Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book Review, Young Adult Books
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I'm completely hooked on this series!

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I'm completely hooked on this series!

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

Age range: 16+ | Hardcover: 656 pages | Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 1, 2015)


About Queen of Shadows

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.


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My Thoughts on Queen of Shadows

This series just keeps getting better and better. SO MUCH happened in this book. Aelin/Celaena goes back to Rifthold to face her past, fight for her people, and fight for her friends. We see a lot of Arobynn in this book and we’re introduced to some new characters as well as some characters that haven’t had much page time before now.

I remember getting a little annoyed with the Manon chapters in Heir of Fire, but she grew on me during this book. She becomes a character with more depth and I don’t think her role is anywhere near finished.

I love that Aelin has embraced her true identity, but that she hangs on to the old girl she used to be in the first book. She’s still the gritty, tough girl that’s too smart and too dangerous for her own good, but she’s also fiercely loyal to her friends. In spite of her best intentions, she develops attachments and grows to love the people around her. Rowan is still a favorite of mine. I loved him the minute he showed up on the page in Heir of Fire and I love him in this book too.

The last two hundred pages of Queen of Shadows had me clutching the book, unwilling to set it down. A lot happens in those last two hundred pages and we see the true intentions of several characters. I cried (more than once) near the end. I haven’t cried over a book in a long time.

If you haven’t read this series, you need to start at the beginning. You’ll be lost if you don’t. Even though I’ve read all the books in order I still feel like I’m missing some information and need to go back and reread them.

**Content: Loads of violence and cursing. Some sensuality and kissing, but no sex. Things are getting more graphic/explicit. It’s edging more toward being an adult novel than a YA novel. If you’re teen is reading this series, I’d suggest reading it yourself first.

Source: I received this book as a gift.



Read the Whole Series

The Assassin’s Blade | Throne of Glass | Crown of Midnight | Heir of Fire | Queen of Shadows | Empire of Storms


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    November 30, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Manon became a favorite of mine from her first introduction. And in this book she WOWed me! I love her story line and I almost look forward to it even more than Aelin’s! The part where they are running up the tower to jump with their wyverns before you-know-who takes it down – OMG. Will never get that awesome scene out of my head. So cinematic.
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      Dena at Batch of Books
      November 30, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Yes! I loved that scene too. I think my favorite scene in the entire book is when Manon and Aelin meet (and fight) for the first time. Wow! It left me breathless.

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