Return of the King and these people are f-ed horny ASF, those two thoughts were in my head a lot!
Spoilers if you haven’t read any of the previous books, so do yourself a favor and STOP before you end up hating yourself for it. You be warned!
Characters, characters, characters or look more characters. You have your main ones and your traveling with then than you turn and you’re introduced to more characters. From the last book it did seem a bit overwhelming and though it still is a little bit, you’re intrigued. You are locked it and ready to see where this particular character fits in the current situation.
A LOT WENT DOWN! No spoilers for the books but again spoilers if you haven’t read the previous ones. Now, the last one I mentioned that it reminded me a bit of Lord of the Rings. At the time I was marathoning the shit of out of the movies, because you have a least a few times a year. So I don’t know if that was already in my head and it somehow morphed into my brain and it linked into the story. Since it happened again, three different occasions to be exact, I have to admit that that’s what goes through my head while reading Empire of Storms. And it’s pretty epic!
First LOTR feel is every other character is separated or have yet to meet. Goal is to have these characters in one place.
Aelin, Rowan, Aedion and Lysandra are trying to gather as many allies to help fight Erawan in one corner. Elide is now free and searching for Aelin and Celaena, still not knowing their the same person, but encounters Lorcan who also has a grudge against the very same woman. In the other corner, Manon has made it her mission to fool Vernon and Duke that she and her coven are obedient servants until finds out the truth of their plans but things change when she meets Dorian.
With so many characters, you get so many backgrounds, interactions, etc. but the main objective is to find the three wyrdkeys to end all evil. LOTR feel #2! Although, each of them have a history with each of them, their main focus is destroying Erawan. Just like Frodo and Sam, different I know but bare with me, Aelin and Rowan coincide. The weaker Frodo gets the stronger Sam has to be, and same goes for Aelin and Rowan and vise versa.
Aelin, from a very young age, has learned to push people away for fear of not just betrayal but losing them. Through five books she has struggled with allowing her friends to help her carry the burden that has bestowed on her and to this point you start to see her as selfish, until you learn why. With so much death, loss, she chooses to carry it all, alone, so that they very people she loves wouldn’t have to, and see definitely respect for much more for it.
It’s not about titles, and what belongs to who anymore, because if Erawan succeeds darkness will rain and nothing will matter anyway. So War is set and their ready to kill anyone who is on their other side, which brings us to LOTR #3. There were so many moments that I swear I thought they were going to die. The despair while reading was so intense and then BAM someone, or something comes from out of no where and saves their asses! MULTIPLE TIMES! My poor heart! But the scene the had Lord of the Rings screaming at me was almost to the end, at sea, where I could hear Howard Shore score playing. Outnumbered, weakened, they see their end when something you were hoping would happen comes to the rescue. But again Sarah J. Maas plays you because that’s not the objective.
The feeling I felt when I finished was when Frodo has the ring and doesn’t destroy it in the fire and puts it down. The NO moment, but picture that if it ended there, and that’s what ran through me. Someone give me a glass of wine, leave the bottle!
Whatever their breathing in the air, eating, or drinking must have some serious aphrodisiac side effects! War, death, but we got 5 minutes so clothes off! I’m all more some smutty scenes, and they sure were a few, and if they didn’t bang they sure as hell made it known that that was playing in their heads. Multiple pairings and at this point, I’m invested, locked it and want them to bang each other, fight and get along and repeat.
Empire of Storms is by far the best in the series, still need two more, but it’s holding the title. I was entertained from beginning to end. I’ve grown to not just like the characters but care about them. Seeing them, at least most of them, in one setting was something I didn’t know I needed and loved every second of it. The character development is done so well, considering you’re jumping from one place to the next. I loved it, couldn’t get enough, and so so glad that this series was worth sticking too!