“It is not such a hard thing, is it – to die for your friends.” ―
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 Timesbestselling 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.
Caitlynn: I didn’t realize just how much I missed this book the first time reading it, so I’m very happy that we are currently rereading it. There are so many awesome things that happen in this book and really give me so much in terms of characters, plot, and everything! I can’t wait to see where Maas takes this series. 5/5 stars!
Jenn: This novel is action packed.I had forgotten just how much happened in this novel. I am really glad we have chosen to reread this series because it has really given me the desire to finish it. I am so emotionally invested that I have to know what happens next! 5/5 Stars.
Eden: As someone who typically isn’t into rereading books, I have really enjoyed rereading this series. Empire of Storms just solidified my decision to reread these books as it’s the kick off to the final pieces in the Throne of Glass series and, honestly, probably some of Maas’s best writing. After rereading, I stuck with my original rating of 5/5 stars,
Caitlynn: I’m really glad I reread this. I missed a lot the first time I read this. I went through this book really really quickly the first time that I read it. It had just come out and I was so excited. Also, there are points in this book where you can easily just skim through because you want to get to the next part. So, this was probably my favorite reread that we’ve done. Queen of Shadows is my favorite book, but this was my favorite reread.
Eden: I agree. There are a lot of details in it. The first time you’re just wanting to see where it’s going and what the final piece is going to be at the end. So, going through and getting those minute pieces of information that you don’t pick up on the first time was awesome.
Jenn: I really enjoyed the reread. I feel like I had the same feelings this time as when I first read it. So, I don’t know that my opinion has changed at all. But, I did enjoy it. It did make me much more excited to continue with the series. Before I knew I liked the series and wanted to finish it. But now, I am really driven to read the two books to finish the story.
E: Here’s the thing with this book, the ending is such a cliffhanger. Honestly, you just want to know what’s going to happen in the next book with Aelin specifically. The next book is not Aelin. It’s Chaol. So, when I finished it I did not want to read Tower of Dawn because I just wanted to know what happens to Aelin and the whole group. However, I knew I needed to know what was happening in the Southern Continent. So, I read Tower of Dawn and I realized it wouldn’t have mattered. The struggle with reading this book and having to wait to see what happens with Aelin was such an issue for me. I’m not a person that can wait.
J: See, I have a totally different opinion from that. She was the person I cared least about finding out what was going to happen with. I’m really excited to start Tower of Dawn, because I’m excited to see Chaol and how they play a part in how this war will pan out. I am much more interested in seeing how the other components play out. I’m really excited to see the politics of a world, that Aelin is not at the center of, and how they react. I am so excited for the politics of Tower of Dawn.
E: I was really excited for the politics. But, knowing Maeve I was very excited to see what that situation was going to culminate.
C: I am between both of you. I wanted to find out what was going to happen with her. However, I really felt like I missed out on Chaol in Empire of Storms. We didn’t get to see him at all.
E: We’re used to seeing a Chaol perspective until Empire of Storms. As much as I don’t care for Chaol I feel like he gives a unique perspective in comparison to most of our characters,
J: Because he’s not driven by what Aelin says, he’s driven by himself.
E: So, not seeing him in this book was very odd. It was very strange to see how interactions went without him
J: I am very excited that Tower of Dawn is next. Because, I feel like I can’t predict what’s going to happen in Tower of Dawn as much as I can predict what is going to happen in Kingdom of Ash.
C: I think Empire of Storm set that up really well. Because, they didn’t show up with all of the other people. So much happened at the end and so many people came but where’s Chaol and Nesryn.
J: And he’s very unpredictable. Because, everything depends on where it falls on his personal moral compass. Whereas, I know how Aelin is going to react and I know how Maeve will react. So, it feels like I already know where that’s going to go. So, I want to know what’s going on in the rest of the world.
C: I’m really excited to see what the the Southern Continent is going to bring to it.
E: Caitlynn, you said you cried so…
C: Okay, I’m not going to give everything away. But, everything finally lying out. We all love to hate Aelin’s sneaky planning. Because, I hate not knowing but the part where it’s all revealed is so worth it.
J: It’s exactly what she says, “I know that you guys hate it, but I love to see the shocked expressions on your face when I reveal it”
C: Exactly! That’s exactly how I feel with it. So, at the end when everything happens and everybody shows up to follow behind her. It feels like these underdogs have a chance. It feels like we’re fighting the right fight and we’re getting there. It got me good for a good few pages.
J: I think it’s really significant because this book really shows how much she’s willing to give up. That’s what is so good about her plot. She’s not doing it to be clever. This book really highlights how she cares more about others and Terrasen than she does for herself.
E: That self-sacrificing quality.
C: It’s really stressing me out. Her group of people is getting a lot bigger and they all have very strong relationships. When we lose somebody, and I know we’re going to lose somebody, it’s going to tear me apart.
J: I’m excited for them all to die and me to cry very hard.
C: Especially Lysandra in this book. We got some of her in Queen of Shadows. But we really go to know more in this book. I got so much from her, so much from Dorian, so much from Manon, and Elide. There are so many people that are important to Aelin in this book that I am terrified.
E: I love Elide so much. I think she is such an amazing character because she’s not Aelin. She’s the complete opposite of her. She has no physical ability against people but she can manipulate everyone around her in a way that Aelin can’t. I love Elide because she plays into stereotypes and wins people over for it.
C: I agree. I like that we’re getting more female interactions in this book. But, they’re so vasty different for each of them. It’s not the same of any of them.
E: None of the females are the same. We’re never just looking at the same person in a different skin.
C: No, that’s just Lysandra.
E: They’re all vastly different.
E: This is the novel that I really love Manon. She’s really coming into herself and developing in this novel. She’s so interesting in this book.
J: She really develops into Aelin’s foil. They are really two sides of a coin. They are the same in so many ways and different in so many ways. Even their relationships mirror each other. So, it’s interesting to see how two different people handle the same situations.
C: That was one of the parts that made me cry was the part with the thirteen. It got me good.
J: I also really liked when she put the cloak out at see and Aelin tells her “You never stop seeing their faces.” Then Manon’s realizes she’s not talking about the thirteen.
Have you read Empire of Storms? What did you think?