Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms

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 wil...

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Empire of Storms Reviews

  • Andrea

    Someone willing to talk? This book destroyed me and I think I need therapy to endure the wait and pain until next year.

    Edit:

    So, I'll need to wait another year to know what happens next... Not fair Sarah J. Maas, not fair.

    I know there's another book coming but really, I just don't care much for Chaol at the time.

    -

    Why did I read Queen Of Shadows so fast?

    Dammit, this happens every damn year.

    I read the damn book way too fast and I

    Someone willing to talk? This book destroyed me and I think I need therapy to endure the wait and pain until next year.

    Edit:

    So, I'll need to wait another year to know what happens next... Not fair Sarah J. Maas, not fair.

    I know there's another book coming but really, I just don't care much for Chaol at the time.

    -

    Why did I read Queen Of Shadows so fast?

    Dammit, this happens every damn year.

    I read the damn book way too fast and I don't think about the consequences.

    The consequences being I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER EFFING YEAR AGAIN TO READ ABOUT ROWAN!

  • Andreea Pop

    Brilliance. Sheer, pure brilliance. This is what this book is. Everything I wanted and everything I didn't know I wanted. It's a whirlwind of emotions. Quite probably, the best in the series.

    Full review to come.

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    ALL SPOILERS ARE HIDDEN.

    this story was way more powerful the second time through once I knew where it was going. All the subtle lines about time just broke my heart.

    This series means SO much to me, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to blindly love it or treat it any differently than other book I review. I really enjoyed the story, but still thought I was only going to give it 4 stars until the ending + the exclusive short stories changed everythinggggg.

    First off, I would

    ALL SPOILERS ARE HIDDEN.

    this story was way more powerful the second time through once I knew where it was going. All the subtle lines about time just broke my heart.

    This series means SO much to me, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to blindly love it or treat it any differently than other book I review. I really enjoyed the story, but still thought I was only going to give it 4 stars until the ending + the exclusive short stories changed everythinggggg.

    First off, I would

    recommend reading The Assassin's Blade before this book if you haven't already! Most characters and locations from those novellas appear here.

    The story starts out with Aelin and her court heading north to Terrasen where they meet with a few potential supporters at an inn before trying to waltz into Orynth. Aelin is told that the Lords of Terrasen don't recognize her as queen and it’s all very infuriating. She swears that

    Because war/annihilation is coming and Erawan is not messing around.

    So it's kind of like the breaking of the Fellowship in Lord of the Rings with how characters gets scattered around on various missions and eventually come back together. And speaking of LOTR... you know how while everyone freaking

    across Middle Earth the story kind of meandered but wasn't necessarily boring because the locations sounded pretty, little bits of action popped up here and there, and the characters were so wonderful that you'd be fine reading about them watching paint dry? The middle of this book reminded me of that.

    I was surprised by how much of this story is carried by the POVs of other characters instead of Aelin. That decision makes

    sense in the end, but I was initially wondering why I wasn't connecting with her as much as I had in previous books. She spends most of the story making her own secret plans behind the scenes while everyone calls her out on not clueing them in until the continual big reveals. Seeing her through other characters often made her seem a bit distant, callous, not focused on the bigger picture, and pretty much back to her Celaena persona. But by the end it all makes sense and she was still the incredibly brave, determined, selfless character we love. She gets even more complex and mature in this story and her whole journey is wonderful.

    So that decision to make the development of so many crucial plot points happen off-screen (off-page??) made the reveal at the end more emotional, but also made me kind of frustrated in the middle with how I couldn't get a strong sense of where on earth Aelin’s head was or where the plot was even going. And because we didn't get such a strong look into Aelin's mind, her relationship with Rowan didn't have much emotional impact for me. I love them both as individual characters and

    care about them together, but I'm just not very invested.

    . So I did enjoy this book overall, but wasn’t super emotionally attached like I was in Heir or Fire or flipping through the pages like I was in Queen of Shadows.

    BUT THE CHARACTERS ARE SO AMAZING. They’ve all grown so much since the first book!!! I said in my reviews of previous books that I wanted to see more of Manon, Aedion, and Elide and I was

    let down. The amount of character development that secondary characters got here makes me SO HAPPY. It's so, so, so wonderful. I have no clue how Maas juggles all of these characters so well, but

    And if you thought my love for Manon was intense before, get ready for a whole new level. Her scenes had some of the best action and emotions in the entire book. I loved it all. (“

    ). I

    some fan art of her armor because her awesome helmet sounded so much like the Witchking (this is the last LOTR reference, promise).

    I still ship Manon & Elide, but am also fine with where the characters went in this book. Whatever... it's not my story. And I liked Elide in Queen of Shadows, but can we talk about how she becomes the most amazing character ever here?!! “

    Her POV and everything that happened in it was the most unexpected part of the book (and also maybe the best).

    This book felt a lot like a chess board with how it strengthened every player and moved them into the right position before the final battle of the next book. So it might not be the most gripping story as a whole, but it did an amazing job of building an impressive lineup of characters. Like I NEVER expected to care this much about Lorcan?! I loved how the most unexpected characters paired up for different missions or whatever and how everyone’s different stories wove together at the end!

    So yeah, I just love Manon, Elide, Aedion, Lysandra, Dorian… oh my goodness HOW HAVE I NOT TALKED ABOUT DORIAN YET. He's still one of my favorites and is still adorable despite all of the crap he's been through. He doesn't play a particularly strong role in this book, though, because Aelin's running the show and Dorian just needs time to recover.

    - MANON. Manon and her Thirteen. Manon and Abraxos. Manon and

    .

    - Lysandra!! I adored her scenes with Aedion in the first 95% (let's just ignore the last bit for now)

    - Maeve just got bumped up past Umbridge level of loathing

    - All of the foreshadowing

    - All of the ACOMAF similarities

    - The Rowan + Dorian bonding scenes

    - How amazing Maas is with her mythology references (like how Fenrys is a wolf haha)

    - Aelin’s court. How much they’ve done for her and are willing to do for the bigger picture.

    - One of the more central characters is bisexual

    - Aelin calling Rolfe “his Pirateness” and wanting Rowan to call her “milady”

    - Elide adopting characteristics from Manon & Asterin and working with what she has

    - the sheer scope of the phenomenal worldbuilding

    - How the big reveal gave the previous books WAY more depth

    - Seeing Dorian and Aelin referred to as the King of Adarlan and Queen of Terrasen

    - Dorian still eats like a fine lady

    Now I know that a ton of people were losing their minds over the sex scenes in this book before it was even released, so let me just take a minute to weigh in on that. The main thing I heard was that they were graphic and unnecessary. I’m pretty sure the people calling it graphic didn’t read ACOMAF. The scenes in this book were a bit tamer and felt like Maas tried to be descriptive, yet still vague with a younger audience in mind? So it mostly ended up being awkward… which brings me to the unnecessary claim. I’m not against these scenes, but also

    didn’t need them. They didn’t really fit the tone and even felt a bit forced into the story in several places.

    . I defended ACOMAF because the plot built up to those scenes and it

    something in the context of the story, buuuuut I’m really not feeling that here. I wish the page time had been spent elsewhere. (So basically, YES, you can skip them and it won’t affect anything).

    Anyways, there are a lot of things I wanted to see happen that didn’t, but I was equally thrilled with where the story ended up going in the end. I think a lot of fans need to acknowledge that even though we’re super wrapped up in this world, it’s not

    story to direct. I really don't understand some of the intensity... like if you really need it to go in an alternate direction, maybe go write some fanfiction?

    And I adore Chaol, but honestly think cutting him out of this particular book was a really smart move. The tone of his POV would’ve been seriously disconnected from the rest of this story with where he is mentally right now (and physically... like he’s in an entirely different part of the world that wouldn’t have worked into this plot).

    Also, I don’t know why Maas said fans would hate her after this book because that ending was AMAZING. (Not amazing in that I particularly

    what’s happening, but amazing in that this takes the story to a whole new level of intense).

    I thought the end wasn’t so much sad as it was inspirational, but it’s possible I’m just in a different mindset. This series has meant a ton to me on a personal level because Aelin is dealt a tough hand, yet makes the decision to keep fighting. Doctors told me I wouldn’t live to see 2013, but I’ve been hanging in there one day at a time. I read books so that I have something to keep holding on for… kind of like some weird version of 1,001 Nights. (I know I get overly excited on social media about Empire of Storms, but I just

    thought I’d make it to read this book and can’t explain how amazing it is to even hold it). I thought I resonated with Aelin’s journey in Heir of Fire, but the quote towards the end of this book was like someone put my mind on paper:

    .

    Anyways, the ending was emotional, but I’m really not sad because I’m mostly too excited at how awesome the next book could be now! There are a few things I'm still waiting to see set up more (like some Valg history or better sense of the threat), but hopefully the next book can squeeze that in before the war. (UPDATE - TOWER OF DAWN TOTALLY FIXED THIS YAY).

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    (because these stories honestly added another star to my rating)

    WHY are these stories not in the books?! This just strengthened Aelin & Rowan's relationship 10000% and was EVERYTHING I was looking for in terms of character development for Rowan. I'm changing my rating to 5 stars after reading these.

    The B&N story would have

    been one of my favorite scenes because it shows Aelin with her people and what an amazing, caring leader she'll be. And just a few pages here made me connect more with Rowan & Aelin than hundreds of pages in the main story did! I loved hearing more about Rowan's life before they met. And all of the stuff with Lysandra looking at Aedion after he's being adorable with Evangeline and just everyone interacting in general helped the main story SO much.

    The Target one takes place during Heir of Fire and starts out with Aelin and Rowan just being

    while they make crowns of fire and ice for each other. Then the whole meal with Rowan's ex who dubs Aelin the "fire-breathing bitch queen" happens. Aelin is awesome. But it also brings in another character who analyzes Aelin's motivation to claim Rowan aaaaand THE BOOK REALLY NEEDS THIS SCENE. Even just the observation that

    And then Rowan kind of realizes something important and Aelin makes him a chocolate hazlenut cake that's so gross he vomits it up when she's not looking. The end.

    And I just had to include this Chaol quote from his short story, though, because it supports everything I've said in other reviews:

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  • Christine Riccio

    I DEVOURED THIS AS I DEVOUR ALL OF SARAH J MAAS'S BOOK ENJOYING EVERY SECOND. I love the characters in this seris so much!!! Here's my booktalk:

  • Emily May

    3 1/2 stars. Much better than

    and

    , methinks. But maybe not if you're unable to skim over the

    , or you just can't deal with a book where

    .

    I have to say, though, I think

    3 1/2 stars. Much better than

    and

    , methinks. But maybe not if you're unable to skim over the

    , or you just can't deal with a book where

    .

    I have to say, though, I think

    is far better plotted than the third and fourth book. It's a whopping 700 pages long and yet it moves much faster than the previous two. It drops us into the action and nastiness pretty much immediately and continues to deliver

    right up until that EVIL ending.

    For me,

    was a 650-page book that contained only about 200 pages of plot development. The rest was filler in which Maas waxed on in melodramatic poetry about how amazing Aelin is and how sexy Rowan is. We get some of that here, of course, but if you can overlook some of the more nauseating moments between the two of them, then it's actually a really great, exciting book.

    Yes, I had to push through all the scenes where Rowan's sexiness and utter

    (WTF?) is described

    . Yes, his erection is pressing against her perfect, magical ass when we first encounter them in chapter 2. Yes, he is constantly nibbling and nipping at her whenever he sees her. And, like, why is she okay with this?! Seriously, she's trying to save her kingdom with every douchebag in the continent on her tail and her bf won't control his penis for two bloody seconds! I'd be like "Dude, stop effin' nibbling me!"

    I clearly just don't get this whole Rowan fangirl party everyone else seems to have going on.

    That being said, there really are so many great things going on in this book. For a start,

    . I longed for any chapter with her in it and I was on the edge of my seat when she does that

    awesome thing earlier on in the book. I also, kind of surprisingly, really came to enjoy the chapters with Lorcan and Elide. I must confess it: I ship them. I can't help it.

    If I'm honest, I think I'm starting to feel a shift in the way I view this series, which may also have made me enjoy it more. There are those books where we feel a very personal and close connection to one or two characters and their relationships (often true of 1st-person narratives); and there are those that have large casts of characters, each with their own stories, and we care about them all to varying degrees (think epic fantasy series like, say,

    ).

    For me, this series started out as the first. I cared about Celaena and Chaol, and Dorian, but to a lesser extent. I felt close to them; I angsted about them; I really wanted Celaena and Chaol to be together. Now the novels have a wider scope - there's Aelin, Chaol and Dorian, but also Rowan, Lysandra, Aedion, Manon, Evangeline, Lorcan, and Elide. Perhaps even Gavriel and Fenrys. From

    onwards, this has become a very different kind of series and I'm only just starting to accept it. I'm starting to enjoy the overall plot, the bigger picture, and perhaps loosen my more personal ties to Chaol.

    I'm a little sad about it, but I also think Maas and her stories have grown in many ways.

    . Something lost, something gained.

    If you've been clinging to the hope that Maas will go full circle and return this series to how it was in the early installments, it's probably time to part ways with these books. But if you're just looking for some great storytelling, gruesome action, and lots of interesting characters (and can put up with the insufferable smirking and nibbling that is his royal gorgeousness - Rowan), then

    has it all.

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  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    I'll have a full video review discussing my thoughts soon.

  • Nat

    It was unexpectedly relieving to slip back into this world. Initially, I was dreading this sequel because there was just so much that could go completely wrong, but Sarah J. Maas seriously knows her stuff. She handled the situations she put my favorite witches through with excellence.

    This review contains

    .

    Right from the start, we get to hear from Elena Galathynius, which, finally. She’s one of my favorites from this series and getti

    It was unexpectedly relieving to slip back into this world. Initially, I was dreading this sequel because there was just so much that could go completely wrong, but Sarah J. Maas seriously knows her stuff. She handled the situations she put my favorite witches through with excellence.

    This review contains

    .

    Right from the start, we get to hear from Elena Galathynius, which, finally. She’s one of my favorites from this series and getting to read more about her after all this time was just a truly epic beginning.

    And speaking of incredible females, I

    this piece of fanart:

    Kaltain, Sorrel, Asterin, Manon, Elide, Aelin, Lysandra, Nehemia (!!!), Nesryn and Sorscha.

    starts out with Elide Lochan’s pov.

    We follow her weeks after the events of the last book: Elide's on her way north to find her lost queen—and to also find Celaena Sardothien (she does not know yet that her two quests were one and the same) so that Elide might repay the life debt she owed to Kaltain Rompier. Speaking of, Kaltain Rompier at the end of

    was more badass than anybody I've read about before.

    On her way through the hills in the forest (where Manon Blackbeak and the Thirteen had left her), Elide’s completely ravenous since she doesn't know how to hunt or kill.

    The more I read about her, the more I realized how much I liked her character growth, which I truly don’t remember feeling previously but, as the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    Meanwhile, Aelin Ashryver ‘cloak-and-dagger’ Galathynius and her crew crossed into Terrasen three days ago. And at least another week lay between them and the city—

    For the time being, they're all patiently waiting for the meeting Aedion has arranged between the fiery queen and the few lords he trusts.

    When they arrive at the tavern for the meeting, Aelin has to remind herself to feel grateful for Lord Darrow (her late uncle's, Orlon, lover). He had after all sacrificed for her kingdom; he had men and money to offer in the upcoming battle with Erawan.

    And I was definitely not expecting this, but Lord Darrow was such an interesting addition to this sequel. He gave Rowan and Aelin the reality check they needed i.e. not everyone is crazy in love with you, which, finally.

    I mean, it was truly

    seeing Aelin get off her high horse after he was done with the shading:

    This kind of stuff wakes me right up... where were you when I needed you in

    ??

    Oh, and I especially lived for the shade he threw at Rowan:

    I've waited 84 years for this moment to come.

    But after Darrow's done with insulting her court, he informs Aelin that he doesn't recognize her right to rule as the rightful Queen of Terrasen. And neither do the Lords Sloane, Ironwood, and Gunnar, who make up the remaining surviving majority of what was once her uncle’s court.

    This leaves Aelin shocked to her core because after all she went through she remains a princess by blood—but not queen.

    And, of course, Rowan-rutting-Whitethorn has to intervene because "I AM THE MAN." Every time he inserted himself in conversations, I was just like:

    I mean, did anybody ask for your opinion...ever? Honestly, truly. To quote Rowan himself, how no one has ever cut out your tongue just to shut you up has always been a mystery to me.

    One of the main goals I was working towards was for him to get killed off or, at the very least, break up with Aelin. That would've been the only time Rowan left me satisfied...

    And speaking of satisfied, the Ironteeth (including Manon Blackbeak and her Thirteen) were on their way to sack Rifthold before either sides could even blink. Dorian Havilliard would be their target. Dead or alive.

    But unknown to the others, Manon has her eyes set on a different goal when she comes in at the exact right time to rescue Dorian's ass.

    A century of training and instinct had barreled into Manon, so when she comes out her haze she realizes just who she killed to save the boy-king. Beheading one of Iskra’s sentinel was some hardcore shit.

    Amongst everything, Manon feeling like a proud mother was a definite highlight.

    But on a more bleak note, Rifthold, the city that had forged and broken and sheltered Aelin, was officially torn down. The walls of the stone castle were bathed in blood.

    And everything after that had gone to shit.

    Everything.

    • Asterin is to die at sunrise as punishment for Manon's blood-shedding of a witch.

    • Rifthold had fallen, its king vanished and the city sacked by witches.

    • Aelin, now traveling with Aedion and Lysandra for the coast, plans to raise hell and reclaim her rightful throne

    • We get to see that the war had taken its toll on Dorian, he's tired of feeling as a failure to both his city and people.

    And as a result, Dorian makes his way with Rowan to the Dead Islands to secure an advantageous ally with the Pirate Lord (Rolfe).

    Also, since we're on the topic, when Dorian asked Rowan this next question, it made my blood boil.

    What?! You were literally abusing her physically

    emotionally!! “Dark place” my ass... this stone-cold bastard crawled out of the pits of hell and is here to drag everyone down with him.

    But circling back to the main plot... one of the most

    scenes in this series happens then with the Thirteen. Manon Blackbeak became my absolute favorite after reading just how incredibly cunning and clever and fierce she is.

    We had last left her with the knowledge that her Second is to be killed at dawn, so I was truly anticipating what would happen but never -

    - would I have guessed what actually went down.

    At the start of this chapter, I was in literal tears for both Asterin and Manon, and some passages felt like they were purposely rubbing salt into my wounds:

    Tears welted in my eyes after this.

    By then, I was close to weeping. From both rage and bone-deep fear.

    ... But we were so close to knowing whether Asterin will get executed or not (I even put my hand on the page so as to not accidentally spoil myself). And damn, I'm still in utter awe.

    I was too stunned, I literally had to bite down my tongue to hold off a scream. She's a force of nature, a warrior equal to none. And best of all, she fucking cares for her Thirteen.

    The battle that followed truly left me speechless for a long, long while. The knowledge her grandma so viciously (though, with a smile of absolute triumph) imparted upon Manon's true heritage was just twist after twist.

    I needed a minute after that... which was impossible to get when Manon decides to jump off the stone ledge of the balcony to escape her grandmother's wrath. She rolls off it into the open air where Abraxos, her gentle, warrior-hearted mount, flew.

    #And that's what you missed on Glee.

    I seriously never thought I'd say this, but

    . All my favorite chapters were the ones where Manon or Elide were the lead. Hence why part two - Fireheart - was my favorite part.

    I was especially interested to see where Elide and Lorcan would end up. I’m always weak for couples in stories that start out as fake-married/ dating, but I was hesitant with this one because of Lorcan's past and loyalty to his blood-sworn queen, Maeve.

    But, at the start, Lorcan proved himself time and again—he perfectly teamed up with Elide to slay the world and everyone standing in their way. Their togetherness made me the happiest I’d been in awhile. But... they parted ways towards the end, which made my heart break a bit.

    Though, I'm still holding on to the promise they made to one another: that no matter what, they'll always find each other...

    Also, I feel like Lorcan's character was the perfect way for Maas to hold Rowan accountable for his destructive behavior towards Aelin in

    :

    Lorcan knew when to not push Marion (aka Elide) for more information, he knew when to stop. So according to that, Rowan should and could have known when to not push Aelin further down in Wendlyn, but did he? Nope... and was he held accountable for his abuse? Nope.

    And since I'm on a roll about the negatives of this sequel, there's one last thing that I simply cannot leave out:

    I could not believe it when they removed Chaol from this sequel... I'm still shocked. Does Sarah J. Maas truly hate his character that much???

    I needed to see how Chaol was faring being away from everyone? How was he feeling? What's going on with him and Nesryn? What's going on with him and his father? So many question left unanswered... what happened!!! I mean, the

    times he was mentioned (mainly by Dorian) were such weak attempts at trying to make it sound like he's better off being away from his true friends, which,

    .

    So in honor of all that, here's a list of the things I want in the last book:

    • Chaol's presence.

    • More Manon and Elide.

    • More Lorcan with Elide (this is a necessity for my calm and peace).

    • Ansel of Briarcliff friending it up with Manon Blackbeak.

    • More flashbacks featuring my favorite princess, Nehemia. I seriously still have chills from that memory we saw of her, young and strong and wise, speaking and working together with Elena.

    • Read about Manon's journey to find the Crochans.

    • Have some fucking peace in the finale.

    But despite its flaws,

    had one of the most epic and enthralling endings that made my heart soar, strain and crash all at once.

    As you might've guessed, for the majority of this sequel I didn't really care for Aelin—until I reached that gods-damned ending she got.

    The Queen of Terrasen had sacrificed so much and here she was willing to do it all over again so as to not bring someone else in harm's way. I had so much love and respect in my heart in that moment.

    And Sarah J. Maas truly knows how to end her books in such a way that, after reading close to 700 pages, I was left wanting more and more.

    Also,

    was the greatest to listen to. Sia never fails to impress me.

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  • Simona Bartolotta

    *Do I need to remind you to be civil? No, I don’t. Good kids.

    This is the story of how Sarah J. Maas reviewed her own poetics in one of her books.

    (Because rest assured they'll use every single one of them to have sex or to seduce someone into having sex, and sometimes not even imminent danger will be enough of a deterrent. Sadly. A massacre or two would have spiced things up.)

    *Do I need to remind you to be civil? No, I don’t. Good kids.

    This is the story of how Sarah J. Maas reviewed her own poetics in one of her books.

    (Because rest assured they'll use every single one of them to have sex or to seduce someone into having sex, and sometimes not even imminent danger will be enough of a deterrent. Sadly. A massacre or two would have spiced things up.)

    (Self-explanatory.)

    (Even

    acknowledges the thing got way out of her hand.)

    The secret being,

    . Because, people,

    . And I most certainly

    need that.

    And mine it's not a simple impression: I have proof, and here it is.

    :

    :

    (whatever that's supposed to mean)

    :

    :

    :

    :

    :

    And,

    :

    But the best has yet to come.

    ?

    Yes? Great. Well,

    .

    Lightning, you get it? Freaking

    .

    What's Fae's problem with sex? It seems they are unable to climax decently without getting dangerously close to unleashing some cataclysm on the population that do not share such sexual prowess. And someone care to explain

    Majestic, yes, stunning, yes, but lovely? It's not a summer breeze you're talking about, sweetie. It's freaking lightning. The kind of thing that could kill you in less than a split second, you know.

    (Oh, why do I even bother?)

    As you might have guessed, I could go on and on, but I've already wasted enough of my time. So let's just try to put everything down in black and white, as neatly as we can manage.

    •I used to be able to enjoy

    , but, whether I changed or her style changed, now I can't anymore. It

    -not only the sex scenes-

    . Besides, the multiple PoVs on a same event bored me out of my mind -a fifth of the book could just go and nothing relevant would be lost. And I still have to figure out why, in the dialogues, half the questions are deprived of a question mark.

    , or I should say

    . Because it's not even mere romance anymore-

    . It's not that I have something against erotica, it would be ridiculous, I simply don't see why the

    series took this turn, and I think it rather

    of Maas to change the label (I don't care if it didn't change officially- this is no thing for "young adults") from ya to na in the middle of the series. What if an eleven-year old started reading book one now, and then, once at the end of book four, were forbidden to go on because the parents knew that this book would traumatize the kid for life?

    , in literature as in every other thing in life,

    .

    .

    Moreover,

    . It's like Maas tried and tried with all her forces to celebrate this thing as much as she could. She practically idolized this relationship and wanted her readers to get to idolize it too through of all her idolizing. If this is not twisted and convoluted, then I don't know what is. And I should be sick of saying it by now, but Hello,

    writing. I really did not miss you.

    •And talking about coherence,

    . They

    . They are all bold, sexy, self-confident and cool. Guess what- after ten characters exactly like that and five books, I grew weary of this shit. Not only that; it was as if

    were written by a totally different person from the one who wrote the books up to

    but probably related to the one who wrote

    . The characters completely change the way they see the world: how come the first thought on their minds is one and always one? (If you're wondering, yes, that should be sex.)

    , in particular, is not himself anymore. If there was something I hadn't accused Maas of yet it was of using

    as a real thing (okay, more or less), and yet I cannot find a better word to describe what happens between him and

    (

    What did I say about Maas plagiarizing herself? What's so bad about thinking out of the box for just a single moment?). They meet, she saves him; he's beautiful, she's beautiful; he heavily hits on her without knowing her in the slightest, she likes it against her better sense, and you know where it is going to end. And

    , I was snorting and gagging and rolling my eyes all at once.

    As a matter of fact, the whole book made me roll my eyes so much it's unreal. My eyeballs tunneled their way up my skull and emerged on the top on my head.

    •But what makes me mad, what

    makes me mad, is that

    . The plot is good, and I do like the idea of the boatload of villains and kingdoms and the variety of the

    , but, as things are, they are only general ideas. This universe is vast and offers a number of scenarios and creatures and artefacts, but it all

    , and I've been saying it since my review of

    , and every book after that did nothing but confirm my first impression.

    (remember, all bold all brave all cheeky)

    . Camaraderie is one of the things that usually have me sold on the spot, but seeing how lame all these characters ultimately are, my enjoyment was always very short-lived. I normally empathize a lot with heroines who are as resourceful and enterprising as

    is, but she

    because, what if said schemes fail? Shame on you for even trying, Aelin!

    Now, honestly, what person on her right mind would risk

    because of that?

    •Regarding

    , I'm linking here

    , because not only does she say everything I too had to say about this issue, but she does it brilliantly. Plus, I'm a disgustingly lazy person. So go read Kat's review.

    •Almost needless to say, the ending is unbelievably similar to that of

    . Seriously,

    similar:

    . You did that once already, Maas, remember? No? Because I do.

    are completely absent. I just thought the world would want to know.

    •Oh, and let me put your minds at ease: people still purr, hiss, growl and grunt. Heaven forbid someone should do something as trivial as

    . *shivers*

    (still my favourite book of the series)

    . As it always happens to me with her books, I read this one quickly enough and without particular effort, but as every one of us knows, your reading speed not always is a guarantee of the quality of what you are reading. I will finish the series because now there is only one book left, but

    is more silly and absurd that it should have been -which, all things considered, is probably a perk, given how much I laughed.

    Even though I will never be able to admire lightnings again without having some totally inappropriate and unintended thoughts.

    05/09/2015: So here's the million-dollar question: will Aelin heal from her bipolarity or will she keep being a shamefully embarrassing frenzied brat good only at bullying everything that's breathing?

    Who guesses wins a trip to Morath on Abraxos' back.

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  • Kimi

    Here are my reviews of the previous books in this series:

    These two girls said it all

    ,

    *sigh* I’m not sure where to start. I’ve pretty much loved all the previous books in this series but aghhh this one.

    Welcome to Empire of Storms, the try not to cringe challenge book edition.

    ➨ The first thing that you notice while reading Empire of Storms is the similarities it has with

    . I thin

    Here are my reviews of the previous books in this series:

    These two girls said it all

    ,

    *sigh* I’m not sure where to start. I’ve pretty much loved all the previous books in this series but aghhh this one.

    Welcome to Empire of Storms, the try not to cringe challenge book edition.

    ➨ The first thing that you notice while reading Empire of Storms is the similarities it has with

    . I think that in trying to release two HUGE books a year SJM doesn’t really have enough time to properly edit her books anymore. The two books ended up sounding exactly the same, except for the fact that ACOMAF was much, much better.

    ➨ The sex scenes situation: I have nothing against steamy scenes in YA books. I believe it makes the book more realistic and we all love seeing our OTP finally getting down to business.

    , what I don’t like is seeing a YA book turn into straight up

    There’s a scenes that combines my first two complaints about this book. Brace yourselves.

    Remember the mountain situation is ACOMAF?

    Well, if Rhys can make a mountain tremble imagine what good ol’ Rowan could do.

    Are you cringing yet ? Alright, moving on.

    ➨ I’m so done with Aelin trying to be sassy all the freaking time and bossing people around. Oh, and is it normal that she doesn’t share any of her plans with ANYONE?

    ➨ This book has no diversity whatsoever. Every single main character is straight and white af. SJM has like 50 pov characters between her two series, you’d think some of them would be a little different, right? Right? Wrong.

    Also, every single character is blindingly beautiful.

    Oh and let’s not forget that most characters are royalty for some reason.

    You’re a queen and you a king ! Let’s throw a prince in there and another king and another queen.

    Aww my gaawwd !

    ➨ Chaol who?

    Remember that main character we were in love with for three books?

    Nop? Okay.

    ➨ Characters acting out of character: Dorian felt really off in this book. He didn’t sound like Dorian just like Chaol didn’t sound like Chaol in the previous book but we already got rid of that problem, didn't we?

    ➨ Must every single character be in a relationship?

    I’m seriously not feeling Manon and Dorian’s relationship. I had a feeling she was gay. I don’t know maybe it’s just me.

    ➨ For some reason the narrative is mostly third person limited but we randomly jump into other people’s minds here and there.

    Ps: Thanks for everyone who pointed out that Aedion is actually bi-sexual I didn't omit this fact on purpose. It just slipped my mind when I was writing the review.

    I hope I didn’t forget anything. Anyway, before you bite my head off, I just want to say that I do love SJM’s writing and I think the plot of this book and the series as a whole is great. This book could have been amazing if there wasn’t so many things annoying me about it.

    This is just my honest opinion. Feel free to leave a comment so we can discuss.

  • Wendy Darling

    MORE WYVERNS AND BATHTUB SCENES, PLEASE.

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