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The long path to the throne has just begun for Aelin Galathynius. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
Contains mature content. Not suitable for younger readers.
Tightly plotted, delightful escapism. - Kirkus Reviews on EMPIRE OF STORMS
Fans devoted to the series (and there are many) will be eager for this installment's cinematic action, twisty schemes, and intense revelations of secrets and legacies. - Booklist
Beautifully written prose and brilliantly crafted plots come together in this entry of the awe-inspiring fantasy series that will leave readers anticipating the next volume. - SLJ on QUEEN OF SHADOWS
Impossible to put down. - Kirkus Reviews on QUEEN OF SHADOWS
Celaena is as much an epic hero as Frodo or Jon Snow! - Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author on HEIR OF FIRE
Maas shines as a brilliant storyteller. . . . The most exhilarating installment yet. - RT Book Reviews on HEIR OF FIRE
An epic fantasy readers will immerse themselves in and never want to leave. - starred review, Kirkus Reviews on CROWN OF MIDNIGHT
A thrill ride of epic fantasy proportions. - USA Today on CROWN OF MIDNIGHT
With assassinations, betrayal, love and magic, this novel has something to match everyone's interests. - Top Pick, RT Book Reviews on CROWN OF MIDNIGHT
A thrilling read. - starred review, Publishers Weekly on THRONE OF GLASS
A must-read for lovers of epic fantasy and fairy tales. - USA Today on THRONE OF GLASS
Fans of Tamora Pierce and George R.R. Martin, pick up this book! - Top Pick, RT Book Reviews on THRONE OF GLASS
Fans will delight in this gorgeous edition. . . . Action-packed and full of insight into Celaena's character. . . . What a ride! - Booklist on THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City series. Her books have sold millions of copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. Sarah lives with her husband, son, and dog.
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury YA; 1st edition (6 September 2016)
- Language : English
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- Print length : 694 pages
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The romance between Aelin and Rowan became too... puke worthy. I enjoyed their relationship much more in other books.
I actually found Aelin annoying and spoilt in this book.
I also can’t stand Elide. She is my least favourite character in the series.
But I love Manon! Manon shouldn’t of been wasted as a secondary character in this series but should of got her on series and story. There is not enough of her in these books! She is everything you would want Aelin to be as the main character. I do think SJMaas missed the opportunity to have Manon as a bi or lesbian character.
I think I will be taking a break from the series and pushing Tower of Dawn down my TBR until just before the release of the final book.
After defeating the previous King of Adarlan and helping Dorian claim the crown, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius along with Rowan Whitethorn, Aedion Ashryver and Lysandra have arrived in Terrasen to claim Aelin’s crown and armies to fight the war. Only, the lords that still exist have decided she is not fit for the throne, even though 1. They hadn’t meet her, 2. She has been fighting while they have been sitting on their butts. She has been forced out of her home once again, until she prove herself to these so called lords. But Aelin is going to gather an army and protect her home wether the lords want her to or not.
“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.”
While Aelin, Rowan, Aedion and Lysandra are in the North dealing with the pompous Lords of Terrasen. We have Elide Lorcan on the run trying to get to Terrasen away from Vernon and Perrington in Morath while being stalked by Lorcan. Than King Dorian Havilliard Is left in Adarlan trying to clean up after the Glass castle was destroyed, he is soon being attacked.
Aelin really surprised me lots in this book. When the lords rejected her as Queen, I expected the old sixteen year old Celaena to loose her temper and chuck a tantrum, but she didn’t, she strategically and calmly told them where they could shove it. That she would return with an army of her own. So that was a memorial scene. Then there were a few scenes in the book where she went back to her old ways where she was secretive, but at the end, she was the most selfless person in this entire book. I feel that her character has been the most misjudged and mistreated throughout this series. I was in tears for her in the last few chapters and I just couldn’t handle the crap she has had to endure and will have to endure, for the ones she loves and calls family. The steamy moments between Aelin and Rowan, wow, get a girl an extinguisher. A lot of people are complaining about this about this but they need to understand, that one Aelin is now older, she is with a full blood hot Fae male that have a soul deep connection, so it’s going to have to eventually go down that road. Plus it’s was tasteful and not over the top.
Rowan is still my favourite alpha male, he just owns my heart and soul. He is still MINE! He is just Fae-fection, the dedication, loyalty he has to Aelin and the rest of the court of friends is fabulous. The connection between Rowan and Aelin just keeps growing and growing and my theory of them being mates was true. (Sorry spoiler) I did predict this back in Heir of Shadows when we first meet Rowan. There is sex scenes in this book, so if there is any young readers please keep this in mind when reading this book. But my heart is shattered in pieces along side with Rowan after the battle at the end... oh Rowan come here, I’ll comfort you.
The more Lysandra makes appearances in the books the more I enjoy her character. She has become a great new addition to Aelin’s Court, she is all sorts of bada**, I love her transformations, her snarky remarks and her playfulness.
Manon Blackbeak is one cool chick. She is kicka**, strong, and willing to put her life on the line for the ones she cares for. She has been given a real crappy situation, where she needs to witness her second Asterin being killed because of something she had done.
Dorian is now the King of Adarlan, but without his kingdom he is on the run with Aelin and the rest to try and stop Erawan. But while he is still trying to heal after the collar he is being questioned as to why he is following Aelin’s commands and not setting them
Aedion, I still love him and his character, although there were a few times that I wanted to slap him over the back of his head. But he is just like Aelin so it is expected that there would be times they would clash. But when he confronted Gavriel, wow *cry, my heart broke you could hear the heartache in the words he said to him about his mother. The on the beach with Rowan after Maeve, *sob, the devastation in his words, when he was trying to comfort his brother.
But there are others who covet the Wyrdkeys, and the ancient and powerful queen Maeve of the Fae has her own plans for them which have been long in the making…
This is a series which keeps getting better and better, and while I was disappointed that this was not the final book I was expecting I look forward with anticipation to the next which, unless Sarah J Maas has started channelling Robert Jordan ;-( should be an epic conclusion. As a matter of principle I never start another series until the author has finished the first so SJM’s series ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ will have to wait a while longer…my next reading will be Mark Lawrence’s “Red Queen’s War” as not only has he finished his earlier exceptional “Broken Empire” series but the following trilogy as well.
While Sarah J Maas is often described as a YA writer, if you are put off by this term (and yes many such are clichéd, unoriginal and derivative) you should try this series – the early books are good without being great but the last ones have been exceptional by any standards, and as they contain sex and violence (although no drugs and language) I’m not really sure if they fit into the YA bracket.
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So what made this one so special? I think, up until now, a lot of character and world-building has been going on - but this is where things really start to happen. Characters come into their own, storylines converge, romances flourish and the action picks up; you could say it's begun to reach critical Maas! (excuse the pun). I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that it takes a genius to create such a detailed world throughout the span of five books (and the author's not finished yet) and to weave together strands of a plot that began in book one. The foresight, creativity and planning that must have gone on to get from there to here is mind boggling. And the writing itself zips along at a rapid place. The book has everything - edge-of-your-seat set-pieces of action, loyalty, emotion, betrayal and, oh, the romances. This might be YA but Maas doesn't shy away from writing some pretty sizzling (yet very much non-trashy) scenes between her love interests - and I'm glad she did. As a YA author, the temptation might have been there to gloss over things more, but it's pretty awesome that she didn't, as it adds an extra dimension of believability to the characters' relationships with each other. I think, without it, it would have been harder to understand the bonds and sheer devotion of some characters to each other. And the friendships too - the author is so adept at showing how minor friendships (or even associations) develop, due to time and circumstance, into something far deeper and more profound. Even Manon's relationship with Abraxos is beautifully described - the Wyvern being depicted as the sort of huge, clever, loyal beast (like a dog with wings and a sting in the tail!) that we'd all want.
I don't want to give away anything about the plot - only to say the end left me breathless (and I'm glad the series is now complete, so I can whizz my way through books six and seven) and that these characters really do have a place in my heart now. This doesn't often happen with novels - but I think the sheer scope of the world Maas has created and the investment required of a reader to go on a journey of 650-odd pages at a time, over so many volumes, means that the world she creates and the people in it really do get under your skin.
So, if you're about to read this - I'm jealous!
We learn more about the other characters in this book which is nice but I found myself a bit lost with who was who and how and why they are a king/queen or why they are in debt with so and so. The replays from history helped but I’m still a bit unsure of the alliances.
The pace of the book was good and the fight scenes are very well written. There seemed to be a lot more focus on the plot and movement of the story in this book and a lot of secrets were revealed. Maeve is a great evil character and her ruthlessness and cunning was fantastic. I wasn’t as put off by the sex scenes as others seemed to have been, they are not the best written but they are not the worst either.
Although I didn’t enjoy this book as much as some of the others in the series, I am looking forward to reading the next one and the ending obviously leaves this right open to slide into.
A lot of people didn't like this book but honestly, it's a continuation of them not liking a certain pairing no longer being together. If I'm entirely honest, with the whole Dorian/Chaol thing, I just rolled with the punches then wasn't upset when it seemed to go more in Chaol's way. With Aelin and Rowan, I'm not mad/upset about it, nor do I have any real issue with it, but I don't really ship it. Idk why, cos obviously I want Aelin to be happy and I'm happy she's happy but only as a passive reader. It's a weird disconnect for me as I would say 90% of the time, I like what the writer thinks is best, unlike some of the comments on books, I realise the writer has thought through every decision and sometimes we don't know why until later.
First off: how on earth was this ever going to be 3 books? Would all the same events have happened?! I remember reading Heir of Fire and being annoyed because it partially felt like a filler book but it has so much background and plot and lays the groundwork for everything that has occurred in the past two books. Empire of Storms was a gift. A gift that kept me up until 7am and ruined my sleeping pattern for a week, and I was grateful. Grateful that I had had the pleasure to read a book that absolutely gutted me and had me ready for the next book before I'd even read the last sentence.
The best thing about this series is that with every book there's so much I want from the next book and Sarah always delivers, exceeds expectations and then gives me what I didn't know I needed.
I have five major talking points from this book:
1) I know you should never start from the end but we read the same book and I'm sure you understand exactly why I have to start with this. When Maeve came and ruined everything I was like whaaaaaaaaaaaat? I've read the last couple of chapters a couple of times and I'm just still in awe at all the planning that Aelin (and obviously Sarah) put into this. I believe I tweeted that Sarah is an evil, tactical mastermind. I haven't really read that many fantasy series but I'd imagine this is what Game of Thrones fans (book followers) felt like when Jon had his *ahem* accident... just a complete different road than you thought you and the author were on. I thought Sarah and I were both going at 30 mph but apparently Sarah has been on the motorway doing 70 all this time and I'm living my best life because of it.
2) Manon aka the love of my life continues to be so freaking amazing (yes that's been censored for the kids). She made choices that had me jumping in excitement and putting my book down as I needed a moment to *process* that these things had actually just happened in the actual book written by Sarah J Maas and not a fever dream.
3) Where was Chaol? This is not from a shipping perspective, Chaol has been a major character since the very beginning and has had something major happen to him and I feel having at least one chapter focused on him would have been nice.
4) Aelin is a tactical mastermind and we have all been played. I know I've touched on this before but it needs to be discussed on its' own. Aelin has been planning so much since maybe before her Endovier days and it's actually min blowing. Her best role wasn't being the King's Assassin, it was being the protagonist and keeping us all in the dark into just how much of her life she had thought about
5) Now, this is from a shipping perspective : Aedion and Lysandra, so cute and so potentially ruined by that ending? WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO NOW SARAH???
Side note: how are UK/non US fans supposed to watch Throne of Glass if it's on Hulu?????
Rating: 5 stars