So so so complicated! I was so nervous reading Empire of Storms because of all the hype around it. This book was a difficult read for me because I disliked the main character so much (sorry) but I completely adore the plot! Though it’s hard, I’m gonna try to write a coherent review. Here we go ♥
No spoilers except for some ships and possibly from previous books.
I absolutely love THE PLOT! It was super complex and full of twists. I enjoyed those ‘everything that could go wrong, went wrong’ moments 😛 Everything was confusing but Sarah J Maas managed to wrapped it beautifully near the end of the book. I loved to see everything finally came to place. I’m sure the next and last book would be absolutely mind blowing. It was fast paced and Maas successfully made every moment counts.
I was also impressed by the grand world building. I had no idea how SJM created an imaginary world so big! Thought there wasn’t really much to say about the world building because we got it covered on the first 4 books.
To me, the best thing about this book is basically THE ENDING. I was hating Aelin and the book so much BEFORE that ending. The war? Elena and Maeve’s revelations? That ending was majestic and definitely a game changer! I ONLY softened toward Rowan and Aelin at the end of the book. Also, I love the feels that ending gave me. SO INTENSE! ♥ And though I completely adore it, the ending had a close resemblance to ACOMAF (I’m not saying which parts). It was GREAT, I loved ACOMAF, but nothing new. I got a strong sense of dejavu.
My biggest issues with this book are the characters. I just completely, utterly disliked Aelin! I could understand all her thoughts and traits and behaviors but I just couldn’t sympathize with her. Her sarcasms didn’t work anymore for me and she just irritated me so much I was struggling to actually finish reading her chapters. I’m sorry if you love her.
All her secret scheming were also getting old, really. I enjoyed it AT FIRST, to see the twists and the look of surprise on Rowan and Aedion (mostly Aedion)’s faces, but to do it repeatedly? It’s just annoying and disrespectful. I get that she was afraid to let people down, but being secretive is just not the way to do it. Not to mention her plans sometimes backfired and put the other on lethal dangers. I was no longer delighted by the twists. I just rolled my eyes. I’ve been hoping for more spotlight for the other characters since Queen of Shadows but that sadly just did not happen.
I’ve also had enough of Aelin’s awesomeness and Rowan’s maleness (!!!) which were mentioned repeatedly, yet AGAIN. I clearly didn’t ship her and Rowan.
Manon was such a fierce, brave, loyal leader and I absolutely adore the way she dealt with the revelation of her past. Her love for The Thirteen basically broke my heart and they’re definitely my new squad goals. Loyalty level 9999! 😛
Lysandra’s unwavering loyalty also won my heart. She’s so brave and selfless and kind I just ♥♥♥ I also love Aedion’s character development! I enjoyed seeing him deal with Lysandra, the presence of his father, and his role as Aelin’s general. I shipped Lysandra and Aedion SO HARD! They’re the only couple I was really rooting for ♥ no rushed, unnecessary sex scenes!
I was glad to see Dorian finally mastered his magic, but I was equally disappointed to see him being dismissed all the time! For God’s sake, he’s just as important as Aelin! He’s King of Adarlan after all, but nobody actually treated him that way. Manon is probably the only one who treated Dorian as King and actually respect his opinions. Aside from a few occasions, everyone seemed to look down on him. He’s my baby </3 Speaking of Manon and Dorian, do you think their relationship is really necessary?
And I’m sorry, but I didn’t get how Elide could be so smart and cunning?! Of course she’s quiet and quiet people are tend to be observant, but she was locked in a tower for 10 years with only her nursemaid! How could she know precisely what happen in a tavern when it rains outside? Maybe her time in Morath taught her way more than I expected, but still. Although I must admit she was impressive. I totally root for Elide and Lorcan 😛
I also love Maeve’s Cadre so so much! ♥ Lorcan, Gavriel, and Fenrys are my precious tortured souls who basically stole my heart </3
Overall, I felt like there are way too many characters in it. I was so confused and frankly I forgot most of the side characters. I mean, who even remember Rolfe? Galan? I didn’t even know there was an Ansel in this story!** But I guess it’s kinda fitting? Seeing how ‘big’ this story really is? As a consequence, some characters excel while the others simply paled in comparison.
But even with that many characters, there’s basically NO CHAOL in it. I knew this even before the book was officially released but it still hurt to find out for myself. What’s worse is that no one seemed to even think of him beside Dorian! He played an important role before, sacrificed so much, I don’t think it’s wise to just completely ignore him like that.
There’s one other thing that bothered me. What’s with all these purring and snarling and ripping each others’ throat? So feral! I mean, they’re royalty! Why acted like savages? I tell you this, in real life, I cringe when someone swears or use filthy words or give vulgar gesture, so yes I was pretty uncomfortable with it. For personal reasons. The amount of word ‘purred’ being used in this book is ridiculous.
All in all, Empire of Storms is an amazing sequel to a really fantastic series. It was intense and everything finally fell into place. That perfect, slightly cliffhanger ending also hinted the possibility of more awesomeness in the final book. The characters, even the one with the least power, are all complete badass. Even with all my issues, I still admire Sarah J Maas’ storytelling ability. I could only wish Aelin and Rowan would eventually grow on me and the other characters (especially Dorian!) would get their own spotlights in the next book ♥
Have you read Empire of Storms? What do you think about it? You see I had A LOT of issues with the characters and their relationships, what do you think about them? I’d love to hear your thoughts! ♥ Let’s discuss it, but make sure to steer clear from spoilers so there won’t be any unsolicited spoilers for those who haven’t read the book 🙂
P.S. I’m sorry this is SO LONG! :’) There’s just so much that needed to be said 😛
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