Book: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Date Published: September 1st, 2015
Date Started: September 1st, 2015
Date Finished: September 13th, 2015
Other Books Reviewed: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, The Assassin’s Blade, A Court of Thorns and Roses
*This book is a sequel, and thus has spoilers. I urge you to go read the books mentioned above or at least check out my reviews of them before continuing on. Otherwise, read on my friends.
The queen has returned.
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.
Alright guys, lets talk Queen of Shadows. Rather, lets flail about Queen of Shadows. These books just keep getting better and better. I keep thinking that the books can’t get any better, and then Sarah J. Maas just blows everything out of the water. Bravo Sarah, Bravo.
I’m sure by this point that the internet is flooding with reviews of Queen of Shadows. This was one of the most highly anticipated books of 2015. Usually I try to borrow these books from the library, but I thought it was about time that I started buying my own copies because I love the books so much. Also, I got to meet Sarah J. Maas and I NEEDED to have a copy for her to sign. Guys, I love her so much. She’s so funny and brilliant. That signing was insane! I’ve never seen so many people at a book signing here in Denver before. So much book love everywhere!
I want to talk about my book reading experience and then we can get to the actual review part, alright? I wanted to finish reading this book before I got to the book signing just so I could avoid any potential spoilers but I didn’t finish. I wasn’t even close. I was so busy the days leading up to the event that I just couldn’t fit in any reading time. And then I left on a road trip and thought, hey this will be a perfect time for me to just sit for hours and read it. Wrong. I ended up with the worst cold that I’m still dealing with today. I was miserable and I couldn’t focus for more than 5 minutes to read. I barely finished the book last night (the 13th for me). I feel like if life didn’t get in the way, I would have finished this in like 3 days. It was that good. The only thing that I struggled with was the fact that I really regret not rereading the entire series before starting Queen of Shadows. There were times where I was lost or had trouble recalling events from the previous novels. I even felt like there was a heavy reliance on the novellas in Queen of Shadows. I recommend reading those before starting Queen of Shadows.
Now on to the review part. The Action. The thing I love about this series is the fact that the action is always happening. Theres never a dull moment in this series. You think that things couldn’t get much worse for Celaena, and then it does. Theres always something lurking in the shadows. You will never be bored with these books. Its the perfect blend of romance and swoon, sword fighting, fae bickering, and plot twists.
The characters. There was a lot of character development in this book. Celaena is reunited with a lot of her old friends like Chaol and Dorian but things aren’t the same as they were in Crown of Midnight. Their group dynamic has changed dramatically. Even Celaena feels really different. She feels more like the royalty that she is rather than the assassin. You can start to see the slow transition into her new role. Chaol had me frustrated at times because he was so stubborn. I shipped Chaol and Celaena and was still hoping for that in this book but things are starting to look a little different, and I’m completely okay with that. These characters have changed so much that I don’t think they could ever go back to that.
The Plot. Now this is the part where I had trouble writing. The plot overall was great. I loved all the plot twists, group dynamics, new friends, etc. I even loved when Celaena and Manon finally meet. Everything finally comes together in this book. I loved this aspect because in Heir of Fire, there were so many points of view building up to this great war with the king. I wanted to see what would finally happen when all the players of the game finally got together. The only issue I had with this book was the ending. It really felt like the end of the series for me. I know that theres still two more books and there are plot lines that were not resolved and new ones were introduced, but it really did feel like the series was ending right there. There was so much that was resolved and the way that the characters were acting was like the worst was over and now they get to live their happy lives. Which is WRONG. People aren’t happy in Throne of Glass. It’ll be interesting to see where the rest of the series goes from here. There are definitely clues to this in the book, but it seems as though things are really going to change. Even more than they already have.
I experienced a lot of feelings while reading this book. Heartbreak, sadness, anger, frustration, you name it. I love each and one of these characters and cannot wait for the 5th book to come out next year. This was a book that I definitely needed to read lately. I needed a book with a strong female lead who isn’t afraid to take on the world. Sometimes I need to be reminded that I can be this person. I am this person. I love that books have that power- to remind you of the things that you are forgetting. The things that are important. If you haven’t gotten around to reading this, what are you waiting for? Go!