Book Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

28260587Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens  (September 6, 2016)

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 693

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.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

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*

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*throws book*

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*reads fanfiction instead*

2-rating

 

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Empire of Storms/ Doraelin Theories

I just want to put this out here that I am so friggin excited that the next book in my favorite series, Throne of Glass, is about to be released in 10 days. Imagine how hard it must have been for me and other hardcore ToG fans out there to wait for a year just to have this precious baby in our hands.

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So, in advance celebration of the upcoming EoS release, here are some of my speculations for the next installment in the ToG series:

  • Yrene Towers comeback

In QoS, it is no secret that Nesryn will accompany Chaol to Torre Cesme to get him healed and by some twist of fate, they’re going to meet Yrene Towers. Speculation #1: She’s going to come with them back to Adarlan (and maybe but I’m praying to all the gods that this will not happen) will meet Dorian. Dorian might see Sorscha in Yrene..So it may be possible that she can be a candidate for a future queen, However, I still strongly doubt that this will happen because yes..Doraelin is still in the game.

  • Blood ties can’t be broken.

I saw somewhere online that this may pertain to Aelin and Rowan “being Caranam” and their ties being impossible to be broken. Here’s the thing…I don’t think that this refers to Rowaelin. When Queen Elena said this in ToG (I’m not sure), I guess when she said this, she was warning Celaena/Aelin about blood ties. That being particularly about Rowan’s blood sworn oath to Maeve. Maeve is a very powerful fae and letting Aelin win at that time was too easy. I think Maeve has an ulterior motive behind that. She is not going to let Rowan slip away from her hands easily. In EoS, I am guessing that the Fae Queen will claim Rowan back through that blood tie and Rowan will be used against Aelin or something like that.

  • Queen Elena and other characters might be back through a wyrdgate.

Total crazy theory here. I am guessing that Aelin and company will find a way to use a wyrdgate on-hand to call for a help from someone. That will be no other than Queen Elena herself. In ToG and CoM, she has been making appearances and we’ve pretty much missed her since then. My Doraelin shipper heart tells me that she’ll play a big part in bringing back my babies together.

Nehemia may come back as well to help Dorian maybe? Dorian has no one in the castle remember? Who else is going to help him but Nehemia and hopefully King Gavin and Queen Elena?

  • Dorian and Mort encounter

With no one else around Dorian, what else is he going to do? He’s probably going to research more on his powers. He’s going to have to go to the same place where Celaena found the ancient tomb of King Gavin and Queen Elena. While he’s there, he’s got to have a conversation with Mort. I bet he and Mort will have a good long talk about what Dorian needs to know about his powers and ancestry.

  • Aelin and Dorian are mates.

There was this released quote from EoS which talks about finding each other throughout the centuries. Guess what? Aelin and Dorian are really Gavin and Elena reincarnated. What else was the purpose of Cain giving emphasis to “You were all brought here for an unfinished game” thingy? Plus, I’m sure Queen Elena has also given hints to that.

Another was Dorian and Aelin finding each other throughout the books.

1st Encounter: King of Adarlan bringing little Dorian to visit Terrasen, where he meets little Aelin.

2nd Encounter:The Assassin’s Blade (not sure which one), the party that Dorian and Chaol crashed? Those two met again unexpectedly and briefly.

3rd Encounter: Dorian, unknowingly, choosing Aelin (aka Celaena Sardothien back then) as his champion for the King’s contest.

Need I remind you of that epic Doraelin moment in QoS with “They were infinite. They were the beginning and ending” scene. Plus, there are so many Doraelin and FeyRhys/FeySand parallels.

  • My baby Aedion will have a beautiful long life with Lyssandra. 

He is so not going to die. I know in my heart that he is going to survive whatever war they will face in the upcoming books. Also, I think that he’s gonna get together with Lyssandra. Lyssandrion FTW!!!!

  • Malide will happen.

Many are speculating about Manorian happening but I can think of hundreds of reasons why they are not compatible. I’d rather have Malide happen. I mean those two are so adorable together. It’s going to make Abraxos so happy!!!

 

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll update this when I come up with more theories. 🙂

I’m on Tumblr too where I fangirl more about Doraelin and the ToG world. It’s doraelinisinfinite.tumblr.com