“There was a thing waiting in the shadows.”
I love this first line of the book, but there is something amiss; there is not just a thing waiting, but several things. Truly though, just like the rest of this book, this line is captivating and thrilling, full of suspense and action. And, just like the rest of the book, you never really know what’s going to happen next, no matter how predictable a character may seem. Today is the last of my Throne of Glass novel reviews, but you know the saying: “Save the best for last.”
*Spoilers for previous Throne of Glass novels* Everyone Celaena loves has been taken for her, but she’s returned to Adarlan with a vengeance. She has embraced her true identity as Queen of Terrasen, Aelin Galathynius, but she must fight to reclaim her throne. She will fight for her family, her friends, and her people, but most of all, the demons of her past. The fourth book in the Throne of Glass series continues Celaena’s journey in a seemingly world-shattering conclusion to the first of many more battles to come.
First things first: a miracle occured. This is the first time in all of Sarah J. Maas’s books (yes, I’ve read all of them) where my ship has shifted. I repeat, Rowaelin was still intact. What? Mind blown! Besides the romance, there were also many wonderful bromances that blossomed, and I really loved seeing those. Also, I loved the ending to this book. There were so many things that wrapped up relative nicely, so no evil cliffhangers. However, there were enough loose ends that ensure that Empire of Storms is still going to be as action-packed and thrilling as its predecessors. Take note, authors worldwide: this is how you end a book! (I’m looking at you, Rick Riordan, Cassandra Clare, and Kiera Cass among others.) I just can’t find anything wrong with this book besides some of the deaths. (Not spoiling who though.) The pace, world-building, and characterization were as complex and awe-inspiring as ever. Even one of the villains who felt super flat and just plain evil with no real reasoning got some shading.
I already loved Throne of Glass before, but this book has sealed the deal: Throne of Glass series is now in my all-time favorite series list.