TITLE: Queen of Shadows
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
SERIES: Throne of Glass #4
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
PUBLISHED: September 1st 2015
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.
WHAT I THINK
She looked at them, at the three males who meant everything—more than everything. Then she smiled with every last shred of courage, of desperation, of hope for the glimmer of that glorious future. “Let’s go rattle the stars.”
YES QUEEN! I almost want to say that this book was my favorite out of all these four I’ve read. But there still were some things that bothered me and made it take shared second place.
Let’s start from the characters, shall we?! Gosh how they all have changed! But I still can’t make myself hate Chaol and I still can’t understand why most people does. He’ll always be my first love and I’ll cherish him.
Rowan, yes please. There was a time when I did not like him, at all. But I’ve grown to love him and I’m definitely part of the screaming Rowan fangirls! He can be my territorial Fae bastard. But he and Aelin did something that irritates me every time when it’s present in a book or movie or whatever.
Aelin has grown so much. The biggest change is probably exactly her. She’s not the arrogant, bitchy teen anymore. Even though by age she kind of still is. Now she is the fire-breathing bitch queen. She still makes stupid and unnecessary decisions and keeps stupid secrets from everyone but that’s just who she has learnt to be. I’m positive she’ll grow out of that too. But Aelin is not the annoying little brat anymore, she is queen, most definitely.
Lysandra and Aedion and maybe Dorian too, were nice. Lysandra went through some big changes and well, some very surprising ones too! Aedion is just the male version of the annoying little brat Celaena, kind of. Dorian, well I didn’t much care about him in this book.
From Dorian wee get to the story. This book was so full of action, okay? It was intriguing enough that I had a hard time to stop reading, thus I did loose quite a chunk of sleep. But there still were some parts that I did not care about. For example all of Dorian’s POVs.
I just wanted to skip past them. It didn’t feel important for the story to have his POVs present. The same goes for Manon’s first POVs. Those fall to the same category where I just didn’t care. I wanted to skip past her parts because, honestly, I just didn’t care.
But their POVs did pick up in the end and they felt like something necessary to read. Obviously I did read all of them but the last ones felt like the real part of theirs that actually mattered to the story, that actually were important enough to hook my attention.
Let me tell you though, Queen of Shadows had such turns in it that I had no clue would even happen! There were couple rather big things that really surprised me and I can’t wait to continue and see what is in store for all of them in the future.
The romance though. Oh how many times did I feel like screaming at them to “JUST DO IT ALREADY!”. I hate all the forbidden romances and the ones like the relationship between Rowan and Aelin. GOSH! If you desire the other one sleeping in the same bed as you, if you love that other one, JUST SAY IT! Nothing is more annoying than the ones whining how they are not good enough, they don’t deserve the other one and oh, the other one does not care for me at all. When at the same time there are all the damn obvious signs hanging in the air for everyone to see, but of course the once that those actually concern, does not see them.
All in all I truly enjoyed this book. It was most definitely one of my favorites so far and I can just imagine how epic the next parts will be. But the romance and the unnecessary POVs just took such a big chunk of my interest sometimes, so that’s the reason for only 4 stars, no full on five stars.