Queen of Shadows ~ by Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury, 2015~ 648 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Goodreads Description: “The queen has returned. 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 for her. 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.”
This book changes everything! I feel like the first three books were building to so many of the moments that we finally get in this novel. There is so much fast paced action, mystery, intrigue, and questions that are finally answered. Ah! It was so good. This was a 600+ page book and I felt like I blew threw it so quickly.
Here’s what I loved most:
Rowan and Aelin reunion and their subsequent filtations, mind reading (if that’s what we’re calling it) and their bickering over Aelin’s non-existent pajama bottoms was so much fun. It was so great watching them learn about each other and actually fall in love, rather than train, try to kill each other or try to kill someone else. My favorite scene is when they spend the day together in Rifthold and Aelin shows him all of her favorite places in the capital. They break into the Music Hall and Aelin plays the piano for him. This was a really sweet moment that broke up all of the action.
So that brings me to the action! Oh man, can Maas write a great action scene! Adeion’s rescue scene was amazing! As the reader, we know they have a plan, but we don’t know what that plan is. Watching it unfold is surprising, exhilarating, and terrifying at the same time, but also made you feel like you were there, witnessing this epic plot.
Manon and Celaena finally meet and it is seriously epic! Two crazy strong, arrogant, badass, females pulling out all the stops. I can’t wait to see how their relationships changes after this first meeting.
Lysandra and Aelin’s relationship- After such a heartbreaking past for both of these characters, it was great to see them finally be able to trust and rely on someone.
Arobynn Relationship- Ok, although I really hated Arobynn, I found Aelin’s complicated feelings towards him fascinating. Also, he was such a schemer that you felt constantly on your toes with him. Master and student were so evening matched that it made the intrigue between them so entertaining. I loved this element so much! This obviously made Aelin’s revenge on him even sweeter.
The Ending – Warning – Spoilers beyond this point
The hellfire, the shattering of the glass castle, Dorian fighting Aelin while she tries to remind him of who he is, the ending was amazing! The use “hellfire” reminded me of the moment that Cersei uses the “wildfire” to blow up the Great Sept in Game of Thrones to enact her revenge. Although Aelin is not heartless like Cersei, she does get a lot of Cersei-esque moments of revenge and maniacal smiling as her plans come together and she gets to rejoice in the shock on everyone’s faces.
My advice with this series is not to judge it on the first two books. The third was is good, but the fourth is great! If you have read it, or plan to, let me know!
Happy reading! ~ XO
For more information of Sarah J. Maas and her books, check her out on Goodreads: Sarah J. Maas