I can tell you now, this is probably not going to be a book review but one of my book rants because I just have too many feelings right now after finishing this book. Also: there may be spoilers. You have been warned.
First of all, I have to point out the Maas is a flipping genius. How she makes every book that came before: from the prequel, Assassin’s Blade, to the four books that came before Empire of Storms connects, is beyond me. Every detail is flawless, the execution of those details are … just wow. I knew Aelin had something up her sleeve the whole time but I never would have guessed in a million years exactly what it was. I knew that all the people Aelin has met in the past would come into play later in the series, it was just a matter of when. But wow. Just wow. I had to rack my brain for previous information just to remember all the people that Aelin has helped before.
That might also be one of the only complaints about the book: is that there were SO many details, I felt like I had to keep a really good mental note of all the characters, and all the plans, and all of EVERYTHING just to keep the story straight. Maybe a companion book that explains certain things might clear this up. But it doesn’t hinder too much from the story. You just have to work for it a little bit harder.
I really want more of Dorian, to be honest. I think people underestimate him too much and I think he is much stronger than anyone really thinks. When he let out the warrior cry, gosh my heart soared for him. And Elide, I REALLY want more of her. I need more of her. I think she is also an underestimated character and is a lot more cunning than the other characters believe. I hope that in the next book she gets some incredible power that nobody knew about. I know it’s a stretch, but a girl can dream.
Aelin pissed me off many times in this book. In the end, I understand why she did it, I probably would have done the same. We do crazy things when we protect the people we love and we think we can do it all. But I really hope she learns to trust her court more. I think they are more than capable of it.
I tried my hardest to take my time with this book, and I read it slower than all the other books because I knew that once it was done, I would have to wait another year for the next one. *Sighs…
Side Note: I’m finally accepting Rowan and Aelin. I guess I have to let go any hope of her and Chaol. And I’m okay with that. Which by the way… I NEED CHAOL. Talk about underestimated characters.