Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

Review: Queen of Shadows

I finished my re-read of Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas on Tuesday night. As with all the books so far, I really enjoyed my re-read. Also, because I read the book during my move across country, the first time, it almost seemed like I was reading a new book this time around.

Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Length: 648 pages

Goodreads Rating: 4.54

My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

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. 

My Thoughts:

I loved everything about this book. The plot, atmosphere and characters were all top-notch. The book is also fast-paced, but still manages not to rush things. Similarly, we meet new characters, but also get to find out more about characters from the previous books.

It was good to see Aelin return to Rifthold, fully accepting her identity as Queen of Terrasen. I thought I wouldn’t like the fact that her and Rowan were separated for the first part of the book, but I ended up not minding because it was good that Chaol and Aelin had the chance to have some closure. I also really like Lysandra.

Once Rowan and Aelin are reunited – then the story really picks up. I am obsessed with these two. I adore how Maas is developing their relationship throughout the books. Although I will admit, I hit a point where I was thinking to myself – “just kiss already!” Haha.

I really enjoyed reading more of Manon’s story too. I loved finding out more about the witches and Elide is one of my favourite new characters. As someone with cerebral palsy – it was really refreshing to meet a main character with a physical disability.

Another part of the book that I really enjoyed is how the paths of all the characters cross at certain parts of the book. For example – when Aelin and Manon meet – that was awesome.

In terms of plot, I don’t want to give too much away, but a few highlights for me were Aedion’s rescue, the dinner at the Assassin’s keep and the end of book.

I gave Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas 5 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend it, particularly if you are looking for a fast-paced fantasy with lots of intriguing characters including kings, queens, fae and shapeshifters. I have already started the next book because I couldn’t wait to continue this story.

Happy Reading! 🙂


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