It took me forever to gather my thoughts but here they are. This is my review for Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas. There will be MILD SPOILERS.
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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. 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.
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.
Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
- Manon’s chapters in the first part
- everything about the ending tbh
- all non-Manon chapters from part one
- how Maas has to constantly describe every male characters as “man”, “manly”, “male”
- how everyone had to be paired in a (white, straight) relationship
- how Aelin and Rowan have to proclaim their love/lust/ownership over each other every two paragraphs
- how everyone is gorgeous even if they’re described as plain two lines ago
- how aggression and the feeling of possessing your significant other is supposed to be romantic and cute
I finished this book a while ago and I still have very conflicted thoughts about it. This review has taken me forever to finish because I remember something I want to add almost every day. I’m sure after I press “publish” I’m going to think of something else but on with it finally. First of all, I really disliked part one. It was slow and very filler. It took me forever to read (like, two weeks, which is a lot considering I powered through the second part in less than two days). But Manon’s chapters were all amazing. And it was in part one that everything that irritated me about this book really came to be. Throughout the books, Maas has been exaggerating more and more on how much her work is heteronormative and white. All males are described as irresistible and attractive, being that the words “male” and “manly” are used the most (whatever that’s supposed to mean). I’m also not exaggerating when I say there’s literally a thought about Aelin and Rowan’s love/lust/whatever in every two sentences, whether in their POV moments or on any others. And besides that, everyone decided to be hormonal and lame and got themselves a partner/other half. It is so boring and safe. And incredibly out of character at most times. Everyone talks about Chaol on QoS but damn, Dorian in this book was not the same person he was in the others. Nothing about him seemed like something he would do. I never cared that much for him but in this section of the overall story, he was either a total pawn or just there being the total opposite of his past self. And oh boy, can we stop pretending that the whole Fae aggression and possession is attractive? Like, at one point Rowan says he wants to kill one person and their whole family just because they got near Aelin… Like, am I supposed to swoon over that? Or think that’s healthy behavior? I heard this the other day and I totally agree: fiction books aren’t supposed to teach us things but we can learn from them. And if this is what Maas has to pass down, it’s very sad that young or less experienced people are taking this as normal. I was like “wow, is this book for real” at pretty much everything I mention before but then part two happened and I was like “omg”… Because part two was absolutely bad ass. It kinda killed me and I wasn’t really expecting the turn out (those last 100 pages tho!!). It made up a bit for the other 500 and something pages but it didn’t save it either, not really. Still bummed that Chaol and Fleetfoot don’t make any appearance but I still trust Maas (although a bit less) and I’m sure she will bring it all with the final instalment.
I’m a bit too deep on this series to really let it go at this point, but I’m not as excited to continue it as I once were.
Anyway, have any of you read this? If so, thoughts? Please let me know in the comments!
See you guys soon,