Queen of Shadows is book 4 in the Throne of Glass series. This book contains a ton of conflict resolution. Alliances are made and major things gets fixed. Of course, some new issues come up, things that have to be resolved before a happily ever after is possible.
I am not going to lie. I read the early reviews of Queen of Shadows and became really worried about the fate of this series and my enjoyment of this book. It turns out that, for me, nothing could stop me from enjoying this book. This read was just as addictive and epic as everything else I have read in this series.
This is the non-spoilery section.
This book brings us right into Rifthold, Celaena‘s old stomping grounds as a training assassin. There we find characters familiar from the novellas in Assassin’s Blade. Abroynn and Celaena are going to talk about the past and hash out who is the best trickster. Although the people may look familiar, Celaena is not the same person she was in Throne of Glass. She has been growing as a character and now she is Aelin through and through. She is still an absolute bad-ass, but since she got to really be Fae, she doesn’t want to go back to just being Celaena anymore. Facing people from her past is going to solidify her future.
In this book we see her making real progress toward claiming her place as the Queen of Terrasen. She is setting up her court, making real plans to enact justice, and setting up alliances for the future. There is still the issue of a few missing wyrdkeys so there is a lot of potentially epic fight scenes and in half of this book we see Aelin sneaking around and setting things up for the future. This was awesome from her and a bit frustrating. Where’s the trust? But there is so much more going on that I was really distracted by everyone else and their drama. So I found other places to put my interest.
One of the main people in the dark from Aelin’s actions is Chaol. Chaol has also done a lot of learning and growing throughout the series. One thing remains absolutely clear for him thou, he is absolutely loyal to Dorian no matter what. Since Dorian isn’t really himself anymore this creates major conflict for Chaol. How to be loyal at this point?
For anyone still holding out hope for Celaena and Chaol, I am here to tell you that that ship has sunk. Chaol needs to starts looking at other options, but he doesn’t have to look very far. But then…
Rowan is absent from the beginning of this story, but don’t worry, he shows up at just the perfect moment for Aelin. Rowan and Aelin still have issues. Aelin is going to mishandle this man throughout this story. They are moving toward something, but it is at a turtle’s pace. Rowan and Aelin are a complex ship, still, that hopefully gets hashed out in future installments.
Rowen and Aedion finally meet face to face, and it is a beautiful thing to behold. Even though I was highly anticipating Aelin and Aedion meeting, his admiration and similarity to Rowan was the thing that really stuck with me.
We are going to meet with some characters and make new alliances here. I got one word for this, Lysandra
Manon‘s part gets major attention. Manon meets a girl names Elide and everything is going to be questioned. Elide and Kaitlin are going to play into Manon’s next moves. You may remember Katlain from …an earlier book in the series. I want to say Throne of Glass, but I might be wrong here.
Manon and Abraxos are still an unstoppable team. We don’t get as much Abraxos as I was hoping for but his actions in this story made me really wonder and speculate about him. Abraxos is almost like Manon’s conscience in this story. Manon and her thirteen are going to get even more awesome in this story. We get some insight into how a witch gets a heart and what their love looks like. We also learn about all kinds of cross breeding.
I am doing some major shipping for this series. First of course, I am so happy to point out that Rowan and Aelin are a thing. Yes! I do love being right. What I couldn’t understand about this was Aelin acting like a school girl with that lingerie. Rowan is, like, immortal, and too old for these games. That’s not to say that I don’t understand what she trying to do. I just think her actions showed her age.
Also, can we talk about Lysandra for a minute. Her powers are awesome! She is a shifter and tbh I would pick a beautiful person to shift into, as well. But then she has that ghost leopard thing and her character goes from extra in the cast to bad-ass heroine in her own right. I am so glad Aelin found a female friend. It’s just too bad that all of these females are making Nesryn look so boring.
Tbh, I would be the Nesryn if I lived in this book. She is like the only female without a powers or cool ancestry and she is probably going to end up with the Chaol, the nice guy in this series, (he is still the original nice guy, just really misunderstood in these magical times).
What the hell happened to Chaol?! This was a majorly shipped love interest, so his being paralyzed is not going well for this series. I just don’t like that. The fact that this world has magic and healers makes me think hope that is paralyses will be short lived, and I hope this is one of the first things to happen in book 5.
In all of this, I feel like I missed what Aedion’s special Fae thing was. He is at least half Fae and everyone Fae gets some super skill. Aelin gets to do fire and Dorian gets ice, Rowan shifts into an animal and so does Lysandra, what is Aedion’s magic like? He has to have something!
Also, I totally ship Aedion and Lysandra. I thing they should both turn into cool animals and run off into the forest for a HEA.
Dorian has some major things to sort out. He killed his father even though it was made clear that his father was being controlled by a Valg. Dorian is going to have some PTSD from all of this trauma. Maybe Manon and Dorain can sort it out together? Although with their damaged pasts together, this could go really badly.
Obviously, I ship Dorian and Manon. Dorian’s kingdom needs a happy romance. Dorian might just be powerful enough to keep Manon’s temper in check. I think there is real interest there plus they have both been betrayed by their families. I just want them to be together and fill Adarlan with witchling babies.
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I don’t care that everyone in these books keeps falling in and out of love. That is the nature of males and females working together. There are going to be alliances and there are going to be hook-ups. I am still going to root for some people to get a happy ever after. I am still most definitely a fan of this series. It just keeps getting better.
I feel like this book has moved from being YA to NA due to the ages, actions, and mature language of the characters. I really enjoyed this installment in the series. I am excited about the next two books. If history has taught us anything, it is that the next two books will be massive and epic. I know some people will disagree due to the turns the series has taken, but I am going to give this 5/5 stars. This is a solid book with major conflicts, epic romances, and world building unlike anything out there in book land.
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Also in this series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Empire of Storms
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Also by this author: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Empire of Storms
Hardcover provided by My Wallet (purchased)
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.
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