[512]: Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Double Day Canada | Hardcover, 432 pp. | April 7th, 2015 | Age of Legends, #2 | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Oh wow. That ending… and the mother of all plot twists! I don’t even know when the next book will be out, but trust me when I say, I’ll be making another offering to the ARC-giving goddess to send a copy my way. There’s no date yet, so I’m guessing Kelley is still writing the third book. Empire of Night is much of the same, only she’s up the ante on this book.

Warning: Spoilers ahead. 

Prisoners of their discontent.

The children of Edgewood are still missing. While the twins are growing more impatient each day, the Emperor doesn’t seem all that in a rush to retrieve what’s left of their village. In the meantime, Moira’s pride is still smarting from the betrayal of who were once a trusted ally. There is no better motivation for revenge than an injured ego. When the Emperor finally sends them on a negotiation mission, things will go from bad to worst.

The tale of a two-faced warrior.

If you haven’t read Sea of Shadows, I should warn you that it ended with one of the boys betraying the twins. As in, he may or may not be involved in the massacre of their people – including, their father. Moira may have put her trust in the wrong place, but I can almost tell that her heart may have been broken because of this. She will not admit, though. She will not admit that she liked the boy a bit too much.

In the past, authors making their readers choose “teams” has been a source of my aggravation. And while I was tempted to do so in this instance, I got over myself. I think I mentioned it on my review of Sea of Shadows, that it’s not that important. Well, by the time I finished this book, it’d become one of the reasons why I can’t wait to read the third book. Not so much as to see who she chooses, but more to see how it will play out. Armstrong is wickedly brilliant…or brilliantly wicked. I had developed a distaste for this character after the first book and during the second. But, by the end of the second, I’m finally seeing his end game.

Upping the ante.

I often struggle with the middle book in a trilogy. While the plot tries its damnest to convince me of its importance and relevance to the series as a whole, it more often fails.  It was not the case in this book, however. Armstrong used conflicts after conflicts to move the plot along. And much like the first book, there will be no down time here, folks. These books have been so much fun. I’m dying to see how it all ends, because that ending was so incredible…torturous, yes. But incredible, nonetheless.

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    This is one series I want to read. It is good that this book didn’t have that second book syndrome!! Great review Joy!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • I skimmed a bit at the mention of spoilers, I’m not familiar with this book but your review does have me intrigue enough to check it out!

    • Thanks, hun. If you’re into fantasy, these books may fit the bill.

  • I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Darkest Powers Trilogy but seeing you love this series does make me want to give it a go! I think I have an ARC of Sea of Shadows somewhere… And I am really glad there was no MBS!

    • This is right up your alley! Read it, Nic!

  • So I wasn’t able to read your full review because I haven’t read book one yet, but I’m glad that this book didn’t suffer second book syndrome and was in fact the opposite! I hope book three works out well for you, and that the book gods bless you with an ARC. 😉

    • Hahah! I hope so, too. I’m anxious to read the 3rd book!

  • I don’t remember too much about a Sea of Shadows but I wasn’t too big of a fan. This makes me want to give it a second chance though, when I have more patience, aha. Glad you liked it!

    • Thanks, Alise. I really didn’t think it would be for me as well since I’m not a fantasy reader, but hey. Wonders never cease!

  • I have yet to read these so I skimmed to avoid those spoilers, but it seems to have made a very strong impression! That is very promissing. I own the first book, I’ll probably be reading it soon.

  • Ahh. Gorgeous review Joy 😀 I am so happy that you loved this book so much! <3 Now you have made me much more excited about finally reading these two books, lol. Though I'm worried that I might not like the romance. Sigh. But I'm crossing my fingers 🙂 Just so happy you liked this book a lot. Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

  • I heard great things about this author, but still haven’t read one of her books. The books sound good. I’m in need of good urban fantasy, so I’ll check them out!

    • Oh if you’re a PNR reader, you really must try her Women of the Otherworld series. I didn’t fare well with them, but you like this genre, don’t you? You might have better luck.

  • I skimmed your review because you mentioned that there were spoilers, but Joy, this review has got me very excited to give this series a shot. It’s good to know that it doesn’t suffer from middle book syndrome! The ending does sound killer. I can’t wait! 🙂
    Lovely review!

    • It’s always a good thing, isn’t it? I shouldn’t have been surprise, considering the author. 🙂

  • Love that cover! I’m so glad this was a great sequel to the first! I had trouble with the first book so I’m really glad this one was better overall.

  • I skimmed a bit because I haven’t started this series yet, but I’m so glad to hear middle book syndrome was not an issue with this one Joy! The tortuous ending makes me a little nervous, but it will be a non-issue if I wait until everything is out and then binge read:)

    • Yes! I hope you’ll enjoy them, Jenny. I really did. Though, I might be a bit biased since I’m a huge fan of this author. Lol.

  • I too have only read a handful of decent middle books in a series, but I’m thrilled to see that you ended up loving this one Joy, I’ve never really know whether Armstrong’s books would be my cup of tea, but you have me curious about this one character in particular. Great review!

    • Thanks, Jas. You know I’m not big on fantasy, so finding one that I thoroughly enjoy is a novelty.

  • Oh yes the middle book struggle. So glad that did not happen here

  • I really enjoyed Sea of Shadows and know just what ending and boy you’re talking about – so I’m very curious now!! I have a library copy coming my way, but almost broke down today and bought it when I knew I’d have my copy soon (I hope!) Wonderful review – has me even more grabby hands, lol 🙂

    • Hahah! Have patience, Kim. You’ll just end up being frustrated because the wait is ridic.