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"Tightly plotted, delightful escapism." - Kirkus Reviews
"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
"The best, most exciting installment yet. . . . Each page teems with fierce intensity, romantic tension and propulsive suspense as power, magic and evil surge in this high-stakes saga." ―USA Today on QUEEN OF SHADOWS
"Sizzles with action, deception and sexual tension, making it the best yet." ―RT Book Reviews 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!" ―New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce on HEIR OF FIRE
"Intriguing, beautiful, heartbreaking, romantic and exciting . . . . This story will consume your imagination and leave you drooling for more. . . . Epic fantasy gold." ―USA Today on HEIR OF FIRE
"Tension snowballs into devastating twists and an absolutely riveting ending. . . . Will leave readers ravenous for more." ―Kirkus 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
"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!" ―RT Book Reviews on THRONE OF GLASS
"Simply dazzles. . . . Maas' Throne of Glass series has been a smash hit [and] this new series is primed to follow in its footsteps." ―starred review, Booklist on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
"Maas delivers what may be her best work to date. . . . Enchanting, spellbinding, and imaginative. . . . The world-building is stellar, as only Maas can imagine it." ―USA Today on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
"A gorgeously written tale as lush and romantic as it is ferocious. Absolutely spellbinding." ―New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
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 more than nine million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and dog.
- ASIN : B01ANM7GJC
- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (September 6, 2016)
- Publication date : September 6, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2557 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 694 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,935 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Maas brilliantly makes each of her characters into something they weren't before. They all develop organically into new people, but these new developments make perfect sense. For example, Aelin begins the book heading North of Terrasen in order to help build herself an army. She finds that the people are not so inclined to back her up, considering she's been gone for over 10 years, but was actually always present with her sworn enemy, the late King of Adarlan, playing as his puppet assassin as Cealena Sardothien. Many don't take too kindly to her history, and many of those that she encounters find more reasons to not back her up, than to do so.
Based on the Aelin we've grown to know, we would think she would blow up into a vengeful tirade, spewing her new found power of fire, stopping close but short of a tyrant. However, that Aelin is not there. She's become ever more calculating, less hot-headed, and deathly more focused on saving her people and land. She not only fights two wars against both the Dark King Erawan and her Aunt Meave, Queen of the Fae, she does more than crosses blades in these wars. She uses her mind as well as her muscle in order to produce an end result she wants. From page one until the very end result, Aelin orchestrated EVERYTHING. It's that type of sleight of hand intellectual reflex that has me blown away with her character growth.
Prince Rowan, once sworn to Queen Mauve, now sworn to Aelin, serves his Queen in every way possible. When we first met him in Heir of Fire he was disassocitive, broody, and not the most likeable character. Aelin has helped to transform him into something more vulnerable, to the point where he will freely show some PDA with Aelin in front of others. While some of his old cadre (old Fae friends/associates sworn to Mauve) would see this as a weakness, this is in fact far from the truth. Prince Rowan will stop at nothing to protect Aelin, even if it means protecting her from herself. He's still a fierce fighter, but now, he has a worthy cause to fight for---a future with his Queen.
Aedion goes through some pretty hefty transformations that mainly deal with things that come out from the plot itself. I won't discuss everything, but Aedion grows to accept who his parents are and what that means. He's every bit as fierce as Aelin can be, and he becomes one of her most loyal soldiers. He also finds a budding romance with a shapeshifter by name of Lysandra. Their relationship was very sensitive, on account of Lysandra's history. She has been defiled by many men, and Aedion is very cautious with her at first, as he should be. Lysandra was a very refreshing character to read about. Her ability to transform into almost anything was pretty epic. Lysandra's fight sequences were some of the best of the series, and she reminded me of a mini Aelin. She's also completely devoted to Aelin, almost to a fault. It's a magical experience to see such a fierce and brutal character, rife with molestation, loss of power, and a dehumanizing childhood, turn into a character that is able to finally allow love to blossom.
King Dorian has the biggest transformation in the entire series. A fair warning to those about to read Empire of Storms, this will not be the same character you grew to love. His innocence is gone. His power is his own. The killing of his father by his own hand, seeing the love of his life Sorscha murdered because of his father, and the months of being held hostage inside his body by a Valg Prince has changed Dorian forever. He is darker, less talkative, and more of a man of action. He has become sadistic and this leads him to a very surprising romance (although I approve) with Manon of Blackbeak. He's become as cold as the ice he wields, and he has now become a force to be reckoned with along side Aelin. He is after all, the King of Andarlan. King Dorian begins to realize the position he is now in, and you see him push his weight around when you least expect it. However, he's very quiet during heightened situations, especially when it comes to plotting along side the other characters. You knew when he decided to speak, his words would change the dynamic. I'm not sure if I personally love his more sadistic side, what I do love is that he recognizes his power. I look forward to seeing how he'll wield it in the future.
Lorcan, another Fae male that's apart of the cadre. Also, the same person who Aelin and Rowan tricked at the end of Queen of Shadows into thinking he took one of the wyrdkeys from them for his Queen. He's known as the Fae male who trained Rowan into what he is now. He's a character filled with vengeful hate, and it becomes amplified 100 fold when he realizes that he was tricked. However, a long his journey he meets Elide who is also on the run. Manon helped her escape her uncle and the tower she was held captive in, and now Lorcan and Elide travel together. To be brief, Elide melts away the ice around his heart, and helps to provide him with a worthier reason to fight. Their romance was the one that had me the most excited, because it really did feel like it was straight out of Beauty and the Beast.
Manon of Blackbeak has the most intense storyline out of them all. I fell in love with her since she was first introduce, and this new installment has just solidified that. Monon, still ever fierce, but we see some major things happen to her. I don't want to give anything away, however I will say that Manon has always known that something wasn't "right" with how her people were living. Some secrets are revealed, some major ties are cut, and we find Manon no longer in a position of power. Until...that is...when she crosses paths with Aelin again.
They're plenty of other characters I can discuss but these are the ones that had the most affect on me. Empire of Storms exceeded my expectations with every aspect of the book. It had the perfect dialogue, right amount of plot twists, and pages upon pages of cinematic fights. The ending will leave you in pieces, as I'm still trying to find all of the pieces of myself. Consider this book a rollercoaster, which has a long death drop and it keeps on dropping even as you turn to the last page. I still haven't reach the bottom yet. And yet, I know I won't until the next book comes out. Sarah J Maas has just written the best in her series, possibly even the best book of her career. Do check it out!
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The series may have began with one main character but now we have many to chose from. Man on and Elide , who doesn't love strong women.
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!
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
However this series has held my attention for 5 lengthy books, characters are multifaceted and capable of good and bad acts and intentions, there's some major twists in the plot in this one I never saw coming, as indeed there have been in the earlier books. For some reason I had convinced myself this fifth book was the last in the series, however as you approach the last third knowing the number of pages left is nowhere near enough to tie this up I realised my mistake.
Looking forward to much more to come.
I've noticed that in this book a lot of the time its different races that make up the couples: Rowanand Aelin(though she was demi-fae), Lysandra and Aedion, Lorcan and Elide, Manon and Dorian, (Nesryn and Chaol are the only same race couple). And it seems now that people have gone their seperate ways most of the couples are headed in the same direction. Two of these couples in uncertain terms r broken up.
I wud love if Lysandra and Aedion got together officially. Lysandra needs him now Aelins gone, and Aedion needs her now that Aelins gone. I think they wud b pretty cute together.
I loved Elide and Lorcans joirney and I was totally pushing them to get together and I think they've fallen in love, but unfortunately they r going their seperate ways😢
I think Manon and Dorian wud b a funny couple to develop Manon and Dorian fighting to see who the controller of their relationship is but I think it wud be good.
Tho we didnt c any of Nesryn and Chaol in this book I feel like if they got together it wud only b because neither of them have anyone and bc they r on a journey together I dont care if they get together but they r my least fav couple.
Fav couples in order: Rowan and Aelin, Lorcan and Elide, Lysandra and Aedion, Manon and Dorian, Nesryn and Chaol.
I only really care about the top three.
Overall I loved this book, but I hate that I wont b able to read what happens next until October so I will have to carry my sorrow with me😢