Book Review for “Queen of Shadows” by Sarah J. Maas

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I can’t believe I’m already finished with book four in the Throne of Glass series, Queen of Shadows! This book was much larger than the first three and the next three, not including the prequel, are HUGE. I still have a ton of reading left in this series which makes me very happy because I’m honestly in love with it. There will be spoilers in this 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 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 for her. 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.

My Thoughts

If you would have asked me how I felt about this book 75% of the way through I would have said that it was good but at times did not hold my attention. That doesn’t mean that exciting things weren’t happening because they were, those events were just farther spaced apart than in the previous three books. However, that last 25% bumped up the action. I actually have a few different things I want to discuss so it’s time for a bullet list!

  • The character development in this book is outstanding for all the characters but especially for a certain few. When I read Throne of Glass and was first introduced to Kaltain Rompier I assumed she would be a minor character. Her development was amazing because I was able to go from disliking her in the first book to loving/my heart breaking for her in this one. Manon Blackbeak is another that has already changed so much from just the previous book, Heir of Fire. I loved Manon from the get go but I love when characters are multifaceted and change even more.
  • I can’t wait to see more of Elide Lochan who has witch blood and Lysandra who is a shapeshifter. Up until now they’ve both been more minor characters but throughout this book we get to know them better. They have a few amazing moments and they’re both overall great characters.
  • I like Rowan much more in this book than in the previous one. I absolutely love Aelin and him together.
  • Some key characters that really needed to die are killed in this book so… loved that.
  • The ending for this book was overall happy which is rare, lol. I know terrible things are coming in the next few books so I’m enjoying this moment of peace.

Even though Queen of Shadows was slower paced until the end, it’s still a great book. There’s so many twists and turns, some shocking revelations and the start of a very spicy romance. Now to start the next, Empire of Storms! That review won’t be up next week but the week after because next week will be all my favorite books from 2018. I’d love to know what you thought about this book or my review. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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