Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 6, 2016)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 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?
Let me just say this first. I have loved the Throne of Glass series ever since I’ve seen it and read it from its first page. However, reading this book has been such a huge disappointment for me as its fan and reader. I am not expressing my being unhappy about it because my ship did not sail. There are far many things that made me hate this friggin book.
Nobody may read this review or nobody may feel the same way like me but it totally breaks my heart how I expected this book to be the grandest book ever released in the ToG series. I want to cry that I have anticipated for it so much but in turn I felt just irritated and tortured.
There are so many aspects to this book that did not go well for me. Let me talk about how the other characters were tossed off to the sidelines. Unlike the previous books, we get so much involvement from the other characters but here they were like insignificant. We get a little glimpse from their POVs but that’s it.
First, it is the lack of the exposure for some of the characters that I have loved from the previous books. Take for example, Dorian. I have been waiting for his BIG moment in EoS. Given what we read in QoS, that “Newborn Gods” moment he had with Aelin, how am I not supposed to expect that he will play a huge role in this book? How am I wrong to think that the pivotal moment between Dorian and Aelin does not play a significant part to EoS? Was it all just for nothing? After everything that Dorian has been through from the previous books, I think he deserves a better character arch than what was written in EoS. I did not expect a complete character makeover where he’s like just a dumb king, following all Aelin’s orders. He said it himself: ” I am a king too, you know.” You’re a frigging king why can’t you do something great for yourself and your people???
Oh, and Chaol, another fave character… I know I may have hated him for being such an a-hole because of his bitterness for Aelin but I still care for him deeply. How did SJM ever refused to include him in this book? Now, we all get why she’s releasing a Chaol novella but nonetheless, it may have made a difference if she did.
I am sorry if I thought that the series will have a main trio namely Aelin, Dorian, and Chaol. After all, that’s where the series started right? Ughhh..I cannot help but feel agony when I think of so much potential for the plot of the whole series. Hate me all you want but it’s the truth.
Also, another part of the book that felt irritating to me were all the Rowaelin scenes. Sure, the characters are growing blah blah blah but every sex scene between them makes me cringe and then laugh at its ridiculousness. Wtfudge was I reading? There were words like “smooth steel rod..coupling..” like ewww.. And nope, I totally object to them being together. I would have probably enjoyed the book more if Rowan died.
There’s also this “big reveal” section where SJM tries to explain how Aelin and Rowan are mates. Like hahahahahaha, wtf? How Maeve explained that they were really destined for each other. Nope. She must be kidding me. Also, how Aelin and Rowan got married secretly? LOL. SO ACOMAF. NOPE. JUST NOPE.
Let me also mention how this book missed a chunk of common sense for the characters. I felt my beloved characters were changed drastically just to give way to ROWAELIN. Everything would have been solved if Aelin and Dorian just fused their magic together. See what happened in QoS? That kind of power would have solved their problem from the start if they friggin worked together. If only SJM did not make it her goal to pair almost everyone off, the book would have been different.
I did not also feel the connection with the characters. Trust me, I have been so invested with this series to feel that in the previous books..but for EoS, nothing.. I felt as if I were turning every page expecting for something worthwhile to read. To make me actually feel something but instead I felt annoyed.
Are there any parts of the book I even enjoyed? Yeah. I only have four: All the throwback scenes with her Majesty, Queen Elena (although she was such a brat like Aelin), all the Thirteen scenes especially the execution part at Morath, the part where Aedion announced that he is willing to marry Lyssandra, and when Darrow insulted Aelin and made her rethink of her worth as the Queen of Terrasen.
Will I read the last book in the series? Maybe yes? After all I have been through reading this series, I might bring myself to suffer the last book where I can feel it that SJM will sacrifice Dorian (another one from Mab’s line) to close the damned gates. So that Aelin and Rowan will be happy together running the continent, Erilea. Yay!
Someone tell me that I am dreaming..that I am not hating on a book in a series that I have loved so much. Someone tell me, there’s an alternate ending to this series. Someone tell me SJM is going to publish her previous work in FictionPress, the one with the original ending. Okay. Bye.
*cries at the corner*
*reads fanfiction instead*