Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: Library
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter
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.


So, so, sooooo much better than the last book! At least, to me it was better.
Action! Intrigue! Twists! Turns! Betrayal! Love! Heartbreak! Revenge! Death!
And MAGIC!
This book was everything I wanted...and more!


I gotta say there was only one small hiccups in the entire book. And, yes, maybe it's just me being nit-picky, but...
I just hate the name change. 
Sorry, sorry! I was used to Celaena, and now I have to get used to Aelin. *frowns*
I know it happened in the last book, but I was just kinda hoping she'd change it back...or only use it for formal occasions? *sigh*
No, it isn't a BIG deal, just one of those annoying little things that irritated me.


So, what can I say without spoiling too much? Um...
Ok, first, the best part of this is that there's not much of that boring fae stuff happening here, and we're back to Celaena Aelin being a badass sneaky assassin! *cheers* I don't know about anyone else, but I wasn't all that in love with our heroine farting around in fairyland for 9 bjillion pages, and I was more than happy to see her getting bloody in her old hometown!


Next up, Manon! Lovelovelovelovelove her! In fact, I thought she was one of the only really good things about the last book, so getting more of her this time around was A-Mazing!
I know not everyone is thrilled with this character, but I adore her and the Thirteen. It was (to me) awesome to see the changes that they go through during this book. And, no, it wasn't a total personality replacement, but I'm seeing big things for those ladies in the future!
I will say that she and Celaena Aelin finally meet in this one, and it's SPECTACULAR!


LYSANDRA!
Did anyone expect her to be that fantastic?! Everything about her was awesome, and I was absolutely thrilled to have her as a new edition to the main storyline. I'm so excited to see what happens with her in the next book!


Alrighty. What about the boys?
Chaol has never been my favorite. As in, I didn't really liked him to begin with, because I always thought he was kind of a wishy washy twat. Soooo, I wasn't sad to see them get all pissy with each other a while back. I know a lot of you are going to disagree with me, but this book was the closest I've come to enjoying his presence since maybe the first book.
BUT. That ending?! Way to go, Chaol!


Dorian? Well, I've always loved him. Always! He was the obvious good guy right from the start, and I was hoping that what happened would happen. Although, it was a bit of a surprise who his new love interest seems to be, amirite?! Didn't see that one coming. At. All.
Was anyone else as shocked as I was? When I realized what was happening, I was all, WHOA!


I gotta say I let out a huge breath (that I honestly hadn't even realized I was holding!) when Aedion's intentions toward Celaena Aelin became clear. I was so afraid we were heading into creepy cousin love territory! If this is a spoiler to anyone, I apologize...
But he turned out to be quite the good friend, and nothing more.
Thanks be to Jesbus!


Last up, the fairy dude, Rowan.
Um. Ok?
That whole romance thing sorta came out of nowhere. I'm unsure how I feel about it, but since this series seems to switch out love interests like dirty underwear, I'm willing to reserve final judgment.
I will say I didn't hate it.


Overall, YES! Yes, to this book! I'm quite pleased with how everything turned out, in case you can't tell. I'm so glad I decided to keep going with this series!






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