Book review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

queenofshadowsTitle: Queen of Shadows (book #4)
Series: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Daniela’s rating: +++++5 stars

Daniela’s review


OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!

I can’t possibly think of ONE reason of why it took me SO FREAKING LONG to read this series. What the hell was I thinking? If you have someone in your life that has recommended the Throne of Glass series, YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO THEM. If not, here I am, telling you to READ IT NOW. You won’t regret it, trust me.

Note: this is the fourth book of the series, so if you haven’t read the previous books, maybe you should skip this one out. I’ll do my best to keep this review spoiler free, but it might give some stuff away from the first 3 books.

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.

My god, this book was AMAZING. Sarah J. Mass managed to make me love these characters even more than I thought was possible. In this book we have our main girl back in town, only she’s no longer Celaena Sardothien. She’s an assasin, a warrior, a queen. She’s fire, she’s strength, and now she’s come back to take back what’s hers, what was taken away from her ten years ago. She’s come back to fight those who wronged her, her family and her people. With the help of her friends and allies, she must face the face of evil. Although, that face might not be what she expected.

We have blood everywhere, deceitful bastards, vengeful warriors and consuming darkness. We also have passionate love, eternal hope and a lot more blood. All these things made the story such an interesting one.

By now, I’ve gotten the chance to know Aelin so much more. After you understand her story, you get to see that yes, in fact, there was something off with her in the first two books, like something was missing. She keeps being the sassy badass we’ve known, but in this book, she’s no longer that selfish child we saw before. God. The girl in this book is no longer a girl, she’s a strong woman who will fight with nails and teeth and fire. No holding back. To whatever end. She’s become one of those characters you end up admiring, because you know that everything she does, it’s done for a reason. There are no coincidences here.

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”

Now. I mentioned Rowan on my review of Heir of Fire, but do you guys really know how deep my love goes for him? I mean, if you’ve read the books, you probably do, because seriously… How could you not fall deeply, madly in love with him? The fierceness of his feelings and the depth of his knowledge. I just can’t talk about him without sighing. I missed Rowan. I missed his sincerity, his strength. The loyalty he’s shown to his queen is just beyond what I expected. There’s so much respect and so much love and so much of everything. He’s part of the reason our queen has grown so much and you can’t not love him for that.

“I spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to kingdoms to wastelands, never settling, never stopping—not for one moment. I was always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.”

Then there’s Dorian. Jesus Christ. I want to hold him and hug him and never let him go. I’ve always loved Dorian. I see the goodness in him and his heart. He’s the king Adarlan needs. He’s incorruptible. He’s loyal. He’s dedicated. But beyond all that, he’s pure, raw kindness. And he’s had to see evil first hand and my heart just ached for him. But I love this character so, so much. He represents weakness and strength, evil and good, despair and hope and somehow, he manages to inspire good.

“They joined hands.
So the world ended.
And the next one began.”

Then we have Aedion and Lyssandra. These two are incredible. Aedion with his need to protect his queen, his sassiness, and his bravery. I love everything about him. The love he has for Aelin is something beyond this world, and I admire everything he’s willing to do to get her home, to give her what was taken away from her, even though he knows she can get it herself. He knows what Aelin is capable of and I understand his need to protect her. Then there’s Lyssandra. She was such a nice surprise. I wasn’t expecting to find in her a loyal friend.

We do have a couple of new characters and returning characters and with them, we get new points of view. In the previous book I felt them a bit off and I dare call them a bit boring because I was so invested in the main characters, but now… Everything has changed. These new characters have been growing and giving something new to the story, something that I wasn’t aware was missing until I finished the book, now I find myself wondering about them and what’s going to happen to them.

This book was perfectly written. I’ll say it again, I don’t know why it took me this long to read this series. I’m 100% in love with the characters and their stories. Each give something completely unique to the story and make it all the more interesting. As if that was even possible. I am incredibly excited to read the next book.

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