Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: September 2016
Summary: Aelin and her growing court are endeavoring to build an army to battle the darkness in Morath. In this effort, Aelin is making allies and enemies alike as well as beginning to learn what it really means to be a Queen.
Why I Am Recommending: I have become a big fan of the Throne of Glass series since I first began reading them in 2014. Aelin is such a strong female character, but the book has several other strong female characters, most especially shining in this 5th installment. This book was the longest of the series, but I enjoyed every single page of the 693 page tome. I think the use of multiple perspectives is at its best in this book, which allows for a multi-dimensional story and the ability to leave secrets. The content of this book was the most adult of any in the series, which makes me finally make the assessment that although this follows young adults, it should not be categorized as a YA book series due to the more mature content. There was seriously so much about this book that I loved, but don’t want to give anything away. I will be waiting with bated breath for the 6th and final book of this series to release later this year. I can’t remember being so into a series of this size in a long time…dare I say since Harry Potter. Maas has done a great job creating this world and large cast of characters that has left me enjoying all 2,728 pages of the series and anxiously waiting for more. On a very excited side note, I have read that Hulu is developing a series on their streaming service, which will be called Queen of Shadows!