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Publisher's Summary

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.

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did I accidentally download 50 shades of grey?

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.

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I cried when I realised...

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..

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Sweet torture!

Aaarrgh! The not wanting it to be over versus the wanting to know what happens.

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Amazing story teller

Sadly now I have to wait for the next one.

I could stop listening. Loved it, love the series. I think I might have to start at the beginning again.

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really excellent story and hard to put down.

I really enjoyed the continuing saga and how it cleverly comes together in a way that seemingly random and uneventful past events tie the plot together. It would have been 5 stars but the romantic interludes I found turgid, mills and boon ripped bodice swooning crap and really, really annoying. A very personal view but a real for God's sake get on with it. And I do like a good romantic novel!

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unfathomable!

the narrator does a good job at voicing characters independently. you never know where there story is going!

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AAA- Absolutely, amazingly, addictive!!

I can't get enough of this series!! The audible version is wonderful. Elizabeth Evans, in my opinion, does a brilliant job of splitting her voice superbly for the listener to easily discern between the narrative text and when the characters are speaking. She also throws her voice so the listener can tell which of the characters are speaking. Her male voices aren't distractingly deep and her accents for the different characters don't impact the story she's telling. In fact, for me, it gives the characters more depth. I switched between the audio and the hard copy book and found it easy to follow along.
Sarah Maas has enthralled me from the beginning of Aelin Galathynius's tale and I cannot wait to read/ listen to the next installation of the Throne of Glass novels. For me, it's perfection. There's a great blend of battles, character exploration, mystery, romance and suspence. The puzzle pieces she has weaved into previous installments are finally starting to come together in this book. Strap yourself in and enjoy the ride. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you hot (16yr+ recommendation for the few steamy love scenes) and it will give you full body chills. As always, like with every book in the series that has come before it, it will leave you wanting more, more, more!!

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Mills and Boon

OMG way too much sex in this book for my liking. Disappointed in book five and I’m hoping Tower of Dawn doesn’t go down the “ 50 Shades of Grey “track.

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Too much of the same just more graphic

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

You would have to be committed to the series and have read the previous 4 titles. Expect more complications, more graphic sex with little variation in the telling, just an in increase in the romantic, and fairly predictable, entanglements, and the ongoing cruelty and sadism that threads through the series. Too many names sound similar when listening to this - spellings are different easy to separate I print, but I am finding I need to backtrack sometimes to separate some of the key characters.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The drawing together of multiple threads so that there is a possibility of a resolution in the 7tthe near future. The witches and their story is the most engaging part of this tale as Aelin’s story has been told so many times, with only minor fleshing out each time.

What three words best describe Elizabeth Evans’s performance?

Wearing thin, becoming irritating.

Could you see Empire of Storms being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No, not as part 5.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed this series, rad the first three long ago and have come back to them through audio starting back at book 1. Maybe that is the problem and I should have had a break between each, but although I enjoyed this, It is starting to be painfully drawn out and repetitive. It is time to wind this up but Book 6 appears to be a side story rather than moving the plot along. I intend to complete but engagement has decreased.

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Really great book!

I loved this book and can not wait for the next one. Would definitely recommend it! Read the whole series, it is one of my favourite.

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  • Claudia H
  • 13-09-2016

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.

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  • Chris
  • 22-09-2016

almost perfect

I really wanted to give this 5 stars but couldn't due to the graphic sex.

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  • Rebecca F
  • 29-09-2016

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.

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  • Jessie
  • 11-10-2016

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.

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  • Jonathan Plaizier
  • 23-09-2016

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.

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  • Book Lover
  • 08-09-2016

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.

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  • Sophie
  • 07-09-2016

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 !!

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  • Chris
  • 23-01-2017

Awkward :/

The intimate scenes were more than a little awkward and didn't fit. Almost felt thrown in just to see how much she could get away with. The rest of the story was really good though.

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  • chamillion20
  • 15-09-2016

Good for adult audiences

I loved the story but cringed through all of the detailed sex scenes and explosion of explitives. Aelin's toes curl a lot, and everybody is "incarnate". (I dont know if that name is spelled right. Im more of an audio listener.) I hope Sarah tones down the adult content in her next books, or I wont be buying any more copies in the throne of glass series for my kids to stumble over.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-2016

Dragging and confused

Liked the first 4 books in this series. This book was boring, confusing, and just hard to follow Aelin is full of secret plans, none of which come to fruition until the critical moment. Over and over. That gets old really fast. Learn to communicate already! No more idiotic plot twists to get out of having written yourself into a corner. Sorry, but I was pretty disappointed.

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  • Katie Stewart
  • 07-10-2016

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-2016

amazing

the narrator is really easy to listen to and the storyline catches you every twist and turn literally nonstop action I can't wait for the next book it's going to be epic 👍

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  • james
  • 20-07-2017

Careful who listens to this

Any additional comments?

\i have now invested days listening to this series with my 14 year old daughter. she will not be listening to this final book as the prolonged sexual scenes are very graphic and would not be suitable. I am very disappointed as the actually add nothing to the story line.

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  • H. O'BRIEN
  • 16-05-2018

losing it's way

narrator was great as usual but story is losing it's way now. dissapointed in this book as the others were much better.

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  • Sophie
  • 09-04-2018

Preferred the audiobook to the actual books!

Would you consider the audio edition of Empire of Storms to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but I have read the other books in the series and have really struggled with them. The audiobook had me hooked!

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  • Miss M L Norton
  • 14-03-2018

Always a Pleasure

I love Sarah J Maas - end of! These books are epic and the delivery is always top notch!

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  • Ian
  • 09-02-2018

Over all a really good story

After listening to all in the series I found it a little slow in places, but the bonds between the characters was fun and enjoyable.
The last book book brought light to everything and made sense of the other books.

overall I did enjoy the series and I'd recomended it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-2017

Absolutely amazing story. Couldn't stop listening

I can't wait to listen to the next book. Captivating story full of emotions, bravery, love and friendship, pain and suffering, pride and loyalty, humour and wisdom. Fantasy offering escape but at the same time teaching the values of right conduct, moral and ethical decision making.

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  • ciara donovan
  • 16-11-2017

fantastic, brilliant!

Third time reading/listening to this book and it just gets better each time. Inspiring heroine and wonderful characters throughout. I can't wait for the next few books of the series!

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  • Amie Jordan
  • 02-10-2017

Favourite book of series so far

I have listened to this book twice now and I found that the second time round there were a lot of little things that I missed the first time, or that suddenly it clicked and my understanding of bits and pieces became clearer.
The stories are well written enough that despite there being now many, many characters in play you know each of them on a personal level and could reel off a few facts or personality traits of each, making you fully engage and empathise or understand each character.
I do have to say that I am finding the arrogance of Aelin to become quite irritating now and would like to see the author allow her to be more humble or at least attempt to listen to her companions, rather than storming around like a petulant teenager doing what she wants in temper and getting all her own way, and all the much, much older and experienced characters seem to just let it happen as if it's totally okay. I hope it doesnt continue in such a way because it is getting a little unrealistic (if you can call any fantasy story realistic, you know what I mean!)
But otherwise, I have read Tower of Dawn (not as interesting) and eagerly away the next book to find out what happens next