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Empire of Storms (ToG) – Book of the Month

You may remember me mentioning an author called Sarah J Maas previously in my Top 5 YA Fantasy series to escape reality post, well she’s got another fantastic series for you to explore: Throne of Glass. I’m currently on Empire of Storms, Book Six of the series and I love it. I’m actually re-reading the series in preparation for the final book release tomorrow, and I honestly can’t wait to finish it.

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Alright, first thing’s first….I have a new mug design out!

Yay! New stuff!

*crowd cheers*

*ladies throwing handkerchiefs*

*children weeping in the street*

I know, I know, calm down Stephanie. Well screw it, I’m excited, I love it this design and it’s been super popular on the enamel mugs. I thought I give a little change up on the design and have it on a ceramic mug. I could do with more mugs in my house, mine are all old and tea stained…gross. You can get your own non-gross, non-tea stained mug in my Etsy shop by heading HERE.

Now back to your usual programming….

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Empire of Storms is Book 6 of the ‘Throne of Glass’ series. Throne of Glass follows the journey of Celaena Sardothien, a teenage assassin in the corrupted kingdom of Adarlan. After a year of being imprisoned in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena is given a chance to compete against other assassins, thieves and disgraced soldiers. This competition is all to become the King’s champion, his personal assassin. As the journey progresses, Celaena forms unexpected bonds with Chaol, the captain of the Guard and Dorian, the crowned Prince; uncovering a conspiracy that could crumble the entire kingdom.

My thoughts of Empire of Storms & Throne of Glass

They say to never judge a book by it’s cover and I’m glad I didn’t with this one. If I’m 100% totally honest, I’m not a lover of the cover art for this series, in actual fact I almost didn’t read it, but being a huge fan ACOTAR, Sarah J Maas’s other YA book series, I had to give it a go. It took a little bit for me to get into because it’s not normally one I’d pick up, generally I steer towards dark fantasy books about faeries and magic, and it isn’t obvious the Throne of Glass series features it. At least not until later in the books, when the storyline envolves to include hidden fractures within the kingdom.

Don’t worry, I won’t ruin it with spoilers! Just keep in mind that if you’re a fan of magic and films/series like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, you will love this series.

As it goes for Empire of Storms, I would recommend reading Assassin’s Blade by SJMaas before this book. I didn’t. I definitely should of though, I don’t think I appreciated the additional characters that came into play. Nor did I appreciate Celaena’s underhand sneaky moves as much as I should of, all because I wasn’t previously aware of the full back stories. You can definately tell with this book that SJMaas is building the plot up to the series finale in the last book: Kingdom of Ash. Connections are being made and back stories being filled in, it’s all building to a rather exciting crescendo. I cant wait!

I really enoyed reading Empire of Storms, although it has the feeling of being mid-story – with no real ending – it’s definitely got me hungry for more. It’s a good job the next book Tower of Dawn is already out. And I’m pretty relieved I pre-ordered the final book Kingdom of Ash (Book 8.)

All in all, if you haven’t read Throne of Glass, I thoroughly recommend it. There’s action, theres brutal killing, theres magic and unrequited love galore! Everything I love to have in my books.

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Don’t forget you can still purchase my Bookish sticker pack, it makes a perfect stocking filler present for book lovers and proving to be popular over in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for Reading!

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