Sunday, October 23, 2016

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

Product DetailsAnyone who reads this blog knows that I am a big Sarah J Maas fan!  In fact, her book A Court of Mist and Fury was the second favorite book that I have read this year.         ( Second only to Morning Star by Pierce Brown, which is saying something). 

I have been following the story of Celaena Sardothien  since Throne of Glass came out.   I love that our heroine is strong, determined, smart and independent.   I have been waiting for this book for over a year, so I was pretty excited when it was released. ( Automatic download onto my Kindle!) 

The battle scenes are awesome and the twists and turns  in the plot - enjoyable.  My favorite characters remain Manon Blackbeack and her beloved wyvern, Abraxsos.   All that said, here are my thoughts on this book.  Stop reading now if you do not want spoilers.

Ok, the thing that I love about Throne of Glass series  and a Court of Thorns and Roses series is that they are both original.  Different.   That is, up to this point.....

I don't know if it happened because the series are being written somewhat simultaneously but I feel like I just read a Court of Mist and Fury again just with different characters.   It cheapened both stories for me and that just makes me angry.   Let's see:  there is a soul mate type of bond between the two main characters, there is an aspect of immortality with at least one of them,  there is a villain who is attempting to break the bond between them, there is a secret marriage that occurs and there is a twist at the end that leaves our brave heroine in the hands of the enemy while her love is left to save her.   Ugh.

Please, Ms. Maas..... keep the stories separate.  Throne of Glass was so unique up to this point, it was disappointing to feel it devolve in this way.   So much so that if I have to pick just one of the series to read ( because they are so similar in plot) I will read  A Court of Thorns and Roses and call it good.   Really sad and disappointed.

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