Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

I honestly don’t even know where to start with this review. I’m still reeling after finishing EoS and now I have to wait a year for the next instalment. I hate myself for reading this so quickly, less than 2 days, and I’m just sitting here like “CURSE YOU SJM”.

Once again Sarah J. Maas proves why she’s a force to be reckoned with in young adult fantasy, though there’s so much sex in this that it’s not exactly YA anymore (this isn’t a spoiler there’s a bloody warning on the back of it, even ACOMAF doesn’t have a warning on the back of it.)

One thing I wanted to talk about was how a week or so ago a bunch of people found some spoilers and were absolutely fizzing about it on twitter and how “omg Chaol isn’t in the book, Sarah hates him, first she makes him disabled now he’s not even in it, she’s trash” etc etc etc. I love how they were saying all that nonsense without even reading the bloody book. Chaol isn’t in the book but that doesn’t mean Celaena doesn’t think about him, it doesn’t mean that Dorian isn’t missing him. He’s mentioned a fair amount and come on, he’s in another country getting healed after all the crap that happened to him in QoS.

So if you’re a regular reader of fantasy fiction you’ll be aware that periods aren’t something that’s spoken about. Women just continue on as if they don’t bleed every month, they can go on very long quests and have no mention of bleeding or pain or anything. THIS HAS PERIODS IN IT. Well, one, but it was and important part of the book, because the character hadn’t had one for a while due to being malnourished she had to go to a town to get supplies for it leading to some action happening.I was honestly so happy when I read this part because it’s just not a thing in fantasy, and it’s as if it’s taboo, despite most people who have a womb have a period.

I really loved getting to see more of Erilea as in previous novels we’ve only really being in Adarlan and Wendlyn. Yeah I know that there’s more in The Assassin’s Blade but I haven’t read them yet, I’m leaving it until I get really antsy waiting for the next one. On top of that everyone is back together for this one, after being all split up for the past 2 books all my faves are in the same place and bonding and I was just so happy and squealed a couple of times.

Aelin is her classic arrogant self but every now and then insecurities show through and you can tell at times that she’s just stumbling through it and getting lucky and it’s really nice to see her letting her guard down and showing that she’s not always powerful and mighty. GOOD CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.

Now there is a lot of sex in this as I said, if sex in books makes you uncomfortable, do not read this. I’ve read a lot of sex in book and in fanfiction so it didn’t bother me but some of the language was a bit dodgy, though nothing compared to that of romance novels. My personal favourite was describing a penis as “velvet-wrapped steel” I could not stop laughing about it.

There’s so many big reveals as per standard in a SJM book, she always keeps you guessing. I often compare her to JKR in terms of everything being planned and foreshadowing things that you didn’t even think of in previous books and they suddenly are so important. I love it, it keeps me on my toes when reading which I both love and hate.

I don’t really know what I’m going to do with myself for the next year, I mean at least the next ACOTAR is out in May but man I don’t know if I can hack waiting. Especially the way this book ends, like I was literally sitting here in shock and nearly started crying, I only stopped myself because my dad was sitting next to me. Speaking of my dad he’s now reading it, which I’m not exactly thrilled about because of all the sex but oh well.

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