Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Throne of Glass
2. Crown of Midnight
3. Heir of Fire
Date Started: June 2
Date Finished: June 10
Format: ebook from the digital library
Celaena Aelin is back in Rifthold after awakening the part of her that she kept buried for years in Wendlyn. No longer the King’s Assassin, she is the Queen of Terrasen and she has revenge to wreak on the King of Adarlan and his Valg army. But before she can avenge her parents’ deaths, she must first get back her cousin Aedion from the King’s clutches. To do that she needs to seek help from the last two people who would be willing to help her. Chaol – the King’s former Captain of the Guard – and Arowyn – the King of Assassins who betrayed Aelin years ago and threw her into Endovier. She hasn’t spoken to Chaol since he got her out of Rifthold and saw who she truly was and he has a lot to tell her. Starting with why he isn’t the captain of the king’s guard anymore and what exactly has happened to their mutual friend Prince Dorian.
Arowyn, on the other hand, Aelin has plans for. She hasn’t exactly forgiven him for all those years she was trapped in Endovier because of his betrayal and she hasn’t forgiven him for what he did to Sam. Add in the fact that he has one of the Wyrdkeys that rightfully belongs to Aelin and things don’t look all that good for the King of Assassins. On the other side of things, the King has something interesting up his sleeve that has to deal with the Valg princes – especially the one that now inhabits his son. Manon Blackbeak’s story becomes even more intertwined with the rest of the Throne of Glass cast as she realizes just what kind of people her grandmother has allied themselves to.
Okay, so I’ll admit that after Heir of Fire I was desperate to get my hands on Queen of Shadows. Aelin was coming back to Rifthold to help her friends and not a moment too soon! This book – even though it was longer than book 3 – flew much faster with all the action and just PLOT between the pages. Aelin’s plan to get her revenge on all these different characters that did her wrong was entertaining and heartbreaking to watch too at times. It was so fun to see her gain a friend in Lysandra and somewhat, kind of, get her friendship back with Chaol. Although, with the latter, my heart broke multiple times as I watched the former friends/lovers become enemies again. But the closure that happens between the two of them at the end of Queen of Shadows was beautiful. When Aedion and Rowan join the party I was ecstatic. Out of all the new characters that were introduced in the last book, Rowan was definitely my favorite and I’m glad to see that the sparks I was sensing between Aelin and him weren’t just my overeager imagination. The scenes between those two when they realized their mutual feelings were just hot and I cannot wait to see how that plays out in book 5!
In the last book, my major complaint was the Manon chapters. I found them incredibly boring and just distracting from the overall plot. However, in this book, I found her kind of interesting. Especially when her characters collide with the main characters. I’m curious to see how things work out between Manon/Dorian/Aelin. Will Manon and Aelin continue to be enemies? Or will they realize they have a mutual enemy? I’m curious to know.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. A wonderful continuation of the Throne of Glass series that kept me flipping pages and squealing with excitement anytime something monumental happened. The relationship between the characters is written so well and I love the way Maas writes Aelin. She’s a badass female heroine with a few faults that do get brought up from time to time instead of being ignored. Now that Dorian is ruler of Adarlan and Aelin is on her way home to Terrasen I’m curious to see how everything plays out now that they still have one last bad guy to deal with who has created a dangerous army… When does Empire of Storms come out again?
Bookshelf worthy? You know what I need? A mountain with underground catacombs, where instead of housing prisoners I house all the books.