BLOGMAS 2019 : REVIEW / EMPIRE OF STORMS

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TITLE: Empire of Storms
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
SERIES: Throne of Glass #5
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 689
PUBLISHED: September 6th 2016
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury YA

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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 will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

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You, I don’t know. But I’d like to.” Rowan’s lips tugged upward. “I’m not on the market, unfortunately.”
“Pity,” Aelin said, cocking her head as she notices a bowl of small emeralds on Rolfe’s desk.

Sadly, Empire of Storms happened to be a disappointment. The fifth book in Throne of Glass series made it’s way to be my least favorite book out of them all I’ve read. This started out so strong and had it’s ups through the way but that was not enough for me to really like this book.

My biggest issue with this book were all the sex scenes. While being a hardened romantic, I like my books to have a little smut here and there. But Empire of Storms seemed to be full of it. So many unnecessary sex parts everywhere. There might even be more chapters with them than without them. While the first times were fine, the others were just too much and unnecessary for the story.

Some parts felt to be dragging too long. I found myself more than once fighting the urge to skim read until the scenery changed.
Aelin’s secrets also started to annoy me so much. But that’s just who she is and I guess that’s what she does, thinking it’s best for everyone.

From there we get to the characters. I’m not sure if Dorian is developing to be someone I’ll hate or if he’s becoming the better version of himself.
Manon and Lorcan went through the biggest development, I think. And I actually grew to like Lorcan. Manon I liked before already so nothing there changed.
Others kept pretty much the same. I loved them all and hated Maeve as much as I did before. But what I’m left to wonder is what happens between Gavriel and Aedion and what will become of Fenrys!

The storyline was good. It started great, with so much action! Something was going on all the time, scheming, fighting, forging new alliances, everything. But all the sex just made it so much more meh. You know when there’s too much of something, you start to get bored and in the end you don’t care at all. That’s what happened here.

All in all Empire of Storms made it to meh. Though the ending made me both want to grab the next book immediately and angry. How could you do that Sarah J. Maas?!?!

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