Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Posted August 17, 2016 | 24 Comments

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. MaasQueen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Format: eBook
Pages: 652
Source: Purchased

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.


I love Queen of Shadows hard! Seriously, this series continues to get better with each book.

It’s kind of crazy to look back and think about how far everything has come since the first book. Throne of Glass almost seems like child’s play compared to now. What a journey it has been so far! Danger, deceit, love, forgiveness … Queen of Shadows has it all.

What I love so much about this series, this book in particular, is how much the characters evolve. Boring and two-dimensional? Hell no! They are wonderfully fleshed out and complex. People change and grow, and sometimes what we see at first isn’t the whole picture of who they are. Friends can become foes and foes can become friends, and sometimes it isn’t so black-and-white.

Girl power! I love how strong the women are, all in their own way. I couldn’t be more proud of Aelin. She was badass in the first book, but is on a whole other level now. Fire-Breathing Bitch-Queen indeed. And there’s Lysandra! I can’t even tell you how happy I am about her. I have to say though, Manon and the rest of the witches have been my favorites since they first appeared. Deadly is too soft of a word to describe them. ♥ There’s also still two characters that we met in The Assassin’s Blades that I’m hoping will finally come into play in the next book.

So many emotions! This book took me through them all. By the end, though, my heart was full, but also nervous for what is still to come.

I’m extremely happy with Queen of Shadows and the direction the series is going in. Whatever happens next, bring it on! I’m ready!


24 responses to “Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

  1. I really loved the series, but Queen of Shadows was kick-ass indeed. I didn’t realize that there were new characters in The Assassin’s Blade. Maybe I’ll bump it up my TBR list so I can read it before the next book just in case. I’m so stoked you also love the witches. They’re my new favorite characters as well.

  2. I haven’t read this series, but I’m glad you’re loving it! It’s the best when the characters just continue to get more and more fleshed out and developed as the series goes on, especially when things between them are not black-and-white and make you feel kind of conflicted, because that’s when they seem real. And of course yay emotions! Enjoy the rest of the series 🙂

  3. AH YAY!!!!! I’ve been holding off on this one, waiting for the next one to come out so I can read them back to back and glory in all that is Aelin:) I agree, all the characters have grown and evolved so much since the first book (which I actually didn’t care for, I only became addicted after reading the prequel novellas), and I can’t wait to see where they go in the next two books:)

  4. I heard so many good things about this series and it always makes me feel like I read a different book as everyone else as I DNF’d the first book. I couldn’t get through it. It does sound like a series that gets better with each book. The character sound so fleshed out, which is something I always like in books. Great review!

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