Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

EEE! This cover is so pretty!

EEE! This cover is so pretty!

Summary:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

OH MY GOD, I am completely shell-shocked.  This book knocked my socks off and completely lived up to my expectations.  I just wish that it wasn’t going to be another whole year until the finale book (although that is quite fast, I’m not complaining).  In this book, I think it is revealed just how far Aelin has grown and thought-through all of her actions.  There are so many things that line up that I didn’t expect to come around, but were amazing to see come together throughout the story.

I love the interactions among the court and everyone they encounter.  There were a few moments that I didn’t totally follow (what’s with Fenrys?), but that could be because I was so eager to read the book.  It will be interesting to see how the characters continue to develop and pull apart in the finale.  My biggest questions are around if everyone is really going to make it through in the end. 

All in all, this book was just one more proof that this series is going to be a lasting favorite for me that has set an entirely new bar.  

Warning: Contains repeated violence and sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Anyone really into the series, you really should start at the beginning (including short stories) to completely understand everything going on.

Want to read the whole series?

  • The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass #0.1)
  • The Assassin and the Healer (Throne of Glass #0.2)
  • The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass #0.3)
  • The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass #0.4)
  • The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass #0.5)
  • Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
  • Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
  • Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
  • Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
  • Untitled (Throne of Glass #6)