After reading Empire of Storms, book five in the Throne of Glass series, I feel this intense desire to reread the first four books.
New series, new book…or reread this one? What to do?? I remember the joy when I first discovered the Throne of Glass series. I LOVED Empire of Storms sooooo incredibly much…I may just have to experience this series from the beginning. Again. It’s THAT freakin’ good.
This latest installment has it all.
- Good vs Evil
- Lots of Character Development, Everyone Grows.
- EPIC Battles
- And a Giant CLIFFHANGER that is KILLING ME!
Let’s start with the romance. This might be considered a spoiler. So stop if you’re not up for it.
Aelin and Rowan. OMG. They’re so sweet, so devoted, so in love. And they finally admit it and do something about it. LOOOONNGGG over due sexy times. And, yes…this is more of a YA book, and the sex isn’t graphic, but definitely hot.
Secrets? Hell yes. Who is Manon Blackbeak? What is Elena’s past? Why is Aelin throwing up???
Good vs Evil. The dark oily evilness in this book…just the stuff of nightmares. We have two villains- Erawan and Maeve. Which is worse? Tough call.
I felt like every character either changed during this book, or started Empire of Storms as a new person (or partially immortal being). Aelin is more in control, not as hot headed. She’s plotting, calculating and thinking about the future of the world, not just herself. Rowen, there isn’t a more devoted prince out there. A bit playful, less serious and completely in love and loyal to Aelin. The undeniable power is still there, but he’s…balanced. Dorian. Oh Dorian…not so innocent anymore. And, I’ll leave it at that. 🙂 And, one of my new fave characters in the Throne of Glass series, Lorcan. He starts off full of anger and rage, and through a long journey with Elide, shows moments of…humanity and selflessness. Now…he’s still a tool, makes a HUGE error. But, his heart was in the right place.
The battle scenes…wow. Not all happiness either. Even the wins aren’t exactly full of joy.
And that leads me to….
The end of Empire of Storms. It’s heartbreaking. I haven’t stopped reading a book to catch my breath in a quite a while. This time I did. A few times. It was a combination of the deep love between characters, how much they all changed and grew to become allies, and then the sheer awe of the last battle. All of it just worked into the perfect storm. This is when I wish I could speed up time and get to book six. Now. I may just have to reread the Throne of Glass series again from the beginning. Get my fix that way.
I give Empire of Storms an A+