Book Reviews

Queen of Shadows: Book Review

Book Title: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
Author: Sarah J Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: YA

“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.”

Why I chose this

I need to know how Aelin survives and gets her family heirloom back and stop the horrendous things the bastard A.K.A the king of Adarlan has done and to free the world from his terror.

What it's about

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)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. Goodreads.com

What I thought

She’s done it again. Sarah J Maas is a literary genius and this is getting better and better with each sentence. The writing flows perfectly and the way it’s written you know who is speaking. Some authors just can’t pull this off but she is flawless at it.

Aelin is a superstar Queen and in my eyes can do no wrong. She is fabulous, and the definition of “she’s beauty and she’s grace, she’ll punch you in the face.” I wouldn’t want to get in the way of this fierce young woman who yes has realised that she is the queen but will put herself in danger for the sake of her people who she needs to lead.

I want a Rowan. He’s now like a cinnamon roll and he’s adorable. He and Aelin make a fabulous pair even if he does have pissing contests with Aelin’s cousin Aedion. I’m now not sure whether I would rather have Rowan or Rhys both are adorable.

I have wayyyy too many book boyfriends, especially for a married woman.

Chaol is strong handsome hard headed stubborn but he’s not really changed which is a relief. I wouldn’t want him to change. He’s amazing just as he is even if he is blind to something *cough* Fariq*cough*.

Manon is more than what I was expecting and is considered heartless so I can understand what that’s like. She wants to please everyone but the Duke. She wants to prove to her grandmother that she is capable of what her grandmother has set her out to do. It’s like she has newly discovered a moral compass that has no connection to her grandmother or her wishes and she should follow this.

Lysandra and Evangeline are amazing. Really wasn’t expecting Lysandra Aelin’s childhood nemesis to have magic once upon a time. She has the courage that I wouldn’t have. I wouldn’t have been able to mark a young girls face to stop being sold in a whore house and then take the debt on myself. then again I wouldn’t have thought of that but I’ve never been in that position. Evangeline is what I would have imagined Aelin to have been at 13 because of the sass she can give and the way her eyes seemed to light up when she’s offered food.

Elide. Poor Elide. A young life full of struggles. Her mother died to save the princess, her father murdered and her arsehole of an uncle who has her foot changed to the floor. Considering how despicable the circumstances she’s brave and would be an asset to Aelin if she can get to her. I hope that she gets her mangled foot sorted and rips her uncle a new one.

The ending was fantastic and although I had an idea of what would happen it was totally unexpected the way that she did. Which seems typical for Sarah J Maas. From Rowan’s an Aedion’s stint under the tower with the wyrdhounds and no magic to Lysandra’s ghost leopard to Aelin tapping into Dorians raw power and him bringing down the Glass Palace. Then for Aelin to arrive at Terrasen after so long it must be a relief for her to finally be home even if the home does hold a few nightmares for her. At the end of the day, she’s not doing it for her but for her people.

Queen of Shadows star rating has to be

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What did you think of this story? Did the ending take you by surprise? Let me know in the comments. 

Other books in the series previously reviewed by me are Throne of Glass: Book reviewCrown of Midnight: Book Review and Heir of Fire: Book Review

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