Queen of Shadows Review

Queen of Shadows Cover

Spoiler Alert!

If you haven’t read any of the previous books in The Throne of Glass series, read at your own risk!

Queen of Shadows Book Review

“…when I make you moan, Aelin.” – Sarah J. Maas

It is here! On September 1, the long awaited fourth book, appropriately entitled Queen of Shadows, in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series was released. *takes a moment of silence* Okay, I think I’ve recovered enough from my excitement to begin. I’ve been waiting for this book for about a year and let me tell you the wait was worth it – especially since the end of book three, Heir of Fire, had me like… WHAT!?

The 656 paged book picks up close to where the third book ended, where the long lost Queen of Terrasen, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, is returning to Adarlan after overcoming her past and wayward magic. Her plan – to exact some pretty hefty revenge on her former master Arobynn Hamel, assassinate the King of Adarlan, rescue her cousin Aedion from execution, and save her friend the Crown Prince Dorian from a horrific fate. The odds aren’t exactly stacked in Aelin’s favor but Maas works the storyline and characters to weave it into a powerful tale of hope, loss, love, and redemption.

Queen of Shadows has favored returning characters, such as Chaol, Dorian, Aedion, and Rowan, along with further explored backgrounds of Lysandra and Mannon. Sam returns as a mentioned secondary character, just not in the way avid fans are hoping. Sorry everyone like Maas said in an interview – Sam is dead and not coming back. However his presence in the book strengthens the reasoning behind Aelin and the decisions she makes. It also shows how love doesn’t fully die. New characters, or rather returning characters from book one or the novellas, make an appearance starring Kaltain, Nesryn, and Elide.

The book switches perspectives to get a feel for what all the characters are going through whether they are in Adarlan or in Morath. Any surprises and new twists are tactfully done and really help move the progression along. Each character has a say, a story. Readers get to watch the characters grow in realistic ways making them seem real rather than fictional. There is Dorian who is losing himself to the darkness. Chaol is plunged into despair over past mistakes. Mannon has a choice to make between obeying her superiors and or standing up for her beliefs. Aedion who has to adjust after his dreams are unfulfilled… Need I say more?

I experienced a flurry of emotions throughout reading Queen of Shadows, especially during the last 100 pages of the book, but I highly suggest the series to any fantasy, romance, and adventure lovers out there.

Check out what the critiques are saying –

  • “Character motivations and interactions. . . are always nuanced and on point, especially as Aelin’s growing maturity offers her new perspectives on old acquaintances. . . Impossible to put down.” (Kirkus Reviews)
  • “Fans of the high-fantasy series likely won’t mind the protracted story at all, packed as it is with brooding glances, simmering sexual tension, twisty plot turns, lush world building, and snarky banter. . . The final chapters of this installment promise more epic adventures and badder bad guys to defeat in forthcoming volumes.” (Booklist)

On a final note – Queen of Shadows can be purchase at bookstores like BN.com, Amazon, or borrowed from your local library.

So what are you waiting for? Go out and get your copy today!

Happy reading everyone!

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