Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
Queen of Shadows is the fourth book in the amazing Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Needless to say if you have not read book 1,2 and 3 or the Assassins blade (the prequel book of novellas) please do not read any further because you will be spoiled.
Holy hell this book blew me away. I am actually struggling to form a cohesive sentence so I apologise if my review makes no sense at all.
Queen of Shadows really shows have this series is evolving into a very dark and gritty fantasy series and how the fun and lightness that we had in Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight is now gone and war is immanent. The story arc has you on the edge of your seat. The twists and turns Maas introduced into this story genuinely surprised me and characters showed there shocking true colours.
You can see in this story just how much Maas has grown as a writter, she grabs you by the throat from the very first page and doesn’t let you go until the last sentence.
Shall we talk about the absolutely amazing female characters within this series, they blow me away with every single book, Maas has managed to create one of the most amazing groups of strong, powerful, vulnerable, unique and kickass women I have ever read. Each female within this series is powerful and strong in her own way.
One of the biggest changes in this book is Aelin (Celaena), as you read this book you see the changes in her as she lets go of Celaena, Adarlan’s most deadly assassin and becomes Aelin the Queen of Terrasen the transition is truly beautiful.
I found myself tearing up a lot while reading this book but there was one absolutely beautiful scene within this book when Aelin goes to see Sam’s grave and I am not going to lie, this scene had me balling like a baby. You can feel just how much she truly loved Sam in this scene and just how much his death affected Aelin’s path to becoming Queen.
The only issue that genuinely pissed me off with this book was the Chaol, Aelin and Rowen situation, if you have read my Heir of Fire review you will know I have been shipping Chaol and Aelin since book one. I adored their relationship and I thought they were end game however this book made me realise this was not meant to be. The end of Chaol and Aelin made me sad it always does when my ship ends however that was not the thing that pissed me off the thing that pissed me off was the relationship between Aelin and Rowen. I praised Mass in my previous book review of Heir of Fire for the platonic relationship between Rowen and Aelin but this was ripped away from me in this book and I am not happy at all about it. Had Aelin ended up with Dorian, alone or another character all together I would have accepted the twist however the fact it was Rowan and I had been lured into their relationship expecting him to be a big brother / best friend type character I felt I had been let down.
All in all this story is absolutely fantastic, once again Maas has crafted a beautiful and captivating story that blew my mind. The way she has not only crafted the fantastic main story following Alein but also created all these unique and utterly fantastic side characters who’s stories managed to weave with Alein’s so seamlessly is incredible.
Hands down the best book I have read this year so far.
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Miss Quinny Rating (5 / 5)
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