Slowly but surly I am making my way through the ‘Throne of Glass’ series, in hopes of being done before the final installment, Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7), is released on October 23, 2018.
Was Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) epic enough to keep me moving forward with the series? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK (September 1, 2015)
Print Length: 645 pages
Audiobook Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
Narrator: Elizabeth Evans
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.
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) is a near perfect fourth installment in the ever popular ‘Throne of Glass’ series that is a must read for anyone looking for action, adventure, romance, and war.
Taking place directly following the events of Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3), Queen of Shadows sees Celaena returning to the Rifthold, hell bent on revenge for the people who have been taken from her and the kingdom which is rightfully hers.
Sarah J. Maas is a wizard of writing, everyone should bow down. Once again her world building was brilliant, easily moving forward the story her characters while also making subtle calls to previous installments. The only thing I found to differ between Queen of Shadows and previous books in the ‘Throne of Glass’ series is the pacing of it was quite a bit slower. However, with at least six main characters to follow and update the reader on, I can’t fault Maas too much for this.
In my review for Heir of Fire I mentioned that I was less than impressed with Manon’s interjection into the party. However, in Queen of Shadows, the Wing Leader of the Blackbeak witch-clan grew on me so much that I wouldn’t mind if Maas chose to write a side story, or series of side stories on her. She’s offensive, ill-behaved, and ore than a little indelicate, but the comradery she feels towards the thirteen, as well as how she warmed up to, and eventually rescues Elide, made her one of my favourite characters of this book. Other notable characters of Queen of Shadows include my favourite assassin Celaena, her tough as nails Fae Prince Rowan, and the wise talking, joke cracking general Aedion. The only character to get under my skin this time around was Chaol, and it was only because I felt that his only purpose in Queen of Shadows was to make Celaena feel incredibly guilty about all of the choices she has made thus far.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas. Have any YA fantasy recommendations? Leave your recommendation below and help my TBR grow.