Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas Book Review (more like me disliking the MC but same difference)


This book took me 2 whole weeks to finish. And after days and days of torture and of forcing myself to JUST READ, I finally finished it. Umm, I thought this was the last book in the series, for some reason? So the ending was definitely shocking. And somehow –somehow– I realized, halfway into the book, that hell, I don’t like the main character anymore. Related image
So you know how in the first two books I was super confused about who I’m supposed to ship Celaena with? Well, I didn’t ship her with either Dorian or Chaol. Then Heir of Fire came in and HALLELUJAH, I found my ship –or so I thought. I went from Rowaelin IS MY FRIGGIN OTP to ugh those two are so annoying super fast.
In this book, Aelin was incredibly bossy, downright annoying, and simply the most irritating drama queen ever. Everytime her chapters come up I’d literally shut the book and go to sleep.
So I’m not giving the Queen of Terrasen popsicles. Instead, I’m giving these 3 popsicles to my babies, Manon, the Thirteen, and Elide. Plus my baes, Dorian, Lorcan (don’t judge) and Abraxos, the love of my life.
What happened at the end might have made me dislike Aelin a little less. But even that amount of selflessness can’t make up for all the shit she pulled. Talking down to Manon, Aedion, and even Rowan for God’s sake. Yeah, thanks, but no thanks.


Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas



The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. 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.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.



19 thoughts on “Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas Book Review (more like me disliking the MC but same difference)

    • Nadwa @ painfullyfictional says:

      Totally understandable! I remember your comment on the Unpopular Opinions book tag now and like, although I don’t ship Aelin with Chaol, I can’t say I ship her with Rowan anymore, either. So, I decided not to acknowledge those two characters from now on because it’s just so much easier that way 😂 And like, seriously, this series isn’t merely about Aelin, anymore (if it were, I would’ve certainly DNF’d it) I’m so happy with what’s become of the other characters. Thank you so much, Rendz!!

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  1. windowsillbooksblog says:

    Great review! This book was definitely the hardest one in the series for us to get through as well! To be quite honest, we found ourselves skimming it more so than reading it! It was just so hard to get through as we stopped really caring about Aelin too! We honestly wanted her old Celeana-self back. Abraxos is probably our favorite character at this point haha!

    -Ash & Lo

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  2. thebookcorps says:

    Yaaaasssss Nadwa!!! You finally understand my frustration – I literally went through the same as you: loved Aelin and now downright hate her. I am only reading this series for Manon because her storyline was amazing in EoS. I don’t even care about Rowan and Aelin, but them as a couple didn’t mean as much to me as it did to you 😭 Oh and I really, really, really ship Elide and Lorcan? Like when did that happen? but they’re so cute together!!
    Great review!! 😘

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    • Nadwa @ painfullyfictional says:

      Manon is one of my favorite characters. I’ve always seen her as this totally badass and tough person, but like, in EoS, Aelin sort of messed up the way I see Manon (again, I can’t go two minutes without criticizing her) Aelin was literally walking around in EoS (sort of) patronizing everyone around her and bossing people around. And I was honestly looking forward to a little more resistance from Manon, and honestly -honestly- a good old cat fight between the two 😂 We didn’t really get that… But that’s okay. And hey, I cannot resist the haters-to-lovers trope so you can’t blame me for shipping those two annoying idiots! 😂 It didn’t even last long. And yes, totally!! Elide and Lorcan’s relationship is unbearably swoon-worthy. I ship it! Thank you!! 😘💖

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