Title: Empire of Storms
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: September 6th, 2016
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Since this is the fifth book in a series, the Goodreads synopsis is a bit spoilery. You can click here to read the synopsis at your own risk, beware of potential spoilers.
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas is the fifth book in her epic high fantasy Throne of Glass series. This takes the spot of my second favourite book in the series so far!
I just want to start off this review and say that this will all be kept spoiler free, I want everyone to be able to read this review. If you want to discuss spoilers of this book feel free to send me a DM on my Instagram or Twitter which are always linked at the bottom of my posts!
I want to first address this book’s diversity issue because this series has come under fire for its lack of diversity. Most people that criticize the series haven’t read Empire of Storms. This book is really starting to bring in diversity. It was revealed that a significant character is bisexual, and another character that was part of this book is gay. A new-ish character introduced at the end of the book is a person of colour and they will be playing a big part in the next book. I am so proud of my favourite author for beginning to reflect the beautiful diversity of our world into her high fantasy world. I have faith that this series is going to become even more diverse and I really hope that the next books have more diversity.
The character growth in this was astounding. I want to highlight Lysandra in terms of this. She was so “closed-in” in previous books.I feel like her true personality was supressed before. Empire of Storms just let her real personality shine through and she is such a badass! Her contributions in the battles totally had me rooting for her. Elide is another character who grew tremendously in this book. She was so weak in the previous book but Lorcan really pushed her to become strong and independent while also being gentle. I’m not completely fond of Lorcan but his encouragement and kindness towards Elide is his only saving grace. Dorian also grew quite a bit throughout this with the help of Rowan (my two babies working together ahhhh)! He’s now not as much of a posh prince, but more of a badass like Rowan. Dorian definitely still has his charm though.
Just quickly wanted to mention that my favourite witches, Manon and her Thirteen played a much bigger role in this book and that made me very, very happy!
This book was willed with so many plot twists, my jaw literally dropped so many times. I didn’t tear up as much in this book (EXCEPT AT THE END I WHERE I SOBBED LIKE WHAT EVEN WAS THAT ENDING, I was literally in shock for so long after finishing this book). I was kept on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading this. THE BATTLE SCENES OH MY GOSH. These characters are my babies but they are so badass and if I was with them during these battles I would be hiding on the sidelines just barely in viewing distance watching them in awe and fear. To summarize this rant of a paragraph, this book was unbelievably epic and action-packed.
Before I conclude this review, whether you’re in the midst of reading this series or haven’t yet (but are planning to), I really urge you to take notes/tab these books while you’re reading. You think the series is going one way but it goes the complete opposite and it’s nice to have info/clues you can look back on. These books contain a lot of information, build on one another, and make reference to/resolve issues from previous books in the series. It’s very helpful to have notes/tabs to look back on if you forget something because every tidbit of information is important (unless you’re some sort of memorizing machine, than that’s great and ignore everything I said in this paragraph.
I highly recommend that you read this series, whether you’re a reader or not, this series will keep you hooked and not leave you disappointed.
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