Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows

A Throne of Glass Novel

Book - 2015
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"Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Embracing her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, Celaena returns to the empire--for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past"--
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781619636040
Characteristics: 648 pages ;,25 cm.


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PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 28, 2018

This could have been a five-star novel. Could have been. Maas threw that switch from "Celaena the Assassin" to "Celaena/Aelin the Pure of Heart" in book two of this series, but it still irritates me. Yes, Aelin is out there slicing and dicing the bad guys like a Cuisinart without a lid, but now she's going so far as to save her enemies, an enemy that has shot her hot Fae man, because "'How can I take away somebody who means the world to someone else? Even if she's my enemy.'" Um, what? Wouldn't that include most people?

Beyond that, while Maas keeps a lot of relationship balls in the air, it's pretty easy to tell where they're all going. Aelin and Rowan now seem to be having the same conversations as Feyre and Rhys from her Court of Thorns and Roses series, aka, slightly nauseating "you're so hot!" "No, you're so hot!" "I'm so hot I'm not wearing any underwear!" Aelin seems to be worried about getting old while Rowan never ages, but if she can turn into a fae, and her cousin has fae powers, why is this a concern?

So anyway, because Aelin has this new love interest, Chaol is suddenly given backstory with another character, because we wouldn't want him to be alone. Suddenly someone else from Aelin's past is making googly eyes at another of her friends. You get the picture. The relationship side of the story makes me a little queasy, and Aelin's ability to change so completely doesn't work for me. And you can see where the story with the witches is going to go when Manon Blackback "fell to her knees in the grass." Really? Another 180? I bet we can all guess what that's going to mean down the road.

What does work for me is the story itself. Maas keeps adding detail to the world of Erilea. We get more backstory on the witches, how magic works, Aelin's family. This isn't nearly 700 pages for nothing. And all the while Maas is building to the rebels plans for returning magic to their continent. The fights, backstabbing, frontstabbing, and occasional side-stabbing are terrifically fast-paced, while the rebels try to figure out what they want to achieve and how. Once their plan is set into motion I could not put the book down. Each of the players is playing games inside of games and some double-crosses are even paid back after the grave. Watching the machinations and wondering who to trust was one of the most fun parts of the novel.

If you can get past the relationship jumps, this book is well worth the time for all the building it does and the amazing climax. I'll admit that I'm always a fan of the middle of a trilogy when we're left with things just about as bad as they can be, but things are happening in the background, setting us up for triumph. While Queen of Shadows doesn't end in the pit of despair, it has moved the pieces on the board nicely, and shown us that although we may escape the pit of despair, there's a chasm of woe just around the corner.

Apr 22, 2018

This installment continued with the new, excellent story progression of Heir of Fire, without too much obvious plot twists or easily predictable revelations. While I still prefer Heir of Fire to Queen of Shadows, this was still an epic story and I greatly enjoyed it. The only part that really irked me was the sheer groan-worthy sexually driven scenes that, while sometimes expected and greatly anticipated, were written with cringey dialogue and innuendo.

Aug 28, 2017

This is the best one of the series so far. It tied up so many loose ends from book three and finally brought some of the characters together. The encounter between Aelin and Manon was my favorite part, where these two badass women finally come together and meet. Especially after we have been following their story for so long.

The character development was great and the anticipation leading up to the final battle and even the trials before that were awesome. That said, I still think this book was too long. There were many moments I felt could have been cut. I understand it is Maas's style to give detail and have slow development but there were some moments where I was struggling with the plot, begging it to move along. Also the slow burn between Rowan and Aelin was torture, but a good torture.

Overall, this was my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series. I am excited to see how the characters and the plot continue to develop and expand. I'm anxious to see how all these threads tie up together.

kirstd31 Aug 25, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. The characters and story line are awesome. I can't wait to see what Aelin and Manon do next.

Aug 21, 2017

I thought the Heir of Fire could not be outdone but I was wrong this book is one of the best ones I've read in a long time.

Aug 06, 2017

I really love the whole series. I can't wait for the next book.

Jul 12, 2017

An amazing book! It blew my mind with so many plot twists and turns! ***spoilers*** I am really glad Rowan gave in on the end, but well, Aelin is right; she is in a lot of trouble. I kept on laughing out loud when Lysandra and Aelin tease each other or when she turns into a ghost leopard! And I can't believe what the king said at the end. I am still not sure whether he was lying or not. I love the way the author developed the settings and the world. I also like the how Aelin knows what she is doing, and surprises everyone, even the reader, when ever she puts her plans into action. The only thing I did not like in this book is the way Chaol acts in the beginning. But, then again, I guess every book needs an annoying character. Even if he is extremely stupid and annoying and a fool. To say the least.

Jul 04, 2017

I am in love with everyone in this book. <spoiler> I didn't think it would ever be possible, but I can even appreciate the king now that I've read his story and all he tried to do to save Dorian from the demons that already enslaved him </spoiler>
Aelin is back to square one- in Rifthold, posing as Celaena. She's looking for answers, for revenge, and for anything that might help her get back her throne. She knows Arobynn has her Amulet of Orynth, inside of which lies one of the Wyrdkeys, but she discovers upon her arrival that her cousin Aedion is scheduled for beheading because he betrayed Adarlan to try and help her cause. Also, it soon becomes apparent that her friend, the man she promised she would come back for, has been enslaved by the king, with a prince trapping him behind that black stone collar. She's going to need all the help she can get, even if it means dealing with an insufferable ex-Captain of the Guard and employing all of her wits to win Arobynn's game.
Manon is dealing with all the consequences of becoming Wing Leader. Which basically means waiting around like guard dogs until her master tells her to bite something. She and her Thirteen hate it, but it's what they got to do. Right? She follows orders, trying to please her grandmother's wishes and do her duty, but it quickly becomes apparent that sinister games are at play, and Manon might have to do what she can to quietly defy her 'allies'.
Elide is a slave, trapped by her Uncle Vernon in Morath, surrounded by witches, and just trying to find a way to escape. She doesn't care about the title she had in Terrasen, all she wants is to go far far away. She wonders if anyone remembers her, if anyone remembers her father or her mother, Marion. Who, it turns out, had some witch blood in her as Manon finds out before laying claim to Elide (even though Elide's blood runs red). The only hope that keeps Elide looking back towards Terrasen is the wish that Aelin made it out alive and is out there in the world somewhere, plotting to take back her throne...
Chaol is on a mission of his own, trying to kill as many Valg as he can and save as many people from the chopping block as possible. Working with a rebel group, he's unprepared to say the least for Aelin's return.
Dorian is trapped inside his body, unable to fight much longer against the demon prince that is taking control of his body, and soon his soul.

This series is amazing, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Sarah J. Maas is an incredible writer, and she delivers absolute gold to her readers.

Jan 24, 2017

When will this series end? Not any time soon, from the looks of it. I do NOT recommend this series.

Jan 01, 2017

i read the first 3 books as ebooks and i skim read them, however, this book was way too good to be skim read!

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Jul 12, 2017

"Let's go rattle the stars."

Oct 14, 2016

She smiled at last. And damn if it didn't kill him, the quiet joy in her face.

Oct 14, 2016

"You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live."

Jun 23, 2016

"Fire-breathing b*tch queen"

Aug 01, 2015

" fire breathing bitch-queen"


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Jun 10, 2016

Hard core female lead in this series who stays strong and clever throughout.

PrimaGigi Sep 21, 2015

"The queen has returned.

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.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena's epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world."

Aug 02, 2015

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak; but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life; and her future; forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed? .....JK We all know that's HOF( heir of fire )


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PrimaGigi Sep 21, 2015

Violence: Fighting

PrimaGigi Sep 21, 2015

Coarse Language: Cursing

PrimaGigi Sep 21, 2015

Sexual Content: Sexual romance between two main characters.

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