Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass Series Book 5)

By Sarah J. Maas


Published: September 6, 2016

Bang Bang Rating: bombbombbombbomb1/4



Aelin, Rowan, Aedion, Lysandra, and Evangeline are making their way to Terrasen for Aelin to take the throne.


The Good 

  • 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.

The Bad

  • 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.



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