Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas | Review

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas | ReviewQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on September 1, 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 648
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.

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After Heir of Fire, I honestly wasn’t that stoked to pick up Queen of Shadows, yet I still wanted to know what was going to happen.

I feel like what I liked most about Queen of Shadows was the characters. Celaena has finally embraced herself as Aelin, though it does get confusing from time to time because I still want to call her Celaena. She now goes by Aelin in the book. There was also a lot of Manon in this book.

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She grew on me even more after book three. I just find her so interesting and hardcore. I can definitely see her and Dorian together since it’s so obvious that he and Celaena will probably not be together anymore, which makes me incredibly sad!

Speaking of romance, it also seems like she will not be with Chaol. He has become a rebel of sorts and seems to be less interested in her than he once was. This confuses me because I thought he was really in love with her. Guess not! Yet now there’s another guy that’s interested in her… Rowan.

I’m not completely against this, because I do really like Rowan. I think he’s changed a lot as a character, and I can’t tell if I like it or not. He’s definitely softened, though I guess people do that over time.

I did find Queen of Shadows to be slower than the last book. I guess that’s what happens when the book is the size of a brick. Even though the pacing was slow, I still found it interesting enough to keep reading!  It definitely picked up a bit towards the end.

Needless to say, I still want to know what’s going to happen in the next book. Hopefully, I”ll start reading that one soon enough, because Queen of Shadows was amazing!

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  1. Manon was such a standout character for me, and I think I really fell in love with her in this book. I was really excited about that 3 am visit she made.

  2. I absolutely LOVE this book! It's actually my favorite book of the series to reread. I think you're right, though: this one is so much slower than the rest. I think it's totally worth it, though, when you get to the end and you see how Aelin's secret planning made everything come together. One of my favorite moments is when she goes to Arobynn's house and surprises Rowan and Aedion with all her perfect planning! I'm hoping to read Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn asap and hopefully I'll love them; I hope you enjoy them as well, Krystianna!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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