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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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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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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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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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Reread

I read this book when it first came out, and wanted something nice to listen to when cooking/cleaning the house during this quarantine. I was not disappointed, the narration of this is great and the story is just as great as I remembered!

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So Many Emotions 5/5 Stars!

In this breathtaking fifth instalment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart. Characters Aelin and Rowan I honestly had all the feelings with the sexual tension between Rowan and Aelin and I continued to wait for that grand sex scene. Finally it happened! All this time they had been patiently waiting to be alone without having to worry about making too much noise. At the end of the book when Rowan screams “WHERE IS MY WIFE?!?!” Wow thats crazy! I did not expect that in this installment of the series. I think Maas created a great romance between the two characters and the dynamic between them is awesome. Rowan and Aelin have great chemistry. Manon and Her Grandmother When Manon chooses to kill that witch to save Doriann she came back to her clan to a giant Trial. All these witches are chanting “BLOOD MUST HAVE BLOOD” and to punish Manon they decide to give her the job of killing her second in command. But to have her do it to her own clan member is so painful its torture! But then Manon makes a split decision to turn the sword on her grandmother! Whaaat! Plot twist Maas you sly dog! First of all, it has been heavily hinted throughout the series that Manon has been physically and emotionally abused by her grandmother and that her tough, obedient demeanor was a protection from that abuse - becoming what her grandmother wanted her to be kept her safe. So for her to attempt to kill her grandmother is a huge deal. Moreover, when Manon gets to hurt her grandmother enough to seriously injure her, she is so shocked by her actions that she feels physically sick - which is how her grandmother manages to hurt Manon as well. Also, riled by Manon's disobedience, the Matron reveals some very shocking secrets about Manon's true origins which proves that Manon was, in fact, made into a cold-blooded killer, and not born one. During this scene Manon buys the Thirteen time to flee and shortly Joins their escape. But the thirteen split and get separated from each other with Manon wounded from the fight. At that moment I was really thinking Manon's sacrifice was legendary. Manon and Dorian I first saw a instant connection between these two characters in the last book but in this book I really enjoyed reading those incessant flirting and their relationship which seems to be turning into something more than just casual sex. I found that when they finally hit the sheets I was kinda thrown off with how they just returned to their snarky back and forth talk and Manons bad attitude after it had finished. What was that about? Does anyone else feel that Dorian was a bit to cocky while around Manon as a character in this book? I look forward to Manon and Dorian fighting alongside each other in the next installment! Lorcan and Elide At the beginning of the book I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole Enemies to lovers trope but as the book progressed you really got a chance to see how they connected as two people. I loved watching Elide put Larcan in his place with his stubborn ass attitude but I loved watching Larcan put himself in her plans more. It shows that his heart is melting and this warrior cares. The one thing I hated about Larcan in this book was how Larcan kept what he knew about Celeana/Aelin a secret from Elide. It was like a total betrayal on his part. One thing I was very upset over during the ending of this book is how Mauve orders Larcan to hold Elide while Mauve tortures Aelin on the island. I like how Larcan whispered in Elides ear to run and find a way around the blood oath he swore to Maeve. Although Larcan can’t refuse Maeve's orders he was trying to spare Elides life if it came down to it. Aedion and Lysandra let's not forget the slowly blooming romance between Aedion and Lysandra, which gave me all the feels. Same way as Aelin and Rowan did. The battle at pirate and skull bay was epic. When Lysandra shifted into a sea dragon to fight off those laverns I was on the edge of my seat. I was so afraid she wasn’t going to make it.I under estimated her so hard. I understood that she couldnt shift again because she was so large but just when she thought it was over and the laverns were dead Lysandra hears Aelin screaming for Lysandra to swim and just like that three more grown laverns are swimming after her. She fought so hard and lived through that. On the beach when Aedion tells Lysandra that he’s going to marry her I thought DAAAAAAAAMMMMMN! That was cute! Battle Scenes the combat scenes. There are many in this book. Seriously, a good deal of this book is fighting be it with magic or not. But the combat scenes contribute to the overall progression of the plot and character development, so it's not just pointless bloodshed. In addition to the combat scenes, there is the overall suspense. I definitely need to mention the battle scenes. Man, does SJ Maas know how to write epic battle scenes! Overall I give this book a 5/5 stars! Wow its like Sarah’s writing gets better and better as the series progresses AND the books increase in size. I can’t wait to see what the next book holds in store for this court of Aelin’s. I’m really hoping for some epic battle scenes and for Mauve to die somehow! I really despise her with a passion. I have such a book hangover now thanks Mass :D

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Best book yet.

so far i have to say this is my favourite book so far, so many things to keep you interested in. Working on the 2nd last book now.

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Best Book of the Whole Series

This is such a great book. Full of so many twists, turns, and unexpected moments.

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A few inconsistencies

I enjoy this reader but her accents are inconsistent which can be distracting some times

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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