empire-of-thrones-ukThe long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. 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.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Title: Empire of Storms

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication Date: 6th September 2016

Series: Yes, it is the 5th in the 6 book series.

OMG I delayed reading this book for OVER A MONTH because I was so scared :))

I was right to be.

(Also, the back of the back has a little warning about “mature content.” *smirks*)

The Characters:


We get to explore the characters in even more depth with Empire of Storms~ *sighs happily * I love how throughout the series, Sarah J. Maas’s world and characters have matured so much, and the world has expanded and basically, everything has matured and the growth of everything, is just plain phenomenal.

More of the pasts of characters are revealed. There are now more ships than ever in the series and MY HEART CAN’T TAKE IT. My heart was not ready for the witches. Sarah J. Maas writes ultra lovable characters and MY HEART IS GOING TO EXPLODE BECAUSE IT CAN’T CONTAIN THEM ALL.


Also, I have to point out that Chaol isn’t in this book at all. AT ALL. He was a main character AND NOW HE’S GONE. While I get that he wouldn’t be adding anything to the story at all, it WAS a bit jarring to see him gone completely. (I didn’t like him anyways…so it’s ok for me *braces myself for chairs flying across the room at me*)

Also, another point. A devastating bit. I found Aelin annoying at times. Not always. Just bits here and there. BUT IT WAS DEVASTATING. She was one of my top favourite characters EVER, and to find her annoying… *heart shatters*

At multiple times during the book, Aelin struck me as being overly selfish, rude and forceful. She doesn’t ask for opinions, doesn’t consult with her COURT as she refers to them as. She just plunges ahead, and while it was damn cool at times, at one point, it almost felt like she was using them… 🙁

But to be honest, I think it IS her recklessness, hotheadness and stubbornness that makes her so appealing to me. (It reminds me of myself at times.)

Also Dorian? After the events of Queen of Shadows, he felt like a completely different person, and while it was understandable considering what he had been through (and probably realistic), it felt weird. Almost like a major character overhaul. 

The Plot:

The plot. Oh dear mother of books. The plot.

At the right beginning of the book, I’m not gonna lie, but I did genuinely find it boring because barely anything was happening.

Then later, everything starts moving and I LITERALLY could not stop reading. So I waited until Friday night (like a good girl) and read the remaining 350 pages in one sitting.

The plot was steady, and the TWISTS. DEAR MOTHER. THE TWISTS. No spoilers, but I promise you that you will NOT see them coming and they WILL have you on your knees begging for mercy until the end. And you know, delightful authors never stop because they DRINK our tears to stay alive or something. WHY.


Seriously though, this book focuses on war and armies, which is something really hard to write about without it being boring BUT SARAH DID IT~

The Writing:

Sarah J. Maas’ writing style is unparalleled. I seriously think it’s my favourite EVER. Emotions are conveyed so well, in such a way that even readers’ feel it on an intense level.

Not only that but descriptions of everything were beautiful.

There were scenes that felt like it was straight from anime or movies with ultra dramatic orchestral soundtrack and it made it so easy to imagine plus ultra intense feelings in my heart. *^*

Also, note. THERE ARE SOME SEXY SEXY FUN TIMES SCENES IN THIS BOOK. Hence the warning at the back, and me tagging it “Sexy Sexy Fun Times.”

Speaking of sexy sexy fun times, why on earth would you describe it as “velvet-wrapped steel???” I had to shut the book right there and then, and BREATHE because WHAT ON EARTH WAS THAT?? I can’t decide whether it’s genius or frankly horrifying.


The Conclusion:


The characters are soooooo developed now. Over the course of the series, Sarah’s developed them to such a degree that they’re practically real now. They’re all so lovable, and unique. Each have their own story to tell, and each of them are so strong in different ways. Although Aelin bothered me at times, I think overall, I still really like her, especially for what she did at the end. (Although it bothered me too?)

There are soooooo many ships and they’re all the ones you expect after Queen of Shadows. (MANON AND DORIAN. <3 *screams* LYSANDRA AND AEDION *clutches chest* ELIDE AND LORCAN *collapses on the floor* ROWAN AND AELIN *turns into a pile of happy gloop*)

The plot was GLORIOUS, and towards the end it only became more intense as MASSIVE MASSIVE details are revealed and PLOT TWIST. *screams* And Sarah J. Maas’ writing style perfectly complimented it. Emotions are so intense in this book, and you can FEEL what the characters are thinking and feeling in each scene.

This year has been a huge year for Sarah J. Maas. Both of her books released this year follow the same trend of intense emotions, and big events happening right at the end, leaving you in tears and emotionally drained.



Looking back over the series, it’s come so far. The immature assassin dreaming of freedom, while going on shopping sprees and scoffing cake is gone now. The world has expanded. The characters have matured. The plot is now even more complex than ever.


It’s unreal.


  • Phenomenal character development
  • Intense emotions
  • Crazy ending that will leave you drained, and quite possibly dead (Yes, this goes in the “positive” section)
  • Crazy world building
  • Perfect writing


  • Aelin actually made me mad
  • Beginning didn’t capture me as much as I expected
  • Also zero diversity

Book in a GIF:


Rating: 4.7 Stars – See my rating system. I desparately wanted to give it 5 stars, but…Aelin…

Owned: YES!

Buy your own copy on Amazon here!

Recommended for: Those that enjoyed the previous Throne of Glass books. (And everyone that hasn’t read the series. Though obviously you’d need to read the others first.)

Have you guys read it yet? What did you think of it?

6 thoughts on “Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas Review”

    1. Ooooo do let me know what you think of it!!! Yeah, but you don’t really notice it that much. I certainly didn’t notice Chaol’s absence until pretty far in XD

  1. I JUST finished this, and it was REALLY WELL DONE. I agree that it wasn’t *quite* 5 stars, but still pretty high up there.

    The character development was pretty much A+. Honestly, Aelin could build her entire Navy from the ships contained in this novel alone, LOL! I feel a little bad for barely noticing the lack of Chaol (I blame QoS for my overall disinterest in his thoughts + opinions about what’s currently going on in the universe) /BUT/ Sarah J. Maas is releasing a novella soon from Chaol’s POV that details what him & Nesryn have been up to in Torre Cesme. My body is ready. I totally feel you on the irritation with Aelin (and Dorian at times), but I feel like it’s more to blame on the writing, and the fact we spend a considerable amount of time jumping from story to story, with not enough time in Aelin’s mind to see what she is actually planning. I feel like if we had more of Aelin and a little less of Rowan or Aedion (good gods, Aedion and the ellipses nearly killed me, WHY is he written with so many unnecessary pauses in thought???), it would’ve made her actions & intense secret-keeping feel less like a bitch move and more understandable long-term.

    I have a bone to pick with the beginning of the novel, because it was chock full of the kind of fodder used to prepare us for the next book, and filled with some weak ass attempts at foreshadowing that made me audibly groan. SJM absolutely picks up the pace as the novel continues, and I too could NOT put this book down after about 350 pages (I spent 11 hours reading it. 11 hours. I could not stop.) The ending ripped my heart out and tore it into tiny pieces. Talk about intense. Bring back the chocolate hazelnut cake to soften my broken soul.

    Excellent review, and expert gif usage. I couldn’t sum up the book better than Lilo. <3

    1. Thank you thank you for the compliments :3 *bows*

      AND YOU ARE NOT ALONE. *gives cake and pats back*
      Agreed – I didn’t notice Chaol wasn’t around until quite a bit in XD

      And I like your point. Maybe if we actually had more of Aelin, I would see things from her side. BUT WHEN SHE SLAPPED MANON THOUGH. It was totally normal for Aelin and I can’t picture her doing anything else, but like, MANON WAS SO BEATEN DOWN ALREADY. ;-; I was so angry there even though I totally saw why Aelin did it. BUT MANON- I was on her side.

      And completely agree with everything you said about the beginning!!

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