Empire of Storms : Throne of Glass

  • by Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Evans
  • Series: Throne of Glass
  • 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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?

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Weird: juvenile yet ...erotic

This is a strange instalment of the continuing Throne of Glass series and a rather disappointing one. The third novel was really exciting, engaging and well-constructed and I was looking forward greatly to this book. The anticipation was better the reality, sadly.

The plot veres rather madly around with no clear goal and, rather than being conclusive, seems like a thin bridging novel to string out what by now must be a successful money-spinner for the writer and her publishers. I'm not going to get too cynical about it but this really didn't deliver.

I was rather bemused by the deterioration in structure, characterisation and character diversity. ALL characters are now suspiciously young and beautiful and pair off into predictably bonk-worthy relationships. And, that's another thing I found a little hard to swallow (no pun intended): the sex-scenes. Okay, fair enough, Aelin and Lorcan have become lovers, as have so many other characters, and are enjoying each other's gorgeousness and youth; their pleasure is described to us in, well, a fair amount of detail - very instructive, thanks. Now, THAT coupled with the violence SHOULD make for a sort of young adult/adult readership, right? Also take into consideration that the first three novels, despite having the vocabulary of a primary school guided reading book, were more sophisticated. Now consider that this novel has more graphic content but isn't as mature, not remotely, and that's what's unsettling. This novel's poor writing, storyline and characterisation make it seem like a young teen book, making the sex-scenes, in my view, poorly judged at best, inappropriate at worst.

To be honest, this book reads like a fan-fiction spin-off rather than a serious continuation of an intriguing fantasy world. (Fifty Shades of Glass?!) Have a listen and see if you agree...
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- K

really good again

Story was fantastic again sex scenes were ridiculous but rest of it was awesome. cant wait for the next one
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- robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios