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BOOK REVIEW: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

| 12 September 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

 

Bloomsbury
September 2015
Paperback, £7.99 GBP
Reviewed by Aly Locatelli

9.5/10

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Reviews for:

The Assassin’s Blade
Throne of Glass
Crown of Midnight
Heir of Fire

 

Then she smiled with every last shred of courage, of desperation, of hope for the glimmer of that glorious future. Let’s go rattle the stars.”

 

The Throne of Glass series are my favourite books of all time. Maas weaves a story of revenge, war, romance and mystery to create a series unlike any other. This isn’t your typical high fantasy love story – oh, no. This is a story about assassins, queens and kings, witches, death, war, revenge, hatred and friendships strong enough to withstand almost anything. This is a story about secrets left to rot in the dark, only to be uncovered by the most unlikely of allies. It’s a story about finding one’s true self and fighting for what is right.

It’s a story that one can, in many ways, relate to.

Picking up where Heir of Fire left off, Celaena Sardothien is back in Riftold to avenge the deaths of her loved ones, save her cousin Aedion and her best friend, Dorian, and start a war to free her people from the ruthless king’s slavery.

And she’s taking no prisoners.

But Riftold is not the glamourous city she had left behind. Public executions are held in the square twice a day; the prince is enslaved in a prison that is killing him bit by bit; Chaol Westfall, the Captain of the Royal Guard and Celaena’s former lover, is no longer the man she thought he was. Not only that, but monsters travel through the sewers of the cities, claiming men and women and holding them prisoners so as to feed off of their nightmares, and rumour has it that the king is building a huge, unforgiveable army that might very well destroy the world.

I am going to destroy everything you love.”

Celaena is ruthless in Queen of Shadows. She is the epitome of death, and does not fear anything or anyone. She is ready to take back what is rightfully hers, whatever the cost.

Throne of Glass was the beginning of an epic story about freedom and fighting for what is right; Crown of Midnight brought forth mystery and questions the readers hadn’t even thought about asking themselves before; Heir of Fire was an agonising journey of loss and betrayal and finding one’s true self… and Queen of Shadows is about finally starting a war to end all wars, of finally reclaiming what is rightfully Celaena’s, of leaving behind her old self to embrace her real self.

She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.

I am fangirling just thinking about this book. Many have said that Queen of Shadows was disappointing compared to its predecessors but, in my opinion, this instalment was the best, overriding my soft spot for Crown of Midnight and the end of Heir of Fire. Queen of Shadows was everything I’d hoped for and more, filling me with emotions so fierce I could hardly breathe, weaving a plot so deceptive, so good that I could not put the book down even if I tried. We see old characters, finally get closure on certain events, see the blossoming of a fierce, passionate romance that could very well destroy the hearts of every fan out there, and there is enough fighting, blood and gore to make up for the lack of them in the first three books. Unfortunately, in an effort to avoid spoilers, giving much information about the plot is impossible. Just know that if you enjoyed the other books in the series, you will love this one, and should definitely get your hands on it ASAP.

Oh, yes. Queen of Shadows is definitely a favourite. Sarah J. Maas has done it again.

 (Queen of Shadows is Book 4 in the Throne of Glass series.)

 

Category: Book Reviews, Other Reviews

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21. A reader, a writer, a reviewer and a full-time sloth lover. I am addicted to coffee and my laptop, and love reading especially when it's rainy outside.

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