Kingdoms collide in Sarah J. Maas' epic fifth installment in the New York Times best-selling Throne of Glass series.
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 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?
©2016 Sarah J. Maas (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Enjoyed the book as a continuation of the series. I think the romance was overdone though, and it feels out of place with the seriousness of the main plot. Like, your kingdom/lives are in danger but you're all coupling up? Also the narrator makes all the male voices sound the same. Will definitely be listening to the next one though.
OMG Sarah please don't let us waiting for the next book. This book broke my heart and i am still crying. I have no words to say except that this is a masterpiece and Elizabeth Evans your narrative is excellent as always, you took me into a journey and felt every emotions, thank you xx
A tad slow to start, but oh my wyrd, that ending. I'm in tears. I also loved that there was less swearing in this one. There's also a lot more sex, but they've been building up to it for the last four books, so not unexpected.. it's easily skipped if you're so inclined..
"Emotional, Stressful and Wonderful"
I've noticed trends in a lot of the YA scifi books that I've read, particularly those with a strong female lead, and this series follows all of them. It has the usual love stories, and the usual rise from the lower class, and a strong female protagonist - which to be clear, I always enjoy, AND, this book still managed to give you a plot line to love, even though you've kind of heard it all before. This particular book shows how much Aelin Galathynius has grown and how strong she truly is.
This book was extremely sexual, more so than any of the books prior, and I would not recommend it for the 11-13 age group. There were many sex scenes and sexual conversation and situations, so I think parents should use their own judgement.
I'm thrilled with this book, I wish I waited until the next book in the series was also released, because this is a doozy.
"Worst installment in this series"
I've mostly enjoyed this series so far. But this is the first time I've found myself pressing the fast forward button. The author just spends way too much time describing sex. I mean, this is not a romance novel, right? But it seems like she wanted to make it one. Some good story development does happen in the book--actually a lot does get explained--but the story, in my opinion, could have been a lot better if someone had cut the sex scenes down to one-tenth their lengths. At this point, I would not bother reading the next book if it is like this one. This one was just too disappointing, as I felt I just could not enjoy it.
"Parts were Unnecessary"
I appreciate how the author finally brought all the characters together and explained mysteries from her series. However I do not understand why she chose to be so sexually explicit with all of her characters. It didn't even seem to fit in certain places. She went from one overly lusty scene to the next, almost as if she got stuck and couldn't think of how to progress she story so she had all of her characters be fully and uncontrollably horny. It didn't make sense in context and seemed cheap and trashy. Besides her brief attempt at being an erotica writer, I liked this book.
"NOT for 11-14 year olds."
If this book were a movie I would not go see it with the age group that it is recommended for. There are multiple detailed sex scenes that distracted from the overall adventure of the story. I would advise that this age group have a responsible adult give them "the talk" before these kids venture into this book.
Other than that though... Sarah J. Mass pulled in another great adventure to add to the series. She is growing in her ability to pull everything together and make her characters into well rounded, fully developed people that also grow along side the developing story.
"A Long Story Gets Longer, Painfully Longer"
When series span longer than 3 books, most tend to lose steam, stretching out the story line. That is the epitome of this book. Twenty -five plus hours could have been condensed into 4 or 5 hours.
The story went no where with less than a handful of major events with countless filler inbetween. The addition of the soft core porn segments between characters only further proved the book was stretched to the max due to a weak overall storyline.
In the end, I was hooked having invested so much time in the series to date. However, I am not sure I will care much to be eagerly awaiting the next (and hopefully final book). Much like the "I am Number Four" series, this one lost its mojo when it could have been ended sooner on a very, very high note.
"Not my flavor."
Most of this series is brilliant, the vibrant world, interesting characters, and struggle for hope are parts that have kept me enjoying this series. This book however added some things that I really didn't like, and think detracted from the overall story. I believe there are times and places where sex scenes can be appropriate but many of the scenes depicted in the book felt like cheap smut, placed there as fan service to keep people interested in the books. it could have been more enjoyable if left to the imagination and not depicted in such a graphic and vivid way. The only other main issue I had was a 30 minute torture scene. It was placed to cause tension and build anticipation, but lasted far too long. The way it was handled caused me to loose all interest in the book or the outcome of the series.
The series as a whole is a good one, and one that have enjoyed. I would, however, not recommend this particular book to others. It just isn't my flavor.
Have to say I'm really disappointed in this book. Loved the first books in the series but this one is too full of sex! Come on! We don't need this kind of detail. We get it. They are I love. If I would have wanted to read that nonsense I would have looked in the adult Romance section! Just stick to the story PLEASE!!
Can't say I would recommend this book. The story line gets lost in all the love stories. Surely won't recommend this to my teenagers!!!
"So good!! But it is an adult book!! Really it is for 17/18+ audience"
It says YA but it reads like an adult book, I really believe it shouldn't be in the 11-16 yr old recommendations on audible. I would not let my 13 year old read this series yet. Lots of descriptive steamy scenes. I on the other hand loved it!!! Loved this book!! However it has a WTH cliffhanger ending, so my suggestion is to wait and reread the whole series next summer and be ready for an amazing book 6.
"series turning less and less YA."
erotic sex scenes in this one. if your teen started the series it might be good to stop now
"Every book gets better!"
I absolutely adore the series. Every book keeps getting better and better with more twists and turns and surprises. this Series has easily become my favorite series and I have listened to all of the books over and over again. Yet Sarah J Maas has done it once again with Empire of Storms. Absolutely wonderful, addicting and incredible, made that much better by the narrator. I am not one to right review that give any spoilers however in the words of Celaena Sardothien "What the rutting hell!" I can't believe I have to wait til 2017 for the conclusion of this series!
"gripped to the very last word"
fantastic as always! sad to have to wait for the next one to find out
"Is this the end???"
A long, tantalising, saga appears to come to an end, but every fan will want to know, "Is this the end"?
The author has left the door open. I hope she walks through it once more.
Complex plot that connects superbly throughout all the books in the series. Then comes to an unexpected but well planned climax.
What am I going to do now! Thank god Nalini Singhs new book is out or I would have absoluately nothing to read. This book was truly gripping, lots of twists and turns. Cannot wait for book 6.
"damn Sarah j mass"
back at it again with the baller women, dazzalingly hot men, and heartbreaking cliffhangers.
I really enjoyed this audiobook!
the performance was great and I can't wait for the next book in the series!!
"What an end of book twist"
Well I knew is was going to be difficult but how difficult I never imagined you think this book is sewn up then right at the end BAM. Here's waiting for book 6!
I cannot wait for the next and purhaps last book in the series. it was fantastic to hear. difficult to put away for the night.
"Great story, even better narrator"
These books are great, but I'm sure you're aware of that if you've got to this point. What I really wanted to mention is the voice actor for this series is phenomenal. She captures the tone, essence, and voices of the characters and story. I've not come across a better narrator than this one here.
"Amazing Series but this is the outstanding"
I was blown away my this book. It took me on a journey that I did not want to end... But I needed to know how it ended. I can not wait for the next book
loved this book from start to finish. the story is completely compelling, I was hooked. With a superb and flawless performance. I can't wait for the final book in the series to be released next year, for now, I will just have to listen to this book again!
"blown away yet again! "
Truly an amazing author with unrivalled talent! A Another astounding read! Can't wait for the next!!!
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