Book Review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas

Posted October 30, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. MaasQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass,
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 576
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9781619636057
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
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four-stars
one-half-flames

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.

Sarah J. Maas’ latest entry into her Throne of Glass series, Queen of Shadows, picks up months after Heir of Fire ends. Celaena is now back in Rifthold, and is now going by her true name, Aelin Galathynius. Determined to set things right with Chaol, reclaim her throne, and free her cousin Aedion from prison, Celaena must first fight. The King has amassed an even greater army than Celaena, or anyone, could have ever anticipated, and her friend Dorian has been enslaved. In order to get what she wants, Celaena may be faced with sacrificing more of her loved ones in the process.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved how Maas answered some burning questions that were asked from the very first novel. I also loved how she tied up many of the storylines, and set up the next chapter in this saga. After meeting Aedion in the last novel, I eagerly anticipated him meeting his cousin Celaena. Their meeting was everything I could have hoped for and more. Readers also get to read about some familiar characters from previous books, and get to know more about what’s happened to them since we last saw them. I also loved the new characters – Nesryn and Lysandra. Both are strong female characters who can hold their own, and make great friends for Celaena. Plus, Manon and her 13 play a pivotal role in the story, and I loved learning more about them. I can’t wait to see where their storyline takes them in the next novel.

“Whatever you had to do to survive, whatever you did from spite or rage or selfishness … I don’t give a damn. You’re here—and you’re perfect. You always were, and you always will be.”
― Sarah J. MaasQueen of Shadows

What I did not like was what happened to Chaol as a character, and his relationship with Celaena. I understand that people often don’t end up with their first or second love, but I hated how the two were pitted against each other. Chaos was very bitter in this novel, and I felt he did read like the guy I’ve known over the past three books. Yes, seeing friends butchered and feeling abandoned can turn someone bitter, yet he sent Celaena out-of-town. It just read as if SJM created conflict between these two just to explain Celaena and Rowan’s relationship, which was unnecessary in my book. I love Rowan as a character, and actually think he’s a better partner for Aelin than Chaol would be, but Chaol didn’t need to become a complete asshole for it to happen. People change and grow apart. That’s life.

Overall, I really loved Queen of Shadows, and could hardly put it down. The end was everything I could have imagined, and though there will be a fifth book, if the story ended here I would have been ok with that. But there will be another novel, and I’m excited! I can’t wait to see what happens with the witches, see what Dorian will do, and what happens to Celaena next. Also, I hope that Aedion, Nesryn, and Lysandra get bigger storylines, and that we see more of Maeve and her Fae warriors. If you are a fan of Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, then this is definitely one book you don’t want to miss!

What did you think of Queen of Shadows? Did it live up to your expectations?

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Overall: 4.3

 

About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

@Angelized_1st

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