Thursday, 20 October 2016

Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms is the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books.

Hey, I reckon Empire of Storms has been out long enough that I can blog about my thoughts. It's a testament to how much I loved this book that I never thought it was going on too long, and at 693 pages that's pretty unusual for me.

One does not deal with Celaena Sardothian. One survives her.

Manon is becoming increasingly reluctant to follow the Matron's orders, especially now she knows how little respect they have for witchlings. Abraxos the wyvern continues to be one of the best fantastical beasts ever. I like to think he has helped Manon to rethink her situation. She’s become one of my favourite characters.

Elide is growing up and developing quite the fiery personality now she is free. But danger is never far behind in the form of the creatures created in Morath. These unnatural creations are actually pretty sinister and I feared on many occasions for her safety. She’s really growing into herself. Hoorah for Sarah including a character getting her period in a fantasy book.

I was sad we didn’t get to see Chaol again. He is mentioned but he is off recuperating and not involved in this instalment at all. I think there are a few characters that are from the novellas, which I haven’t finished reading but I did recognise the Pirate Lord.

The lap of waves was barely audible over the roar of wyverns and the innocents screaming for help that would never come.

As certain things are revealed by the ghosts and memories of Aelin's ancestors, I was almost certain I knew where things were going to go but I am happy to admit I was wrong. What an ending! I keep thinking I'm reading the final book but obviously not. How long do we need to wait to find out what happens next?

After reading Charlotte's review, I was reminded of some things that weren't perfect, but still didn't detract from my overall enjoyment. I think the sex scenes were pretty awful, lots of mystical amazingness and no resemblance to the real thing. Something a lot of fantasy romance suffers from but it's a shame to see it here. You could argue it's magic sex I suppose. Fortunately skim reading them doesn't do any harm to the rest of the plot.

It's also a bit too convenient that everyone pairs off however I actually loved all the relationships in their own right. I mean I’ll never love Rowan due to my loyalty to Chaol but their relationship is growing on me. I liked Lorcan loads, he’s not a straight forward character, much like Manon but we see a good side to him.

I also liked getting a bit more background on Maeve who has a huge influence over the fae warriors. I have a feeling we will learn a whole lot more about her in the next book!

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Book Source: Purchased

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