Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. MaasEmpire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
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Pages: 693
Series: Throne of Glass,
on September 6th 2016

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 Times bestselling 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.

I’m sure my two-star rating is no surprise as I get further and further into this series. This book made be cringe for about 90% of it. While Maas’ writing is definitely better than the earlier series, I still find myself frustrated with some major things about this book.

⇒ Is every character a goddamn king and queen? Or prince? Because it definitely feels that everyone has some secret nobility to them. This landscape is already a bit confusing because Maas neglected to really delve into the politics of this world early on and the book is really suffering (in my eyes) from that.

⇒ The sex scenes were so cringe worthy. I’m all for some steamy scenes between characters, but this was basically porn. Same goes for the scenes in A Court of Mist and Fury. Other than breaking the tension it was straight up fan wish fulfilment.

⇒ Goodbye Chaol! The bad news is that he gets his own book sometime this year. I hate the fact that Maas focused on him for THREE books and then just kind of wiped her hands clean of him. To build him up and then kind of leave him alone for a whole book is odd.

⇒ Aelin is as annoying as ever. She’s all sassy  and “this is my kingdom”. Earn it girl, you want them to take you seriously and believe you can lead them? Earn it. She keeps trying to just storm the palace and it never works. Queen’s aren’t born, they are forged. My problem lies not just with Aelin, but with all of the characters at this point. Everyone felt so out of character.

⇒ Welcome to Empire of Storms, where everyone gets a relationship! I mean seriously. What. The. Fuck. Lysandra and Aedion, Lorcan and Eilde, Manon and Dorian. I just – come on! Let’s be realistic for a minute, not everyone finds happily ever after in an all-consuming romance in the middle of a war! There is no development, just raw sexual attraction. I don’t believe these relationships for one minute. Maas knows how to build one fine in ACOTAR series, so what is her deal here?

⇒ Let’s chat about that war. The defeat of Erawen (sp?) forces is almost too easy. All that talk about burning out and Aelin’s abilities just fall so freaking flat. The action scenes were a snooze fest. No one was every believably close to death or dying – not for one second. For all this talk of war and dark forces, how about the characters stop eye-fucking (or actually fucking) each other and focus on the task at hand?

As you can see there was very little I liked about this book. I’ll finish the series when the last book comes out in 2018, but I’m not setting the bar high. Right now there are almost too many forces trying to hunt and take Aelin that how this book will end is a bit murky. So that has me interested.

I’m interested in hearing from those who have also read the series (either part or all) – what did you like about this series? What kept you reading? Am I missing something – or are my expectations too high? Let me know 🙂

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