Author: Sarah J. Maas
There’s not much more I can say about this series that I haven’t said in my Heir Of Fire, Queen Of Shadows and The Assassin’s Blade reviews – another intense instalment! This one took me so much longer to read though, it was a lot to swallow and it took a lot of thinking. Check out the reviews linked above for all my spoiler-free stuff, but this review is going to be entirely spoiler-y. So BEWARE! Spoilers ahead.
As I said, Empire Of Storms took me AGES to read because it was so much to take in – but I was never actually bored. There was always something going on or something I had to think about or something to be emotional about (damn you SJM).
My first thing that comes to mind when I think about reading this book is how much I enjoyed Lorcan’s presence in the story. Personally, he was never a character who stood out to me, but now I consider him such a well-formed character who I am SO thankful for. He and Elide’s relationship was so complex and beautiful – y’all know I’m a sucker for Enemies To Lovers™ trope. There are so different yet so perfect – and the fact that Lorcan summoned Maeve to save Elide shows how much he is willing to sacrifice for her. AND WHEN LORCAN WAS WEEPING AFTERWARDS WHEN AELIN WAS TAKEN… I lost it. I don’t think I have ever been so emotional about a book. I also cried when Elide told Aelin about the wyrdkey and Kaltain… my heart.
I love Aedion and Lysandra so much. The whole ‘I’m going to marry you Lysandra Ashryver’ thing was so adorable, and when Lysandra said she would understand if he was disgusted by the fact she had been a courtesan and then Aedion came out and they both are happy with each other.
ANSEL IS BACK BITCHES. My favourite character from the whole flipping series is back. So that’s something to be excited about.
I don’t know how I feel about the whole secrecy business with Aelin. I think it made for a good plot twist, but I was quite confused and it took me some time to get it. Also, I don’t know how okay I was about the book becoming very erotic. I mean, getting rid of the sex stigma in YA is good, but it was a lot.
But I know we hardly know of Rowan’s cousins, I want to know more about every single one. I don’t care much for Rowan as I used to be Team Dorian (used to) but I want to know about his childhood.
Lastly, Asterin my loyal child I will protect you with my life no one will hurt you I promise.