Also in this series: Throne of Glass
Also by this author: Heir of Fire, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on September 1st 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.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 just to see her again. 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.Celaena's epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena's story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
I have so much to say in this review that I am going to say right now there are SPOILERS for the first three books as well as this book. If you have not read Queen of Shadows please come back to read this review after you have read the book.
Since Celaena is now Aelin there are some changes in this story versus the others. I feel that many readers think that Aelin is a completely different character than Celaena and they don’t like these changes but I protest! I feel that if you didn’t notice the changes in her character in Heir of Fire you have to go back and reread that book because the slow growth of Celaena in that book was what got us to where we are right now in this book. I don’t feel like these are two different characters because I feel we saw the changes in the previous book of this series. I feel that Celaena has grown and now that she knows the power she holds she finds ways to use it. She has this stronger exterior now due to her fae powers but she is still that same girl who isn’t quite certain where she is going in life. She may be powerful with her magic but she still has moments of weakness in this book that in my opinion keep her human and keep her feeling like the old Celaena. She has to be strong and weak all at once and I don’t think she has become a completely different person, she still has her same fears and now she has more on her shoulders since she is destine to be the queen of her lands. She is stepping up in this book to take back what is hers and if you begrudge her that then you should just stop reading the series.
I also feel that many people are upset with the relationships in this book because everyone just wants Chaol to be with Celaena. To this I have to revert back once again to the end of Crown of Midnight and all of Heir of Fire! I don’t know why everyone wants these two to be together because it was always obvious to me that they shouldn’t be together. Sure they were cute but Chaol is not right for her for soooo many reasons! Namely that he could never truly accept her for who she is and that is not a good reason to be with a man. You need to always in life seek out the man who loves you for you who are and not who he wants you to be. He could never accept her so why want him? I’m sorry but as soon as we met Rowan in the third book I was screaming FINALLY! I knew Rowan was going to be my man because he is perfect for Celaena exactly how she is. Plus he was there for her when she was at her worse in Heir of Fire, he helped and supported her. Also he loves who she is and not who she could be. He understands the art of killing and how it destroys her inside and he understands the weight of the world on her shoulders. He is there for her because he loves her exactly how she is. Also it doesn’t hurt that Rowan is handsome, powerful, and a mystery. What woman doesn’t want a man like Rowan. I’m all for Rowan and I was so happy with the progression of their relationship in Queen of Shadows because a man loves her instead of a little boy guard who can’t figure out his own daddy issues.
All of the character relationships aside I also loved where this story went. I liked the overall storyline. My only gripe would be that I did feel the battle with the King happened a little fast in the end. I know many people didn’t like the King’s revelation about the Duke but honestly I feel this is all part of the plot. He was a man who was going to get killed he would say whatever he needed to put doubt in the character’s minds and the mind of the reader. I don’t think the King was a good man I feel he was playing in to exactly who we thought he was and I wouldn’t worry too much about his comment. I feel this is taking the story right back to Manon’s POVs and that helps everything fit in.
Lastly, since I just mentioned her name, Manon! I know many people hated her parts in Heir of Fire and many even say they skipped over her story entirely! I’m sorry WHAT??!! I realize she didn’t really fit in in the third book but you should expect as a reader that the author is going to tie everything together and I have started to really love Manon in Queen of Shadows because she does serve a purpose and she fits into everything. Plus her sides of the story help us to see what is going on with the army and how things are developing on that side of the world, especially now that the King is dead we know the story will shift to that side of the world and that battle. Oh and I’m so loving the idea of Dorian and Manon! Bring it! I always loved Dorian’s smart mouth and I can’t wait to see how bloodthirsty Manon is going to handle him. Love the idea of this already. This will be a battle for control between these two strong characters. I will love seeing Dorian submit to Manon and I would love seeing Manon submit just once to her desires for love and more and to have that with Dorian.
Overall, this was a great book. I did have a few issues here and there but overall this was a great installment and I’m excited for where the story is going.
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.