You all probably already know about EoS, but if you want to read something a little emotional and bittersweet, I’d read this 🙂
I honestly had very low expectations for Empire of Storms, and I was ready to be once and for all let down by this series. I had basically given up; I only had a ounce of hope that this series would still remain as one of my favorites. I am so happy I didn’t give up, and for those of you who were let down by the last books: don’t give up. Seriously. This is such a big improvement, especially compared to Queen of Shadows.
Right now, rather than give you my thoughts on this book specifically, I’m going to talk about my emotions for this whole series.
I read Throne of Glass initially over two years ago, before I had even started 8th grade. It was my first high fantasy book, and it was back when there was some hype for ToG across bookstagram, but not too much. Definitely not as much as now. It was mostly just well known for being really good, but the fanbase was not as big as it is now. I thought it was really good, but not super amazing, and I probably would have enjoyed it even more had I read it later on. (I was young and confused, and I didn’t have much experience with YA, either.) A year later, once ToG started becoming more popular, I decided to read The Assassin’s Blade, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire back to back, before Queen of Shadows came out.
Unfortunately, I was a little let down again because a) I had been spoiled, and b) I expected much more. But still, Heir of Fire became one of my favorite books, and I still love it but I don’t love it as much as I thought I did. Then Queen of Shadows came out September of 2015, and I read it. I thought I enjoyed it, and I did…but ultimately, as time passed…I realized it really wasn’t as good as I thought it was. I had a huge problem with the characters (Aelin and Rowan) and from September 2015 to September 2016 I kind of dreaded the release of this book, EoS.
I became annoyed with the fandom, and I hated Rowan with a passion. On top of all that, with the drama about Sarah not including diversity, I was, in some way, dreading reading EoS. My bar was set really low and I was ready to be disappointed once again.
About 200 pages into the book, I was let down. I was kind of bored, and I forgot a lot of the characters. Also, I read 200 pages in two weeks because I did not have the time. That is, until I sucked it up and decided I would try to finish it within a week, and I am so happy I did. Once I got into the story, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop reading or obsessing about the characters. And I know, oh dear God do I know, how many problems this series has. Because it does.
The characters are kind of messed up, the lack of diversity is very much real, and so many other things. But you know what? I realized, I don’t really give a shit anymore.
I mean, I do, but for my enjoyment? This series is freaking awesome. It has almost everything I look for. Plot twists, romance, strong characters. So I’m overlooking the bad parts and just taking it as or what it is: a book with flaws written by a flawed human being. We often forget that authors are human too. And I think it is very important to realize that in the end, these things are flawed. Nothing is perfect. Yea, it could be better. At this point, though? This was effing amazing. And realizing that–that I can still love something AND accept it has flaws–made me enjoy it even more.
Which now connects to how I am so emotionally attached to this series. I grew up with Percy Jackson in my childhood, and now I’m transitioning to a more mature person with this series. I read Throne of Glass when I was a pre-teen. When this series ends next year, I’m going to be a junior in high school. Three years of obsessing, critiquing, loving, hating, this series. It may not be as long as everyone, but three years is a long time. And realizing that this series is flawed, like me, makes me so emotional. Because I became more mature with these characters. I did new things, I was put in places–luckily not Endovier–that weren’t so great for me. And the fact that it is ending next year makes me really sad. And if I ever do meet Sarah, I will tell her this. I will tell her that her series made a big impact on me not just because everything was perfect–but because it was not. Because somehow, I got more attached to it because I hated some parts and loved others.
And that, my friends, is why I love this book even more. Of course I love the romance, and I even hate Rowan a little less. Of course I love the plot twists and the beautiful writing and Manorian and the heartbreaks and everything. But what I love the most is it’s flaws, and how I can still love it DESPITE the flaws.
Now that my emotional little session is over, I want to talk about this book itself. (This part is going to be short because I’m trying to condense everything) Okay so first off: Manorian is my life. I love them so much and even though I did think their romance developed really quickly it was in a good way. THEY’RE SO HOT I CAN’T. Second: plot twists. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Third: all the characters. Heck, I even don’t hate Rowan now. I realized that he’s better now and the last few heartbreaking chapters really affected that. I also love the new characters’ relationships, like Elide and Lochan which broke my heart. I love the Thirteen, especially Asterin, and I actually loved Gavriel and Fenrhys. Lysandra and Aedion also broke my heart at the end…
Basically, I love all the characters and how of course Aelin managed to deceive everyone though of course the end KILLED me. It made me respect Aelin so much more because I had been annoyed with her and now she redeemed herself to me again. Right now I am an emotional ball but if you guys have read this book then you probably know what I mean. Anyways, yea. I think that’s all I want to say right now. Summary? I loved it.
Did you guys read all this? How did you guys like Empire of Storms? Are you as emotionally attached as I am? Let me know!
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