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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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loved

honestly say that I love this book.

only aspect that I hate is how ridiculous the sex scenes are.. seriously, I don't need to know each aspect of each thrust.. way to much attention to detail in the sex scenes..

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not my favorite of the series

some of the characters were too whiny and hot tempered for me at times!! I had a harder time wanting to keep up with the book.

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I'm invested

now that I've made it through this one I'm another book closer to finishing the series

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Bold and Brave!

I loved every epic word of this story! I am ready for the heart break of the next book in the series!

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Epic Shattering

This book left me shattered. so many revelations! The very complex storylines, archs and timelines woven together, will leave you aching by the end! Some of them you might expect, but even so...your heart will break, and your breath will catch, and you might even pound a fist in empathic rage, and it's all worth. I'm already grieving the fact that I only have 2 books left to listen to. Elizabeth Evans is quite easily my favorite narrator!

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Ahlin can not die!

the court have come too far to lose Selaina or" Ahlin " now. I love this series!

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Amazing book

This book and series creates a mythical journey with twists and turns in the plot lines, relationships and character development that are truly exemplary for the reader... the writer is to be congratulated!!! Thank you!

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Interesting enough but could have been better

This book was OK, at times it was painful to listen to, specially at the beggining, I even considered not reading it and just pretending the book before was the last book, I however moved past that and I can not stress this enough. Manon Blackbeak is an amazing character and her storyline is at times even better than that of the protagonist, I'd definetly read a whole series based on her character. Interesting things happen and characters you loved become annoying and the feeling goes the other way around as well, characters you hated become less hated or even loved. I will however, never understand the reasons behind arobynn, this character is and will ever be a mystery to me. I would have liked a little more information there, I feel like I didn't get closure with his character. The narration was overall good.

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Love this series!

loved the book and the narrator too! a great listen and a perfect way to loose yourself in the rich tapestry of another world for a while

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Love this series.

Full of mystery, comraderie and the neverending story of good vs evil. I love the idea of the myths being uncovered and the unexpected heroes and heroines having to let go of old feuds in order to create a better world. Too bad we feel we have to do battle to fight fire with fire.

Great narration. Keeps my attention and looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Claudia H
  • 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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  • 2016-10-15

Why the graphic Sex scenes?

Loved the story, great plot with great characters.

However, it seemed like the author thought she needed wildly graphic sex scenes (this also in her other book series Court of Mist and Fury) to create intimacy between characters. Totally unnecessary, especially for a young adult novel. Something I would never recommend for the young and impressionable.

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  • Matthew
  • 2017-01-18

somewhat predictable

The narration was solid even though I'm not really a fan of Evans voice, she always does great work.

I find the story predictable and I feel that the writer doesn't really understand cruelty. what she paints as cruel just feels generic to me.

I think the story would have been better served if she would have focused more on the story and catered less to the sex appeal of the audience. not that I mind the fun bits of course but it overshadows the story to me.

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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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  • Xerostomia
  • 2016-10-17

As compared with the others in the series

Something changed in this book,(possible spoiler ahead).
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Couple things bothered me, because they weren't like the first few books a all.
1) So for some reason this book "gods damn" as everyone's emphasis words no matter the situation which was kind of annoying.
2) Everyone is having sex, this book has several very descriptive sex scenes... sure people messed around before and the second book I believe had some . But this book is ridiculous.

Overall I'd probably give it 3 1/2 stars, but since I can't , I'll give it 4, since these are basically my problems. Lol Just seems like a YA book, but this is not. Glad I read it before my daughter .

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Bonnie Clark
  • 2016-10-22

TO SEXUALLY EXPLICIT!

What disappointed you about Empire of Storms?

I enjoyed the story, but certainly DID NOT NEED the SEXUALLY EXPLICIT chapters! Elizabeth Evans did a great job, I enjoyed her narration very much, she was able to bring the characters alive with each voice.

What other book might you compare Empire of Storms to and why?

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Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Evans – was your favorite?

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