Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – Review

Cover- Queen of Shadows

Rating: 5.0/5.0


Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

I find that after the first three books, most series start to see an inverse relationship between the number of books written and the quality of the story. I am pleased to say that this is not the case for Queen of Shadows, which has defied the downward spiral and instead is even more phenomenal than Heir of Fire. I had very high hopes going into this book, since Heir of Fire ended in such a way that I felt anything could happen and that events could either turn out very good or very bad.

Queen of Shadows started out fast paced and filled with tension and it remained that way until nearly the very end. I was unsure how Aelin’s much anticipated reunion with Chaol would come about or how it would play out, but boy, was I in for a shock! I thought Chaol was a reasonable fellow up until those two reunited and I then I totally wished Aelin would just knock some wisdom into that man. Introduced in the previous book, Manon Blackbeak was fleshed out much more this time around and I thoroughly enjoyed her chapters. She portrays herself as a monster from your darkest nightmares, but she has a side that cares for her people and her wyvern, Abraxos. Some of Manon’s decisions were surprising, but I was super excited about many of them. Sarah J. Maas has truly taken time to develop the most recently added characters so they have greater depth and actually contribute to the storyline. I think many authors fail to develop characters that are added later in a series and they seem meaningless or their roles forced, but Manon, Rowan, Aedion etc. don’t suffer from two-dimensionality.

The entire bookish community has been anticipating Queen of Shadows for months, so to finally have it and be able to read it was a relief. I basically fangirled to a level that bordered on hysteria because I was so hung up on every scene and every tiny detail. The last book I was this excited about was probably Golden Son by Pierce Brown, and I just wanted to cry at the end of that one. Fortunately, the ending of Queen of Shadows DID NOT make me want to cry, so that was good because I was at work and you can’t just burst into tears in your cubicle. People stare and ask what’s wrong, then you have to explain that your emotional breakdown was caused by a work of fiction. I was satisfied with the ending, which was not a cliff hanger for once.

If you need to have a book hangover, you should totally read the Throne of Glass series! The covers are beautiful and the story is swoon worthy and action-packed!


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