BONUS BOOK: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

“Would this be the cost? Not just in blood shed, but dreams yielded?”

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction

Book Jacket Synopsis: “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-price 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.”

Review: I have to say, I’m really glad that I stuck with the Throne of Glass series. I had a feeling after Queen of Shadows that Maas’ wildly popular series had taken a turn for the better, and Empire of Storms only reinforced that sentiment. While the first three books largely focused on a frustratingly self-centered and annoying Celaena Sardothien, the fourth and fifth books have done a much better job of making Celaena/Aelin actually live up to her fearsome reputation and building up the supplementary characters. Yes, Aelin is still clearly the heart of the storyline. But the additional characters who make up her kickass tribe are really interesting and lovable in their own right. Manon and Lysandra,  introduced in the third and fourth books, respectively, have quickly become favorites of mine. I’ve also come to the realization that the main male characters (Rowan, Dorian, and Aedion), are all FEMINISTS. Which I find pretty damn refreshing. Major points to Maas for that one. I’m certainly looking forward to the sixth and final book and am intrigued by the news that Hulu is planning a TV show based on the Throne of Glass series.





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