Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass Series Book 5)
By Sarah J. Maas
Published: September 6, 2016
Bang Bang Rating: 1/4
Aelin, Rowan, Aedion, Lysandra, and Evangeline are making their way to Terrasen for Aelin to take the throne.
THIS IS THE SPOILER FREE EDITION. CLICK HERE FOR THE SPOILER EDITION
- Writing. I think we all can agree that Maas’ writing has grown tremendously since books 1 & 2 and it remains in book 5.
There seems to be homages to several novels including Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Harry Potter to name a few. I haven’t read LOTR so I can’t speak on this (my coworker pointed out the LOTR references) but I can speak of the similarities of GOT & HP.
Aelin is kind of the Daenerys of the group. She’s trying to claim her throne and her entourage has similarities to GOT. There’s a king of the north and large family dynasties. They also travel quickly in this book much like in GOT. There’s no fight for the throne from a bunch of people like in GOT but I see Aelin as a Daenerys.
As for Harry Potter, there’s strong good vs. evil theme and Erawan has been called the Dark King.
I wasn’t bothered by all the homages and I actually commend Maas for creating vast landscapes and families.
- A Certain Ship but that’s a spoiler so I’ll save it for the spoiler edition.
- Separate Storylines. Maas is great at creating separate storylines within her books. Some people don’t like to be taken out of a storyline but I don’t mind it. I really like the anticipation of the inevitable convergence.
- Characters. I liked all the characters that you are supposed to like and hated all the characters that you are supposed to hate.
- Manon. No explanation needed.
- OMG, I WAS SO CONFUSED! My biggest complaint is the convoluted execution to a very simple plot. The plot is basically to find a lock and all three keys to stop Erawan. Simple right? NOPE!!! I was hanging in there and then something happens to Aelin (won’t say here) and then I got confused again but then I was okay until an old character resurfaced but I was kind of getting it until the last 20 pages. Maas seemed to try to cram in too much into a 700 page book. I know, right?
- My other big complaint was all the hooking up. That’s all I’ll say about that.
I didn’t quite get the prologue and I ended the book confused and the book references events from book 1 and .5 and I forget a book as soon as I put it down so I my memory is shotty. Although it’s my responsibility to remember stuff I still felt this book tried a bit too hard.
Queen of Shadows is by far my favorite of this series.