I am still struggling with my reading, this will very much be seen in my figures for the month, and I have come up with new ways of procrastinating. This weekend in preparation for us going into lockdown in the UK My and my boyfriend painted the living room. This leads to us to the photo below… the massive pile of books that came off the bookshelf.
Everything is now back on the shelves (it has only taken all Sunday). Anyway, please see the review of Empire of Storms below.
The plots of these books are very character-driven. The way that they all converge, planned by the main character. Each piece is carefully laid out on a chessboard which only the main character can seem to see in her head. Every carefully placed pieced depends on one crucial element, one which the main character knows, and the readers may guess. There is some foreshadowing hidden in previous books if you have the time to go back and check for it. But personally, I will probably just move onto the next book. This one a whole 30 pages shorter.
We really get to know two more characters in this book. Elide and Lorcan. Both of whom bond during this book and you start to understand why they both walk on eggshells around each other.
We also get to see Aelin’s court, the strength that she has built up around her. The fact that despite some of them being born enemies they do their best to work together to fight for some greater purpose. However, in doing so they forge bonds of friendship which cannot be broken. This means they turn from fighting together for a greater purpose to fighting for each other.
Every page reveals something new, something that the reader desperately wants to understand. Each of the plots and subplots has been interwoven spectacularly. The imagery is strong and the exploration of the expansive world Sarah J Maas has created is interwoven into the very fabric of the novel.
It is rare that I get so sucked into a world which feels complete, which coupled with the strength of plot and characters feels like a perfect trifecta.
Hope. Hope is prevalent in this book. Hope for a better future, hope for allies and friends. Elide seems to embody hope. Elide gives hope to all those around her despite everything she has been through she can still hope. I suppose if you know you have hit rock bottom, it cannot get any worse.
I don’t want to give too much away but the ending broke me. I had tears streaming down my cheeks, my other half came in at one point and insisted on hugging me as I was in such a state. I am writing this whilst still emotionally wrung out because of this book. There are still two left to go. These books have been so emotional I just want to get to the end now!!