Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. MaasQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on September 1st 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 648
Format: Hardcover
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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.

What I thoughtQueen of Shadows what have you done to me?! I once again waited reading this… I’d preordered it (duh) and when it arrived I read the first chapter, which broke my heart, and didn’t pick it up until 3 months later. I know, stupid silly me. Because this book was brilliant! It was perfect. I didn’t think I could love the characters even more, but I DO. MUST HAVE THE NEXT BOOK, NOW!

Wrapping my head around certain plot changes

I’ll jump right in, there are a LOT of things happening in Queen of Shadows and I’m going to keep it vague because I don’t want to spoil anything for you. What I do think is quite obvious is that things are changing, in a big way. I had to wrap my head around this, ships were changing, but in the end I think I can say that I am on board where things are going. Obviously I can’t say too much, but what I can say is that there are (as in Heir of Fire) multiple pov’s in this book. And these characters start playing a bigger role and their paths start crossing. Take Manon’s story for example, she confused me at first (especially in HoF) but she’s become one of my favorite characters. She has SO MUCH depth, and I think it’s so interesting what is happening in Queen of Shadows and I love where it inevitably is going.

Celaena, Aelin, continues developing

Okay, Aelin was a bit cold and too harsh in the beginning. I only started understanding this after we learned what happened ‘in between’ Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows. Some things happen that cause her to act this way, but this is only touched upon a few times. Don’t get me wrong, I still admire her, she’s still every bit as badass, clever, and strong as she is in the previous books, but I felt like she should’ve fought for her friends as they have fought for her. She gave up on them and was a bit too harsh towards them at time. So BOY AM I GLAD she started to mellow a bit and changed her attitude. Her heart to heart with Chaol was a key part of the book. So important to come to terms where the plot was going as well.

Sarah J. Maas, the Queen of Writing

Sarah J. Maas put Queen of Shadows together so masterfully. As always, her writing is absolutely gorgeous, a joy to read, but she also put the story together so freaking amazingly. Slowly revealing details, peeling back layer by layer. Plot twists were killing, heartbreaking, and so freaking exciting. I am obsessed with this world, its characters, and THE WHOLE STORY.

Final verdict IRISJEXX!

LOTS of things are changing in Queen of Shadows. Ships are shifting, characters are developing, and while I had to wrap around my head around these changes, Queen of Shadows was everything I hoped it would be and more. Heart-wrenching and another wild ride from beginning to end. It made me laugh, it made me cry. Great character development, complex relationships, AWESOME plot, and BEAUTIFUL writing. Any chance I can read the next book early?

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4 Comments

  1. 19/01/2016 / 20:43

    I agree with all that you’ve said. Although, I’ve come to not 100 % hate the new ships, I’m still not really on board with them – I miss my old ships! :'(

    I think Maas’ writing escalated to a whole new level with this book, it was just so clever. I loved it, but I still can’t get over the fact that my ship sank. I will never forgive Maas for that, lol.

    • Iris
      Author
      28/01/2016 / 23:57

      I missed them at first as well, but that being said, with everything that has happened, they really don’t fit together anymore. Too much has happened for them to ever work out, so in the end I do understand the turn the story has taken (and I can get on board with it). My heart hurt in the beginning, but I have to be honest, I love Rowan (he’s my fictional MAJOR crush I think haha).

  2. 28/01/2016 / 18:59

    I can’t believe I still haven’t read this one! I love this series but I’ve been scared to wait a whole year for the next book!
    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I can’t wait to read it!

    • Iris
      Author
      28/01/2016 / 23:55

      THAT’S THE REASON WHY IT TOOK ME SO LONG! Well, that and the fact that the first chapter scared me haha. You should though, I always end up wishing I read the book sooner rather than later, some books (in this case series) are just wait the long and excruciating wait.

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