Book Review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Here’s the deal with Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas, and basically, this entire series… It has been my guilty pleasure. That even with all of its faults and issues, they don’t even bother me. I love it and I have proceeded to gobble up these books and enjoyed every second of it, even when I didn’t. And yes, that makes perfect sense.

And I thoroughly went into this series expecting to hate it and find it to be overrated. I just knew it was going to be too juvenile or boring… Heh. Guess I spoke too soon. #ThroneofGlassTrash

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.

The Good

  • Lights, Camera, ACTION!!!! – This book was just full of all of the action. It was fast paced and non-stop from start to finish. If you’re one of those people who felt that Heir of Fire dragged in parts, then have no fear, because this one doesn’t have that issue at all!
  • New Characters – I really enjoyed all of the new characters with their individual personalities and history. Arobynn was really interesting and it was nice to finally meet him in person. Nesryn was awesome, but I really felt that Lysandra stole the show. Getting to know her and learn about her history and relationships with Celaena and Arobynn was extremely interesting. And even though Manon isn’t new by now, she’s definitely a different person than she was in the previous book. Her story certainly reached new heights in this book and I expect her to play an even bigger part in the future. Plus, her interactions with Dorian are wonderful. I love them!
  • Plot – I loved how everyone finally came together in this book. You can tell that this book is the catalyst for the main climax of the entire series. All of the players are finally present and everything is starting to come together very quickly. Shit’s about to get REAL, people! And that ending… WTF?! I was literally in shock. Literally.
  • The Men – Yeah, I said it. These fictional men are crazy hot and don’t act like you don’t think so, too… I know you pictured Aedion shirtless, don’t deny it!

    The Bad

    • Chaol – He used to be my favorite but has reallyyyyyy gotten on my nerves in this book and the previous. He’s kind of turned into a whiner and is always poor-pitiful-me about everything. He’s not a team player and won’t accept that Aelin is not the enemy. It aggravates me to no end. I seriously may punch him by the time this series is over with – in my mind, of course.

    I don’t even know why I’m bothering to write reviews of this, as I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. If you struggled a bit with Heir of Fire and were debating on whether to stick with this series… DO IT. This book will having you sitting on the edge of you seat.

    Final Verdict: 4/5 Stars