Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Published:  September 1st 2015
Queen of Shadows Cover

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.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

My Review

“Ten years of shadows, but no longer. Light up the darkness, Majesty.”

What can I say? Sarah J. Maas has done it again. Queen of Shadows is brilliant and breaks your heart in about a thousand places – and reminded me why the Throne of Glass series is one of my favourite series ever, right up there with Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. It’s the mind-blowing, earth-shattering culmination of the last three books (even though there are two/three more books left in the series) where all that agony, heartbreak, despair and darkness has paid off. Aelin Ashryver Galathynius is back – and ready to wreak havoc.

Queen of Shadows sees Aelin back in Rifthold – ready to take revenge from her former master, free her friend who has been possessed by a demon, free her cousin from the clutches of an evil king, who also murdered her family and captured her kingdom. You know, quite a normal to-do list for any nineteen-year-old.

There are several storylines in QOS, due to the multitude of wonderful characters Ms. Maas has created – Manon, Lysandra, Elide, Asterin, Dorian, and Aedion. All the characters, old and new, have depth. They each have their own personal struggles and dark pasts to overcome and each one is a delight to read about.

However, QOS isn’t without its faults. Certain characters were completely out-of-character in the beginning and that was extremely annoying. Especially since Chaol – one of my favourite characters – was treated so badly in this book. Also, the ship I was supporting sunk within the first few chapters. However, I love this book for more than just the romance and so I will definitely be continuing the series.

There were several brilliant moments in this book that I just have to mention:

  • Aelin and Aedion’s reunion
  • Arobynn getting the end he deserved (and not how you expected)
  • Manon and Aelin’s fight (so, so good)
  • Aelin visiting Sam’s grave (I cried.)

Overall, Queen of Shadows is definitely not one to miss. The plot thickens, but so many things are also revealed – and surprisingly QOS ends with no major cliff-hangers. But, with an amazing cast of characters, a rich, complex world and upped stakes, Sarah J. Maas leaves you wanting for more.

My Rating: 

Gold-Star-Gold-Star-Gold-Star-Gold-Star-Gold Star Half


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