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.
twists, turns and action as thrilling as the previous books but I found this one to be much too graphic at the intimate scenes. less is more. but with 4 romantic storylines on the go all in one book the cringeworthy depth of description was hard to avoid.
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.
"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 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.
"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.
"Not the last book"
Another great read, fast paced, I think they only sleep for about 2 hours in this one. Good tension, more questions answered, and leaves us on a cliffhanger !!
"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.
"I truly enjoyed Empire of Storms"
Empire of storm is great story and I look forward to the next release. I have to say Aelin is just so lovable and she has won my heart. She is beautiful, smart , so giving. She is willing to scare her life so others may live. She is amazing.
I highly recommend this book. This book is full of adventure. Aelin may sound so full of herself; but she is full of love for the people and causes that she loves.
Rowan, Doran, Manon, Aedion and Lorcan are also great characters. I like the way we were able to her different characters POV.
I don't think this book is appropriate for kids as young as 11-13. I do think that there are parts of the book which are not appropriate for kids which are that young.
An applause to Sarah Mass and Elizabeth Evans. Good job.
I can see this series book becoming a tv show or movie.
"Not suitable for teens & maybe some adults"
If the romantic scenes left something to the imagination! WAY too graphic!!!!! I read children's & YA books for a reason, because I don't want to hear about all the graphic sex scenes. Also, there was way too much cursing for my taste. To me, it just takes away from the story.
I like the story. It's fun & exciting, just like the previous ones. But I just don't like how, with each book, the more graphic the romantic scenes get.
I'm not a fan of the voice actress. The characters all sound the same. I like there to be distinct differences for each character, so you know who's talking without having to go back to figure it out.
A little disappointed, because I thought this was the last book in the series?
"Loved it but not for kids"
The series continues to be exciting, but there are a few sex scenes so parents be aware. also there is more swearing.
I really wanted to give this 5 stars but couldn't due to the graphic sex.
"Another brilliant installment"
First of all I love this series. Great characterisation and fabulous voice acting courtesy of Elizabeth. She makes this series come alive.
But screw you Sarah for the twists and turns that made me cry... AND DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE GODS DAMN CLIFFHANGER.
I love Ansel she seems like a fantastic character and I'll be interested to see how the next installment pans out because of the feel bombs you have nearly DESTROYED me with.
Bring on the next book. I'm greedy for more as I've devoured the last three books in a week.
"great can't wait for next one"
loved it roll on next one plot getting more and more exciting great listen thanks
"Do not miss this"
This is a fantastic series of books .
You just can't stop listening
And when you end the book ,your want more more more
"Very enjoyable but occasionally annoying"
I have really enjoyed the series so far and the story lines have developed and come together beautifully. However, the regular repetition of words, such as "up, up, up" and "down, down, down" etc are very, very, very annoying, occurring so often that it results in expletives being shouted at my phone! It is very childish, gives a amateurish feel to the writing and really is unnecessary. Other than that, brilliant.
"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.
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