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Empire of Storms

Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Kingdoms collide in Sarah J. Maas' epic fifth installment in the New York Times best-selling Throne of Glass series.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

©2016 Sarah J. Maas (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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hard time not crying

I listened to this at work when I listened to this and man did I ever have a hard time not crying or at least doing it silently.

These books are so well written and damn of these characters aren't amazing.

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Excellent, just excellent!

One of the best series I have ever read. I am happy it is the aame Narrator for all the books! She does an excellent job, almost as if she is the voice of Aelin Ashryver Galathynius. I absolutely love ALL OF IT!

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  • Jim
  • 2018-10-04

Excellent

Although I still love the early books and Aelin's Assassin adventures this one may be my favourite book in the series so far. A thrill ride from start to finish as the merry band make there way across the continents all leading up to that dramatic finish! Excellent

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iconic

i think this is one of the best new adult books i’ve ever read sarah j maas has written one of my favorite books of all time. #Audible1

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Loved it!

This book was well written and and kept me hooked from the start until the end. The narrator was great and gave the various characters just the right amounts of difference in their voices and tones. I can't wait until the next one in the series comes out, I will definitely be getting that audiobook too. #Audible1

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Best one yet

Quickly becoming my favourite author. Keeps you guessing what is going to happen next. Can’t wait for the next book in the series. #Audible1

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Best book of the series since the first one.

This might be the best book of the series since the first one. Definitely recommend

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LOVED IT!!

This is the best in the series so far! Love the action and adventure, and how the characters grow. I love that everything Aelin does is intentional, and that it ties in from previous books!

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LOVE

Such a well written series with complex characters and a story line that continues on through all the books. Every book in this series was captivating. Wish there were more to read!! Buy it - you won't regret it if you love adventure and fantasy!

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brilliant best one yet

This book is the best one yet an amazing Addition to an already phenomenal series

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  • Claudia H
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • 2016-09-13

Emotional, Stressful and Wonderful

I've noticed trends in a lot of the YA scifi books that I've read, particularly those with a strong female lead, and this series follows all of them. It has the usual love stories, and the usual rise from the lower class, and a strong female protagonist - which to be clear, I always enjoy, AND, this book still managed to give you a plot line to love, even though you've kind of heard it all before. This particular book shows how much Aelin Galathynius has grown and how strong she truly is.

This book was extremely sexual, more so than any of the books prior, and I would not recommend it for the 11-13 age group. There were many sex scenes and sexual conversation and situations, so I think parents should use their own judgement.

I'm thrilled with this book, I wish I waited until the next book in the series was also released, because this is a doozy.

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  • Jonathan Plaizier
  • 2016-09-23

Not my flavor.

Most of this series is brilliant, the vibrant world, interesting characters, and struggle for hope are parts that have kept me enjoying this series. This book however added some things that I really didn't like, and think detracted from the overall story. I believe there are times and places where sex scenes can be appropriate but many of the scenes depicted in the book felt like cheap smut, placed there as fan service to keep people interested in the books. it could have been more enjoyable if left to the imagination and not depicted in such a graphic and vivid way. The only other main issue I had was a 30 minute torture scene. It was placed to cause tension and build anticipation, but lasted far too long. The way it was handled caused me to loose all interest in the book or the outcome of the series.

The series as a whole is a good one, and one that have enjoyed. I would, however, not recommend this particular book to others. It just isn't my flavor.

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  • Deborah Andersen
  • Texas
  • 2016-10-01

surprisingly tight plot for young adult

this author constantly surprises me with well woven intricate and tightly-held plot lines with threads that are often planted from 1 to 3 or even 4 books ago coming full circle and being neatly tucked away in a very pleasing manner. it never fails that when I begin to think these are run-of-the-mill young adult books she has a clever surprise that impresses me . these plot twists really make the series pop.

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  • Sophie
  • 2016-09-07

Not the last book

Another great read, fast paced, I think they only sleep for about 2 hours in this one. Good tension, more questions answered, and leaves us on a cliffhanger !!

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  • Chris
  • 2016-09-22

almost perfect

I really wanted to give this 5 stars but couldn't due to the graphic sex.

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  • chamillion20
  • 2016-09-15

Good for adult audiences

I loved the story but cringed through all of the detailed sex scenes and explosion of explitives. Aelin's toes curl a lot, and everybody is "incarnate". (I dont know if that name is spelled right. Im more of an audio listener.) I hope Sarah tones down the adult content in her next books, or I wont be buying any more copies in the throne of glass series for my kids to stumble over.

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  • Book Lover
  • 2016-09-08

I truly enjoyed Empire of Storms

Empire of storm is great story and I look forward to the next release. I have to say Aelin is just so lovable and she has won my heart. She is beautiful, smart , so giving. She is willing to scare her life so others may live. She is amazing.

I highly recommend this book. This book is full of adventure. Aelin may sound so full of herself; but she is full of love for the people and causes that she loves.

Rowan, Doran, Manon, Aedion and Lorcan are also great characters. I like the way we were able to her different characters POV.

I don't think this book is appropriate for kids as young as 11-13. I do think that there are parts of the book which are not appropriate for kids which are that young.

An applause to Sarah Mass and Elizabeth Evans. Good job.

I can see this series book becoming a tv show or movie.

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  • Jessie
  • 2016-10-11

Parts were Unnecessary

I appreciate how the author finally brought all the characters together and explained mysteries from her series. However I do not understand why she chose to be so sexually explicit with all of her characters. It didn't even seem to fit in certain places. She went from one overly lusty scene to the next, almost as if she got stuck and couldn't think of how to progress she story so she had all of her characters be fully and uncontrollably horny. It didn't make sense in context and seemed cheap and trashy. Besides her brief attempt at being an erotica writer, I liked this book.

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  • Mark Faine
  • HUNTSVILLE, AL, US
  • 2016-09-23

Good story, okay performance, some trashy romance

Without getting into any spoilers there are parts of the book that don't make sense. Elena is sometimes super powerful and other times she's as weak as a kitten. This seems to follow very conveniently with the plot points. However, that's not my biggest complaint with the book. That would be the lady boener producing content that is absolutely grating and must be skipped. Please leave this to the reader's imagination. If I wanted to read a trashy romance novel, then I would, though I never would, and that's the point. It takes a what is a otherwise a fairly good fantasy story and debases it. It is beneath the author to resort to this. This was also a problem in previous books but it was dialed up to 11 in this book, relative to the rest of the series.

It's also very hard to like Elena. I mean I think Rowan's assessment of her is pretty much spot on. The protagonist certainly shouldn't be perfect, of course they should be flawed as every good hero is, but I think the author takes it too far with Elena.

The narrator is good, though she mispronounces a few words. That's par for the course though, almost every narrator seems to do this.

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  • Rebecca F
  • 2016-09-29

Loved it but not for kids

The series continues to be exciting, but there are a few sex scenes so parents be aware. also there is more swearing.

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