Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas Book Review

Updated: Jan 24, 2021

Empire of Storms

by Sarah J Maas

Published by Bloomsbury

Book 5 in the Throne of Glass Series

Kingdoms will collide.

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 Times bestselling 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.


Violent High-Fantasy Thrilling

Steamy New Adult Emotional



Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas is the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series, and centers around several key players in the Throne of Glass world, but mostly, Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, and the looming war, that if she loses, not only will she lose Terrasen, but the world will be gone a.s well. Along with Aelin, we get perspectives: Prince Rowan Whitethorn, her consort. Aedion Ashryver, her cousin and loyal guard. Lysandra, now a Lady in Aelin's court, shapeshifter, and Aelin's best friend. King Dorian of Adarlan, Aelin's friend and ally. Manon, Wing Leader, and Leader of the Thirteen. Elide, a Lady in Aelin's court with ties to the witches. And finally, Lorcan, one of Mauve's blood-sworn warriors, who is on a mission to save the queen from herself. All these stories tie together beautifully in Empire of Storms.

What can I say? I'm flabbergasted. How did that awful first book turn into this ... amazing series? And it is. I understand the hype. Empire of Storms is a non-stop thrill, that takes us from the lands of Aelin's home, Terrasen, to the open seas, in search of allies in the war. I truly mean, non-stop. There was so much that happened in this book, I can't believe it all happened over 600 pages. So much story progression, so much character and relationship building. Brutal violence, bonds forged and broken, loyalties tested and betrayed, romance and sex ... this book has everything.

Before I go on to talk about my thoughts and predictions about characters, I do want to tell you that this book steers away from the young adult audience, to new adult. Whereas romance and sex was written in a way that I would be okay with my fourteen year olds reading before, Empire of Storms is definitely written for a 18+ crowd. Just, maybe read it for yourself, and let yourself be judge about what your kids are ready to read.

Note: the text between the arrows is spoilers. If you want to read them, just highlight the text. Otherwise, you can read the non-spoilery thoughts on character arcs below.