Series: Throne of Glass #4
Published by Bloomsbury UK on September 1, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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 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 is a spoiler-free review for the book and the series.
Sarah J. Maas you have done it again. You have managed to tease out every emotion from the human spectrum with Queen of Shadows. Fear, for the characters’ safety. Horror, at the monsters at Morath. Courage, for a disabled slave. Happiness, at characters reunited. Loneliness, for those being pushed away. Pain. Love. Humility. Sadness, upon reaching the end of the book.
This book will make you feel as you’ve never felt before. With every word, with the bare existence of these pages, you will be transported into the world of Erilea. Where wyverns live. Where magic has been disabled. Where fae warriors with fierce loyalty will survive. Where a new Queen will rise from the ashes and bring down vengeance, justice and hope for the people of Adarlan.
“For her friends, for her family, she would gladly be a monster. For Rowan, for Dorian, for Nehemia, she would debase and degrade and ruin herself. She knew they would have done the same for her.”
Every single character here is well developed, full of depth and emotion. Celaena is every bit the cocky, confident assassin that she is, but here she brings SO MUCH MORE. She will make you proud. Her secrets can be frustrating, but they are only for the good of her friends, who she protects with fierce loyalty. She frustrates her fae companions to no end with her independence and risks she takes to her safety. I loved how she found a female friend in Lysandra. Their teasing, banter and support for each other was amazing. Also Celaena is every bit the badass assassin that she’s been trained as, as she takes down a Valg commander in a fight. Celaena is every bit as vain and endearing as she can be, with her appreciation of book, food, finery.
Rowan and Aedion are super sexy fae warriors and I just loved their fierce loyalty and how they would go to the lengths of the world to protect Celaena. The banter and pure connection she had with both of them was amazing!
Back in Adarlan, Celaena gets reunited with her past. But after Sam, after the events of Heir of Fire between Chaol, Sorscha and Dorian, everything has changed. How will she face Arobynn, the King of Assassins and her past mentor? How will she face Chaol and Dorian? This book, is what I wanted Heir of Fire to be. The characters reunited, is every bit as complex and powerful as you would expect it to be.
“”Maybe I don’t want to be that person anymore,”. he said. That person – that stupidly loyal, useless person – had lost everything. His friend, the woman he loved, his position, his honor. Lost everything, with only himself to blame.”
I don’t know who you’ve been shipping in this series so far but it becomes clear who Celaena belongs with. That unending loyalty, love and respect for one another. MY SHIP. MY SHIPPP. SO MUCH SEXUAL FRUSTRATION. These two tease each other incessantly and blind to everyone’s else’s knowledge of their love for one another, will DRAGGG things out on getting together. My heart just about fell out of my chest at their teasing for one another. SO MANY FEELS. Just WOW I SHIP IT. I SHIP IT A LOT. A fair warning, one of your ships may fall here.
Manon Blackbeak, the Wing Leader and Heir to the Blackbeak clan really expanded the world of Adarlan. With her wyverns, command of a witch clan and defense of the Duke’s forces, you will find out just how big of a role she plays here. Everything comes together and she surprised me – we all know she’s completely and utterly RUTHLESS and won’t take no for an answer, but she shows a shred of humility, which makes me think she’d be a powerful ally.
“They had walked out of darkness and pain and despair together. They were still walking out of it. So that smile…It struck him stupid every time he saw it and realized it was for him.”
Queen of Shadows is absolutely everything. Everything I wanted it to be and more. It really manipulated my emotions and I found myself shouting at the book and crying at times. It was powerful, filled with action, intensity and so much awesome banter. It’d be hard for EVERY OTHER BOOK to match up to this one, ever.
Rating: 5 out of 5 (SIX STARS IF I COULD)
Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a review copy!
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