The 5th installment of the Throne of Glass series definitely did not disappoint. I have been going through my re-listen of the series in preparation of Kingdom of Ash and this will be my second time listening to Empire of Storms. I've enjoyed this book more this time, mainly because I wasn't constantly wondering when I was going to read Chaol's POV. I knew that I would get a chance to read about what's going on with him and Nesryn in Tower of Dawn. That being said, I. Loved. This. Book. It was seriously an emotional roller coaster and I enjoyed every minute of it.
For the first 3 books, my favorite character was Aelin, of course. But once we met Manon and her 13, my loyalties shifted. And my love for these witches only grew in this book. The way Maas has developed Manon's character is amazing.
One of my favorite things about this book was how everyone came together, and how Maas intertwines their story. It's always a nice surprise when we get to see past characters re-introduced back into these books. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every POV and was left wanting more.
Rowan Whitethorn ~ What do I say about Rowan. Well, this is the first time since rereading this series at least 3-4 times, that I actually liked Rowan. In my heart of hearts, I've always hoped for Aelin and Chaol to get back together. Now that I know that ship has sailed and will never come back, I can now see who Rowan really is. For the longest time, I pictured him as Lurch from The Adams Family. But now I see him as the fae prince he is, and I absolutely love how much he loves Aelin. He isn't my favorite character in this series, but I'm glad that Aelin has him.
Aedion Ashryver ~ I liked Aedion from the first time we met him. He is seriously a very likable character. Aedion is an amazing cousin and I love his love for Aelin. He would do anything for his queen. I'm so glad he is part of Aelin's court. I feel like the love interest with him was predictable but in a good way. I'm so glad that he finally gets to meet his father and really hope that things turn out right with them. I can't wait to see how everything turns out with him in Kingdom of Ash!!
Manon Blackbeak ~ Manon is my absolute favorite character of the series. She is such a great character. I also love Abraxos as much as I do her. He reminds me of Toothless from "How to Train your Dragon". Manon has changed so much since we first met her, and definitely for the better. Even though she isn't with her 13 right now, and has no idea where they are, she doesn't stop thinking about them. Learning who she truly is, that was insane! I can't wait to learn more in the last book!
Lysandra ~ I disliked Lysandra in the first few books, but I'm pretty sure that was how everyone felt. I'm so glad we got to know more of her back story and who she truly is in Queen of Shadows. I'm so glad that she is a part of the court now and would do anything to serve her queen. I am insanely excited to see what happens with her in Kingdom of Ash!
Elide Lochan ~ I liked Elide from the moment we met her in the last book. She comes off as this frail girl when she isn't that at all. She is strong and will do anything for her queen. I love her tenaciousness. Her journey to Aelin was a crazy one! I also love that she is also claimed by the Iron Teeth.
Lorcan ~ I never liked Lorcan. Maas did an amazing job with his character development in this book. He definitely isn't my favorite, by any means, but I did end up enjoying his POV and am curious to see what happens to him in the last installment.
Dorian ~ So much has happened to him in the last book. I'm so happy where he is now. I don't want to give any spoilers, but it's so hard to say anything about Dorian without doing that. Dorian has a lot he has to do in the next book, but I'm glad it's him. He will be an amazing king like everyone says he will be. Just not sure when that will happen.
I really and truly loved this book! I laughed a lot and cried just as much. I've come to really love all these wonderful characters. I will say that I definitely recommend the Audiobook. Elizabeth Evans does an amazing job at narrating each and every character. She brings the book to life in a way that I could never do.