Review + Giveaway: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas

My Thoughts

Queen of Shadows is Maas’ most exciting and evocative
Throne of Glass book yet.

6stars

Synopsis

Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

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 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.

My Review

As first seen on USA Today HEA blog

With Queen of Shadows, Sarah J. Maas delivers the best, most exciting installment yet in the much-loved Throne of Glass series. Each page teems with fierce intensity, romantic tension, and propulsive suspense as power, magic and evil surge in this high-stakes saga. Reading 645 pages has never been so fun, so thrilling, and so entirely satisfying with Maas’ vivid world, multidimensional characters and intricate plotting making the book impossible to put down.

Aelin Galathynius has finally embraced her destiny. Now, she fights to free those she loves from the brutal clutches of the evil King of Adarlan. She fights to light up the shadows that for ten years have enslaved her people. And she fights to reclaim her throne as Queen of Terrasen.

“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.”

And once again, our lethal and fiery heroine does not disappoint. As we’ve come to expect, her cunning mind and physical prowess dominate, but her growing maturity is evidenced throughout in her thoughts, decisions and as she faces the ghosts of her past.

Back at Rifthold, however, retribution and scheming go hand in hand, as she pays a visit to her old master, the ruthless King of the Assassins, Arobynn Hamel. In order to save Prince Dorian from grasp of his deviant father, she must outwit the man who taught her everything. In addition, evil forces amass while swords clash and shadows dance menacingly in the streets around her.

“She was a whirling cloud of death, a queen of shadows…”

Meanwhile, in Morath, Wing Leader Manon tries to uncover the nefarious plans of Duke Perrington while intensifying dissention unsettles the mighty cavalry of witches—the feared Thirteen. Plot points begin to converge and twine excitingly, the more we near to the story’s emotional conclusion.

We of course see a lot of the powerful Fae prince Rowan, as well as the tortured and capable Chaol, who continues to struggle with his ever-shifting reality. Throughout the course of the novel, however, there is significant and satisfying character growth. Aelin’s romantic entanglements indeed straighten out, as her feelings for both Rowan and Chaol become clear. Maas handles this delicate situation expertly and I believe that both Team Chaol and Team Rowan readers will delight at the turn of events by the story’s end.

“You make me want to live… Not survive; not exist. Live.”

Queen of Shadows was also perhaps the most evocative book to date in the series, with poignant moments between characters (old and new), as Maas explores the fragile and complicated bonds between friends, lovers, allies and enemies. More than anything, this latest release is intensely addictive and mesmeric, with lots of surprises that will leave readers hungry for more. Lucky for us, two more books await before Aelin Ashryver Galathynius’ epic adventure comes to an end.

“Let’s go rattle the stars.”

 

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Reading Order

The Assassin’s Blade can be read after Throne of Glass.

 

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  1. Thanks for hosting this international giveaway vilma! I absolutely love ur qos review! It’s simply perfect! I love ur choice of words. 🙂

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