Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Posted on 10/07/2015 in Book Review / 6 Comments

Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. MaasQueen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 648
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The queen has returned.\r\nEveryone 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…\r\nShe has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.\r\nShe 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.\r\nThe fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.\r\n

I spent the summer fangirling over the Throne of Glass series. Seriously, guys, it’s amazing. I couldn’t wait for the fourth book to be released, especially after that crazy ending in Heir of Fire! I’m going to try and keep this one fairly vague, since there have been some major revelations that have taken place in the plot.   It was nice to see Celaena back in her old stomping grounds and ready for some revenge. Prepare yourself for some new faces, unexpected alliances, and a whole lot of action!  Of course, it was bittersweet since I knew that there wasn’t going to be a happy reunion with Dorian and Chaol. But Celaena is ready to fight – for friendship, for family, for what is right.   I really, really liked the addition of the Blackbeak witches in the last book, and they play an even bigger role this time around. I enjoyed seeing Manon discover things about herself and her Thirteen, as she wrestles with choices and feelings that are completely new to her. And Abraxos! I just love that scrappy little wyvern. I can’t help but cheer for this band of formidable, terrifying iron-teeth witches.   One thing that I really like about this entire series is how invested I have gotten in even the minor characters. And I like that some old familiar faces have shown up again, and some of them in unexpected ways. Nothing feels inconsequential, and already the characters have come so far and grown so much.   Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas was full of action, but it wasn’t just all about revenge. There was a lot of empowerment, and not just for Celaena, but also other characters. If I had any complaints at all, it would be that the romance was not what I would have chosen (again, no spoilers!), but it didn’t ruin anything for me. Once again, this series kept me on the edge of my seat and left me wanting more.

“But she was her own champion now.” ― Sarah J. MaasQueen of Shadows

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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.


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6 responses to “Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

    • Jennifer suggested it to me after I read (and loved) A Court of Thorns and Roses over the summer. I flew through the novellas and the first three books, and luckily this one was being released shortly thereafter. They are so, SO good!!

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