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Book Review: Queen of Shadows

P1030736.JPGTitle: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass 4)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Rating: 5 stars

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Synopsis: 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.

The Good:

Uhh . . . the whole book? This book takes the series to a new level. I absolutely adore this book so much because so much happens and there are so many wins, fights and arguments and it’s just perfection. You can’t predict what is going to happen either which is evidence of a great book I think. It ties in so perfectly with parts of the other books that I just wonder how Sarah works it all out.

We see our favourite old characters come back, some with issues. Chaol is reeling from losing Dorian and he takes it out on Aelin. Dorian is trapped and his parts are just heartbreaking. Seeing Aedion and Aelin and Rowan on the same page is just a precious gift. Manon’s story goes up a notch and I actually loved reading her parts. We also see Kaltain again, in a way you wouldn’t expect.

There are some great new introductions too with Lysandra, an absolutely fantastic female character who we saw in The Assassin’s Blade novellas. The character progression is just fantastic! We see Nesryn, a guard from Chaol’s past who swiftly becomes part of the gang and we meet Lorcan too who rivals Rowan in fae-ness. We also get to meet Elide, a woman from Terrasen but also from Aelin’s past. We learn more about Asterin and Arobynn and man does stuff happen!

The fights are fantastic, the characters are wonderful, the plot is quick. This book is just so fantastic and I can easily say after finishing it for the fourth time that is is one of my favourites.

The Bad:

The only thing that is bad about this book is that I had to wait a year to read the next one. There are so many things I love in this book and I cannot name any bad things.

The Interesting:

Learning about Lysandra is fantastic and also learning more about the King of Adarlan is great. There is so much depth to the story and I don’t want to give too much away so I don’t spoil it.

Recommended for:

Fantasy lovers, lovers of Throne of Glass, anyone who loves great female characters, pretty much anyone who loves action and adventure. Go for it! I highly doubt you will be disappointed!

This series is just amazing and if you’re not on the Throne of Glass train, grab a ticket and jump on!


“If you’re a monster, I’m a monster.”

“She was a whirling cloud of death, a queen of shadows, and these men were already carrion.”

“Whatever you had to do to survive, whatever you did from spite or rage or selfishness … I don’t give a damn. You’re here—and you’re perfect. You always were, and you always will be.”

“Ten years of shadows, but no longer. Light up the darkness, Majesty.”

(There are literally so many amazing quotes so just go read this book!)

Buy it here.


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