Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Published September 1, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genres Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
**THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS**
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.
I always try to write spoiler free reviews, but I just can’t seem to do it with any of Maas’s books because I need to talk about certain things. So, you have been warned, if you didn’t read the book yet, do not read this review!
Every time I finish a book in this series, I keep thinking, “Why did I not read this series sooner?” I love the ACOTAR series and I love Maas’s writing, so I am not sure why it took me so long to read this. I absolutely loved Heir of Fire and I adored Queen of Shadows as well. I really do love Aelin as a character and have really enjoyed reading as she has morphed into the queen that she is. And I love Rowan! What I was hoping for in Heir of Fire finally came true in this book. I love how protective Rowan is, but not to a controlling point. And Chaol in this book! I was worried about how the interactions between Chaol and Aelin would be when she returned, but I was very impressed at how their relationship progressed throughout the book. I also really loved watching how Manon started changing throughout the book and finally questioning the decisions and commands of her grandmother, instead of just blindly obeying. And Lysandra, I also really started to love as a character throughout this book and her entrance as a ghost leopard is also pretty epic. Like I did with my last Maas review, here’s a short list of things I loved about this book, so that this review doesn’t turn into 10+ pages.
-When Rowan shows up unannounced and is reunited with Aelin.
-When Aelin successfully rescues Aedion from the castle
-Rowan. I love him! Not only is he completely loyal to Aelin, but he is also brutal in all his warrior ways. But also still acts in a gentle manner towards her. Rowan and Aelin. Forever.
-The battle scene between Aelin and Mannon, ending in Aelin saving Mannon
-Kaltain burning down/demolishing Morath
-Oh my gosh, when Chaol and Dorian finally reunited after everything
-Asterin confessing everything to Mannon was also epic. And while I was reading it, I was so worried Manon would react poorly, but she did the complete opposite.
-Lysandra and all her ghost leopard shape shifting. I hope to see more of her in EOS
-Arobynn finally coming to a very epic end through Lysandra and Aelin changing the contents of his will
-Neryn’s reaction to Chaol’s injuries at the end was perfect
-Dorian blasting his magic to the point that the glass castle basically explodes and is completely demolished, leaving only the original stone castle
I could keep continue raving about this book, but I will stop there. I really love all these characters and I am excited to read Empire of Storms and see where the story goes from here. As always, I love Maas’s writing and her world building and I also love how strong all the female characters are in this book.