Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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

Publication: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: Purchased/Own

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 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.

I’m going to start this review by simply saying that I loved this book. I loved it even more than the previous book Heir of Fire.  If  you haven’t read Queen of Shadows yet, I recommend you do it asap!
Aelin has really come into her own, these past few months she has been away in Wendlyn.  Now that she has a handle on her Fae powers and has become a stronger more skilled fighter, she is back to the place that has been her home for several years…Rifthold.
Because I wasn’t sure where to fit this part in I am just putting it here….There isn’t enough that can even be said to tell you how much I heart Rowan. I never loved silent eye conversations so much until Rowan and Aelin started doing them. Their connection is awesome. I am totally rooting for them! Now on to the rest of my review...
Everyone seems to be dealing with a ton of their own crap in this book. Chaol is attempting to come to terms with the guilt he felt and still feels for leaving Dorian at the hands of that monster..aka the King of Adarlan.
Dorian is fighting with a Valg demon locked inside his body. Virtually becoming a human puppet.
Aedion is holding out hope that he can just get a glimpse of his beloved cousin before the King executes him.
Manon and her Thirteen are training and preparing for a battle where the details and reasons behind it all is unknown.  Being forced to listen and obey the orders of Duke Perrington when they aren’t used to following any human regardless of the circumstances.
Of course the King of Adarlan and Duke Perrington are intent on this evil scheme they have going on and doing sickening experimentations. But to what end? To what cost? I can only guess total world domination, but I doubt even that would be enough.
Not to mention Aelin. She is tough and fierce, but she is also young. Rescuing Aedion, killing the King and dealing with Dorian is a lot to deal with for someone at any age let alone hers. And she is used to keeping secrets and doing things on her own without help.  What if everything doesn’t go according to plan? How is she expected to be responsible for a whole kingdom?

There were plots and subplots and other smaller plots within those.  Everything was intertwined so well. I truly enjoyed every single page. I was even trying to sneak some pages in while at work. I just didn’t want to stop reading.  
Queen of Shadows was pretty thick book. Almost a hundred pages more than the previous book.  But it didn’t feel that long when I was reading it. I took a longer time reading because I just wanted to savor everything. Especially since I knew it would be at least a whole year before the fifth book is released (hopefully it won’t be any longer than that!). I probably say it almost every time, but I love the way that Sarah J. Maas writes. Her descriptions and choice of words…it’s very well done. I hope her writing continues to get better with each book she writes. I know I will be on pins and needles anxiously awaiting the next book.

RATING: 5½ out of 5.


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