Tuesday, September 13, 2016

{Blog Tour + Giveaway} Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

I cannot even express how ridiculously excited I am to a be a part of the Empire of Storms blog tour! I devoured the book and finished it a day after it came out and I half hate myself for reading it too fast. Now I just feel like my life is a void waiting to be filled by TOG6 (the wait is already so painful). And if there's one thing I am definitely sure of, 2017 is going to be one hell of a ride. (ACOTAR3 and TOG6 in the same year? How will we survive?!)

Here's a cool fact: September 13th isn't just the date of my tour post, it's also the 6 month anniversary of Sarah's visit to the Philippines (last March 13th). It's a day that will always hold a special place in my heart and I am so grateful to have been able to meet Sarah when she came over. If you want to read about my experience, click HERE for my even recap (beware: there is a whole lot of fangirling). And another fun fact: the 13th is an incredibly apt date for my post because I'll be talking about Manon and her Thirteen (some of my absolute favourite characters in the Throne of Glass series). But first, some info about the book...

Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication date: September 6th 2016

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Meet Manon and her Thirteen

Art by PhantomRin
Art by PhantomRin

Also known as the Blackbeak heir and Wing Leader, she acts as the head of the Thirteen. Ruthless and cunning, Manon is a fierce leader that continuously leads her Thirteen to glory.

Manon's second and her cousin, she is free- and wild-spirited but has overcome insurmountable hardships. She is incredibly loyal and fearless.

Art by PhantomRin
Art by PhantomRin

Manon's third, she grounds the Thirteen with her calm and collected attitude. Sorrel gives Manon sensible and tactical advice and acts as a balance to Asterin's wildness.

The seductress of the Thirteen, incredibly beguiling, Vesta uses her  beauty and wit to ensnare her prey. She is also one of Manon's fallback sentries.

Art by PhantomRin
The most knowledgable and well-read of the Thirteen.
Raised with humans, Ghislaine is valuable for both
her supreme intelligence and her skills as a warrior.

Art by PhantomRin
Art by PhantomRin

Also known as the Shadows. They are distant cousins of Manon (bearing the same moon-white hair but dyed black because of conspicuous they were), they were borne of the shadows and raised in darkness. They are the spies of the Thirteen.

Art by PhantomRin
Art by PhantomRin

Also known as the green-eyed demon twins, they are some of Manon's fiercest warriors.

The lovers of the group,
they are bound by the centuries of hunting
and flying together.

Never called by her full name "Linnea",
(because if anyone dared to, "that person would wind up
with missing teeth at best, and a missing face at worst"),
Lin is also one of Manon's fallback sentries.

Not much is known about Imogen.
(Most likely one of Manon's fallback sentries.)

"We are the Thirteen, from now until the Darkness claims us."

Be sure to enter this super epic INTERNATIONAL giveaway for a signed copy of Empire of Storms plus some awesome swag!

Follow the Empire of Storms blog tour!

September 7 - Katie @ Polished Page-Turners
September 8 - Steph @ No BS Book Reviews
September 9 - Sarah @ What Sarah Read
September 12 - Kelly @ Belle of the Literati
September 13 - Louisse @ The Soul Sisters (You're here!)
September 14 - Gillian @ Writer of Wrongs
September 15 - Andi @ Andi’s ABCs
September 16 - Gina @ Behind the Pages
September 19 - Jaz @ Fiction in Fiction in Fiction
September 20 - Mel @ The Daily Prophecy
September 21 - Betty @ Book Rock Betty
September 22 - Rachel @ Hello Chelly
September 23 - Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books

About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel, will release on September 6th, 2016.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

You can stalk find her here:

Website || Blog || Twitter || Pinterest || Tumblr || Instagram ||

So many thanks to the fabulous #MaasThirteen ladies for including me in the tour!


  1. I love Manon. She is a very strong willed character and she knows what she wants. I am also shipping her with Dorian.

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  2. Oh boy, what a beautiful artwork and it was great to see her entire crew explained like that. I love Manon and her Thirteen.

  3. I loved Manon ever since she made her appearance in HoF. Her character development is astounding. I mean, for someone, who lived under blind obedience, we get to see her slowly and then eventually accepting her role in this war. That takes a lot of courage which she didn't have previously. She was merely lethal.

  4. Manon appeared to me initially as simply a cunning, cold-blooded and lethal witch. Yet, as I read through more of her stories, I find myself becoming increasingly interested in her as a character and being impressed by how much her character has grown. From training Abraxos to become a strong and powerful wyvern from the weak wyvern he once was, to deeply caring about her Thirteen and even be willing to sacrifice for them, to her involvements with Aelin, Dorian and Elide, I find that she has become more compassionate in a way, and so much more courageous in the face of trouble. I really admire her for being so strong, and for finally realising that she should stop living under the control of her grandmother/clan leaders and being able to decide what is right, and the best for herself and the people around her.

  5. Manon is one of my favorite characters!! I love her and the thirteen :)

  6. I love Manon and her thirteen! I've never come across such a character in a book before :D xx

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  8. Tbh, my favorite is probably Rowan or Abraxos. And Fleetfoot, duh.

  9. Tbh, my favorite is probably Rowan or Abraxos. And Fleetfoot, duh.

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  11. My favorite is probably both Manon and Aelin. Can't choose between them. <3

  12. When Manon was introduced in the series she became my favorite character. There is so much more about her and the Thirteen, they are not just about cunning, obedience and discipline. It's the loyalty that they had for each other that always fascinates me. I always look forward to the chapters that they were in. So much love for them!

  13. Badass Celeana and Sexy Chaol both, I'm about to finish book 1. Can't wait for the rest x

  14. A very good article. Thank you!

  15. I just love this series. It's one of the first I've read in a long time that made me eagerly await the midnight download to my Kindle. I read all night long. I'm dying now that I have to wait a year for the ending to play out. Oh Sarah Maas, how you toy with my emotions!

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