Book Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

Updated: May 6, 2021

By Chloe Olivia Sladden

The fifth instalment of the Throne of Glass series, Empire of Storms, sees Aelin and her growing royal court prepare for the growing war. This book is where the plot really begins to thicken, as the war is finally beginning for the main characters, with each chapter, grabbing your attention with a focus on each character’s role in the war and their deeply personal, secrets and relationships that keep you guessing.

Queen of Terrasen, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, Orphan, Assassin, Slave, King’s champion and now fae queen; is heading for her homeland Terrasen. This comes after previously returning to Adarlan after meeting and training with Rowan in the fae homeland, and a failed meeting to get the fae queen on her side. Though she managed to free Dorian from the valg, demons with the power to process people with metal rings and retrieving the amulet, a key to the dangerous fae world.

Not to mention her growing court of her cousin and prince, Aedion, a rival turned friend Lysandra, her charge Evalegine, and romantic partner, fae prince Rowan follow her suit. On their arrival, they discover the regent lords of Terrasen, want Aelin to gain more supporters and armies because they’ll take her claim to the throne seriously.

Meanwhile, Choral and Dorian’s new Captain if the Guard Nesryn Faliq, head to the Torre Cesme to heal his spinal injury, Dorian the new King of Adarlan is lost. He is forced to flee after Celena sends Rowan to rescue him from an attack by the Ironteeth witches. Rowan agrees to help Dorian with his magic, as they head to Skulls Bay and to pirate lord Rolfe to convince him to help theirs and Aelin’s side in the war against the recently resurrected Erwan.

Surprisingly, the Ironteeth witch and royal Crochan heir of her enemy, Manon saved Dorian’s life and killed her own to do so. Manon was forced to send fledgeling witch Elide running to the woods to keep her alive, after the home where she was trapped and Manon serving her uncle, was burned to the ground. Elide is then found by none other than Aelin’s fae enemy Lorclean. He and Elide begin to develop feelings for each other as they go on the run to Aelin.

Aelin must now do whatever it takes to protect her people and her loved ones, in the growing war. Calling in old promises and making great sacrifices to give them a fighting chance at reigning supreme in this war.

The evolution of old main characters, along with the continued development of newer characters, in the series, finally comes full circle in Empire of Storms. Both new and old characters alike, come face to face with each other, in order to help Aelin and her allies against their enemies in this war, even with their own personal problems and histories getting in the way.

The ever-changing, scene and character focus in the novel, is what will keep you intrigued and on the edge of your seat, throughout the novel. Empire of Storms is a dramatically thrilling turning-point in the Throne of Glass series, as the plotlines are setting the scene for the final battle of the war, in the sixth and final novel, Kingdom of Ash.

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