Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas Review


October 17, 2016 by Betty



Title: Empire of Storms

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, Fiction, High Fantasy

Release Date: September  , 2016


The 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?


First off, I warn anyone who has not, but plans to read Empire of Storms to beware of spoilers. It’s been over a month since the book released so I don’t feel obligated to write a spoiler free review. Anyway, you’ve been warned. Proceed at your own risk. This way be dragons. (Literally) **wink wink**

Can we just roll on the floor in feels for a moment? Like….seriously. I’m going to have to ask that you just

list my feels

I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with new characters, I grew to hate some even more. It was a roller coaster of emotions. This book seriously packed a punch. It was gripping and captured my attention from the start. The intro chapter had me freaking out because all we are really given is that Elena screwed up big and apparently Aelin and her court and friends have to fix it. And it will not be easy. NOT.AT. ALL.

I was not sure this book was going to play out, because the ending of Queen of Shadows felt like the end. All four previous book were just leading up to the battle with the King of Adarlan, and it was almost anti-climatic how the King of Adarlan was defeated and the “problem” solved. And them BOOM, SURPRISE! The real bad guy is Duke Perrington, who is not even Duke Perrington, but Erawan, the Valg king.. It almost felt like something thrown together at the last minute to keep the series from ending.

However, I think this book definitely deserves 5 stars. Mostly for the writing style, but also for the plot twists, how earlier events tied in with the book and how everything came together at the end. Revelations are made and characters develop more and sacrifices are made. Not to mention the simple fact of how emotionally involved Sarah manages to make the reader.

.I was just like

I loved learning more about all the characters, but especially the Cadre, Elide, Aedion and Lysandra. We are allowed a deeper understanding of all of their personalities and their thoughts. Lorcan, Fenrys, and Gavriel were all main players and we were able to better understand the workings of their blood oath with Maeve. Elide really showed a lot of character development in this book. Dorian on the other hand, is struggling with having killed his father, the trauma of having been enslaved by a Valg Prince and seeing Sorscha beheaded, but I do not like the dark attitude he has adopted. He is quiet a lot, yet his interaction with Manon comes off as condescending and sarcastic. He finds her beautiful and is attracted to her because she is a strong immortal, not a weak, defenseless, breakable human. Dorian likes her for more than that, but he projects to everyone that his only interest in her is for physical satisfaction.

There are so many revelations and connections made. Mainly, the fact that Elena’s mistake will literally cost Aelin her life. For the wyrdkeys to be joined and the portal opened to banish Erawan, Aelin will literally have to give up her life and magic and all that she is; that is the price the gods have deemed necessary. Granted, we do not learn this until the last six chapters or so. Which right after that revelation, she is transported from the Witch Mirror straight into Maeve’s clutches (thanks a lot Elena), completely drained of her fire magic. So Maeve bests her in a battle of their magic, has Cairn (a sadistic new member of Maeve’s “cadre”) whip her back into a bloodly slab and then locks her in an iron mask and box to take to Wendlyn to torture at her leisure. What really breaks my heart is that despite what they just did to her and  what she knows will be expecting her at their clutches, she goes willingly to protect everyone. She goes to keep Maeve and her subjects away from all Erilea and her friends. She knew Lorcan had summoned Maeve, and even so she was prepared to leave everyone behind for their own well being. At that point I was just kind of in shock.

i don't even    what just happened

Once she is taken away, Rowan arrives completely frantic and panicked in his search for Aelin. Manon tells them that Maeve revealed that Rowan and Aelin are actually mates and that she manipulated Rowan when he saw Lyria. She also made sure to take him from his home and plotted Lyria’s death so he would be so distraught that he willingly took the blood oath. Maeve knew from the start that Aelin and Rowan were to be mates (even when Aelin was but a child) and so she manipulated things to keep them apart.

Despite her capture, in typical Aelin fashion, hopes in not lost. A few minutes after she is taken, all the supporters Aelin has secretly managed to rally to fight against Erawan arrive on scene. Aelin already knew what would occur, so she made plans for Lysandra to take Aelin’s form and pretend to be her once she was captured.Like forever. Aelin does not expect them to come for her, so she made plans to insure everyone believe she is still heading the war against Erawan. Nonetheless, Rowan, Lorcan, and Gavriel all promise that they will go after them and free Aelin. Manon, as Cochran Queen, will fly to rally the other Cochran’s to fight against Maeve and Erawan and bring Aelin home.

Basically, this book is fraught full of heartbreak. I’m scared that in the next book Aelin is going to die and save every one. But I also know that Sarah enjoy getting her characters out of sticky tricky situations fairly unscathed, so I’m hoping somehow she will survive. Like maybe Mala will see Aelin as she lays dying or has died and speak with her in the spirit realm and decided that Aelin deserves a chance to be happy for a thousand years with her mate and friends. Here is to me hoping for a happy ending. I just need the next book now. This ending has me despairing!!

grabby hands


Have you read it? What are you thoughts on the book?





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

    • BookHarpy says:

      Right?! I love fantasy and all those aspects I enjoy, like magic powers, fae, sword fighting, etc., all make in appearance in her books. She is such a talented storyteller. Her writing just completely captivates me.

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  1. cornreviewsbooks says:

    I just finished this a few das ago I loved it is was so epic especially Lysandra’s chapters her and Elide are my favorite characters in this book. Part of me thinks Aelin won’t die but I have no idea how she would get out of this horrible situation.

    Liked by 1 person

    • BookHarpy says:

      Right?! Honestly it could go either way. I mean, Sarah had no qualms in viciously killing off Nehemia because that is how the story played out. It could happen the same with Aelin, or she could “die” and somehow for some reason Mala decides that as Aelin’s great-great-great-who knows how many greats- grandmother and she will bring her back to life. OR, and I love this theory of mine, maybe Lorcan will redeem himself by somehow using the gift Hellas to bring Aelin back from the dead instead of using it to kill. I REALLY REALLY like that idea.

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