Book Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

29559052Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass (#5)

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published:  September 6th 2016

Summary: “The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. 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.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

 

Review

I know it’s been a “long” time since Empire of Storms was released but I have a confession. I put off reading this book until right now. Why? I was never in the right mood to read it. But finally, the time has come and I decided on the spur of the moment to re-read the whole series (because let’s be honest… It’s been too long and I wouldn’t remember things that would reveal themselves to be important to the plot further on). And what better than now as the last book – Kindgom of Ash – comes out in October?!

I highly recomend reading The Assassin’s Blade before Empire of Storms. This prequel will answer many questions you might have in this book and you’ll love to see the comeback of many characters.

Without further ado, let’s begin the review. Please be advised, this is a kind of spoilery review. If you haven’t read Empire of Storms yet run as far away from this post as possible.

Didn’t really love the beginning of Empire of Storms. I know we have shifted from the YA groove to a more NA mindset, which is amazing because the book characters are gowing same as we. However, I could deal without SJM’s famous sex scenes, which are mostly, to put it blunty, bad. But I’ll conceed and hope she might improve in the future. Anyway, we start right where we left of in Queen of Shadows with Aelin returning to Terrassen.

Loved the exchange between Aelin, her court and Darrow. I think we were all expecting to have a bit of a rocky comeback to Terrassen and we had an cunning and intriguing exchange with one of the lords of Terrassen straight from the beginning.

Also, can I say that I absolutely love LOVE LOVE Lyssandra. She might be my favourite character right now. Aelin is amazing (more on that later) and I idolize Manon, but Lyssandra is the surprise here. She went from being a forced prostitute to becoming one of the most powerful creatures in the Throne of Glass series and is incredibly courageous. Her scenes with Aedion are also so sweet, shipping them obviously.

Elide and Lorcan’s scenes were surprisingly ones of my favourites. I couldn’t stop reading if I were in the middle of their POVs, even if Lorcan made the best to be the jerk he can be most of the times. That ending between them… Damn. Can’t wait to see how Lorcan is going to deal and grow with this.

By now, we should be used to Aelin’s scheming, but it blew my mind that what Aelin has been doing since the beginning of the series has been carefully planned by her. I applaud Maas here as it must have taken huge planning on her part here.

However, there were several plot holes, I believe. I don’t know what happened but for Maas to drop the huge bomb of the matter of Settling (when a demi-fae can transition from mortal do immortal depending on their bloodline and fate) as if every reader knew about it. Not cool.

I enjoyed the return of many characters from The Assassin’s Blade. You can see here that this prequel wasn’t written just for laughs. Heck, the prequel is better than many books out there and by the end I was sobbing like a baby. Can’t wait to read more about Elias and Ansel!

Aelin and Rowan are perfect together. I predicted that they were mates way before the revealing but it was pretty predicable, if you ask me. I didn’t figure out, however, how Maeve had carefully planned this.

Speaking of Maeve. HOLY SHIT THAT ENDING. Seriously, the ending of Empire of Storms has to be one of the most painful, hearbreaking and intense I’ve ever read (Clockwork Princess excluded because that one still breaks my heart to this moment). That Aelin had everything prepared for the others to win the war, to thrive and have a future.

YOU DON’T GET TO DO THAT TO ME, AELING/MAAS. My heart can’t take it. And now I have to wait 5 more months for Kingdom of Ash to come out. Guess I’ll have to do with Tower of Dawn. BUT WITH THAT CLIFFHANGER HOW CAN I READ ANOTHER BOOK MEANWHILE??

While this is a book that will probably be in my all-time favourites, I can’t give it 5 stars because of some lazy writing and the bomb-dropping info we sometime got.

And no, not even gonna address Manon and Dorian because I’d combust from the chemistry just talking about it.

4.25 Chibis

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Novella Review: The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas

18333581.jpgThe Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas

Novella of the book: The Assassin’s Blade 

Series: Throne of Glass (#0.2)

Published: 22nd March 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Goodreads: “Meet the Assassin: beautiful, defiant, destined for greatness. Celaena Sardothien has challenged her master. Now she must pay the price. Her journey to the Red Desert will be an arduous one, but it may change the fate of her cursed world forever…”

Review:

I so want to see Yrene Towes again, she seems like such an interesting character – not to mention that I totally sismance her with Celeana.

Celeana has been staying at the White Pig Inn, Innish, a small port town, for a few days, her goal is to reach the Red Desert, where she is to meet the Mute Master of Assassins, who’ll train her for a month. This is Celeana’s punishment for destroying the slave-trade agreement between Arobynn and the Pirate Lord of Skull’s Bay.

Yrene, a girl whose mother was killed for being a healer, works a the Inn, as she wants to win enough coin to be able to go to Torre Cesme, where she can learning the art of healing. However, her boss is constantly cutting her salary and tips, and raising the rent of her small room.

Their paths cross and Celeana changes Yrene’s life.

“For wherever you need to go – and then some. The world needs more healers.”

4.5 Chibis

Novella Review: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas

13415554.jpgThe Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas

Novella of the book: Assassin’s Blade

Series: Throne of Glass (#0.1)

Published: January 13th 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Goodreads: “A Throne of Glass novella.

On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.”

Review:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord tells a story of 16-year-old Celaena Sardothien, she dresses like an aristocratic lady, with silks and expensive gowns, likes to read books all night long, and happens to be part of an Assassins’ Guild, called the Assassins’ Keep. This Guild is mastered by the infamous Arobynn Hamel, a man whom I definitely wouldn’t  like to encounter.

This novella starts off at this exact same guild, located somewhere in Rifthold, capital of Adarlan, where five assassins are gathered at the long table. They hear bad news, as two of the seven of the most trusted assassins are missing, one of them, Gregori has been taken by royal guards, and the other, Ben, Celeana’s mentor is dead. – Arobynn wishes to seek retribution, as such, Celeana’s and Sam’s mission is to travel to the Dead Islands, Skull’s Bay, and deliver two letters to Captain Rolfe, Lord of the Pirates.

However, when Celeana and Sam deliver the letters they realize that Captain Rolfe’s punishment is to pay a substantial sum of money to Arobynn and deliver to him a hundred slaves. – As soon as Celeana realizes the inhuman conditions in which the slaves are being kept, not to mention that the destiny of many children will be to be sold to a brothel, she decides that she must do something to prevent the trade.

I guess that this novella is a good starting point to those who wish to begin reading this series. Although I have already read the first three books of the series, I don’t remember much of it, just the essential I guess, so this is also, kind of a good re-starting point for me.

In addition, if you’re craving for the usual arrogance and badassery from Celeana, I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.

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4.5 Chibis

Ana’s Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass (#4)

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Published: September 1st 2015

Summary: “The queen has returned.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.”

Review

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. OBVIOUSLY.

I’ll only say this once: if you haven’t started reading the Throne of Glass series what are you doing with your life? This series is one of the best out there, it’s life itself and come on, everyone has been raging about it since the first book came out in 2012. Sarah J. Maas has done something beautiful with the series and I am now going through a book comatose: the phenomena in which you finish a book and every single book you pick after that feel like crap and you get the feeling that no one else can write a book as good as the one you’ve just read. This is a shitty phase to go through because you want, you NEED to read something else because of all the feelings you have but nothing satisfies you. Continue reading