Friday, October 9, 2015

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release: September 1, 2015
Pages: 648
Series: Throne of Glass
Review: 5 Stars!


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.

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First Impressions

This book is the love of my life. I was excited to read it as soon as I got as, since it's the fourth book in the series. Queen of Shadows is a fangirl's dream. I just want to snuggle this book and read it a million times. The book is super fast paced, and super fun. You won't be able to put it down! I don't know if I can review any more without spoiling, heck, I know I can't, so be warned! The non-spoilery part is over!


Aelin is the most kick-butt of kick-butt girls in existence. Kick-butt women more like. Aelin has finally shred the identity of Celaena Sardothien, and she means business. She's finally ready to accept her role as queen, and already I can tell that she'll be a great one. Aelin cares immensely for those close to her, and will do anything for them. I want Aelin to be my best friend.

There are ton more awesome and new primary and secondary characters. We see more of Aedion, who is awesome. I love his and Aelin's interactions. Even though they're cousins, it's like they're long-lost siblings. You know they'll do anything for each other, which is an awesome thing to see in a novel.

Lysandra is spectacular. She is spunky, sassy, and plain awesome. She's a courtesan who Aelin hated when they were younger, but now they realize they might be better off as friends.

Of course, I saved the best for last. If you haven't met Rowan, you don't know what you're missing. I love, love, love him. I ship him and Aelin SO much! He's perfect in every situation, except when it comes to some emotions. He and Aelin have been through similar situations, so they can relate to each other as well as grow closer because of their shared loss.


Sarah J. Maas is a goddess in human flesh. I devoured her words. I've actually already read Queen of Shadows twice. She spins words like other, I don't even know what. Her skill is unmatched by all who live. I've met Sarah once, a couple years ago, but I want to meet her again so I can give her the biggest of hugs.


Considering this is the fourth book, you'd think all the world-building is done, but that is far from true. Sarah continually expends her world, and gives us new people and locales to explore. You really end up needing the map in the front of the book. Here it is for those who are curious:

It was fun being back in Rifthold after spending much of Heir of Fire in Wendlyn. It'll be even cooler to see Aelin in her homeland in the next book though. Now I just have to wait a year till I get my next fix.

Author Bio:

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.

A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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