Empire Of Storms (Throne Of Glass book 5) by Sarah J Maas (book review).

‘Empire Of Storms’ is book five in the ‘Throne Of Glass’ series by Sarah J Maas. As this is book five, there will be spoilers for the first four books in the synopsis and also the review. You have been warned!

Aelin has fought hard to get to this point and she must fight harder still alongside her chosen companions to stop the Dark King unleashing his terrible beasts and destroying her land. Aelin will have to make sacrifices in order to ensure the safety of her people and her warrior prince. Faced with war on all sides, what will Aelin do to save the things she loves the most?

Oh, my word, are these books getting longer or are my arms getting weaker? This is a monster of a book and is quite intimidating, but it’s worth it. Given how much I disliked the previous book in this series, I was a little worried by the size of this book, but I won’t let it beat me! I will finish this series if it’s the last thing I do.

I’m not sure if it’s my imagination but is Maas’ writing getting more and more flowery, overdramatic and overblown as she’s getting further into this series? That might account for the ever expanding nature of the books I suppose. I found that things in this book couldn’t just happen, they had to happen with fireworks and a cherry on top. I understand that many people seem to like this in these books but, for me, it got a little too much.

I also found that there is a lot of love-making in this book and Maas is not one for a fade to black situation. Now I don’t mind a little of this in my books but this was starting to get almost pornographic in places. Also, whenever there was a sex scene, these were over-written as well with thunder and lightning, massive waves, you get the gist? You do not want to be anywhere near Aelin and Rowan if they’re looking frisky or you’ll need to watch out for wild fires, snow storms, and lightning strikes.

One thing that I did find odd about the writing style in this book is that every sentence seemed to be a separate paragraph. This didn’t happen every time but sometimes I’d get to the bottom of the page, look back and see lots of individual single sentence paragraphs. Is there a reason for this?

Don’t get me wrong, Maas can write some beautiful turns of phrase but she needs to stop falling into the lazy situation of using tropes and traditional dull lines. She could also do with a little bit of editing to help with the pacing of her books. Just a little less of the sex scenes, and the over-blown descriptions and this could have been a decent book.

Overall, I’m going to keep reading this series, especially now we’ve had the final book in the series. I want to know what happens to everyone, plus I do have some favourite characters I want to keep an eye on. Basically, I’m looking at Manon here.

Sarah Bruch

January 2020

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(pub: Bloomsbury YA, 2016. 693 page paperback. Price: £ 8.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-40887-289-5)

check out website: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/childrens/books-for-teens-11-plus/young-adult/

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