Queen of Shadows | Review + Discussion

Title: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy

Rating:

  

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.

  
SO MUCH AMAZEBALLS IN THIS BOOK. SO MUCH.

Okay, first of all, I would highly recommend reading The Assassin’s Blade before reading this book. It’s definitely not essential, but I think you’ll enjoy it the most if you do it that way.

SARAH J. MAAS’ WRITING. It’s beautiful, addicting, heartbreaking, powerful. IT’S EVERYTHING GOOD IN THIS WORLD. Her writing is the very magic seen in her stories.

This book was actually a lot more character-driven than the other books in her series. Which, of course, I loved. Don’t get me wrong—the amount of action in this book was insanity, but we definitely really got to know all the characters better.

Really, this book should just be called AELIN SLAYS EVERYTHING.

There were some new characters introduced in this book, some brought in from The Assassin’s Blade, and it really amped up both the drama and the fun. This book also changes how you feel about old characters, at least it did for me and all other people with sanity.

And yes, one certain male faerie prince received plenty of page-time. PLENTY.

It’s hard to compete with Heir of Fire, but this book did it and did it well. Queen of Shadows is the best book yet!

  
THE SPOLER-FREE SECTION IS ENDING! LEAVE IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED!

Okay.

CHAOL. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU. I can’t believe I was ever Team Chaol. From the very first interaction with Chaol, he’s an insufferable pighead. Just went ahead and blamed Aelin for everything. Really, Chaol? Really? It’s a good thing that Rowan wasn’t there…Chaol realized he shouldn’t have just blamed her for everything later, but still. Now that’s etched in my mind.

I’m intrigued by Nesryn, she’s an interesting character. Though I don’t love her as much as Lysandra, who is seriously my hero.

“Or gobble down a box of chocolates without someone telling me I’d better watch my figure—tell me you like chocolates. You do, right? I remember stealing a box from your room once when you were out killing someone. They were delicious.”

Need I say more?

The way Aelin swooped in and saved Aedion was epic, but of course Aedion had ruin it all when he got back by being annoying. He’s all “it’s my right to have the blood oath,” he’s so obsessed with having this one thing, not serving his Queen. His priorities just seem so backward to me. He too, gets better by the end of the book, but it still bothers me.

And then—page 233—ROWAN COMES! At first it’s excruciating because Aelin spent basically all of Heir of Fire talking about how she and Rowan were JUST FRIENDS and then when she finally realized that they’re more than that, ROWAN SCREWS EVERYTHING UP. It doesn’t matter that she’s your Queen, or that you’re 300 years older and immortal, YOU’RE MEANT FOR EACH OTHER. Honestly. Men.

BUT SARAH J. MAAS DOES NOT FAIL US. SHE MADE IT HAPPEN. THE ROWAN + AELIN RELATIONSHIP IS REAL. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

  

Manon gave a snarl that made the hair on Elide’s neck rise. “We can only tug so much at the leash.”

“Leashes can snap,” Asterin challenged.

“So can your neck,” Manon said.

Oh, Manon. How we have missed you.

Though I have softened towards Manon, I can understand Asterin’s frustration. What the duke and Vernon are doing is despicable.

I’m not sure what to make of Elide yet, I’m interested by her character, but I don’t quite trust her, though I’m not sure why.

And finally Aronynn was killed. Yes, I do feel guilty saying that about someone’s death, but Aronynn was truly evil, so I’m relieved that he’s gone.

Though I was terrified when Lysandra was captured, her rescue brought so much excitement, because Manon and Aelin finally met! Of course, that happened because Chaol decided to screw everything up. And then when Aelin went to rescue him, and she screwed everything up by taunting the witches. STUPID. SO STUPID! And then, because of it, Rowan was shot with an arrow that was aimed for Aelin. So yeah, nice going.

I’m really glad that Aelin saved Manon’s life, because I feel like this means they’ll team up in the next book, and I’m really excited for that.

I started sobbing when Asterin told Manon about her stillborn and how the old man still looked like he was waiting for someone. It was just so sad. And surprising, you wouldn’t expect it from Asterin.

We can’t ignore that epic ending. I was so sure that either Chaol or Aedion was going to die, and as previously mentioned, I didn’t really mind. Thankfully-ish, that didn’t happen. I loved how Lorcan swooped in to help, and when magic released, I loved how Lysandra shapeshifted into a ghost leopard. And Dorian! We got Dorian back! He was always in there!

I’m still a little confused about the king. Was he good? Or always bad? Then again, he is dead now so I suppose it’s not entirely relevant.

My heart was so happy when Maon went to rescue Elide, because it meant she was becoming more human and less ruthless. Not to mention that demolition courtesy to shadowfire, now that was EPIC.

Do any of you have predictions for the next book? What team are you on? Let me know in the comments!

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Thy TBR of September 

There are some books that I’m practically salivating over, so I’m excited to share them with you!

  
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Don’t tell me you’re surprised. I’ve dedicated two posts to this book—two. This only shows what an amazing author Sarah J. Maas is, and the power she has over so many of us!

 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The crazy amount of amazing reviews I’ve read about this book would make me insane not to read it. Diversity, original plot, what other reasons do you need to read it?

 
The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

In August I read the first book in this series, The Demon King, and I really enjoyed it. With that ending, I can tell that the rest of the series can only get better! 

  
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I’m very, VERY hesitant about this book. I’m not a fan of vampires. The only books I’ve ever finished that included vampires are the Shadowhunter Chronicles, and even then the story rarely focused on them. But I can’t ignore all the good reviews, so I think I’ll give this book a try.

My goal is to read these books and 16 others so I can complete my reading challenge of 105 books for the year! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do it, my I’m ready to try!

What book are you planning to read about? Let me know!

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Mailing Address: P. O. Box 86907

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While We Wait For Queen of Shadows | Book Tag

Some of you may have noticed I’ve been eagerly awaiting Queen of Shadows, which will be released tomorrow. I mean, I did dedicate this entire post to describe the agony of the wait. Which is why I was delighted to find that Kelsey over at Don’t You Shush Me not only created this lovely tag, but also tagged me! Thank you, Kelsey! 

Favorite Book by Sarah J. Maas and Why?

  

WHAT THIS IS TOO HARD. I’m going to have to go for a tie between ACOTAR and Heir of Fire. I loved both of these books so much, ACOTAR because I love both fae and retellings and Heir of Fire because fae, once again, and Rowan. Rowan was definitely a high point. 

Favorite Character in the Throne of Glass series and Why?

Uh, Rowan. I thought I made this clear. Why? He is a faerie. A faerie. Also Nehemia, but uh…

Which Team are You On? (Dorian, Chaol, or Rowan)

Oh, hmm, let me see, ROWAN. 

Guys. Come on. Keep up. Though it was originally Chaol, but he was really getting on my nerves in Heir of Fire and Rowan was there being a faerie and all. Guys, a faerie. 

How Long Have You Had to Wait Between Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows?

I’m luckier than most, actually. I read Heir of Fire back in April, so I’ve had five months to wait, which is significantly better than a year, I’ll admit. But still. It’s been excruciating.

What are your favorites out of the books that have helped you pass the time waiting for the next Sarah J. Maas release?

Wow, this is a hard one. Well, my favorite books that I’ve read since Heir of Fire would be The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I would definitely recommend those two books!

When do You Think You’ll get a Chance to Read Queen of Shadows?

Tomorrow. As soon as it comes out. Please, I’m not an amateur. 

What Would You say to Recommend Sarah J. Maas books to Someone who has Never Read Them?

Assuming I can form coherent sentences, I might say this:

“Her writing is so addicting and all her characters are just—UGH I LOVE IT ALL SO MUCH.”

Hmm, no, I don’t think I would be able to form coherent sentences. 

Since I’m not exactly sure who’s a fan of the series or not, I’m not going to tag anyone, but if the wait for Queen of Shadows is agonizing you, do this tag!

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Mailing Address: P. O. 86907 

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Book Agony | Waiting for a Book Release

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas is only five days away. 5 DAYS. It’s so close, and yet, so far.

It all began when I finished Heir of Fire. I was on that lovely little book high, the book was fabulous! 

  
Then, I whizzed onto goodreads and looked up Queen of Shadows. That’s when a wave of panic hit me. I have to wait till September 1st?!

  

Waiting would be torture, waiting would be—

  
Of course, I moved on to distraction. But no book satisfied my need. Not even an episode of Gilmore Girls could cheer me up. It all came back to the same feeling.

  
What do we all go to when in emotional pain? Yes. That’s right. I began to eat.

  
And, of course, the next step was retail therapy. But I didn’t even want to buy anything, all I wanted was to cradle Queen of Shadows in my hand and read every single word.

  
Well, I thought, If I can’t have Queen of Shadows, I might as well immerse myself in the world. And so I did. I looked at all the fan art, I compulsively bought every pin, every phone case, every tote bag that even slightly resembled the series. 

  
Then, as I obsessively casually waited in a bookstore for Queen of Shadows, I noticed a shiny cover resting on a shelf. Well, maybe I could read that while I wait, I thought. I move towards it…

  
I couldnt stop reading. Every word kept me trapped inside the book until the very last page. As quickly as I could, I ran to goodreads and looked at the release of the sequel. 

I have to wait until 2016?!

It’s a vicious, vicious cycle.

I hope you enjoyed that, have you been enduring book agony lately? Let me know in the comments, along with any questions or requests! Have a wonderful day!

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 86907

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