Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Posted January 25, 2016 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J MaasQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on September 1st 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 576
Format: Hardcover
Source: My Own
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four-half-stars

Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.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 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.

This review is so incredibly late. “Queen of Shadows”. “Queen of Shadows”. “Queen of Shadows”. I don’t know where to begin. Maybe that is why I have been delaying writing this review. That or I just don’t have time. Either way….”Queen of Shadows”. I actually think I enjoyed this one a lot more than “Heir of Fire”. Yeah I know, Rowan was introduced in “Heir of Fire” but I didn’t like him much then. I feel like “Queen of Shadows” was really when Celaena/Aelin was coming into her own. She was really becoming a Queen at this point.

I really love how Sarah J. Maas has created a character that grows with every book. Aelin is definitely her own person. I just loved that she changed. Aelin has matured through the series and I think this is fantastic. This isn’t some series where the character has the same mentality as the beginning. Aelin is still her completely stubborn self but at the same time she learns how to handle situation better. I love how complicated of a person she is.

If you are looking for insta-love this is not your book. I am not even sure this is really a love triangle type a book. As the characters grow, so do their feelings. They have feelings that grow and change. A reader is not going to find a happily ever after in this series. I know there is still at least one more book coming and I am pretty positive there isn’t going to be a happy ever after in that one either. I kind of like that. I am not looking for a book with a happy love story. I like the fact that Aelin is so badass. She makes up her own mind and she doesn’t let anyone stop her. I love that about her.

Chaol. (SMH). He was horrible to Aelin the entire time in this book. What did he expect her to do? Not be herself? He is mad because she is part fae and whatever but seriously get over it. Chaol and Aelin were so horrible to each other in this book, so I just don’t know how things are going to go in the future. Well now they each have new love interests any way. I am really looking forward to seeing what will happen in this series because I want them to be together but then at the same time I don’t because sometimes I feel like Chaol just pulls Aelin down.

Rowan. I never wanted Aelin and Rowan to be an item. I knew it was coming from the last book. They were already developing that relationship and those feelings so none of it surprised me in “Queen of Shadows”. The nice thing is that Rowan does make a good match for her. I was just hoping it would be more like best friends than anything else.

I just love Sarah J. Maas writing. I think she is an excellent writer and that she does a great job. I am very impressed were the “Throne of Glass” series has gone. I look forward to reading more books because Maas knows how to capture her audience.

four-half-stars

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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