Friday, January 12, 2018


Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Mass
Release Date: September 6th 2016
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 693
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
        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.

        I say this at the beginning of every post about this series but I will say it one more time! If you are not on this series by now what are you doing honey? This is one of my all time favorite series. If you have not read this series you can check out my reviews of Throne of Glass, Crown of MidnightHeir of Fire and Queen of Shadows.

S P O I L E R S  B E L O W!

        I feel like I start every review that I do of the Throne of Glass series the same way but...HOLY SHIT GUYS! The first thing I have to say about this book is that the sexual tension is at an all time high guys. We even open the book to the Aelin and Rowan sexual tension at an all time high cause they wanna fuck in the woods. And then on the chimney and the roof and the ship. Things got hot a steamy often.
        We open with Aelin and her court traveling to Terrassen to reclaim her throne and then freakin Darrow is like, "who do you think you are. You are a child that barely knows anything gtfo." which I mean...I get why he did that, but that ruins the whole plan Darrow. Staying there and staying in the north would have kept them all safe and you ruined that. So then they had to go to Skull's Bay where the most shit goes down.
        I love the scene where Celaena (not Aelin) is sitting at Rolfe's desk touching his jewels and Rolfe is getting all pissy at her but then the real Aelin comes out and Lysandra shifts. It is such a good scene that was not necessary for the story, but added just a hint of humor and fun into the mix. Then we also had that moment where Gavriel and Aedion meet and Gavriel wants nothing more to be there for his son and Aedion is just not having it. Gavriel is trying to grow this relationship with Aedion not only because he is his flesh and blood , but because faes rarely are able to have children. The moments where Gavriel watches Aedion from a far and takes in the man his son has become were honestly some of the most tear jerking scenes for me.
        And then we have this battle that happens at Skull's Bay and holy shit I have never been so nervous for a battle in my entire life. With Lysandra turning into a freaking sea monster and tearing apart these hoes I thought there was no way she could do it on her own. But then freakin Aelin/Deanna tries to burn everyone in sight. And as everyone is on the shore but Lysandra is still out there it honestly felt like SeaWorld. The pretty sea monster is out there fighting while everyone else is on the sidelines at the beach watching her ass do it all by herself. But then Aedion comes in with the killing blow! And then as Lysandra is still a sea monster and Aedion tells her that he is going to marry her I burst into tears. It was so cute and lovely and sweet. A nice break from the raunchy smut we have been seeing from everyone else.
        And then we have Dorian over here learning his magic and eating like a lady. I do love Dorian in this book. The last two books we really did not get to see Dorian and Aelin interact too much and it sadden me (but we also got more Rowan in return so I aint mad.) Some of my favorite moments in this book were their back and forths especially the one on the ship where she goes after him and Manon and he goes right back at her taking a jab at her and Rowan.
        This might come as a surprise to everyone but I actually did not mind Manon at all in this book. She was so much more bearable once she was with Dorian. Back in Heir of Fire I could not stand her ass and honestly just skim through her chapters because I hated her and wanted her to just die in a fire, But she got a sister and a Dorian and the bitch is ten times better.
        This whole thing comes to an insane peak where it is Aelin against Maeve. And I hate Maeve as much as the next person, but how did they think that they were going to do this. Thank god for Rowan and his big ass family turning against Maeve. Since Aelin went into a mirror and went awol.
        And in that last scene where Rowan starts screaming where is my wife it tore at my heart, but it also reminded me of the John Mulaney bit where he talks about saying my wife is a lot more powerful then saying where is my girlfriend. My wife has so much meaning and purpose. Rowan and Aelin pulled at my heart a little too much in this book. While I do love their was almost too lovey. I love Aelin for her comebacks and humor and we saw a lot more of that when they were just friends. Now it is all "I will kill myself before I let anyone kill you" and "I can't survive without you, you make me want to live," and like it was cute the first time, but does this need to be happening so often guys really?
        This book was a huge set up for what is to come in the last installment and I cannot wait for it. Sarah J. Maas just has a way of reeling me in to all of her books and having me so invested in each one of her characters, even if I don't know how to say any of their names. This book was Pirates of the Caribbean meets high fantasy and it had me hooked from start to finish. This series is hitting all the major marks for me. You know how in 21 Jump Street they are at a high school, but 22 Jump Street they are in college, that is what this book did for me. Brought a new refreshing twist to things that I was not expecting, but did not hate. Sailing the sea and sex on the beach. What is there not to love.
        This book gets 5 our of 5 stars from me. I do not understand how someone could hate on these books because every time I pick one up I can not put it down. I fall more and more in love with each character with every line. Sarah J. Maas really has a way with words when it comes to making such life like characters. Each person is tangible, authentic and believable even as immortal god like beings. I feel like I could meet a Rowan in my lifetime (and hopefully marry him and have beautiful silver hair babies.)

What was your favorite moment from this series so far? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks Hons,
Lee Chand


  1. I haven't read this series yet. I need to start them soon!!!!! They sound amazing!

  2. I want Lee to make the audiobook for these but also have her reaction in the audio! I feel like that would be hysterical!!! HAHAHAHA

    1. omg i should do a post like that! like live tweeting with video updates!