Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: 1st September 2015
Rating: 5/5 stars
Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy to review!
Celaena Sardothien is cloaked in her assassin’s hood once more. She is back in Rifthold, but this time she is no one’s slave. She must delve into her most painful memories and fight for her survival, while resisting a smouldering passion that might very well consume her heart. And she will face her former master, the King of Assassins, again – to wreak revenge for a decade of pain…
Fourth in the absolutely marvellous Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas has done it again with Queen of Shadows. I laughed, I cried and my heart raced wildly as the characters again defied death with even more impressive feats than in the last books (is that even possible?)!
If you haven’t yet read the first three books, do yourself a favour and get onto them immediately! While I have reviewed the first two books here, I’ll give a speedy recap: Celaena Sardothien is a bad-ass, brilliant assassin – the best in the game, in fact. She is rescued from her prison to compete against other underworld heroes in an effort to become the King’s Champion. Dorian and Chaol (the prince and the palace guard) are the most fantabulous book boyfriends you can find – this was one time where I didn’t mind a little love triangle, because I loved them both so completely!
Anyway, onto Queen of Shadows: after the big reveal at the end of Crown of Midnight, where Celaena’s true identity was revealed, her name has changed. I found it tricky reading about her with her new name – because Celaena Sardothien is the character I fell in love with! She is still totally awesome, but it did take me a while to get used to her name change, particularly when the blurb still calls her Celaena.
The characters are EVEN better in this book than in the rest of the series – I didn’t think it could happen, but it really really did! Everyone is just so real! I loved the shifts in relationships which occurred due to Celaena’s absence, particularly with Chaol. And none of the romantic relationships are neat and tidy – they are messy and confusing, just like real life. And all the characters are such cutie-pies and they are so silly for getting mixed up in so much trouble! Aside from Celaena, I have a new favourite after this book, but to name her would give too much away (you’ll know her when you meet her, I promise!) And for those who loved Assassin’s Blade, we learn a bit more about Sam!!
I really loved the continued development of Manon, the Wing Leader for the Blackbeak witch clan. She came into play in Heir of Fire and has only gotten better. I LOVED the character development there! Though she is a little stupid for such an ancient being…. As is Rowan, Celaena’s Fae friend. I really loved their friendship in the third book and was slightly concerned it would progress into romance in Queen of Shadows. While there was some romantic tension, I wasn’t disappointed with the way Maas dealt with it.
This new book, despite being heftier than its sisters, is well worth the wait. Just as good (if not even better) as its predecessors, there is so much action and excitement, I definitely squealed on the train a few times (and sobbed)! The characters just get better and better, the plot is intensifying like crazy, and I just cannot wait for more! (Apologies for the rampant fangirling, but I seriously cannot even cope with the brilliance of this series!)
If you only read one series this year, make it this one! I almost feel the same way about the Throne of Glass series as I did about Harry Potter (this is the highest form of praise I can give it!) I NEED everyone I know to read it so that I have people to dissect and discuss it with!
Have you read the Throne of Glass series? How do you feel about long book series?