Book Reviews

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas book review

Oh holy hell I haven’t been on here for so long! I’ve been working overtime at my job getting ready for Christmas that I’ve hardly had time to think, let alone read and blog :S

I had read a book previously to the one I’m about to review but seeing as I only got half way through and couldn’t read it anymore I thought it best not to review.

But this one… This one I have to review!



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 will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. 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.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

I loved the first three books and this one was no different.

Queen of Shadows followed on from when Aelin aka Celaena comes back from Wendlyn. Things back home haven’t been so great. Dorian is now enslaved in his own body, Chaol is now a rebel trying to free Dorian, her cousin, Aedion is imprisoned in the palace and is about to be executed and her former keeper Arobynn is still a pain in her ass and Rowan, the annoying Fae from Wendlyn is in her thoughts and won’t go away.

Aelin has to do a lot of things in this book, but the most important to her is freeing Aedion. With the reluctant help of Chaol and his band of rebels they help free Aedion from being executed but it comes at a price.

Dorian is enslaved to a Valg prince and is trying to not let him take over but its hard. Aelin knows that the best thing for Dorian would be to kill him but she can’t even though she knows she should.

When Rowan arrives to see her and help its clear there is something more than just friendship and the Blood Oath between them but both of them have been hurt by love before and neither of them are willing to let passion get in there way… well sort of 😛

Throughout it all Aelin must fight without her Fae powers and just rely on her Assassins training. Magic is still blocked in Adarlan and needs to be freed.

But can Aelin save all of those she loves or will there be tragedy along the way?

Okay so not a very good summary but in my defence there is 640 pages roughly and a lot goes on. I can remember it but trying to get it all down in a summary is hard!

Just know that the book was awesome!

Seriously it was just as action packed and so full of kick ass as the other three books were.

Aelin/Celaena is such an amazing female character. She’s full of fight and spunk and arrogance that you cannot help but love her. If she was in a Game of Thrones book she would be similar to Daenerys with the fighting spirit of Arya. She is that awesome. She knows what she wants and she gets it. Free her cousin? Done. Kill Arobynn Hamel? Well you’ll have to read the book. Go after the person who killed her family? Oh revenge is definitely sweet. Aelin will make a great Queen when she gets back to Terrasen. Because of how she is, people seem to follow her and she’ll have a great backing of supporters once she takes the throne. Aelin is a character who seems cool and confident on the outside but on the inside she hurts and loves like everyone else. She lost the love of her life, Sam, at the hands of Arobynn (the prequel books cover it and it gets mentioned throughout the books). That hurt makes her unable to trust people. That and she’s been lied to her entire life. Dorian is a great friend for her and although she has a brief love affair with Chaol and I was all Chaol this and Chaol that in one of my previous reviews for the third book and didn’t want her to end up with Rowan… Well… That has totally changed now haha.

Dorian. Ah Dorian. His trapped by the Valg prince inside of him and can’t do anything about it. The only time he can think for himself is when he’s briefly around Manon Blackbeak and the Valg prince inside him shrinks away. I won’t tell you what happens to him as that will be a spoiler but feels. I did feel for him.

Chaol. God he’s annoying in this one! I loved him in previous books but this one he got on my nerves. Simply because he wouldn’t let Aelin explain anything and yeah okay he’s smarting from her rejection and maybe a little jealous but dude come on! You betrayed her and yeah she cut you with her nails but she had every reason too. She lost her best friend because of it. And besides, I have a feeling that Chaol didn’t truly love her anyway. The sight of her in her fae form in either book 2 or 3 scared him and he didn’t like it. If he had of loved her he would have accepted her. And besides, he’s totally in love with Nesryn! I do like how him and Aelin came to a place of agreement and parts of the old friendship they had shone through towards the end.

Aedion. Damn. He may be Aelin’s cousin but they are sooooo alike and that’s why I loved him too. He’s just as arrogant and cocky as she is and he fights for what’s right and what he believes in. He’s Aelin’s twin and confidant and he loves her (not in that way but in a family way) He’s loyal to her and will do anything to protect her, even if that does mean him and Rowan clash at times and their ‘territorial male fae bullshit’ comes through at times. I really want Aedion to fall for Lysandra.

Rowan. Ah Rowan. The new love of my life. He’s lost a lot like Aelin has and finds it hard to trust too but together they make each other whole. Make each other want to live. They snap at each other but you can see how much they care for each other. The passion tensed scenes they had in the book… god damn it Sarah J Maas! Rowan is perfect for Aelin. Simply because of how well they get on each others nerves and how well they look out for each other. I am totally in love with them. OTP!

Manon Blackbeak has a lot to deal with in this book and a lot of truths come out about the past and what it is they are truly doing. I’m not saying too much on her either but I do kinda want to see her with Dorian… (oo-er!)

Lysandra. She’s Aelin’s frenemy. They always vied for Arobynn’s attention when they were in the Keep but in this book they come to a truce and actually become friends. I love her secret too and what she does during the fight they have.

This book was brilliant and I loved every second of it. I love getting lost in the world Sarah J Maas has created and I loved how involved you get with the characters. Its like you are right there with them, feeling what they feel and doing what they do.

It was full of action and fighting and they kicked ass even more so in this book. I really didn’t want it to end and I totally need a 5th book (and there will be a 5th book because of what happened in this one.)

Sarah J Maas is a brilliant fantasy YA writer and I encourage everyone to read her books. You won’t be disappointed when you do.

5 out of 5 stars.


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