[Review] Queen of Shadows

Monday, October 19, 2015

Title: Queen of Shadows

Series: Throne of Glass #4

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published: September 1, 2015

Source: Purchased for Kindle

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

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.
Queen of Shadows is the fourth and amazing installment of the Throne of Glass series and, it seems, the last until a very long wait for the next. *sigh*

This was a really good and engaging read with enough action to keep the pace running, but I feel as if it was missing the "spark" that made me love the novellas and the first three books. That does not mean that this book was in anyway bad, just lacked that thrill. I loved where the story went, how Mannon's story entwined with Aelin's and how even when one obstacle is surpassed, another unfolds. I wish they could get a break, but seeing as how there's (I believe) 2 books remaining in the series, they won't be getting that much-needed break for some time.

Ms. Maas did a wonderful job making us feel for the characters in some way, even as old characters came back and ended up not being what was expected. The twist that came toward the end of their first obstacle threw me off, paving the way to a new worry for our beloved characters, but knowing that things are starting to change gives me a sort of peace. I just hope that Ms. Maas doesn't keep us waiting long before she releases the next installment to this wonderful series.

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