I recently finished my re-read of Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I read it in tandem with Tower of Dawn. I found a guide that someone created online that provided a chapter guide breakdown of how to read the two books together. I am so happy that I did. I think that reading both together increased my enjoyment of both books.
I was going to make a separate post for each book, but since I read them together, I think it will make more sense to discuss both books in one post. So, this post might be slightly longer as a result.
Title: Empire of Storms
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Length: 689 pages
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Goodreads Rating: 4.53
My Rating: 5/5
Kingdoms will collide.
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.
With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
In this breathtaking fifth installment 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.
Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Length: 660 Pages
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 4.33
My Rating: 5/5
Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.
After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.
In this sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival—or doom them all . . .
I’m not going to lie – I am 100% obsessed with this series right now. When I’m finished, I know I’m going to have such a book hangover. Haha.
The action really picks up in the previous book, Queen of Shadows – but by the time you get to these two installments, things are on a whole other level. I have read Empire of Storms before, and I enjoyed it just as much, if not more, this second time around.
One of my favourite parts of this book are the multiple POVs. Of course, I love Aelin and Rowan and Lysandra, but EoS gives us more Manon, and also gives us more Elide. Elide is one of my favourite characters in the whole series. As a person with cerebral palsy, it is wonderful to have the chance to read about a main character who has a similar condition. Also I love diverse ability representation in books, in general, and think it’s definitely something that we need more of.
Lorcan is another character who shines in this book. Seeing his character development as his relationship with Elide developed was truly great. These two definitely make my OTP list.
Similarly, there are strong characters in Tower of Dawn. I’ve always been a Chaol fan – and I really enjoyed his character development during his healing journey. Yrene was also wonderful and I relate to her a lot. I loved that she and Chaol helped each other and found their way to each other.
Prior to starting the book, I was slightly hesitant. I wasn’t sure if it would feel as if ToD was filler. I thought it would be difficult to step away from “the main story” and follow Chaol and Nesryn. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I became engrossed in their story. The plot of ToD is rich and it was wonderful to travel to other parts of Erilea. I think the ruks were one of my favourite parts. The community of healers was also really neat to read about.
I gave both books 5/5 stars. Also, since both books deal with all of the characters preparing for the final battle. Hence, I would definitely recommend reading them at the same time if you are able too. The books really flow well together as one story, and it gave me the sense that I was getting the complete picture of what was going on. I can’t imagine reading them separately now.
The ending of both books also left me clamoring for more, so I am currently reading the final installment – Kingdom of Ash. I’m happy to finally be reading it, but also I really don’t want this series to end – bookworm problems. Haha.