, but it’s also a book that will drag you into its world and make you fall in love with its characters. Anyone who appreciates fantasy, magic, and prophecies will enjoy the latest development of Aelin’s saga. I would caution younger readers, as there are a couple sensual scenes and mature topics, as well as swearing.
If you haven’t already begun your trek through the land of Erilea, I urge you to dive headfirst into the Throne of Glass series. Sarah J. Maas may break your heart through the process, but you’ll love her for the raw characters she creates and the lessons she teaches.