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Book Review

Book Review: Queen of Shadows


Queen of Shadows
By Sarah J. Maas
Released: 2015

 

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 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.


Okay, bad news first and I promise to get to the redeeming qualities. WARNING: my filter is malfunctioning so there are spoilers ahead!

The fact that essentially nothing happens in the first half of each of the ToG books is finally getting to me. Is it possible that SJM is getting more repetitive and unnecessarily long-winded? Until I read EoS I’ll blame my mood because admitting that I’m losing interest in ToG is too much to take right now.

QoS took forever to read and I was annoyed most of the time. Can the characters all just agree to stop bobbing their throats as a silent pre-response? While they’re at it, let’s add vomiting (and the overwhelming urge to vomit) to that request. Also, back off of the territorial bullshit (I’m looking at you, Rowan and Aedion). Awesome, thanks.

Currently, I’m indifferent about Aelin. I absolutely loved her development from Celaena into Aelin, the Queen of Terrasen, in HoF. I feel like some of that wasn’t brought into QoS. I’ll also note that the transition of Aelin and Rowan’s relationship from HoF to QoS did not flow at all. I was really excited for their deep and meaningful friendship/connection that began with blind hatred. I was looking forward to their relationship development with a slow burn, but it didn’t exist. Out of the blue Rowan was constantly restraining himself from jumping Aelin’s bones and eager to admit that she was the epitome of what he was searching the world for over the years. OMG… Just no. I need a glass of wine if you’re going to bring the cheese SJM. I really appreciated their former platonic relationship, especially one with such depth. Did SJM think I would forget that Celaena falls in love with a new man in every book except for HoF? I never forgot about you Sam, Dorian, or Chaol, so I can buy into Aelin’s prompt affection for Rowan, but definitely not Rowan’s insta-love for her without a respectable transition.

That’s enough negative vibes for now, so I’ll move on to rainbows and sunshine. 😉

I love Abraxos!!! He’s beyond adorable and he just keeps getting better. I mean, come on, how could I not smile from ear to ear when he couldn’t help himself from smelling the wildflowers?! Abraxos gets all of my love! ♡❁♡❁♡

I mentioned in my review of HoF that I was “wickedly drawn to Manon”. Thankfully, I still am! I loved her character development and I’m really glad that her detached awkward side-plot is finally tied into the main. My favorite scene was when Manon and Aelin were trying to kill each other. It was too much fun! 🙂 She’s brutal, but she does what she views is right and just. She’s probably considered a villain, but she’s my misguided hero and I hope SJM doesn’t ruin her.

SJM does a fantastic job with female secondary characters! Give me more Elide, Asterin, Lysandra, and Nesryn please!! Kaltain was simply epic. I’m still a huge fan of the overall ToG world and plot, so if we just keep it a little more concise, my annoyances would be overshadowed by my mind being blown. :):):)

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