For all those who said that Celaena Sardothien was not assassin enough: well, here she comes. Except now she is also a Queen.
All Hail Queen of Terrasen
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas brings us right back to where we started: Celaena, now officially Aelin, returns to Rifthold in all her assassin glory, badass bodysuit included. But not to the glass castle. No, this time, it is the city itself. And so, at long last, we see Rifthold from an angle we never got before: the slums, the streets, the underground. With it, we finally get a glimpse of Celaena before Endovier.
Now that Aelin has faced her tragic past in the most brutal way possible, she is ready to deal with her former master Arobyn Hamel and all that he has done to her. And to Sam.
It will not be pretty.
Neither will be her confrontation with the King of Adarlan. Because it is time to deal with him too.
And her court of dreamers
Aelin is undeniably badass, but she also shows a vulnerable side because the responsibility laying on her shoulders gets more crushing every day. Thankfully, she has an incredible cast of characters supporting her.
Of course, we have Rowan. The person who sees all of Aelin and is not afraid. What I loved most about Rowan and Aelin’s relationship in Queen of Shadows is how the initial separation allowed them both to see each other in a different light. Now that there is no evil queen holding the leash, now that they have walked out of that dark place together… Their dynamic changes. Naturally, I loved every moment of it.
The new additions to Aelin’s inner circle do not disappoint either. Quite the contrary. Aedion, in particular, can easily make one cry with his devotion to his queen. They both have walked a very dark path so far, but at last, they meet again.
Speaking of dark paths… Dorian’s journey in this book can be summarised in one word: suffering. Both his and yours.
Chaol, once again, shows incredible developments. One can argue about his attitude towards magic, but one cannot deny that his love and loyalty to Dorian is unshakeable. No matter what. Queen of Shadows proves just how true that is. It also shows his less pleasant side.
Then, opposite Aelin and her group of rebels are Manon and the witches, deep in the darkness of Morath. Manon is as anti-hero as they come, but as a character, she is fantastic. Just imagining what she could do if she ever allied with Aelin had me trembling for the entirety of her chapters.
The lurking darkness, though, is real. And must be dealt with. Soon.
So in love that it’s not even funny anymore
Queen of Shadows is hands down my favourite in the series so far and abso-freaking-lutely epic in all aspects. It has it all: blossoming friendships, tender romances, dangerous alliances, precious bonds, and so, so much glorious gory action. From Arobynn to the King of Adarlan, Aelin bulldozes through every obstacle standing in her way.
If I wasn’t already head over heels in love with Aelin as a protagonist/narrator, this book would’ve done it. (But, of course, she had me from the first chapter of the first book.) Her badassery and swagger as an assassin versus her insecurities and responsibilities as a queen create the most intoxicating mix. Her promises to Dorian, her bond with Rowan, her relationship with Chaol, her reunion with Aedion, her friendship with Lysandra… Heir of Fire was the turning point, Queen of Shadows solidifies the foundation of this new Aelin who is ready and willing to rattle the stars. And make the world over.
Honestly, words are just not enough to convey my love for this book.
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass #4
Published by Bloomsbury on September 1st 2015
Fae, Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.