Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J. Maas 


Synopsis

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 who 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?

Hardcover, 704 pages

Series Throne of Glass #5

Review

My name is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius …and I will not be afraid.”

Welcome back to the world of Sarah J Maas. This is another beautiful chapter in the Throne of Glass series. 

The story starts out with Aelin and her court heading north to Terrasen, but things do not go according to  plan when Aelin is told that the Lords of Terrasen that they don’t recognize her as queen.

I am not a big fan of stories that are told by POV of other characters, however in this case SJM has written it in such a way that it  helps to not only tell the story but add depth and substance to the story.  It also allows us to see how the decisions and plans Aelin make effects everyone around her.

A key thing that happened was that decision effected the overall development of so many crucial plot points happen off- page made the reveal at the end more surprising. 

The character development is fantastic They’ve all grown so much since the first book. It’s so, wonderful. I have no clue how Maas juggles all of these characters so well.   Though a character you will not was missing is Chaol, but honestly think cutting him out of this particular book was a really smart move. Based on what happened in Queen of Shadows, he needs time to grapple with who he is and what he  wants to do. The tone of his POV would have been seriously disconnected from the rest of this story.
There were SO many amazing scenes. And the ending has left a big cliff hanger for the next book. If you have read the previous books then you will love this. If you haven’t read the previous books you have to start



 

 

 

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​Torn (A Wicked Saga #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


What would you do for the one you love?


Synopsis 

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same. 

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her. 

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him? 

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself. 

Review

Let me start by saying  i love Jennifer L. Armentrout . Whenever i read one of her books i always feel like im going home to catch up with friends. So it is always exciting to read one of her books.

Torn takes off directly after Wicked. It is written  in  such a way, that it is  more like reading the next chapter of that book. As a posed to starting a new book.

 Ivy is struggling  to deal with the discovery that she’s not human, she’s a Halfling – half faerie, half human. And that she’s part of an evil prince’s plan to create an “apocalypse baby” to open the gates to the Faery world permanently.  

While Ivy is struggling to deal with the secret that she is  the one Ren has been sent to kill. The fairy’s have gone MIA. All except  the fairy prince who is determined to get Ivy. 

 This time we get to learn a little more about Tink. Tink is impossible not to love. It makes me  wish i had him at home (ok perhaps without the shoping)

Ren is a lovely character and so completely in love with Ivy. They are both willing to sacrifice  their lives for the one  they love, and when the truth comes out Ren will need to decide where he stands and what he is willing to do.

We also get a introduction to the Prince of the faeries, and his plan to get Ivy pregnant with his child that will permanently open the gates back to his world.  

Overall, this story was a great addition to this series, and I can’t wait for the final book in this trilogy to find out what happens to these characters.