Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)
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.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) Details

TitleEmpire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 6th, 2016
PublisherBloomsbury Children's Books
ISBN-139781619636071
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance, New Adult

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) Review

  • Simona Bartolotta
    January 1, 1970
    *Do I need to remind you to be civil? No, I don’t. Good kids.This is the story of how Sarah J. Maas reviewed her own poetics in one of her books."You will hate any moment of peace or happiness."(Because rest assured they'll use every single one of them to have sex or to seduce someone into having sex, and sometimes not even imminent danger will be enough of a deterrent. Sadly. A massacre or two would have spiced things up.)"Dorian offered a lazy grin in return. “Believe it or not, this ship has *Do I need to remind you to be civil? No, I don’t. Good kids.This is the story of how Sarah J. Maas reviewed her own poetics in one of her books."You will hate any moment of peace or happiness."(Because rest assured they'll use every single one of them to have sex or to seduce someone into having sex, and sometimes not even imminent danger will be enough of a deterrent. Sadly. A massacre or two would have spiced things up.)"Dorian offered a lazy grin in return. “Believe it or not, this ship has an unnatural number of attractive men and women on board. You’ll fit right in. And fit in with the cranky immortals, I suppose.”"(Self-explanatory.)"Fenrys slid in behind them, his attention going right to the witch. No doubt stunned by the beauty, the grace, the blah-blah-blah perfectness of her."(Even she acknowledges the thing got way out of her hand.)"It can be our little secret."The secret being, Maas plagiarized herself. Because, people, I basically re-read A Court of Mist and Fury. And I most certainly did not need that.And mine it's not a simple impression: I have proof, and here it is.EoS: “I’m not taking you against a tree the first time.”ACoMaF: “When you lick me,” (whatever that's supposed to mean) he said roughly, “I want to be alone -far away from everyone.”EoS: “You are mine,” Rowan breathed, and she felt the claiming in her bones, her soul.ACoMaF: “You’re mine,” he snarled, and hefted me up into his arms.EoS: “Let me,” Rowan growled onto the sea-slick skin between her breasts. “Let me touch you.”ACoMaF: “I want to touch you first,” he said, his voice so guttural I barely recognized it. “Just—let me touch you.” He palmed my breast for emphasis.EoS: "He leaned in, claiming her mouth as he began to move, and they let go entirely." And, "She dug in her fingers, dragging her nails across his back, claiming him, marking him."ACoMaF: "He swept in, claiming me, branding me." But the best has yet to come.Do you remember the mountain thing in AcoMaF? "Rhys roared as he came, slamming in to the hilt. Outside, the mountains trembled, the remaining snow rushing from them in a cascade of glittering white, only to be swallowed up by the waiting night below."Yes? Great. Well, after Rhys's earthquakes and Feyre's human light-bulb, now meet Rowan's lightning and Aelin fires."Rowan’s own release barreled through him at the sight of it, lightning joining wind and ice over the water. Aelin held him through it, sending the fire-opal of her magic to twine with his power. On and on, as he spilled himself in her, lightning and flame danced on the sea. The lightning continued to strike, silent and lovely, even after he stilled."Lightning, you get it? Freaking lightning. What's Fae's problem with sex? It seems they are unable to climax decently without getting dangerously close to unleashing some cataclysm on the population that do not share such sexual prowess. And someone care to explain how on earth can lightning be lovely? Majestic, yes, stunning, yes, but lovely? It's not a summer breeze you're talking about, sweetie. It's freaking lightning. The kind of thing that could kill you in less than a split second, you know.(Oh, why do I even bother?)As you might have guessed, I could go on and on, but I've already wasted enough of my time. So let's just try to put everything down in black and white, as neatly as we can manage.•I used to be able to enjoy Maas's writing, but, whether I changed or her style changed, now I can't anymore. It is repetitive and monotonous, and I found many passages -not only the sex scenes- overdramatic and overwritten. Besides, the multiple PoVs on a same event bored me out of my mind -a fifth of the book could just go and nothing relevant would be lost. And I still have to figure out why, in the dialogues, half the questions are deprived of a question mark. •The focus on romance, or I should say sex. Because it's not even mere romance anymore- every one of Maas's series is turning into downright erotica. It's not that I have something against erotica, it would be ridiculous, I simply don't see why the Throne of Glass series took this turn, and I think it rather disrespectful to the readers of Maas to change the label (I don't care if it didn't change officially- this is no thing for "young adults") from ya to na in the middle of the series. What if an eleven-year old started reading book one now, and then, once at the end of book four, were forbidden to go on because the parents knew that this book would traumatize the kid for life?There are very few things I value, in literature as in every other thing in life, as I value coherence. This series shows an increasing lack of it.Moreover, all the fuss everyone makes about Aelin and Rowan being together is insufferable. It's like Maas tried and tried with all her forces to celebrate this thing as much as she could. She practically idolized this relationship and wanted her readers to get to idolize it too through of all her idolizing. If this is not twisted and convoluted, then I don't know what is. And I should be sick of saying it by now, but Hello, manipulative writing. I really did not miss you.•And talking about coherence, the characters. They all turned in inhumanly handsome and daringly provoking womanizers/vamps. They are all bold, sexy, self-confident and cool. Guess what- after ten characters exactly like that and five books, I grew weary of this shit. Not only that; it was as if Empire of Storms were written by a totally different person from the one who wrote the books up to Heir of Fire but probably related to the one who wrote Queen of Shadows. The characters completely change the way they see the world: how come the first thought on their minds is one and always one? (If you're wondering, yes, that should be sex.)Dorian Havilliard, in particular, is not himself anymore. If there was something I hadn't accused Maas of yet it was of using insta-love as a real thing (okay, more or less), and yet I cannot find a better word to describe what happens between him and Manon ((view spoiler)[who, lo and behold, is a queen too. (hide spoiler)] What did I say about Maas plagiarizing herself? What's so bad about thinking out of the box for just a single moment?). They meet, she saves him; he's beautiful, she's beautiful; he heavily hits on her without knowing her in the slightest, she likes it against her better sense, and you know where it is going to end. And their flirting is so ridiculous and forced, I was snorting and gagging and rolling my eyes all at once. As a matter of fact, the whole book made me roll my eyes so much it's unreal. My eyeballs tunneled their way up my skull and emerged on the top on my head.•But what makes me mad, what really makes me mad, is that had the romance and the characterization being not so disgusting and sloppy and cookie-cutter, the book would have been worth something. The plot is good, and I do like the idea of the boatload of villains and kingdoms and the variety of the world-building, but, as things are, they are only general ideas. This universe is vast and offers a number of scenarios and creatures and artefacts, but it all lacks order, and I've been saying it since my review of Throne of Glass, and every book after that did nothing but confirm my first impression. The heroes lack a true, deep characterization (remember, all bold all brave all cheeky) and so do the villains. Camaraderie is one of the things that usually have me sold on the spot, but seeing how lame all these characters ultimately are, my enjoyment was always very short-lived. I normally empathize a lot with heroines who are as resourceful and enterprising as Aelin is, but she still acts like a bossy, haughty teenager too proud to keep her companions up to date about her schemes because, what if said schemes fail? Shame on you for even trying, Aelin!Now, honestly, what person on her right mind would risk a world because of that?•Regarding Maas's handling of diversity, I'm linking here Kat's review, because not only does she say everything I too had to say about this issue, but she does it brilliantly. Plus, I'm a disgustingly lazy person. So go read Kat's review.•Almost needless to say, the ending is unbelievably similar to that of A Court of Mist and Fury. Seriously, unbelievably similar: (view spoiler)[the fact that they married in secret and are now apart and yearning for a reunion, the heroine's sacrifice, the hero's desperation (hide spoiler)]. You did that once already, Maas, remember? No? Because I do.•Chaol and Nesryn are completely absent. I just thought the world would want to know.•Oh, and let me put your minds at ease: people still purr, hiss, growl and grunt. Heaven forbid someone should do something as trivial as talk. *shivers*➽ I won't pretend I hoped Empire of Storms would magically resurrect the beautiful story I caught a glimpse of in Heir of Fire (still my favourite book of the series) but Maas exceeded all of my expectations, and not positively. As it always happens to me with her books, I read this one quickly enough and without particular effort, but as every one of us knows, your reading speed not always is a guarantee of the quality of what you are reading. I will finish the series because now there is only one book left, but Empire of Storms is more silly and absurd that it should have been -which, all things considered, is probably a perk, given how much I laughed.Even though I will never be able to admire lightnings again without having some totally inappropriate and unintended thoughts.PRE-READINGEDIT 05/09/2015: So here's the million-dollar question: will Aelin heal from her bipolarity or will she keep being a shamefully embarrassing frenzied brat good only at bullying everything that's breathing? Who guesses wins a trip to Morath on Abraxos' back.
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  • Cait • A Page with a View
    January 1, 1970
    ALL SPOILERS ARE HIDDEN.Update from a reread: this story was way more powerful the second time through once I knew where it was going.This series means SO much to me, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to blindly love it or treat it any differently than other book I review. I really enjoyed the story, but still thought I was only going to give it 4 stars until the exclusive short stories added a lot.First off, I would absolutely recommend reading The Assassin's Blade before this book if you haven't ALL SPOILERS ARE HIDDEN.Update from a reread: this story was way more powerful the second time through once I knew where it was going.This series means SO much to me, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to blindly love it or treat it any differently than other book I review. I really enjoyed the story, but still thought I was only going to give it 4 stars until the exclusive short stories added a lot.First off, I would absolutely recommend reading The Assassin's Blade before this book if you haven't already! Most characters and locations from those novellas appear here.The story starts out with Aelin and her court heading north to Terrasen where they meet with a few potential supporters at an inn before trying to waltz into Orynth. Aelin is told that the Lords of Terrasen don't recognize her as queen and it’s all very infuriating. She swears that "no matter how far I go, no matter the cost, when you call for my aid, I will come. I'm going to call in old debts and promises. To raise an army of assassins and thieves and exiles and commoners.” Because war/annihilation is coming and Erawan is not messing around.So it's kind of like the breaking of the Fellowship in Lord of the Rings with how characters gets scattered around on various missions and eventually come back together. And speaking of LOTR... you know how while everyone freaking walked across Middle Earth the story kind of meandered but wasn't necessarily boring because the locations sounded pretty, little bits of action popped up here and there, and the characters were so wonderful that you'd be fine reading about them watching paint dry? The middle of this book reminded me of that.I was surprised by how much of this story is carried by the POVs of other characters instead of Aelin. I mean, that decision totally makes sense in the end, but at first I was definitely wondering why I wasn't connecting with her as much as I had in previous books. She spends most of the story making her own secret plans behind the scenes while everyone calls her out on not telling them anything until the continual big reveals. Seeing her through other characters often made her seem a bit distant, callous, not focused on the bigger picture, and pretty much back to her Celaena persona. But by the end it all makes sense and her whole journey is wonderful.So that decision to make the development of so many crucial plot points happen off-screen (off-page??) made the reveal at the end more emotional, but also made me kind of frustrated in the middle with how I couldn't get a strong sense of where Aelin’s head was or where the plot was going. And because we didn't get such a strong look into Aelin's mind, her relationship with Rowan didn't have much emotional impact for me. I love them both as individual characters and do care about them together, buuuut I'm just not very invested. (view spoiler)[And I do not like these secret surprise weddings that ACOMAF and ToG are throwing out there. (hide spoiler)]. So I did enjoy this book overall, but wasn’t super emotionally attached like I was in Heir or Fire or flipping through the pages like I was in Queen of Shadows.BUT THE CHARACTERS ARE SO AMAZING. They’ve all grown so much since the first book!!! I said in my reviews of previous books that I wanted to see more of Manon, Aedion, and Elide and I was not let down. The amount of character development that secondary characters got here makes me SO HAPPY. It's so, so, so wonderful. I have no clue how Maas juggles all of these characters so well, but this series is starting to feel a bit like Game of Thrones meets The Lord of the Rings meets... some celtic Avengers? I don't know. But my point is there's now a badass range of characters who are all equally important.And MANON IS STILL THE GREATEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO THIS SERIES. Her scenes have some of the best action and emotions in the entire book. I love it all. (“She hated Death. And Death could go to hell, too”). I need some fan art of her armor because her awesome helmet sounded so much like the Witchking (this is the last LOTR reference, promise). I still ship Manon & Elide, but am also fine with where the characters went in this book. Whatever. And I liked Elide in Queen of Shadows, but can we talk about how she becomes the most amazing character ever here?!! “She had been forgotten – by everyone and everything. And still she had hoped. And still she had been kind.” Her POV and everything that happened in it was the most unexpected part of the book (and also maybe the best).Soooo this book felt a lot like a chess board with how it strengthened every player and moved them into the right position before the final battle of the next book. It might not be the most gripping story as a whole, but it did an amazing job of building an impressive lineup of characters. Like I NEVER expected to care this much about Lorcan?! I loved how the most unexpected characters paired up for different missions or whatever and how everyone’s different stories wove together at the end.So yeah, I just love Manon, Elide, Aedion, Lysandra, Dorian… oh my goodness HOW HAVE I NOT TALKED ABOUT DORIAN YET. He's still adorable.Other random things I loved:- MANON. Manon and her Thirteen. Manon and Abraxos. Manon and hope.- Maeve just got bumped up past Umbridge level of loathing- all of the foreshadowing- all of the ACOMAF similarities- the Rowan + Dorian bonding scenes- how amazing Maas is with her mythology references (like how Fenrys is a wolf haha)- one of the more central characters is bisexual- Aelin calling Rolfe “his Pirateness” and wanting Rowan to call her “milady”- Elide adopting characteristics from Manon & Asterin and working with what she has- the sheer scope of the phenomenal worldbuilding- how the big reveal gave the previous books WAY more depth- seeing Dorian and Aelin referred to as the King of Adarlan and Queen of Terrasen- Dorian still eats like a fine lady- that ending was AMAZING. (Not amazing in that I particularly enjoy what’s happening, but amazing in that this takes the story to a whole new level of intense).Now I know that a ton of people were losing their minds over the sex scenes in this book before it was even released, so let me just take a minute to weigh in on that. Yeah, this book is definitely more mature than the previous books and could be something parents might not be comfortable with their kids reading... I get that. I defended the scenes in ACOMAF because they meant something to the plot, but reallllyy am not feeling that here. I definitely could have lived without those scenes and wish the page time had been spent elsewhere... it didn't do much for the characters or plot. So, yes -- you can easily skip them and not miss anything.If the sexual content is what's stopping you from reading this story, the pages in the US hardcover to skip are:- 350 to the top of 359 - 422 to the scene break on 423 - 573 - 576Anyways, there are a lot of things I wanted to see happen that didn’t, but I was equally thrilled with where the story ended up going in the end. I really don't understand some of the intensity in this fandom... like if you really need the story to go in an alternate direction, maybe go write some fanfiction? And I adore Chaol, but honestly think cutting him out of this particular book was a really smart move. The tone of his POV would’ve been seriously disconnected from the rest of this story with where he is mentally right now (and physically... like he’s in an entirely different part of the world that wouldn’t have worked into this plot). I thought the end wasn’t so much sad as it was inspirational, but it’s possible I’m just in a different mindset. This series has meant a ton to me on a personal level because Aelin is dealt a tough hand, yet makes the decision to keep fighting. Doctors told me I wouldn’t live to see 2013, but I’ve been hanging in there one day at a time. I read books so that I have something to keep holding on for… kind of like some weird version of 1,001 Nights. (I know I get overly excited on social media about Empire of Storms, but I just never thought I’d make it to read this book and can’t explain how amazing it is to even hold it). I thought I resonated with Aelin’s journey in Heir of Fire, but the quote towards the end of this book was like someone put my mind on paper: (view spoiler)[”Time – she was grateful Elena had given her that stolen time. Grateful she had met them all, that she had seen some small part of the world, had heard such lovely music, had danced and laughed and known true friendship. Grateful that she had found Rowan. She was grateful. So Aelin Galathynius dried her tears.” Like I know my situation is far less dramatic, BUT I still really connected with her perspective even if all I’ve done with stolen time is read a bunch of books. Actually no... can I just give a shoutout to the whole online book community because just rambling about books has let me actually feel normal and like I’m living. I haven’t really seen another human besides my parents & sister in years but I’ve still met a ton of amazing people through blogging. Soooo you’re all wonderful and sorry this turned into personal story time, ha... (hide spoiler)].There are a few things I'm still waiting to see set up more (like some Valg history or better sense of the threat), but hopefully the next book can squeeze that in before the war. (UPDATE - omg TOWER OF DAWN TOTALLY FIXED THIS. MAJORLY).______________________________Update about the three exclusive short stories:(because these stories honestly added another star to my rating)WHY are these stories not in the books?! This just strengthened Aelin & Rowan's relationship 10000% and was EVERYTHING I was looking for in terms of character development for Rowan. I'm changing my rating to 5 stars after reading these. The B&N story would have easily been one of my favorite scenes because it shows Aelin with her people and what a great leader she'll be. And just a few pages here made me connect more with Rowan & Aelin than hundreds of pages in the main story did. Even the stuff with Lysandra & Aedion helped.The Target one takes place during Heir of Fire and starts out with Aelin and Rowan just being normal while they make crowns of fire and ice for each other. Then the whole meal with Rowan's ex who dubs Aelin the "fire-breathing bitch queen" happens. Aelin is awesome. But it also brings in another character who analyzes Aelin's motivation to claim Rowan aaaaand THE BOOK REALLY COULD USE THIS SCENE. Even just the observation that "you are training with the most dangerous pure-blooded Fae male in the world, and yet he treats you as an equal. He presented you as his equal." And then Rowan kind of maybe realizes something important and Aelin makes him a chocolate hazlenut cake that's so gross he vomits it up when she's not looking. The end.And I just had to include this Chaol quote from his short story, though, because it is so important to the story: “Would I have loved her if I had known from the start what she is?” He shook his head. “If I had met her now… my first instinct would be to protect Dorian from her. Celaena was a fraction of Aelin – both good and bad. But Aelin… she is Celaena, and she is queen, and she is the Fire-Bringer. I fell in love with a facet, and I panicked when I realized it was a fraction of the whole – when I saw that power, that heritage, and… it was not a part of my plans. Rowan Whitethorn saw everything. From the moment he met her, he saw all of Aelin. And he was not afraid. I don’t blame either of them for falling in love. I don’t blame her… I was what Celaena needed after Endovier. But Rowan is who Aelin needs – forever.” Ok yeah sorry this was so long. Intense rambling over...
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  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    “Where do you think you’re going?” Darrow demanded.She looked over her shoulder. “To call in old debts and promises. To raise an army of assassins and thieves and exiles and commoners. To finish what was started long, long ago.” 3 1/2 stars. Much better than Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows, methinks. But maybe not if you're unable to skim over the gross love scenes between Aelin and Rowan, or you just can't deal with a book where Chaol is completely absent.I have to say, though, I think Empir “Where do you think you’re going?” Darrow demanded.She looked over her shoulder. “To call in old debts and promises. To raise an army of assassins and thieves and exiles and commoners. To finish what was started long, long ago.” 3 1/2 stars. Much better than Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows, methinks. But maybe not if you're unable to skim over the gross love scenes between Aelin and Rowan, or you just can't deal with a book where Chaol is completely absent.I have to say, though, I think Empire of Storms is far better plotted than the third and fourth book. It's a whopping 700 pages long and yet it moves much faster than the previous two. It drops us into the action and nastiness pretty much immediately and continues to deliver bloody drama and twists right up until that EVIL ending.For me, Queen of Shadows was a 650-page book that contained only about 200 pages of plot development. The rest was filler in which Maas waxed on in melodramatic poetry about how amazing Aelin is and how sexy Rowan is. We get some of that here, of course, but if you can overlook some of the more nauseating moments between the two of them, then it's actually a really great, exciting book. Yes, I had to push through all the scenes where Rowan's sexiness and utter maleness (WTF?) is described YET AGAIN. Yes, his erection is pressing against her perfect, magical ass when we first encounter them in chapter 2. Yes, he is constantly nibbling and nipping at her whenever he sees her. And, like, why is she okay with this?! Seriously, she's trying to save her kingdom with every douchebag in the continent on her tail and her bf won't control his penis for two bloody seconds! I'd be like "Dude, stop effin' nibbling me!"I clearly just don't get this whole Rowan fangirl party everyone else seems to have going on.That being said, there really are so many great things going on in this book. For a start, Manon just got a thousand times more interesting. I longed for any chapter with her in it and I was on the edge of my seat when she does that very bad awesome thing earlier on in the book. I also, kind of surprisingly, really came to enjoy the chapters with Lorcan and Elide. I must confess it: I ship them. I can't help it.If I'm honest, I think I'm starting to feel a shift in the way I view this series, which may also have made me enjoy it more. There are those books where we feel a very personal and close connection to one or two characters and their relationships (often true of 1st-person narratives); and there are those that have large casts of characters, each with their own stories, and we care about them all to varying degrees (think epic fantasy series like, say, A Song of Ice and Fire).For me, this series started out as the first. I cared about Celaena and Chaol, and Dorian, but to a lesser extent. I felt close to them; I angsted about them; I really wanted Celaena and Chaol to be together. Now the novels have a wider scope - there's Aelin, Chaol and Dorian, but also Rowan, Lysandra, Aedion, Manon, Evangeline, Lorcan, and Elide. Perhaps even Gavriel and Fenrys. From Heir of Fire onwards, this has become a very different kind of series and I'm only just starting to accept it. I'm starting to enjoy the overall plot, the bigger picture, and perhaps loosen my more personal ties to Chaol.I'm a little sad about it, but I also think Maas and her stories have grown in many ways. More richer, more clever, with lots of interlinking subplots. Something lost, something gained.If you've been clinging to the hope that Maas will go full circle and return this series to how it was in the early installments, it's probably time to part ways with these books. But if you're just looking for some great storytelling, gruesome action, and lots of interesting characters (and can put up with the insufferable smirking and nibbling that is his royal gorgeousness - Rowan), then Empire of Storms has it all.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store
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  • Kimi
    January 1, 1970
    Here are my reviews of the previous books in this series:Throne of GlassCrown of MidnightThe Assassin's BladeHeir of FireQueen of ShadowsThese two girls said it all Simona’s review , Paige’s video *sigh* I’m not sure where to start. I’ve pretty much loved all the previous books in this series but aghhh this one. Welcome to Empire of Storms, the try not to cringe challenge book edition. ➨ The first thing that you notice while reading Empire of Storms is the similarities it has with ACOMAF. I thin Here are my reviews of the previous books in this series:Throne of GlassCrown of MidnightThe Assassin's BladeHeir of FireQueen of ShadowsThese two girls said it all Simona’s review , Paige’s video *sigh* I’m not sure where to start. I’ve pretty much loved all the previous books in this series but aghhh this one. Welcome to Empire of Storms, the try not to cringe challenge book edition. ➨ The first thing that you notice while reading Empire of Storms is the similarities it has with ACOMAF. I think that in trying to release two HUGE books a year SJM doesn’t really have enough time to properly edit her books anymore. The two books ended up sounding exactly the same, except for the fact that ACOMAF was much, much better. ➨ The sex scenes situation: I have nothing against steamy scenes in YA books. I believe it makes the book more realistic and we all love seeing our OTP finally getting down to business. However, what I don’t like is seeing a YA book turn into straight up erotica. There’s a scenes that combines my first two complaints about this book. Brace yourselves. Remember the mountain situation is ACOMAF?"Rhys roared as he came, slamming in to the hilt. Outside, the mountains trembled, the remaining snow rushing from them in a cascade of glittering white, only to be swallowed up by the waiting night below."Well, if Rhys can make a mountain tremble imagine what good ol’ Rowan could do. "Rowan’s own release barreled through him at the sight of it, lightning joining wind and ice over the water.Aelin held him through it, sending the fire-opal of her magic to twine with his power. On and on, as he spilled himself in her, lightning and flame danced on the sea. The lightning continued to strike, silent and lovely, even after he stilled."Are you cringing yet ? Alright, moving on. ➨ I’m so done with Aelin trying to be sassy all the freaking time and bossing people around. Oh, and is it normal that she doesn’t share any of her plans with ANYONE? ➨ This book has no diversity whatsoever. Every single main character is straight and white af. SJM has like 50 pov characters between her two series, you’d think some of them would be a little different, right? Right? Wrong. Also, every single character is blindingly beautiful. Oh and let’s not forget that most characters are royalty for some reason. You’re a queen and you a king ! Let’s throw a prince in there and another king and another queen. Aww my gaawwd ! ➨ Chaol who? Remember that main character we were in love with for three books? Nop? Okay.➨ Characters acting out of character: Dorian felt really off in this book. He didn’t sound like Dorian just like Chaol didn’t sound like Chaol in the previous book but we already got rid of that problem, didn't we? ➨ Must every single character be in a relationship? I’m seriously not feeling Manon and Dorian’s relationship. I had a feeling she was gay. I don’t know maybe it’s just me. ➨ For some reason the narrative is mostly third person limited but we randomly jump into other people’s minds here and there. Ps: Thanks for everyone who pointed out that Aedion is actually bi-sexual I didn't omit this fact on purpose. It just slipped my mind when I was writing the review. I hope I didn’t forget anything. Anyway, before you bite my head off, I just want to say that I do love SJM’s writing and I think the plot of this book and the series as a whole is great. This book could have been amazing if there wasn’t so many things annoying me about it. This is just my honest opinion. Feel free to leave a comment so we can discuss.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    “My name is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius …And I will not be afraid.” Someone willing to talk? This book destroyed me and I think I need therapy to endure the wait and pain until next year.Edit: So, I'll need to wait another year to know what happens next... Not fair Sarah J. Maas, not fair. I know there's another book coming but really, I just don't care much for Chaol at the time.-Why did I read Queen Of Shadows so fast?Dammit, this happens every damn year.I read the damn book way too fast and I “My name is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius …And I will not be afraid.” Someone willing to talk? This book destroyed me and I think I need therapy to endure the wait and pain until next year.Edit: So, I'll need to wait another year to know what happens next... Not fair Sarah J. Maas, not fair. I know there's another book coming but really, I just don't care much for Chaol at the time.-Why did I read Queen Of Shadows so fast?Dammit, this happens every damn year.I read the damn book way too fast and I don't think about the consequences.The consequences being I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER EFFING YEAR AGAIN TO READ ABOUT ROWAN!
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  • Andreea Pop
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliance. Sheer, pure brilliance. This is what this book is. Everything I wanted and everything I didn't know I wanted. It's a whirlwind of emotions. Quite probably, the best in the series. Full review to come.
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    I'll have a full video review discussing my thoughts soon.
  • Christine Riccio
    January 1, 1970
    I DEVOURED THIS AS I DEVOUR ALL OF SARAH J MAAS'S BOOK ENJOYING EVERY SECOND. I love the characters in this seris so much!!! Here's my booktalk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9tnt...
  • Wendy Darling
    January 1, 1970
    MORE WYVERNS AND BATHTUB SCENES, PLEASE.
  • Nat
    January 1, 1970
    “The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers.”It was unexpectedly relieving to slip back into this world. Initially, I was dreading this sequel because there was just so much that could go completely wrong, but Sarah J. Maas seriously knows her stuff. She handled the situations she put my favorite witches through with excellence. This review contains *spoilers*.Right from the start, we get to hear from Elena Galathynius, which, finally. She’s one of my favorites from this series and getti “The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers.”It was unexpectedly relieving to slip back into this world. Initially, I was dreading this sequel because there was just so much that could go completely wrong, but Sarah J. Maas seriously knows her stuff. She handled the situations she put my favorite witches through with excellence. This review contains *spoilers*.Right from the start, we get to hear from Elena Galathynius, which, finally. She’s one of my favorites from this series and getting to read more about her after all this time was just a truly epic beginning.“Because for Terrasen, for Erilea, Elena would walk into the eternal darkness lurking across the valley to buy them all a chance.”And speaking of incredible females, I love this piece of fanart: Source Kaltain, Sorrel, Asterin, Manon, Elide, Aelin, Lysandra, Nehemia (!!!), Nesryn and Sorscha.Part One: The Fire-Bringer starts out with Elide Lochan’s pov.We follow her weeks after the events of the last book: Elide's on her way north to find her lost queen—and to also find Celaena Sardothien (she does not know yet that her two quests were one and the same) so that Elide might repay the life debt she owed to Kaltain Rompier. Speaking of, Kaltain Rompier at the end of QOS was more badass than anybody I've read about before.On her way through the hills in the forest (where Manon Blackbeak and the Thirteen had left her), Elide’s completely ravenous since she doesn't know how to hunt or kill.“She wouldn’t last long without food but couldn’t risk venturing into a village with the money Manon had given her, or toward any of the hunters’ fires she’d spotted these past few weeks.No—she had seen enough of the kindness and mercy of men. She would never forget how those guards had leered at her naked body, why her uncle had sold her to Duke Perrington.”The more I read about her, the more I realized how much I liked her character growth, which I truly don’t remember feeling previously but, as the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder.Meanwhile, Aelin Ashryver ‘cloak-and-dagger’ Galathynius and her crew crossed into Terrasen three days ago. And at least another week lay between them and the city—"the once-glorious heart of her kingdom."For the time being, they're all patiently waiting for the meeting Aedion has arranged between the fiery queen and the few lords he trusts.When they arrive at the tavern for the meeting, Aelin has to remind herself to feel grateful for Lord Darrow (her late uncle's, Orlon, lover). He had after all sacrificed for her kingdom; he had men and money to offer in the upcoming battle with Erawan.And I was definitely not expecting this, but Lord Darrow was such an interesting addition to this sequel. He gave Rowan and Aelin the reality check they needed i.e. not everyone is crazy in love with you, which, finally.I mean, it was truly hilarious seeing Aelin get off her high horse after he was done with the shading:“As for why my court and I wished to meet with you today—”“Court?” Lord Darrow raised his silver brows. Then he slowly raked his stare over Lysandra, then Aedion, and finally Rowan. Ren was gaping at them all, something like longing—and dismay—on his face. “This is what you consider a court?”“Obviously, the court will be expanded once we’re in Orynth—”“And for that matter, I do not see how there can even be a court, as you are not yet queen.”She kept her chin high. “I’m not sure I catch your meaning.”Darrow sipped from his tankard of ale. The plunk as he set it down echoed through the room. Beside him, Murtaugh had gone still as death. “Any ruler of Terrasen must be approved by the ruling families of each territory.”This kind of stuff wakes me right up... where were you when I needed you in Queen of Shadows?? Oh, and I especially lived for the shade he threw at Rowan:“Oh, yes, we’ve heard of you. What an interesting turn of events, that when our kingdom is weakest and its heir so young, one of Maeve’s most trusted warriors manages to gain a foothold, after so many years of gazing at our kingdom with such longing. Or perhaps the better question is, why serve at Maeve’s feet when you could rule beside Princess Aelin?”I've waited 84 years for this moment to come.But after Darrow's done with insulting her court, he informs Aelin that he doesn't recognize her right to rule as the rightful Queen of Terrasen. And neither do the Lords Sloane, Ironwood, and Gunnar, who make up the remaining surviving majority of what was once her uncle’s court.This leaves Aelin shocked to her core because after all she went through she remains a princess by blood—but not queen.And, of course, Rowan-rutting-Whitethorn has to intervene because "I AM THE MAN." Every time he inserted himself in conversations, I was just like: I mean, did anybody ask for your opinion...ever? Honestly, truly. To quote Rowan himself, how no one has ever cut out your tongue just to shut you up has always been a mystery to me.One of the main goals I was working towards was for him to get killed off or, at the very least, break up with Aelin. That would've been the only time Rowan left me satisfied...And speaking of satisfied, the Ironteeth (including Manon Blackbeak and her Thirteen) were on their way to sack Rifthold before either sides could even blink. Dorian Havilliard would be their target. Dead or alive.But unknown to the others, Manon has her eyes set on a different goal when she comes in at the exact right time to rescue Dorian's ass.“He knew her face before he remembered her name.Knew the white hair, like moonlight on water, that spilled over her dark, scalelike armor; knew the burnt-gold eyes.Knew that impossibly beautiful face, full of cold bloodlust and wicked cunning.“Get up,” Manon Blackbeak snarled.”A century of training and instinct had barreled into Manon, so when she comes out her haze she realizes just who she killed to save the boy-king. Beheading one of Iskra’s sentinel was some hardcore shit.“She didn’t have a heartbeat to spare to marvel that Abraxos had not balked at the fight, that he had not yielded. Her warrior-hearted wyvern. She’d give him an extra ration of meat.”Amongst everything, Manon feeling like a proud mother was a definite highlight.But on a more bleak note, Rifthold, the city that had forged and broken and sheltered Aelin, was officially torn down. The walls of the stone castle were bathed in blood.And everything after that had gone to shit.Everything.• Asterin is to die at sunrise as punishment for Manon's blood-shedding of a witch.• Rifthold had fallen, its king vanished and the city sacked by witches.• Aelin, now traveling with Aedion and Lysandra for the coast, plans to raise hell and reclaim her rightful throne• We get to see that the war had taken its toll on Dorian, he's tired of feeling as a failure to both his city and people.And as a result, Dorian makes his way with Rowan to the Dead Islands to secure an advantageous ally with the Pirate Lord (Rolfe). Also, since we're on the topic, when Dorian asked Rowan this next question, it made my blood boil.“The first time you met Aelin, did you know … ?”A snort. “No. Gods, no. We wanted to kill each other.” The amusement flickered. “She was … in a very dark place. We both were. But we led each other out of it. Found a way—together.”What?! You were literally abusing her physically and emotionally!! “Dark place” my ass... this stone-cold bastard crawled out of the pits of hell and is here to drag everyone down with him. But circling back to the main plot... one of the most EPIC scenes in this series happens then with the Thirteen. Manon Blackbeak became my absolute favorite after reading just how incredibly cunning and clever and fierce she is.We had last left her with the knowledge that her Second is to be killed at dawn, so I was truly anticipating what would happen but never - NEVER - would I have guessed what actually went down.At the start of this chapter, I was in literal tears for both Asterin and Manon, and some passages felt like they were purposely rubbing salt into my wounds:“Never again would Asterin ride the winds; never again would Asterin soar on the back of her sky-blue mare. Manon’s eyes slid to the wyvern across the aerie—shifting on her two legs, awake when the others were not.As if she could sense her mistress’s doom beckoning with each passing moment.”Tears welted in my eyes after this.“And in the east, slipping over the mountains like molten gold, the sun began to rise.A hundred years she’d had with Asterin. She’d always thought they’d have a hundred more.”By then, I was close to weeping. From both rage and bone-deep fear.... But we were so close to knowing whether Asterin will get executed or not (I even put my hand on the page so as to not accidentally spoil myself). And damn, I'm still in utter awe.“Hand trembling, Asterin pressed her fingers to her brow and extended them. “Bring our people home, Manon,” she breathed.Manon angled Wind-Cleaver, readying for the strike.The Blackbeak Matron snapped, “Be done with it, Manon.”Manon met Sorrel’s eyes, then Asterin’s. And Manon gave the Thirteen her final order.“Run.”Then Manon Blackbeak whirled and brought Wind-Cleaver down upon her grandmother.”I was too stunned, I literally had to bite down my tongue to hold off a scream. She's a force of nature, a warrior equal to none. And best of all, she fucking cares for her Thirteen. The battle that followed truly left me speechless for a long, long while. The knowledge her grandma so viciously (though, with a smile of absolute triumph) imparted upon Manon's true heritage was just twist after twist.“You are a Crochan. The last of their royal bloodline with the death of your sister at your own hand. You are a Crochan Queen.”I needed a minute after that... which was impossible to get when Manon decides to jump off the stone ledge of the balcony to escape her grandmother's wrath. She rolls off it into the open air where Abraxos, her gentle, warrior-hearted mount, flew.#And that's what you missed on Glee.I seriously never thought I'd say this, but I want the next book to focus more heavily on the witches. All my favorite chapters were the ones where Manon or Elide were the lead. Hence why part two - Fireheart - was my favorite part. I was especially interested to see where Elide and Lorcan would end up. I’m always weak for couples in stories that start out as fake-married/ dating, but I was hesitant with this one because of Lorcan's past and loyalty to his blood-sworn queen, Maeve.But, at the start, Lorcan proved himself time and again—he perfectly teamed up with Elide to slay the world and everyone standing in their way. Their togetherness made me the happiest I’d been in awhile. But... they parted ways towards the end, which made my heart break a bit. Though, I'm still holding on to the promise they made to one another: that no matter what, they'll always find each other... Also, I feel like Lorcan's character was the perfect way for Maas to hold Rowan accountable for his destructive behavior towards Aelin in Heir of Fire:“Lorcan had trained enough warriors to know when not to push. He’d tortured enough enemies to know when they were one slice or snap away from breaking in ways that would make them useless.So Marion, when her scent had changed, when he’d felt even the strange, otherworldly power hidden in her blood shift to sorrow … worse, to hopelessness…”Lorcan knew when to not push Marion (aka Elide) for more information, he knew when to stop. So according to that, Rowan should and could have known when to not push Aelin further down in Wendlyn, but did he? Nope... and was he held accountable for his abuse? Nope.And since I'm on a roll about the negatives of this sequel, there's one last thing that I simply cannot leave out:She said quietly to Ren, “Thank you—for helping Captain Westfall this spring.”A muscle flickered in Ren’s jaw, but he said, “How does he fare? Aedion mentioned his injuries in his letter.”“Last I heard, he was on his way to the healers in Antica. To the Torre Cesme.”“Good.”I could not believe it when they removed Chaol from this sequel... I'm still shocked. Does Sarah J. Maas truly hate his character that much???I needed to see how Chaol was faring being away from everyone? How was he feeling? What's going on with him and Nesryn? What's going on with him and his father? So many question left unanswered... what happened!!! I mean, the ten times he was mentioned (mainly by Dorian) were such weak attempts at trying to make it sound like he's better off being away from his true friends, which, no.“You know,” he said, “sometimes I wish Chaol were here—to help me. And then sometimes I’m glad he’s not, so he wouldn’t be at risk again. I’m glad he’s in Antica with Nesryn.”“And the Queen of Terrasen is your friend?”“There is no one else I’d want guarding my back.” Other than Chaol, but … it was no use even thinking about him, missing him.”So in honor of all that, here's a list of the things I want in the last book:• Chaol's presence. • More Manon and Elide.• More Lorcan with Elide (this is a necessity for my calm and peace).• Ansel of Briarcliff friending it up with Manon Blackbeak.• More flashbacks featuring my favorite princess, Nehemia. I seriously still have chills from that memory we saw of her, young and strong and wise, speaking and working together with Elena.• Read about Manon's journey to find the Crochans.• Have some fucking peace in the finale.But despite its flaws, Empire of Storms had one of the most epic and enthralling endings that made my heart soar, strain and crash all at once.As you might've guessed, for the majority of this sequel I didn't really care for Aelin—until I reached that gods-damned ending she got.“Nameless is my price. To buy them a future, she’d pay it.She’d done as much as she could to set things in motion to ensure that once she was gone, help would still come. It was the only thing she could give them, her last gift to Terrasen. To those she loved with her heart of wildfire.”The Queen of Terrasen had sacrificed so much and here she was willing to do it all over again so as to not bring someone else in harm's way. I had so much love and respect in my heart in that moment.And Sarah J. Maas truly knows how to end her books in such a way that, after reading close to 700 pages, I was left wanting more and more.“Aelin Galathynius had raised an army not just to challenge Morath … but to rattle the stars.”Also, this song was the greatest to listen to. Sia never fails to impress me.*Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying Empire of Storms, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!* Support creators you love. Buy a Coffee for nat (bookspoils) with http://Ko-fi.com/bookspoils
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  • Regan
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Paige (Enchantology)
    January 1, 1970
    1.5 starsHere's a compilation of my live Snapchat updates. Some jumbled thoughts:I don't care about any of the characters that I'm supposed to care about anymore. The longer you spend with SJM's characters, the more it seems like she's completely incapable of keeping character's consistent or giving them realistic development. Not caring about these characters has a significant impact on one's ability to enjoy this book, as so much of it hinges on characters and their relationships with one anot 1.5 starsHere's a compilation of my live Snapchat updates. Some jumbled thoughts:I don't care about any of the characters that I'm supposed to care about anymore. The longer you spend with SJM's characters, the more it seems like she's completely incapable of keeping character's consistent or giving them realistic development. Not caring about these characters has a significant impact on one's ability to enjoy this book, as so much of it hinges on characters and their relationships with one another. The plot in this was a staggering and derivative mess, on the whole. We spend a lot of time watching people with more knowledge than our protagonist trying to tell her what she needs to do, and her promptly telling them SORRY Y'ALL, I HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO. The sense of what is and isn't a priority in this book is astounding. Of this ~700 page book, I would say the vast majority doesn't contribute to the plot. Most of it is romance and sexual tension because clearly all of the characters need to be in relationships or working on it, right?? Of the bits of plot we get, it feels like a mix of a Harry Potter rip off and a copy of her own book, A Court of Mist and Fury. The ending of this book is pretty much the same as ACOMAF. The writing in this is lazy af. I honestly wish SJM wasn't contracted to release two books a year because it's obvious she could afford more time to polish these books. We have an unwieldy amount of POV characters in this, and even with "distinct" POVs, we bounce between different character's thoughts instead of focusing on who we're meant to be focused on in each scene. If you're going to have multiple POVs with a focus on their individual thoughts, you can't randomly go omniscient as you see fit. You can't have omniscient and limited POVs. Pick one.(Also, even if we have an unwieldy amount of POVs... it's a little fucked up that one of the main characters isn't in this book. Astounding that you can just cut someone out like that.)Once again, as with ACOMAF, I'm struck by how GODDAMN HETEROSEXUAL THIS BOOK IS. Every character is in a pairing of some sort, and so much of this book is characters thinking about how hot their love interest is... and a lot of times the attraction comes down to proximity. These two characters of the opposite sex are spending time together? Clearly they're eventually gonna wanna fuck each other if they spend enough time together. The majority of this book seems to be trying to build romantic and/or sexual tension between characters... some of which feels really off. We have characters that say things that make them sound like they may be asexual drooling over a bead of sweat rolling down a dude's ~oily and hairy chest~. We have characters who are straight up misandrists with a love of women hooking up with men. SJM hints that maybe there are characters in her ensemble cast that aren't straight, and then reminds us that ALL FEMALES GOTTA HAVE THE D - it's a rule of life, don't you know?I will say that the LGBT+ rep in this is better than her previous books, but that doesn't mean it's good representation. I could do a whole video on queer characters in this book. I might. We'll see.I don't know, man. This book was boring for the most part. I have 18 minutes of footage of me ranting to Snapchat because I had to stop every few pages to rant about this book. It's not good, and I'm now convinced that this series has no hopes of redemption. I was willing to give SJM a chance after the mess that was QOS, but this was no better.
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  • Kat O'Keeffe
    January 1, 1970
    I flew through this and had a blast while reading, but after finishing I started to focus more on the problems I had with it. I did still enjoy it overall, but it's not my fave in the series. Tone and content-wise it just felt very different from the previous books. I'm still invested in the series though, and I can't wait to see how this all wraps up in the final installment!I talk more about this book (both spoiler-free and a spoiler section!) in this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm I flew through this and had a blast while reading, but after finishing I started to focus more on the problems I had with it. I did still enjoy it overall, but it's not my fave in the series. Tone and content-wise it just felt very different from the previous books. I'm still invested in the series though, and I can't wait to see how this all wraps up in the final installment!I talk more about this book (both spoiler-free and a spoiler section!) in this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmRwb...
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  • Katerina
    January 1, 1970
    All Hail Queen Maas!I may hate her right now, I may be cursing her name and shaking and screaming, but deep down I love her with an unprecedented reverence. She can't be human, no, she is a terrible, brilliant and cruel deity that messes with us mortals. For the past 48 hours I've been fighting and bleeding in Erilea. Now, I'm in a daze. Powerful gusts of wind scattered my mind. Bright fire reduced my sanity to cinders. And icicles have pierced my heart. Because this book, because Empire of Stor All Hail Queen Maas!I may hate her right now, I may be cursing her name and shaking and screaming, but deep down I love her with an unprecedented reverence. She can't be human, no, she is a terrible, brilliant and cruel deity that messes with us mortals. For the past 48 hours I've been fighting and bleeding in Erilea. Now, I'm in a daze. Powerful gusts of wind scattered my mind. Bright fire reduced my sanity to cinders. And icicles have pierced my heart. Because this book, because Empire of Storms, was stunningly, absolutely, mindblowingly, breathtakingly, terrifyingly EPIC. “Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she'd bleed for Erilea.” In the fifth instalment of Throne of Glass series, the fire-breathing bitch queen is trying to gather an army in order to defeat the demon king, Erawan, before Erilea will perish to Darkness. But Erawan is not her only concern. The Fae Queen, Mauve, who is after the Wyrdkeys that will gift her with unlimited power, is as dangerous, ruthless and vindictive. Her enemies had decades, centuries, to plot and scheme. Aelin has barely months. With her loyal court by her side, and the heir of a shattered throne, she is calling old debts and promises, assassins and pirates and nobles, while Manon Blackbeak is fighting a different war, a war against her vicious nature and her own kind. And a storm is coming, a great storm that will either cleanse the world or annihilate it. “Aelin Galathynius had raised an army not just to challenge Morath, but to rattle the stars.” The words I'm trying to utter seem poor compared to the magnitude of this book. It is my favorite in the series so far, the perfect way to set the chessboard before the final stand that will determine the fate of my heroes and their world. Fight sequences to give you goosebumps, battleships to make your heart hammer, monsters and creatures that jumped out of legends to make your jaw drop, secrets and revelations to break you. Piece by piece. Villains you hate with a loathing passion and heroes that make you laugh and bleed and weep with them. The moments of serenity were rare and precious. The moments of anguish and despair were so many and masterfully crafted that paralyzed you. Fear coiled you liked a poisonous snake, hope helped you breathe until you could not. But you were never laid to rest. Because this was a song of blood and magic composed by a Muse.I am in awe. “He was hers and she was his and they had found each other across centuries of bloodshed and loss, across oceans and kingdoms and war.” Aelin is still my least favorite in this parade of amazing, badass characters. I do feel admiration and sympathy towards her, but her swagger was always provocative, her pride, arrogance and self-righteousness, her tendency to not share her plans and gamble with many lifes irritated me very, very much. And I hated that everyone seemed to worship the ground she stood and let her get away with her tantrums and her hidden agendas like it was no big deal, but when Dorian solved the riddle towards the end he was met with a fist for being reckless.The last chapters though, they were redeeming. Excruciating. They were my undoing. “For Terrasen. For them. For a better world.” What can I say about the rest of the characters? That each of them was flawed and tarnished and I loved them for their weaknesses and their strengths in a way I would have never predicted? That I wept with pride for Dorian, my most precious of them all, who grew up from the carefree prince to the powerful magic-wielder, the cunning ruler that inspired respect even to those who were wary of him? That I loved dark and brooding and savage Lorcan as much as I loved Rowan and Aedion? But besides all these edible male characters, the women were a product of dreams and nightmares. A combination of beauty, sensuality and brutality.And my queen is none other than Manon.freaking.Blackbeak.She was a slayer. A monster. She bathed in blood and she relished it. But then she started feeling something more. It was Abraxos, and Asterin, and Elide, that made her show a vulnerable side, that made her seperate right from wrong and fight against injustice, fight against the part of her that was forged in war and gore. And Dorian knew exactly who and what she was. I didn't expect to become such Dorian/Manon trash, but I am. And I also loved the Lorcan/Elide storyline, I looked forward to their chapters and swooned at the way they started falling in love. And let's not forget the slowly blooming romance between Aedion and Lysandra, which gave me all the feels. Same way as Aelin and Rowan.We're talking about a freaking armada. All these couples, with their sweet and scorching scenes (because there was a decent amount of smut I thoroughly enjoyed), were definitely one of the reasons that made Empire of Storms so special. “I'd walk into the burning heart of hell itself to find you.” And I would sell my soul to Erawan himself to get the next book in my hands. I don't know what's more devastating, the ending or the waiting until the final instalment?Probably both.Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | BookNest
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    ❝But Aelin had promised herself, months and months ago, that she would not pretend to be anything but what she was. She had crawled through darkness and blood and despair—she had survived.❞ This series doesn't mean a lot to me, not like a lot of my other friends, not like some people out there that consider it one of their favorite series no matter what happens. But I do consider Sarah J. Maas a phenomenal author and even though she isn't one of my favorites, I don't think I would miss out on a ❝But Aelin had promised herself, months and months ago, that she would not pretend to be anything but what she was. She had crawled through darkness and blood and despair—she had survived.❞ This series doesn't mean a lot to me, not like a lot of my other friends, not like some people out there that consider it one of their favorite series no matter what happens. But I do consider Sarah J. Maas a phenomenal author and even though she isn't one of my favorites, I don't think I would miss out on a new series by her, even if it would be totally different than what she normally writes. Empire of Storms wasn't my favorite, but it sure was a lot better than Throne of Glass and Heir of Fire, being a little less loved by me compared to Crown of Midnight and Queen of Shadows. Like others, I either hated this or loved it. I am on neither side, but I am in the middle. I'm not the biggest fan of half stars, so 3.5 doesn't exist for me, it's just 3. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. I loved the character development, hated some characters, love others one a lot more, was upset with Sarah because of some specific things, and enjoyed the rest of the 600+ page book.Can you believe I actually finished this in 2 days? I can't! Normally a book this big would take me like 4 days. Moving on, Empire of Storms was still brilliant, it was filled with pure awesomeness and believe me, I don't use that word, but this book needs it. It was fantastic, amazing, wonderful, and oh now I have to suffer along with the rest and wait another whole year for the finale. Thanks Sarah. Empire of Storms was a book I had been waiting for but had not suffered due to the waiting. I didn't read the previous books before and didn't have to wait year after year for it to be published. It doesn't completely start off where Queen of Shadows. I actually expected Aelin to be home and bring back some past memories, go to places she missed and maybe see people she missed, but I knew that wasn't going to happen because it would be a bad idea. So not all my expectations were given, but as to the rest, I couldn't have asked for anything better. Aelin has her court, and she is home. She wants to prove Erilea is her home and she can be the queen she was made to be, the Queen of Terrasen her kingdom needs. Aelin has just started her journey with the rest, being led to previous journeys and memories that were broken or promised, people being taken away from each other, and finding each other with the people they least expected to. Aelin knows she can't return to Terrasen and say "I am your queen and you will obey me" or whatever it is queens say, she knows she has to work and make her way up to that throne of glory. Even when she knows she is the queen and is the rightful ruler, she knows a lot don't believe her or in her. Her people don't even want her because of the loyalties that have been broken and places were taken down, people being killed. What Aelin needs is to prove to her kingdom and the Lords of Terrasen that she is the lost queen and has returned to her home, but she needs the help of others. Even with enemies being made, she needs the help of them, making them allies and trusting each other for this, helping each other. The only way Aelin can save her kingdom and stop it from burning down, being taken now, and be ruled over by anyone else but her, she needs to find a way to end it, even if it means exposing herself and her truth, giving away herself for her kingdom, and giving away the chance there is for salvation around herself and her people.My love for Aelin has grown more and more, after the disappointment of Heir of Fire but a refreshment of Queen of Shadows, Sarah J. Maas always has her reasons for breaking down her characters a little. It's pretty great knowing nothing about your future thoughts about a character until you read about them and realize you will actually love them until the end. Aelin was one of those characters. She grows into a much stronger woman and never disappoints me because of how strong and wise she is. She's still the same heroine, and she really hasn't changed. Sarah has that gift of deciding not to change the characters. I mean, yes, she's different, but she is still a trained assassin and kill the people who get in her way, fight for her loved ones. She's grown into someone who doesn't hide who she is and is able to control her new powers, her magic, able to control her temper and how it's really shown. She isn't broken like at all and at the mentions of Sam and Nehemia, she isn't blaming herself anymore and has completely moved on. She knows she has friends by her side and she knows she can rely on them, trust them, and know they will be there for her. I'm just so proud of her.I don't understand how the Lords don't accept or recognize her for who she is. She was able to control herself and not tear anyone's head off, but the chances were just rejected and blown off. She just had to speak her mind because that is who she is, and they were also getting on her nerves. I've never been frustrated with Celaena, and I hated Aelin at times but never hated her whereas the level was pure rage because of what she did. I loved her for what she did! I love her because she fights and isn't afraid of it. I love her because she's had too much development and has become one of the most caring people in the series. I love her because of who she is.She has people that help her, and Rowan is one of them. I'm honestly so thankful for Rowan. He's the perfect one for her, the most understanding one. They can still feel each other when the other is in danger and are able to have connections between them even when they are far from each other. The things they do for each other is the sweetest thing ever, and them worrying about each other and loving each other is one of the best things in this book. Sure, I understand the sex scenes, but that's someone I'll talk about later. They understand each other like no one else and rely on each other. Rowan is literally the only person she needs to help her with her power and even fill her with more. She's also the only one who can make him smile and actually laugh, while he wants to slice someone else's throat. They have effects on each other and even though it can sound disturbing, it's honestly a relationship I live for. The romance shared between them and the chemistry is something so deep and real, even when it doesn't seem like it. Rowan is still that sexy alpha male Prince who I hated in the beginning in Heir of Fire, liked in the middle of it, loved in Queen of Shadows, and fell in love with again in Empire of Storms. He's everything I asked for Aelin and everything I want for her. I can see why there are so many Rowaelin shippers that are loyal to the ship and why there are always mentions and conversations about them, saying he can be an asshole at first but later changes as well. He's loyal to Aelin and only his queen, the woman he is so in love with. He still cares for her and worries about her when she messes up or loses control, making sure she is okay and Aelin is the person in her.Normally, I'll talk about the characters and if I loved or hate them, I'll say why, but sometimes I don't feel like doing that. With this series, I just have to.Dorian is now the King of Adarlan and is honestly my kind of man. He doesn't know much about it and what to do since he never really knew what rightful kings do because his ruthless father didn't teach his son shit. But now that he has joined Aelin's court and is helping her become the queen she was made to be, a lot happens to him. He grows a better and bigger friendship with Rowan, has a new captain of the guard, and even develops some romantic feelings for Manon. I literally saw it coming, though, since they met when he had that stupid demon inside of him. Manon actually saved him in the beginning of EoS and was part of the reason why he ended up with Rowan, but (view spoiler)[his sex scene with Manon was actually more "romantic" some would say since they're not fae, and even though he has magic and she is a witch, it was kind of different. It felt more real because they aren't bringing flames around each other and burning in it, unlike Aelin bringing her flames around her and Rowan when she feels that effect from him to her. (hide spoiler)] Dorian is such a guy, I love him.Talking about Manon, everyone loves her. How is it that some don't like her? I would understand actually, but at the same time, there is no way. She's evil, but an evil witch with a heart. She is able to find her heart and soul and even have a feeling for someone, be able to feel things she didn't think she would ever feel and experience things she never thought about. She's still strong, but she definitely showed her weak spots. She's still Abraxos loyal friend and so is he, loyal to her and does whatever he can to protect her. Their friendship is honestly another cute one because they rely on each other while she can't do the same with the rest. There are secrets she discovered and truths that were given to her, leaving her shocked at times and angry other times. Abraxos, like I said, is one of her best friends actually. He kept her warm when she was left and he tries his best to help her even when he is weak. She worries about him and wants to know if he's okay, making sure he is somewhere near her.I'm not the biggest fan of different point of views, especially ones where it goes from the main character to a character that has never been a huge part of the series. But it really all made sense, in the end, leaving me broken and trying hard to not cry. It all makes sense as to why there were chapters for Aelin, Manon, Elide, Aedion, Dorian, Rowan, Lorcan, Rolfe, and even Gavriel and Elena. Others as well, but I haven't read the Assassin's Blade so I don't remember. I only remember Rolfe because his same is similar to the sound dogs make when they bark. (Please don't kill me.) Sometimes I enjoyed them, but other times I didn't care. I wished there were longer chapters for Aedion or Rowan. Sometimes it felt like there weren't enough chapters for Aelin, but maybe there was. Sometimes it felt like the other character tried to steal the whole story and make the chapter about them, but it really does make sense in the end. Moving on to the other characters, I have nothing to say about Lorcan but that he is an asshole and even though I was able to see him and Elide together, I really wished (view spoiler)[Rowan would've sliced his throat when he apologize, saying he couldn't do anything to save Aelin when Maeve took her. (hide spoiler)] But after that, I hated him because of that reason. I wished he did something and they took him instead, but Aelin literally sacrificed herself. How is she not accepted as the queen she really is? Elide has grown into a stronger woman, not needing the full help of Manon but being able to survive because of Lorcan. I was glad he helped her and even promised her that he would protect her, but then I wished they wouldn't be able to become friends because of who he became after. Darrow, who I believe is a character from The Assassin's Blade, and the Fae Queen Maeve, were my most hated characters. Now that the King of Adarlan, Dorian's father, is gone and dead, there is nothing left to hate about him since Dorian is back, but Darrow and Maeve were my most hated characters. Darrow, for one, is the one who did not accept Aelin for the queen she returned to be and rejected everything she had to say. He is the reason she almost lost her temper and control but luckily, she was able to prove him wrong. He has nothing compared to her and would even make fun of her court, not accept her, and tell her to leave because she can be queen by of blood, but not by law, still being the princess she is. Maeve is like the King of Adarlan, but as a woman. She has control over her whores and makes them do what she tells him like the previous and dead king would make Dorian, Chaol, and Celaena. I recommend not reading this spoiler unless you have read the book.(view spoiler)[She brought back Aelin previous memories, and they were not good ones. In the end, she was the one who took her because Aelin sacrificed herself for Elide, not wanting her to be chained and locked in the iron box. She was told to bow down to Maeve, lower and lower until her brow touched the floor. She was told to take her shirt off, exposing her back and revealing the scars, only making another one of her servant's whips Aelin until she would count. She would make Elide watch and cry, along with the others, not cry but watch, see the horrific scene Aelin has already gone through. Aelin didn't count like Maeve wanted to, she didn't cry, she didn't scream, she didn't show pain. She just hissed and went through the pain, getting it over with. Little does Maeve know that Aelin gave her the wrong wyrdkeys, slipping the real ones in Manon's pocket. (hide spoiler)]Speaking of sex scenes, I can see why some would consider this New Adult. I haven't read ACOMAF, so I'm not gonna deny that Sarah has written scenes where the characters are fucking each other and the readers actually enjoy it. But Empire of Storms is different. I've noticed that in ACOMAF, the scenes felt real and were enjoyable because of the two characters. Not only was it expected but it mainly focused on Feyre and Rhys. In Empire of Storms, there are different point of views and some of the readers only care about that, and literally live for them. I couldn't help but actually grin like an idiot at some of them because of the reactions they both had. I'm not hating, I love their relationship, but it felt like the Throne of Glass series isn't made for that. In Crown of Midnight, the love scene Celaena and Chaol was described as romantic and nice, nothing happening, only Chaol and Celaena forming a relationship. But in Empire of Storms, the scenes are actually described like they are in ACOMAF. For the people wondering how many there really are, there's only 3.My friend Cait has done the same.(start to end) This is for anyone who wants to skip the mature content.(view spoiler)[Rowan and Aelin - beginning of 348 to top of 360Rowan and Aelin again - 421 to the scene break on page 423 Dorian and Manon - beginning of 573 to 577 (hide spoiler)]Honestly, if you're not a fan of Sarah's love scenes and that writing, then don't read them. You really don't miss out much. If you are a fan of her sex scenes, then enjoy the ride, it's a steamy one. No, but really, I'm not talking about anyone specific, I'm just saying you can actually skip those scenes and read what's next. All the sex scenes are literally just sex. Like, they will start off with Aelin and Rowan talking but then they both can't take it anymore and they just want to be against each other, so then you'll get a fae prince and demi-fae queen having some fun with each other. Other than that, there really isn't a lot of mature content and I wouldn't consider this New Adult since it's not really the main focus.There are a few more ships that I have grown into, some already known from the previous books. We have Lysandra and Aedion, Dorian and Manon, Elide and Lorcan, and of course, Rowan and Aelin. Lysandra and Aedion were probably the cutest because they weren't a real relationship and hadn't had any moment together, but Aedion was seriously in love with her. He also cared about her and was worried about her when (view spoiler)[she shifted into a wyvern, helping Aelin while Rowan gave her some of his magic, and the cutest thing about that was how she was still shifted and didn't have control over it, making Aedion lie to her by telling her that he would marry her, no matter how long it would take him, to see if it would work. (hide spoiler)] Then we have Manon and Dorian. I've said a little about them, but I'm gonna say more. Their relationship feels more real. Dorian is actually over Sorscha, not completely but getting there. He even admitted he wanted Manon since he saw her which was when he was the demon prince, but I mean, a lot of us saw something coming their way. I need more Manorian shippers in my life. Rowan and Aelin, the two that have completed my heart even though their sex scenes weren't necessary. I actually enjoyed Sarah's slow burn romance more just because she was making me want more of them but in a slow way. I wanted them to grow a little more and grow more into each other, allowing each other more time and space. I understood Rowan's problem, not being able to control himself when it came to touching Aelin, but sometimes it wasn't necessary and ruined the plot because the romance was never the main focus on this series. Elide and Lorcan, like I said, were two characters I enjoyed reading about together. They actually survived together, and their whole journey was together. Elide grows stronger and her story is even sadder, but Lorcan was someone I ended up hating after what happened in the end. I recommend to not try and guess because guessing can ruin the whole story at times and then you'll end up writing something negative like saying "I knew this would happen and I hated it" or something similar. I mean, a lot of us predict things and we have predictions about the book, but sometimes it's best not to.The romance isn't the main thing here, and the plot messed up a little bit, making the world-building a little hard for me to understand better since I haven't read The Assassin's Blade Novella, but it made up for it. As a lot may know, Chaol isn't in this book. But it does give hints saying he's gonna come back in the next book and maybe join Aelin's court. The reason he isn't in this book makes sense. After having his spine broken by the king and almost dying or being paralyzed in Queen of Shadows, he had to be sent to healers, getting his body healed and the rest, having some rest. It makes sense because if he was in this book, it would be pointless. He would be weak and wouldn't be able to fight, for anyone really. He's in a place rebuilding himself and even building his own army. The army that is so much talked about in Empire of Storms, the army Aelin was planning on making not only for proof and revenge, but to rattle the stars. I missed him in this book even when he got on my nerves so many times, but it all came to making sense and I know he's gonna return. I don't think Sarah would just leave one of the main characters since the first book out, letting him do whatever he is doing, without giving or stating the real reasons to why he is gone and out of the series.Overall, this series hasn't captured my full heart but I know that when I finish the last book, I will end up crying and missing the whole word of Erilea, the country Adarlan and Terrasen, all the characters, and I'll end up saying goodbye to this wonderful and beautiful series because it will be over. I just want everyone to be happy in the next book. I just hope Sarah doesn't disappoint me with the upcoming finale.In the next installment, all I need is more of:- Fleetfoot- Manorian? Danon?- Evangeline so I can love it completely.
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  • Ben Alderson
    January 1, 1970
    best book ever.i need to breathe.can you please message me if you have read thisi need to talk about it
  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    “Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she'd bleed for Erilea.”    Had to give myself some time after reading this epic book, to gather my thoughts, and pull myself off the floor. I think I've had some time to get it together and am finally ready to right a review for this book. We're pretty deep into the Throne of Glass Series so writing reviews for it are getting harder and harder. It's getting harder to talk about events going on and where “Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she'd bleed for Erilea.”    Had to give myself some time after reading this epic book, to gather my thoughts, and pull myself off the floor. I think I've had some time to get it together and am finally ready to right a review for this book. We're pretty deep into the Throne of Glass Series so writing reviews for it are getting harder and harder. It's getting harder to talk about events going on and where are characters stand without spoiling anything. I'm go to try my damnedest not to spoil anything! This will also be a shorter probably super listy reviw (is listy a word??). Also, if you're reading this review pre-picking up EOS and haven't read The Assassin's Blade I would suggest doing so. There are a lot of things and characters brought up in this book that are only in TAB. This series holds such a special place for so many, and I am one of those people. I love everything about this series and where it's headed. Can't believe this series is almost over. Everything I liked:-Manon. I know everyone and their mom has been a fan of Manon since she first appeared, but I wasn't. I didn't not like her, but I wasn't in love with her. I am now! I was waiting for her POVS and events involving her. And there is a lot of Manon in this book. -Dorian-Rowan Bromance going on. I like all their precious broments. Loved that these two finally got to do some bonding. Dorian is one of the sweetest characters in this series, and Rowan is Bae is I love getting to see these two hang.-Celaena (Aelin) calling Rolfe “his Pirateness” and wanting Rowan to call her “milady”. -Celaena's sarcasm hasn't gotten old. If anything it's gotten even better. -How Rowan is opening up so much! I love Rowan! I love mysterious, powerful men, and with this book I feel like were actually starting to know the real him... and I can't get enough of it.-The Smut!!!! This book is so hot I think it left grill marks on my hands from holding it. The sexy scenes are..... God they are hot! -Seeing Dorian and Aelin referred to as the King of Adarlan and Queen of Terrasen.-The insane amount of world building. It's stunning and phenomenal. -Chaol not being in the book. I don't think this is a spoiler. However, I think it was a very boold, and smart choice for Maas to do. -The importance of Rowan treating and presenting Celaena as his equal. This makes me want to cry. Like eyes watering typing this because it makes me so happy. "Rowan Whitethorn saw everything. From the moment he met her, he saw all of Aelin. And he was not afraid. I don’t blame either of them for falling in love. I don’t blame her… I was what Celaena needed after Endovier. But Rowan is who Aelin needs – forever.”-New love interest.-SJM love for girl power. -Epic fight scenes. Including but not limited to sea battles. I want to talk about 992830980293 more things, but I'll only talk about one more. -The ending. HOLY SWEET MOTHER OF GOD! WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO DO WITH THAT ENDING!!! HOW DOES SHE SUSPECT US TO LAST ANOTHER YEAR!!! The ending of this book... it BROKE me! I was gasping for air, I wanted to throw up, and I was sobbing all at the same time. I loved how it brought us back to the first book, while at the same time showing us how far this series has come. Just when I think Celaena can't get any stronger, more badass, or make me fall in love with her more she proves me wrong. Everything about this ending was perfect. It's everything I wanted. Seriously a sobbing mess! I ended up re-reading the last like 20 chapters a few days later, and still knowing what was going to happen didn't stop me from having another complete breakdown. Everything I hated:- yeah you read that right. I have no cons for this book. Feel so many people are hating on it because of the hype. People love to hate on things. This series though, is outstanding. Sarah J. Maas never lets down. Read this review and others over on my blogBetween the sheets & covers blog Between the sheets & covers blog Between the sheets & covers blog (Old)Is it bad I'm hoping one of the main dude dies??? Also I have this gut feeling Sam isn't dead and that's the ending??? Is it bad that I'm team C be solo??? Proven queen rule better alone. Just saying *insert sassy girl emoji.**re read updated review*. Ok I still think someone important will die. Know sam is dead, but will never agree to it. Still kind of want her to be solo, but love Rowan so much. I also forgot how much this ending hurt. But how wonderful that pain is.*
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  • Katerina Kondrenko
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 out of 10 Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blogLiving A Thousand Lives (please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)Genre: high-fantasy, NAStuff: fae, witches, dragons, a million kings and queensFail: gross sex, repetitiveness, pathosWOW: the Witches' politicsPOV: 3rd-person, multiLove-Geometry: noneQuote-Core: "It was all borrowed time anyway." This review won't be long (too little free time), but 2.5 out of 10 Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blogLiving A Thousand Lives (please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)Genre: high-fantasy, NAStuff: fae, witches, dragons, a million kings and queensFail: gross sex, repetitiveness, pathosWOW: the Witches' politicsPOV: 3rd-person, multiLove-Geometry: noneQuote-Core: "It was all borrowed time anyway." This review won't be long (too little free time), but you can find more of my rant in the reading progress's updates and I'm ready to discuss the details in comments. Endlessly) Plus, you can read Simona's review, her rant is quite detailed and 'lovely as lightning' xDDSPOILERS AHEADHere's the thing, I always disliked Chaol, shipped Aelin and Rowan and heartily liked QoS . So I had no reason, aside from Dorian and Manon's ship (not a big deal, I guess), to end up in the minority with EoS. But then I read ACOMAF , got suspicious, and... Yes, Empire of Storm is ACOMAF #2. Which is freaking ridiculous. After 4 books and 5 novellas danced to a one tune, we have utterly different sequel. The characters speak, act, think and move in a new manner (and that's not OOC, that's something else). Local folks from before wondered about many things, they never consider each other only as sex partners and never gauged body parts of every person they met. Even womanizer-ish Dorian not once thought about Celaena's breasts or tried to find wetness in the 'apex of her thighs'. But now the first thing someone has on his mind after meeting a woman is: "She was delicately built, small enough that he might have thought her barely past her first bleed were it not for the full breasts beneath her close-fitting leathers." The guys is Lorcan and he has a mission. Is this a way to estimate the strength of an enemy?And even the Bad Guy wants to know whether Aelin sleeps with her Mr. Hawk. 'Cause that's fucking essential.But let's start from the start. With the writing which is super repetitive. SJM always liked to put the same lines in her different works, but now she does it within one goddamn book. How lazy is it? Her characters flirt with similar words, think the same thoughts, do the same deeds. It's like Teletubbies. Remember how they liked to repeat the same actions? Or like reading about just one couple only with various faces and names. Or only names, 'cause bodies and faces of Maas 's heroes and heroines are very alike. Full mouth, sensual lips, big eyes, straight nose, broad shoulders for men, full breasts for women, long legs, tough muscles, silky hair, silky skin, silky tongues... SJM changes colors of their features, but even Barbie dolls have more distinctions than these folks. Repetitiveness, lack of variety, what else... ah, yeah, pathos! Pathos all the way. I was skimming all the long speeches about one's fucking awesomeness and missed nothing. Only 100 (if not less) among ~700 pages were actually good and full of important things. What kind of editor does Maas have?The characters. As I already said, it's hard to tell one from another after SJM split her cast into pairs. All the men are brooding and hot, all the women are sexy and bad-ass. I don't have any feelings toward these guys. Not angry with Lorcan, not scared for Aelin, not worked up because of Fenrys (unlike Dorian), not sad for Rowan, not anything for anyone.I'm fed up with a all their beauty and handsomeness. Really. This book has no person with thin lips or small eyes or acne. Even Perrington transformed into an Apollo. I don't say that I love my heroes being ugly and stuff. But the author may not focus readers' attention on her heroes' appearance THAT HARD. We're all the best of the best for people who love us and vice versa, but we can't be like that for everyone, since beauty is very subjective. And still Maas's characters are.Romance. I ship no one. Not anymore. Aelin and Rowan. Boring. At first he doesn't want fuck her in unappropriated places, then... "He’d taken her three times on that beach—twice in the sand, then a third out in the warm waters." Okay, King of Logic. That's actually it. He banged her a few times more (against the wall, by the way, Rhys and Feyre's fantasy is stolen) and married in the end. Aedion and Lysandra. He promised to marry her and then called her lying bitch. What Aldrik and Vhalla forgot in this book? Manon and Dorian. “It’d be a shame to lose the most beautiful woman in the world so soon into her immortal, wicked life.”“I am not a woman.”“Witch, woman … as long as the parts that matter are there, what difference does it make?”  So they fuck. She let's him atop ('cause he's speshul). The end. Elide and Lorcan. These two had a chemistry-spark but eventually became THE COUPLE. The one SJM writes about, pretending to have many ships. Elena and Gavin. They wanted to have sex before the battle, but couldn't. Poor things. Maeve and Hot Fae. She rapes them. I don't now why she, like Amarantha, has a problem with consensual sex and need to force somebody into her bed, but... Maybe this is a tradition of all ancient she-Fae? And if Aelin would grow old she'd start having males against their will too? Chaol and Nesryn. Aren't there. But I'm sure that every night he whispers something like "I want to taste every inch of you" into her ear and she begs him to fill with his proud and honorable seed. (Upd. I was right. Read it).Sex. Yeah, I got that Maas is eager to make her characters fuck after A Court of Vomit and Fuck. So I can only imagine how excited she was to write EoS. So many POVs! So many pairings! So many opportunities to took someone's pants off!!! But the sad news is that SJM still doesn't know how to write a hot scene. And when she tries to be original we have something like that: She slid her hand between them, and when she closed her fingers around him, marveling at the velvet-wrapped steel, Rowan groaned again, pushing into her hand. The velvet-wrapped steel! She also calls it the impressive demand or every hard inch of him. Where are we? In Bertrice Small's books?Oh, and where Feyre's vagina glowed and Rhys's climax shattered mountains — Aelin set everything afire (and turns sand into glass) and Rowan's orgasm caused lightnings (and broken palm-trees). "On and on, as he spilled himself in her, lightning and flame danced on the sea" "The lightning continued to strike, silent and lovely, even after he stilled". Ridiculous, huh?Manon and Dorian's sex lacked elemental special effects, but softness, hardness and kisses to one and another corners of one's mouth (this line was used as many times as 'busybody' in ACOMAF ) plus firework-ish releases hadn't gone anywhere.I don't understand why someone would want to write so detailed sex-scenes if his or her fantasy is very limited and every a-la hot episode is a twin of its predecessor?The plot... exists and that's already more than ACOMAF gave me. But it's too Sailor Moon-ish to catch my attention, sorry. The only things I loved were the witches' politics and the scene with Asterin's execution. Everything else... just meh. I also tired of almighty Aelin and her secrets. She has no reason to keep them now, and still she does for the sake of twits. Maas played this card in QoS , so now all the schemes behind allies' backs grew old and became irritating instead of shocking.The ending. Hello, ACOMAF ! Tamlin-Lorcan betrays everyone for a girl by calling for Maeva-Gibern/Amaranta so she could save his chick (FROM FUCKING WHAT?? I mean, his reason to do what he did was desire to save Elide. But you know what? She wasn't in danger. She found her queen, Manon and old buddies. She was happy! Did Maas think that everyone would miss that fact after subsequent events?). Maeva comes and punishes two Feyre's sisters warriors by releasing them from their oaths aka slavery chains. WHAT A PUNISHMENT GUYS. I think she could make them immortal too (to aggravate her actions, of course), but, alas, they already were. Aelin-Feyre willingly goes with Maeva-Tamling (yeah, Maeve is multinational) to save Elide, 'cause Maeve gave her a choice: she or Elide. Now mind that Aelin has to collect all the keys and die so the world could be cleansed from Erawen and his kin while Elide is a mere girl (but everyone wants to be her friend or mate or comrade and so on). One life or the world's fate? One life, decided Aelin, got whipped and went into sunset with a cray-crew. Then Rowan shows up and starts to scream, "Where's my wife?". The case is, our guys married in secret (Aelin knew that Maeve would come and did nothing aside from that because of reasons), and they are mates. AGAIN. I hate mating bond, it diminishes everything the characters had before with other heroes and each other too, 'cause mating means love by default. I don't get why Maas crosses her own development. Rowan and Aelin were enemies then friends then allies then more and more. And suddenly we find out that their fates were sealed even before they were born. And everyone they loved during their lives were nothing and no one. SJM screws even the friendship her heroes had with "I wanted you from the start!". Though she does it with every paring of her. I shouldn't be that surprised. Diversity. I know that many people accused Maas in ignoring LGBT and POC topics. And yeah, in her previous books we've seen only one woman of color and no gay or lesbian person. Whether the publisher insisted or she herself decided to show 'em all, but EoS is full of queers. And all of them are dead or unimportant and shows up only in one or two sentences. Plus the only bi character romances a woman. So what was that? "I have gays and lesbians! Fuck off!" scream? Diversity for the sake of diversity is a mock. If you don't feel like developing queer-relationships than stay away from this theme.I wish my rant were longer, but besides aforementioned things the book has nothing to dwell on. It's all about desire to have sex, having sex or frustration because of not having it. Samey flirtations. A million kings, queens, princes, princesses and high lords. Even Manon's a queen now. There's war. Somewhere. The fuck I know where. And villains (with lame motivations). But we see them only on 50 pages from ~700, so...All in all, Maas' s writing is definitely not for me. Will I finish the series? Who knows. If I'd be in need of a good laugh then yeah, of course.PS: For those who consider Aelin a great mastermind I have a question. How could she know in Rifthold where she'll end up in the end of the book #5? She can't see the future, can she? She couldn't send the right coordinates. So her awesome plan with armies is just a freaking deus ex machina. Also why did she need Manon to step into the mirror if everything was only about her? And why did she nothing despite her knowing of Meave's arrival to prevent the blackmailing? Why didn't say a word to anyone so her pips could ready themselves and come up with a plan? Yeah, I know, for reasons. Throne of Glass (Стеклянный трон):— Assassin's Blade (Право на месть) #0.5/6— Throne of Glass (Стеклянный трон) #1/6— Crown of Midnight (Корона полуночи) #2/6— Heir of Fire (Наследница огня) #3/6— Queen of Shadows (Королева теней) #4/6— Empire of Storms (Империя бурь) #5/6— Untitled (Без названия) #6/6
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  • Etnik
    January 1, 1970
    I SWEAR SARAH J.MAAS IS GOD'S GIFT TO EARTH.THIS BOOK IS A MODERN MASTERPIECE.
  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    After re-reading a few parts I cannot help but rate it lower. Well, maybe it'll be one of those books that I rate lower and lower with every time I re-read some parts and revise them in my head. Oh, SJM, you could have done it so much better. Why? Pity.I will start with the flaws.Well, the "mature" content that reminded me a bit of fanfictions from AO3, not because it was horrible, but because it was given too many pages and written in an over-the-top manner. That said, I am generally not fond After re-reading a few parts I cannot help but rate it lower. Well, maybe it'll be one of those books that I rate lower and lower with every time I re-read some parts and revise them in my head. Oh, SJM, you could have done it so much better. Why? Pity.I will start with the flaws.Well, the "mature" content that reminded me a bit of fanfictions from AO3, not because it was horrible, but because it was given too many pages and written in an over-the-top manner. That said, I am generally not fond of sex scenes in books and after ASoIaF no sex scene can impress me anymore. So the sex scenes were cringe-worthy. Seriously, worse than ACOMAF because in that one there weren't as many.The writing itself, funnily enough, was at times not at its best either. I gushed about the writing in my QoS review, but due to the 'territorial nonsense' of the Fae in this one and the never-ending repetitions of certain verbs I did not enjoy the writing in this one quite as much but only at these particular moments. Action-scenes were splendidly written. I had honestly not expected that for the simply reason that action/combat scenes are exceptionally difficult to write in a manner that contributes to a build-up of tension and many authors tend to mess them up. But yeah, the emotional parts were very much purple prose, which I am not very fond of. Oh, and another minor aspect that was more annoying than enjoyable - Aelin and Rowan. I loved them together in HoF and QoS, but in this installment their relationship was at times too much even for me. Too sweet, too perfect, too purple. Ugh. And not everyone needs to be paired up. This is such a childish move. Such a stupid, obvious and immature move that I do not appreciate it at all. No, not everyone needs a relationship. This endless pairing up every character that appears both in ACOMAF in here is just endlessly annoying. Now on to the parts that I liked.As I have already stated - the combat scenes. There are many in this book. Seriously, a good deal of this book is fighting be it with magic or not. But the combat scenes contribute to the overall progression of the plot and character development, so it's not just pointless bloodshed. In addition to the combat scenes, there is the overall suspense. Fuck sexual tension, I didn't care for it, but the tension between the characters who are minutes from gutting each other, that one I loved. The overall atmosphere of this book is darker, more cruel insane than in the previous books. Then, there is the "girl power". But let's call it - flawed and interesting female characters, shall we?! I am tired of 95% of male characters ruling the realm of fantasy and I love the fact that women are so intelligent and vicious in this series. I loved Aelin's quiet scheming. All the wrong and right choices that she made. (view spoiler)[Her sacrifice, her silence, broke my heart at the end. (hide spoiler)] Her development was fantastic and it was believable, particularly the reaction to "Nameless is my price", I think I'll never get over it. It irked me a bit that due to all the action, due to so many things happening simultaneously, there was not much space for SJM to include some in-depth insight into some characters' heads and their emotional turmoils, but I liked their development nonetheless. Apart from Aelin, there is Lysandra. For me, she is hands down the most mind-blowing character in this entire series by now. All-time-favourite female characters? Lysandra and Manon. But seriously this is a minor, but very vague spoiler - so many things would have never worked out without Lysandra. She is the gem of this series. Perhaps with Manon, who has changed rather a lot since book three. Many changes, particularly those that occur in this book, have been forced upon her by the circumstances and her own past and the possible absence of a future, so yes, she changes visibly, but I did not feel like she changes in a manner that is OOC. Same goes for Dorian. It's a pity that there wasn't much insight into what was going on inside his head, but I still adored him, as much as I did in the previous books. Elide and Aedion were other pleasant surprises. Aedion's development was very interesting, as was his relationship with Gavriel and the other Fae and Elide was just overall one big surprise! Moreover, many "old friends" make an appearance in this book. (view spoiler)[Ansel!!! ANSEL OF FREAKING BRIARCLIFF!!! (hide spoiler)] I cannot wait to see them in the final installment and how they will work together. Aelin and her "court" are already used to each other, but with so many "new" faces it might be a bit of a struggle to coordinate and get along because so many of them are used to rule, not to obey.Lastly, the history and myths of the world of ToG. I am a sucker for good world-building and Maas never disappoints in this regard. Many of the old myths come to live again, some are merely remembered, but even that is enough to dive deeper into this fantastic, ancient world. And the time-line of when certain things occured becomes clearer as well, although with all these revelations more questions arise as well. Not that I minded that, I just hope that SJM won't mess it up and won't leave the crucial questions unanswered. Let's be honest - it could have been so much better. Makes me a bit anxious about the final book, to be honest. _________________________Before reading:A year of waiting...
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Re-Read on Audio! Okay, so I found another hardback copy with the poster on the inside of the dust jacket so... dad took it over and got it laminated for me and it's on my shelf now. Yes, I'm crazy =) Did anyone else get the Barnes & Noble edition with he beautiful cover art on the inside front pages and the inside back pages? They are beautiful!THIS BOOK IS FREAKING EPIC AND I LOVED IT AND I LOVE ALL OF EVERYONE IN THE BOOK AND I LOVE ROWAN AND ETC AND SO FORTH. THERE WILL BE "NO SPOILERS!" Re-Read on Audio! Okay, so I found another hardback copy with the poster on the inside of the dust jacket so... dad took it over and got it laminated for me and it's on my shelf now. Yes, I'm crazy =) Did anyone else get the Barnes & Noble edition with he beautiful cover art on the inside front pages and the inside back pages? They are beautiful!THIS BOOK IS FREAKING EPIC AND I LOVED IT AND I LOVE ALL OF EVERYONE IN THE BOOK AND I LOVE ROWAN AND ETC AND SO FORTH. THERE WILL BE "NO SPOILERS!"The revelations that came out in the book just blew me away. I was not ready for it, the characters were not ready for it. But, that is Mrs. Maas for you :-) Everyone in this book had a part to play in the epic ending. They all came together whether they wanted to or not and holy sh•t balls! This book just burned right through me. I loved everyone accept the few arseholes. There were just so many people coming together and it's not over people. I'm afraid Sarah is going to kill everyone I love! I thought all of the characters were played most excellently. I loved Lysandra and Aedion. Manon and Abraxos, Elide and Lochan, Dorian. There are so many more that came together and I want you to enjoy this without me telling certain things. I can't talk much on this review or I will end up giving out spoilers AND I REALLY WANT TO GIVE OUT SPOILERS! The ending . . . . The ending . . . All I can say isI really hope this series ends well, because that ending was messed up and painful. Aelin is a true hero and I really hope the final book doesn't kill me! MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List
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  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    January 1, 1970
    Full spoiler free review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr-mo...I FINALLY GODS-DAMNED DID ITIt was long and it was difficult but it was worth it. I have the hardest time getting through Sarah J. Maas books because they're so long and there's so much going on, so I complain A TON as I'm reading it, but I always end up loving it in the end.
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  • Aly's Bookish Wonderland
    January 1, 1970
    Reread: April/May 2017WHY. DO. I. DO. THIS. TO. MYSELF.Honestly, I'm terrified for Tower of Dawn because, hell, if it all went to crap at the end of Empire of Storms, what on earth are Chaol and Nesryn dealing with in the Southern continents? I am dying to find out, but also too scared. Hulp.I shall go mourn my babies now. After reading: I am dead.Basically, Maas is the reason I have trust issues when it comes to book. She is too skilled at ripping my heart out of my chest, beating it up, cuttin Reread: April/May 2017WHY. DO. I. DO. THIS. TO. MYSELF.Honestly, I'm terrified for Tower of Dawn because, hell, if it all went to crap at the end of Empire of Storms, what on earth are Chaol and Nesryn dealing with in the Southern continents? I am dying to find out, but also too scared. Hulp.I shall go mourn my babies now. After reading: I am dead.Basically, Maas is the reason I have trust issues when it comes to book. She is too skilled at ripping my heart out of my chest, beating it up, cutting it to pieces, setting it on fire and then shoving the ashes of it down my throat.THANK YOU FOR THE FEELS.Dear Maas,I need this. Now.No pressure.
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  • Khurram
    January 1, 1970
    Just an amazing book. My expectations were sky high for this book. The Throne of Glass has been one faverite series in a long time. Every book seemed to get better and better. With these kinds of high hope I was just though this book would let me down somewhere. The only let down is the book is finished and I can't wait for the next one. It not only lived up to my expectations but sapassed them. One thing I will put a note on is there is a lot more explicit passages both in language and scenes. Just an amazing book. My expectations were sky high for this book. The Throne of Glass has been one faverite series in a long time. Every book seemed to get better and better. With these kinds of high hope I was just though this book would let me down somewhere. The only let down is the book is finished and I can't wait for the next one. It not only lived up to my expectations but sapassed them. One thing I will put a note on is there is a lot more explicit passages both in language and scenes. An example unlike the other book where SJM would write "a string of curses sprang from her lips", in this one it is the flat out curses. I have no problem with this but be warned for younger readers.So much of this book talks about how powerful Aelin is and can become, but it also a reminder of how brilliant she is. There are revelations galor. There are twist and turns and return. This story kept me gripped from beginning to end. Just when I though I had everything figured out it changed again. Also every character/member of "the court" had a chance to shine. This book just has it all, great characters, great character development, great writing that made me want to just devour chapter after chapter to the point I did not want to put it down during the finale. All this and bucket loads of action. Great continuity in the series, tying together many of the plots lines that were left in not the the other books but the novellas as well. What can I say when a book that is almost 700 pages leaves me wishing for another 700 pages it must be good.
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  • Kiki
    January 1, 1970
    ...because lezbehonest, guys, that's basically the premise of this book. Though that sentence is pretty bloody ironic considering this, and Maas's other series A Court of Thorns and Roses, are pretty much the most hetero books I've ever read. I think sometimes people misunderstand the meaning of this statement: "It's so hetero". There are a couple of very small, have-to-squint-to-see-them, barely-there queer characters in this, two of whom we met for about two pages in Heir of Fire, another who ...because lezbehonest, guys, that's basically the premise of this book. Though that sentence is pretty bloody ironic considering this, and Maas's other series A Court of Thorns and Roses, are pretty much the most hetero books I've ever read. I think sometimes people misunderstand the meaning of this statement: "It's so hetero". There are a couple of very small, have-to-squint-to-see-them, barely-there queer characters in this, two of whom we met for about two pages in Heir of Fire, another who has about three speaking lines and is shoe-horned into the finale just so that he can rescue his straight cousin's straight ass, and also Aedion, who casually mentions his bisexuality while he's hitting on a cis woman, coincidentally trying to make her feel better about her past as a "prostitute"*.There's a lot of strange sexual dichotomies in these books, a lot of problematic romantic relationships with extremely uneven power dynamics, but the hetero-ness is something I can't shake off. I think that maybe being a non-hetero person myself makes it feel more overwhelming; it's that there's absolutely no gay sensibility to these books. There's no subtext, no fluidity, no capacity for queerness in any of the characters or their actions - even Aedion, to me, feels like a white flag that Maas raised after all of the hullabaloo around the lack of diversity in her books. "Here's a queer character!" she cries. "Here he is!"Aedion being romantically linked to a woman doesn't make him any less bisexual. It does not diminish his queerness. But it's a missed opportunity, I think. Do we need any more cis male-female relationships gumming up these pages? To boot, do we need any more beautiful people falling in love with other beautiful people, and making sweet, beautiful love?I feel like this picture, which never ever fails to make me laugh and also feel extremely disappointed, gives a better idea of what I mean by this lack of "gay sensibility":These two men are definitely inspecting the grass. Details unknown. No, we don't know what's going on here, because it's definitely not two queer men having a jolly time together, rolling around in nature because nature is super romantic. Nope!This is what I think of when I consider two specific characters in this series: Manon and Dorian. First of all, don't try and tell me Manon is straight. Don't even bother. She hates men and she turned on her entire family, her whole witch tribe, to save Asterin's life. She was also super fucking close to Elide in QoS, so don't fucking stand there and lie through your tea-stained teeth, trying to tell me that this asshole isn't a lesbian. Don't even bother.(Also don't even get me started on the stupid Crochan thing. Are you kidding me with this?)But I guess Maas thinks that Manon and Asterin were just really good grass inspectors, because Manon is now suddenly down for kinky sex...with Dorian? Now, oddly, I actually don't have that big a problem with these two - I was under no foolish assumptions that we would actually be gifted with a well-rounded and visible lesbian character after four other books of total straight-out - but it just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. There's Dorian, too, who was a big fan of inspecting grass when it came to Chaol, and I have a feeling folk will be rolling their eyes at this, because friendship is important and shouldn't be cast aside as less intense or less important as romantic relationships, but jeez. How hard is it just to throw us a fucking bone, dude? (That pun wasn't initially part of my plan, but I like it too much to chuck it away.)I wrote in the ACOMAF review that that book was straight as fuck, and I don't know why I was expecting Maas to actually deliver on her promise of "a gay male couple" in this book. Where the fuck is this gay couple? Is it Darrow and the dead king? Because girl bye. After Half Lost, I am done with this Bury Your Gays shit. I am so fucking over it. And Darrow is also painted as a nasty prick, even though everything he said to Aelin was pretty much true and fair enough. As an anti-monarchist, I can't be okay with this upstart pampered brat marching back to Terrasen and claiming that she's ready to run the country even though she has no idea where to even start. She couldn't even rally an army; she bought her troops from Ansel, which is a cop-out because we should not be forced to read the novellas in order to understand what's going on in the main series. I've read them, but I buddy-read this with my girl Ally, who hasn't, and she had no idea what the hell that whole thread was about. Look, novellas are fine, pretty useless but okay, but this reminds me of City of Heavenly Fire where it was all big deal, high stakes when Jem and Tessa arrived on the scene and I had no fucking clue who they were because I hadn't read Clockwork Stuff. It's cheeky to expect your readers to have to scour through every single piece of offshoot writing you've ever spat out in order to understand what's going on in your main ongoing series. What is that? It's called capitalism and it's sinister as fuck. *I have issues with the way sex workers are depicted in a lot of fantasy media, and they've popped up a lot more in fantasy YA of late. The problem with this is that authors skate right over them; they're plot devices or stage dressing or Tragic and Very Sad! and in need of saving by our Pure and Charitable leads. Lysandra was a character that I actually really liked here but she's still basically there just to save straight Aelin's straight ass and to be a sexy puppet whenever we need her. There's talk of bars full of "whores" and "harlots" and for fuck's sake, what is the deal with YA fantasy authors and their disdain for sex workers? I can't think of a YA fantasy book where sex workers are anything but charity cases or window dressing. There's no actual discourse around it and there's absolutely zero respect for this line of work, which is old as dirt and not going away any time soon. It's not a joke and sex workers are not a footnote for your skeevy bar scene. This is emphasized even more when we find out Lysandra's role in Aelin's plan, which is of course a sexual one. There's also the fact that after Lysandra saves everyone by nearly dying in Skull's Bay, Aelin doesn't even have the goddamn common decency to go to her and say sorry and make sure she's okay. Instead, she goes and fucks Rowan on a beach because that's classic Aelin in a nutshell, isn't it?After reading this, it's very clear to me that consistent characterization is something that Maas really struggles with. While I quite enjoyed Dark Dorian, this side of him came completely out of nowhere. I get that some dark shit's gone down but there's absolutely no build up to this, and nor is there any internal monologue to explain it. One moment Dorian was a cinnamon roll and the next he's...I don't know, like a stick of gross black liquorice? What a terrible metaphor. But guise, it's trufax. There's also Aelin, who danced nicely along the fine line between badass and brat in the first three books, but who has chucked herself right over that line in these last two books. It's as if Heir of Fire never even happened. Who is this woman? Well, she's selfish, and she's self-righteous, and agonizingly entitled. This isn't the Celaena that I fell in love with, which is troubling. She was a character I wanted to follow, one who dug me with her hooks, but since the beginning of QoS, this Aelin creature has felt like a total stranger. It's this constant deception, and being so pleased with herself, and how absolutely everything has to be all about her and how amazing and powerful and sexy she is. How can anyone possibly relate to her? This is my number one problem with this book: Aelin is totally unrelatable and therefore extremely difficult to read about. I think this is why the sex scene, which was meant to be so poignant and beautiful, left me with an extremely bad taste in my mouth. I know there are a lot of people who are weirdly disturbed by the sex scenes, which is absurd, because those same people had no problems with the scene where Sorscha was beheaded or where Archer got gutted or where Celaena found Nehemia's body mutilated in her bed. Not to be a Sensible Soapbox Natalie, but it's a weird world where the natural harmless act of consensual sex bothers you more than extreme and frankly quite perverted violence. That said, the Rowan/Aelin sex scene was cringe, because it was just two beautiful people having beautiful sex and being so beautiful and perfect. Again, there is absolutely nothing relatable about this in the slightest. Who actually wants to read a sex scene like this? It actually made me feel really really othered, very uncomfortable, because it was just a strange unattainable fantasy in which these two eternal and powerful beings engaged in an act that didn't even read like sex, but more of a glittery display of their prowess, showing off how strong and perfect they are to each other. Even through all of the declarations of love, there was nothing loving about it. It felt stilted, the dialogue agonizing, their bodies perfectly proportioned and somehow not hairy (???) like a pair of marble statues knocking together. Again, how is this romantic? It's not. It's actually pretty bleak. I know I've banged on about it before, but this trope of beauty worship just grinds the shit out of my gears. I hate it; it's demoralizing and alienating. I hate reading books that are full of beautiful people, particularly when all of those people are whiter than mayonnaise. Literally the only two existing people of colour in this entire series are dead (Nehemia) and absent (Nesryn). Even with this blatant whitewashing aside, this world is build so unrealistically of people with long slender legs and muscled chests and perfect hair. YA has broken so many barriers before, so why are we still lying down and accepting this one? It's rampant and, like I said, alienating. The best parts of fantasy are the parts that remind us of reality, and reality isn't like this. Reality is diverse and flawed and nothing like this, nothing at all.It's also hugely disturbing that this book relies so heavily on a dichotomy between Very Male Men and Very Female Women. The women are all so awed by the physical prowess of the men, and while it's joked that the women are the ones driving the plot, this is exactly the problem: it's a joke. Oh, it's so funny that these women are powerful!These women are powerful, yes, with their magic, but what's more powerful here is the gender binary, circling back to the theme of extreme heterosexuality. The men all "growl" and bite the women they've "claimed" and it's so incredibly backward, nothing that I expected from this series that started out with such a strong and subversive female protagonist (even if there was an element in the first book of Celaena not being "like other girls"). But here we have lots of women with perfect breasts who make their coy little jokes and have perfect sex with gruff, muscled men. This book is a hotbed of toxic masculinity, full of men sexually subduing their partners, predators to their female prey. The women run, and the men chase them. Like I said, it's so poisonously hetero. I just don't get the appeal of these brooding, angry, unpredictable men who throw their weight around while the women put up with it. Even Aelin, who's supposed to be so strong, seemingly has no issue with Rowan charging around like a dog in heat, practically peeing a circle around her, trying not to attack other men who glance at her. That sort of controlling, obsessive behaviour is very, very problematic and it really got my back up because Sam, Aelin's original love interest, was nothing like this. In fact, her relationship with Sam was the most relatable and human we've seen yet. It was the only one I was actually invested in and it all went down the shitter. (Jesus, Sam must be turning over in his fucking grave.)I had intended to start this review with talk of the plot, but the plot didn't happen until two thirds of the way through, and it was middling at best. I can't fault Maas's amazing ability to write a spectacular climax, for even with all of the issues I had with this book, the ending got me like a punch to the gut. It was beautifully written (in fact, for the most part, barring "velvet-wrapped steel" and everything being so "male", Maas's writing was stellar here) and emotionally weighted like none of the earlier scenes were. It was the same with Qos; I was frustrated and bored and irritated up till the finale, which healed all of the little paper cuts that the straightness and the whiteness and Aelin's brattiness and the meandering plot had left me with. But I'm not so easily cowed by this ending; my pre-review was a GIF of Jensen Ackles crying, and indeed, that was my feeling after turning the last page. But it doesn't erase the fact that QoS and EoS are very, very weak when stacked against the first three instalments. Don't doubt that I'll be finishing this series, because it has a place in my heart. But my increasing frustration with it does make me hesitate. It does bother me that it's become something totally different, totally alien, from its original and humble beginnings. It bothers me that it's so obsessed with physicality, with beauty, with material spoils. It bothers me that it's so underhandedly negligent in terms of diversity. It just bothers me.
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  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsI want to cry my eyes out, throw this book across the room, and hug Maas. This was nuts.------ MILD SPOILERS BELOW (nothing big)------I am completely wrecked but in the best possible way. This book was astounding- so many amazing moments. I do have complaints that I'll explain out below *cough, mush scenes*- but overall, this series is one hell of an emotional rollercoaster and that most definitely continues here. By the way... I've decided this book is basically what were to happen if 4.5 StarsI want to cry my eyes out, throw this book across the room, and hug Maas. This was nuts.------ MILD SPOILERS BELOW (nothing big)------I am completely wrecked but in the best possible way. This book was astounding- so many amazing moments. I do have complaints that I'll explain out below *cough, mush scenes*- but overall, this series is one hell of an emotional rollercoaster and that most definitely continues here. By the way... I've decided this book is basically what were to happen if the Avenger and LOTR had a love child. This picks up immediately after Queen of Shadows- Aelin has left King Dorian and Adarlan behind so that she can reclaim Terassen. Only, the lords that still exist there have decided she is not fit for the throne - regardless of the fact that the world is going to hell and someone needs to fight. She is forced back out of her home and decides that regardless, she will gather an army and protect her home. She vows to make an army of thieves and commoners - and call in old favors. (Definitely read the novellas before diving into this book!) First off, the first 45% of this book is so much fun. Why? Yes, Aelin's journey is special, but mostly because of the new characters!We have Elide on the run to Terassan to find Aelin.. but Lorcan is stalking her. Dorian was left in Adarlan but of course, we find out he's about to be attacked. By who? Witches. Guess what witch shows up? Oh hell to the yes. Guess who else shows up? You'll have to see. Guess who is bugging the ever living crap out of our dearest Aedion? Lysandra. And no matter what he says, he likes it. So yes.. new relationships.. oh what a wonderful web of personalities. And the fight scenes? Bloody hell are they epic. Not only that, but we have several returning characters AND locations from the novellas that bring back some serious nostalgia. THE CHARACTERSAelin herselfGood lord. She surprised me so many times in this book. First of all, when the lords rejected her as queen - I thought she was going to lose it. But she didn't. She was a queen in heart - and her words back to them gave me chills. After that though, she began to drive me a little crazy. She's just as snarky and secretive as she's always been, and I found myself getting a little frustrated with her. Now, I'm sorry I ever judged her. She's absolutely the most selfless person in this entire series - Dorian close behind her. You won't know why until you finish this book... but good heavens, this girl. I actually cried over the insane, heart-wrenching ending of this book. Don't even try to guess what happens. Don't even try.Additionally, I've never been more thankful that she knows how to tell someone off and get on people's nerves. Trust me.. it is well deserved for some of the villains. No one can rattle them like she can. Lastly, her story just really gets me. This girl knows pain like the back of her hand.. and Maas knows how to write that. Aelin's development throughout this series is riveting. It hits me on a personal level. I get so emotional thinking about who she is now. I would just warn you to be careful before judging her too harshly because you never know what she really has up her sleeve.Rowan + Aelin relationshipI love them both individually and together - but I found myself not caring about their mushy scenes together, AT ALL. Yes, yes they were cute at times but I think the other characters overshadowed them so I was more excited for other POVs. I just didn't care about their togetherness. They lost the spark for me.LysandraA new favorite character, hands down. Not even just because of her snarky little relationship with Aedion - she bas become all sorts of badass. I LOVE HER.ManonOH. MY. HEAVENS. THIS. GIRL. You thought she was cool before? I was floored by her. Floored. I have never loved her more. And boy did she scare the hell out of me more than once.DorianI think a lot of people are upset that he's a King now but doesn't seem to have a lot of say around Aelin. I think it is more because he's having to heal and regain himself after what happened in book 4. He's still totally awesome and a little cinnamon roll - though he's a bit more devious than I initially thought. Dang. AedionStill my brother from another mother. Precious. Loves to rattle Aelin. Someone's got to. Lorcan / ElideHOOOOboy. Not what I expected. Totally unpredictable and complex... BOTH of them. I loved their dynamic and their POVs so much. I did not expect them to take a front seat in this novel but it was awesome. ChaolYes, yes- due to spoilers - most people know that he's not in this book. Yes he's a favorite of mine and always will be. But you know what? It makes sense that he isn't in this book. It is very obvious that he is coming back. He has to go HEAL and he's gathering an army. I see why Maas made this decision and it was never to brush him off. I'm willing to bet he's going to play a big role in the next book. Either way? He's her character - and I think its kinda sad people are saying Maas got tired of him b/c of Rowan. Really guys? The series isn't done yet -and he's getting his own novella for the time missing. Have you even heard her talk about him? She adores him. ***UPDATE... Oh wait, yes he is in the book. He's got a special little short story- check out Cait's review for the link! (bottom)The VillainsThis is what I was most excited about because if a book doesn't have good/convincing/chilling villains, I always seem to fall disinterested. First of all, we have Erawan who we finally see for his true self. Total Lord of the Rings vibe. I had chills. He's going to be so legit as a villain- but he's still being developed. Then Maeve... I did NOT see what she had up her sleeve coming and holy hell. Both of them are more complex than you can imagine. THE OVERALL PLOTI had a ton of fun going through it. After the first half of the book - it seemed to drag a little bit and I found myself getting a little disappointed - but I think it was because of the jet lag after the first big of craziness. That being said- it wasn't long before things started to pick up again and OH MY STARS the last 20% of the book.... I have no words other than it completely destroyed me. But SO good... so epic. Okay yes- some people are saying this book has a few ACOMAF vibes to it. It is true, but at the same time- the storyline is so different that I don't care one bit. Either way, this series is so fun that the flaws don't bother me. This book shook me up so much by the end that I still haven't picked up another book yet and it's been a few days. Also, I honestly hope you all stop judging this by mere spoilers because it won't do it justice at all. Writing a few notes on what happened won't even scratch the surface. I've said it before but Maas just isn't the author for everyone- but I would just be careful to pass judgments with just the spoilers. Other things to look forward to?Rowan/Dorian friendshipELENA POV (HELL YES)Deeper understanding of the pastHuge plot twistOMGISJ:LSJKDF ABRAXOS IS AMAZING AND I LOVE HIM AND NEED HIM IN MY LIFE.The return of characters/locations from the novellaA TV SHOW!!!THE STEAMY SCENESYes, there is a warning for mature content on this book (thank you publishers for not throwing people in blindly.) Honestly this is my biggest complaint for the book. They only detracted from the story. They were completely unnecessary to the plot. I almost removed a star for this, BUT thankfully, they can be easily skipped. If you'd like to know the page numbers for them - just message me and I'll give you a heads up if you prefer not to read them (or Cait's review has the page numbers and is linked below). Also, I don't love how Maas describes everyone being so "attractive" BUT she makes fun of herself on that note. A particularly favorite moment of mine is when Manon is on Aelin's ship for a time and Aedion welcomes her by saying something like "Oh, you'll fit in fine here. There's an ungodly amount of attractive people on this ship." I'm also aware of the diversity issues of this series and I think its terribly sad the way some of it was executed. I'm hoping most of it was unintentional and that Sarah will be much more intentional in future books. Last notesOnce this book has been out for a while- I'll probably write a bit more on my thoughts towards the ending and more - as well as pulling in some quotes. Overall, this series epic and... insane. *See Cait's Review for lots of additional information on this book including the short stories/bonuses! *And for a blog post containing some of the awesome fan art- check my blog below *AAAND I'm still not OK after this book sooo lets chat if you feel the same.SOUNDTRACK!I made a TOG playlistSome of my favorites are: -Bleed for me by Digital Daggers (This is 100% Aelin)-The Leftovers by Johan Agebjorn (I get chills - total Erawan vibes)-The songs by Gareth Coker - guys his album "Ori and the Blind Forest" could legit be the soundtrack/theme for this entire series. Not gonna lie- I'm lame enough that I totally had it on repeat while I read this entire series and now it makes me emotional.Check out the TOG playlist HERE I also made fireheart bookmarks (see my etsy link below!)My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy
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  • Fiona
    January 1, 1970
    I did it. I got my hands on an early release of Empire of Storms and binge-read it (however painful that was).And oh my gracious god what did I just read.Look, if I wanted fanfic I'd go to archiveofourown, not go and buy one in a bookstore. Honestly I'd also get better quality on ao3 than I got in this book.Queen of Shadows was a bit of a disappointment but thisThis was painful to read, this is an insult to the genre.This is blasphemy.(view spoiler)[Look fanfic is the best way to describe this.R I did it. I got my hands on an early release of Empire of Storms and binge-read it (however painful that was).And oh my gracious god what did I just read.Look, if I wanted fanfic I'd go to archiveofourown, not go and buy one in a bookstore. Honestly I'd also get better quality on ao3 than I got in this book.Queen of Shadows was a bit of a disappointment but thisThis was painful to read, this is an insult to the genre.This is blasphemy.(view spoiler)[Look fanfic is the best way to describe this.Rowan and Aelin are mates and I say "what?"Oh please, that whole story of Maeve's? It was convenient author manipulation to suddenly make us realise that WAIT THEY ARE ACTUALLY MATES! ROWAN AND AELIN'S PAST LOVES HAVE ALL BEEN A LIE! THEY CAN ONLY LOVE EACH OTHER!This is some fanfic writer level "technically it could happen so I'm gonna make it happen for my ship" of canon manipulation.Look, I consider Heir of Fire to be the last book in the Throne of Glass series because that was the last book that actually felt like canon.Rowan and Aelin should've remained platonic. I will scream this until the whole universe shakes with the sound of it and as it caves in on itself I shall shout it until the last of the air leaves my lips. In Heir of Fire they were platonic besties beating bitch-Queens and sharing cool powers while bantering.Now it's just embarrassing."Sometimes you'd be sleeping beside me at Mistward, and it'd take all my concentration not to lean over and bite them. Bite you all over." - Empire of Storms"There was noting romantic about sharing a bed with Rowan, and they kept to their own sides. Celaena reflected on how starved of affection she'd been when she'd come to Wendlyn, not just from a lover, but from a friend." - Heir of FireThey're friends. THEY'RE FRIENDS. How many times do I need to say that this series would've been 100% better if Sarah J. Maas had stuck to her original plan and just decided on either Dorian or Chaol being endgame instead of turning an obviously platonic relationship into a romantic one. Now let's discuss Dorian and his role in this book.Dorian Havilliard was not born for his character be mangled by Sarah J. Maas's fanfictions.Manon Blackbeak wasn't born for her character to be forced into a straight relationship where she is the submissive partner. And where the fuck is Chaol Westfall.The Manon/Dorian smut scenes were so out of character I was screaming in pain and rage. Manon, what the fuck. "Never mind she was contemplating the opposite (of making Dorian beg for her)" The Manon Blackbeak I know would never kneel to anyone, not even in pleasure. (Oh, except she's not a Blackbeak, she's a Crochan, of fucking course. Sarah J. Maas's protagonists can't be problematic. They have to be born into greatness, not have to develop and make the choice to leave their darker pasts behind.)Manon is not straight. I thought she was asexual, others thought she was lesbian. I could've rolled with her being bisexual, but she sure as hell is not straight. I was so convinced that Manon/Elide or Manon/Asterin was going to be a thing. I thought Manon and Dorian were going to be platonic, not-straight best buds. Bantering and kicking demon asses and defeating bitch-Queens (see: Rowan and Aelin platonic friendship ideals).Now onto Dorian. Sure, Dorian's seen some shit and is going to be a darker character than he was in the first three books. BUT THIS SORT OF SHIT? First of all, his appearance. He's described multiple times as having broad shoulders, and while we all know Sarah J. Maas's obsession with broad-shouldered shirtless male men. Dorian is slender read your own novels Sarah J. Maas.Another thing is his attitude. Dorian is not aggressive, even after his possession. He only ever gets aggressive if a. his people or b. Chaol are in danger. Then why the hell is he all dark towards Manon and the people around him. And what's with the whole BDSM thing? I know his namesake has the last name Gray but that's two degrees of separation plus American spelling vs. British spelling.I've been saying since Heir of Fire and my belief was reinforced in Queen of Shadows (when Rowaelin happened) that endgame will be Chaol/Dorian because they are the definition of "no homo bro but I love you". They are willing to kill and betray as many people as it takes, even people who used to be their friends and family, to keep the other person alive."He looked at his friend, perhaps for the last time, and said what he had always known, from the moment they’d met, when he’d understood that the prince was his brother in soul. “I love you.”Dorian merely nodded, eyes still blazing, and lifted his hands again toward his father. Brother. Friend. King."Okay I'm all for platonic I love yous but"He might have yielded to the exhaustion that threatened to drag him back into unconsciousness, but someone—a man—let out a rasping breath, and Chaol turned his head.There were no sounds, no words in him as he found Dorian seated in a chair beside the bed. Bruised shadows were smudged beneath his eyes; his hair was unkempt, as if he’d been running his hands through it, but—but beyond his unbuttoned jacket, there was no collar. Only a pale line marring his golden skin.And his eyes … Haunted, but clear. Alive.Chaol’s vision burned and blurred."Dorian surged from the chair and dropped to his knees beside the bed. He grabbed Chaol’s hand, squeezing it as he pressed his brow against his. “You were dead,” the prince said, his voice breaking. “I thought you were dead.”"Some denied romance is definitely happening here. Chaol is speechless seeing Dorian. Dorian is relieved beyond belief to see Chaol. I mean there's forehead touching (but no homo bro.)“I’m not leaving you. Not again.”Dorian’s mouth tightened. “You never left me, Chaol.” He shook his head once, sending tears slipping down his face. “You never left me.”Chaol squeezed his friend’s hand.Dorian glanced toward the door a moment before a hesitant knock sounded, and smiled faintly. Chaol wondered just what Dorian’s magic allowed him to detect, but then the king wiped away his tears and said, “Someone’s here to see you.”"Sarah J. Maas constantly has to emphasise the word friend and then Nesryn interrupting is Sarah. J Maas's version of "no homo bro"But I can recognise stubborn, pining idiots from a mile away, even through layers of "THEY'RE TOTALLY STRAIGHT I PROMISE YOU"Hmmm, sure Ms. Maas, whatever helps you sleep at night.While we're on the subject of LGBT representation let's talk about the lack of it in this book.The forced straight relationships in this book kills me. Let's count down the characters that were definitely not straight that were forced into straight relationships.Manon - look me in the eye and tell me she's straight. I dare you to. Elide - she had a very obvious crush on Manon in QoS and while I would expect her to not end up with Manon. It still pains me that she was paired off so neatly. And with Lorcan at that.Dorian - See: forehead touchingAedion - while admitting he was bisexual (we all knew it) and while being in a straight relationship doesn't detract from the fact that he is bisexual and doesn't make him not a LGBT character, in the real world one out of seven (of the main POV crew) is too little a number. It would be three out of seven, at the very least.Chaol - oh wait, he's not in this book. Let's discuss Chaol's absence. Chaol is the character who has been the most abused by Sarah J. Maas and her hot dominant male fantasies. Chaol simply didn't fit with that. Or he refused to. So Sarah J. Maas paralysed him and gave him a reason to be shipped off to a faraway continent with Convenient Replacement Straight Love Interest™ Nesryn Faliq (who, I will always say, deserved so much more).Chaol is a main character. He is of equal importance to both Dorian and Celaena/Aelin. Ever since the beginning the story has revolved around these three characters. I still believe that these three are an integral part to this series. They're what the Golden Trio is to Harry Potter, what Jon, Daenerys and Tyrion are to A Song of Ice and Fire. They are the characters that people are the most attached to in the series. You can survive without one for a short period of time but begin to sideline any one of them and your entire series begins to unravel.Look, I don't like Chaol. I have not liked Chaol since the beginning of Throne of Glass. I despised Chaolaena but you know what? I learnt to live with it. Because even good series can have their endgames predicted a little ahead of time and Chaolaena made the most sense endgame-wise. Chaol had to live as well. I understood this. Without him the series would fall apart. The same way it would without Dorian.Chaol's sidelining and absence is the visible effect of this series slowly starting to lose its footing. Sarah J. Maas has said she writes organically instead of planning out everything ahead of time. There's nothing wrong with that. George RR Martin does it, JK Rowling does it, I do it when I can be bothered to write. But even writing organically you always have to have some sense of where a series is going, otherwise everything is long, drawn out and doesn't make sense.Finally, don't you dare say that this is a feminist novel. All the females in this novel are happy to let themselves be dominated by their male love interests whenever it suits the male. We're told multiple times how the "sheer masculinity" makes all the females "purr" and want more. We're told that the "harshness" and "maleness" in the tones of the love interests make the females sit up and listen.Don't you dare say this is a feminist novel. Don't you dare list it with the likes of The Lies of Locke Lamora series, with The Invisible Library series. Two lesser-known series that are wonders in feminist literature and magical originals in fantasy as a whole. I better not hear you describe this series as a "literary wonder" and compare it with His Dark Materials, A Song of Ice and Fire, Stardust and other great achievements in literature.It makes me burn with shame that this series has such a massive following while the wonderful likes of The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet, The Invisible Library and other, deserving, new books barely get a single nod their way. (hide spoiler)]In conclusion, I am done with this series. I should've stopped at Queen of Shadows. That was my lesson, this is just the rubbing of salt in the wound. I let my memories of Crown of Midnight keep my hopes up for an epic comeback in Empire of Storms. But my hopes were in vain. The series I have let dominate my teenage years no longer sits on the throne.And this is how a love dies. Not with a bang, but with a whimper.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Just wow.I'll be filming a full video review for this so I'll keep my thoughts here brief. I didn't have high expectations going into this because, as this series has gone on, I've increasingly lost interest in most of the characters and the plot. But this took everything I didn't like in the series and multiplied it by 10000 and took everything I loved and shattered it to pieces.For a while, I actually really enjoyed the direction of the plot. It seemed like the world would actually start Wow. Just wow.I'll be filming a full video review for this so I'll keep my thoughts here brief. I didn't have high expectations going into this because, as this series has gone on, I've increasingly lost interest in most of the characters and the plot. But this took everything I didn't like in the series and multiplied it by 10000 and took everything I loved and shattered it to pieces.For a while, I actually really enjoyed the direction of the plot. It seemed like the world would actually start expanding and some things would start to make sense. However, by the end, things just started to get ridiculous, plot lines were wrapped up in the most convoluted ways possible, and of course there had to be a little "fate" added into the mix to render everything else irrelevant. The romance was insufferable and made up at least 70% of the book. It was just a bunch of brooding, "hot," Fae men, standing around being jealous of the other men when they spoke to their girlfriends. Speaking of which, EVERYONE in this book had to be in a relationship (a heterosexual one, of course), because you can't have a group of attractive royals in the same room unless they're all making out with each other.Like the book did, let's just ignore the fact that one of the main characters of the series wasn't even in this, and talk about the characters that were. The characters, which had always been my favorite part of the books, were all intolerable. All the male characters are pretty much just carbon copies of one another with different color hair/eyes. They're all "walls of muscle" who have temperament issues and are way too territorial over the women they've "claimed." As for the female characters, they're mostly brushed aside to make more room for Aelin and her ego. By the end, Manon is the only one I still truly like, and I bet you I'll end up hating her too by the end of the next book. The thing is, this isn't the same series as the first two Throne of Glass books. I'm all for a series progressing, changing, and growing. But when your characters are unrecognizable, when your new plot lines negate almost the entirety of some of your previous books, then there's a problem.
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  • Rachel (APCB Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    704 Pages. 704. SEVEN HUNDRED FOUR!!! **** YESBRING. IT. ON.At these point I know my sweet Chaolaena ship is wrecked. So whatever else Sarah throws at me, I know I can survive it.Some things I need:-More bad*** fighting-Chaol and Dorian bromance-Aelin rebuilding her court-Rowan and Aeduan camaraderie -Ladies showing off their kick***ry-Wyverns + Witches-Manon and the Thirteen scenes-Elide meeting Aelin-Manorian scenes please because I SHIP IT-BLOOD AND DEATH AND DESTRUCTION
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  • Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 60% One star for Manon Blackbeak.Welp. I tried. Full review to come.____________________________________________*Edit: So my opinion on this series has changed after re-reading QoS, so I don't exactly consider myself a ToG fan anymore, but I still stand by what I said in this review.*Edit: I feel like I should clarify that I am not talking about sassy or sarcastic reviews, because I have written a few myself, and I find those reviews absolutely hilarious, regardless of if I liked the bo DNF at 60% One star for Manon Blackbeak.Welp. I tried. Full review to come.____________________________________________*Edit: So my opinion on this series has changed after re-reading QoS, so I don't exactly consider myself a ToG fan anymore, but I still stand by what I said in this review.*Edit: I feel like I should clarify that I am not talking about sassy or sarcastic reviews, because I have written a few myself, and I find those reviews absolutely hilarious, regardless of if I liked the book or not. I am only talking about both sides of the argument taking things unnecessarily far. Disclaimer: This is my opinion on the Throne of Glass series and the controversial thoughts surrounding it. I am in no way trying to force my opinion on you if you like or dislike this series. It is perfectly okay to like and dislike different things, but bashing someone else for disagreeing with your opinion on something as trivial as a book series, whether your opinion is a positive or negative one, is never okay, and this goes for both sides of the argument. It is not my intention to start a complete shitstorm in the comment section. Opinions are great things, so please, try to treat everyone with the respect they deserve.I have many friends here on Goodreads that have a difference in opinion on some of my favourite books, and we get along just fine, because we respect the other person and their feelings towards whatever book we disagree on. Opinions are not facts. Your opinion on this series, or any series, is not right or wrong. It just is.I will say this once, twice, however many times I need to so I can get this out there: Just because you dislike a book series does not, under any circumstances, give you permission to send the author death threats. Authors are real people with feelings like the rest of us. The author is not forcing you to read their books. It is up to you, and only you, to decide whether or not you want to continue reading this series. I have only heard of people doing this, I have not seen any myself, and I do not have proof, so I could be wrong. Do not take my word for this. Whether these allegations are true or not, I cannot say. The point I am trying to make is that threats to authors, or anyone, in general, are still unacceptable. Read whatever you want to, friends. Just respect other's opinions while doing so, please.
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