Title: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Synopsis: 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 will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. 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.
Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
Review: So by now, I’m sure almost all of you have at least seen or read at least a few Queen of Shadows reviews. Since I’m a little late because let’s be honest this book was hella HYPED. I was really worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype because I do love this series a lot. But luckily enough it did, I was so surprised by this book. I think Maas out did herself and I can’t wait to see what she has in store of the next book.
Since I don’t want to repeat a ton of book reviews on this book, I’m going to switch it up and show you quite a few of my Goodreads status updates from when I was reading this. Because I’m sure you’ll get the jist of my feelings just from those.
2.0% “Every time Sam is mentioned my heart can’t handle it.”
6.0% “Fleetfoot *heart eyes*”
9.0% “”But she was her own champion now.””
11.0% “So here’s the thing, I always struggle with the Manon chapters. Not because I don’t like her or the storyline but my mind just wanders when I read her chapters.”
12.0% “Aelin knew what she meant, but she said, “Unfortunately for you, I don’t have any interest in women. Even when they’re paid for.” Sigh. Now I’m just thinking about if Aelin was into women.”
33.0% “I kind of don’t like Aedion.”
35.0% “Seriously, he’s so annoying.”
36.0% “Oh no, what’s happening to me? I just got a little too excited over a certain someone showing up. HALP.”
39.0% “”Oh?” she purred, and he braced himself for the tempest. “And what message does it send? That I’m a whore? As if what I do in the privacy of my own room, with my body, is anyone’s concern.” I have never loved Aelin more.”
50.0% “I’m not crying.”
59.0% “She bared her teeth in a vicious smile. “Get your whoring, blood-sucking carcasses the hell off my property.””
74.0% “I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT THE ENTIRE BOOK”
75.0% “I’m happy that there is nonchalant swearing in this. I don’t think swearing should be as ~taboo~ as it’s perceived.”
75.0% “Oh Chaol, forever the fool.”
81.0% “I am dead”
82.0% “DUDE, MANON FOREVER.”
90.0% “Mind freaking blown.”
93.0% “There are not enough pages left.”
Needless to say I absolutely loved this book. Aelin was so fierce and beautiful and everything I wanted her to be since I first read Throne of Glass. Here’s the thing I don’t get, so many people were disappoint with this book and at first I didn’t get why. The writing and characters were so on point, Maas was ripping my heart out from the first chapter. Then it was brought to my attention that a lot of the problem was what happened between Chaol and Celaena. But let me just say this, Chaol’s character growth was ginormous in this book. I always liked Chaol and to see him grow and become this monumental character was amazing. I understand that Chaol x Celaena was a huge ship, but here is the thing, Celaena no longer exists. There is no Celaena, there is Aelin and they are two different people. So obviously that ship wont work anymore because that character is no longer there. And I think Aelin is better for it in the end. Now I do admit I wasn’t completely sold on Rowan when I read Heir of Fire but I may have swooned and flailed over him a few times in Queen of Shadows. I KNOW OKAY. I couldn’t help myself, it just happened. What amazed me the most though in Queen of Shadows was Lysandra, I don’t know how Maas did it but she blew my mind with this character. Lysandra became such an important character to not only the story line but also to Aelin, with their friendship. I was rooting for her the entire book and just love her.
So for anyone who gave up on this series, IT GETS BETTER. Do yourself a favour and read all the damn books.