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.
Too often, when I’m so so excited for a new book, I build it up in my head to the point where it would be impossible to love it as much as I want to. My expectations become too high, and in the end I’m let down. I know it’s a bad habit, and I wish I didn’t do it! Last year, from the moment I finished Sarah J. Maas’ Heir of Fire, I began to look forward to Throne of Glass book 4. I seriously thought about this upcoming book every single day for a year. I have never in my life looked forward to a book as much as I did Queen of Shadows. I know what you’re thinking, too high expectations and whatnot, I thought that too. I was so worried that I was going to ruin this new book in my favorite series.
Queen of Shadows is the best book I have ever read.
Yes, that is my personal opinion, and I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, and that’s fine. Never before has a book affected me so much. Queen of Shadows evoked more emotion for me than life in general usually does. I don’t cry. I don’t get mushy. This book had me choked up more times than I could count. Maas is absolutely brilliant at conveying emotion and pulling at the hearts of her readers. The way she describes everything, from settings to appearances to character emotions, is so detailed and beautiful, building a world that is easy to become attached to.
I’ve always enjoyed the character’s that Maas has created. In Queen of Shadows she has taken the beloved characters from the Throne of Glass series to an entirely new level. There was so much growth seen from all of the main, and several minor, characters. After years of investment in this series, it’s amazing to see the characters we have fallen absolutely in love with become so well rounded.
Queen of Shadows was action packed from the first page. As much as I loved Heir of Fire, it was a much slower story than the rest of the series. Queen of Shadows provides a refreshingly fast pace, which is good because this book is HUGE. I didn’t feel overwhelmed reading it though because so much happened and it all flowed so well.
I cannot wait for the next installment in this series. I can’t imagine anything topping Queen of Shadows for me, but hey, I thought that with the last book and well, I was wrong. Sarah J. Maas is a fantastic storyteller and I have no doubt that she will continue to deliver amazing books for readers to devour. I’m already thinking about when I’ll have time for a reread of Queen of Shadows.