BONUS BOOK: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

“A moment to sort out one friend from another – the friend she had loved and who had lied to her at every chance, and the friend she had hated and who she had kept secrets from herself… hated, until love and hate had met in the middle, fused by loss.”

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction

Book Jacket 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.”

Review: This is the first book in the Throne of Glass series that has actually made me say wow. It is also the first book that has made me really want to get my hands on the next book, Empire of Storms. In my opinion, Queen of Shadows is by far the best Throne of Glass book I’ve read so far and Maas’ writing has dramatically improved in this fourth installment. FINALLY I feel like Celaena/Aelin lives up to the mighty reputation she has created for herself. She is bloodthirsty, daring, cruel, and unstoppable in Queen of Shadows. Part of this improvement comes about due to the inclusion of Rowan in the storyline, which I think completely improved the overall plot dynamics. I also think that Maas finally did a good job with female friendship in the book. As I noted in my review of Crown of Midnight, it was always hard for me to accept that Aelin and Nehemia were best friends, largely because they hardly spent time together and were mostly angry at one another when they were together. The introduction of Lysandra in Queen of Shadows was very well done, and I could understand why, at the novel conclusion, Aelin and Lysandra considered themselves best friends. Once again, I also really enjoyed reading from Manon’s perspective, as she works to balance the desires of her ruthless witch grandmother with her growing conscience. All in all, Queen of Shadows finally found the right balance of characters, plot, and pacing to make this a four-star book. I can’t wait to read Empire of Storms!




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