Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

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Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

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I honestly waited way too long to read Queen of Shadows, but I’m so glad that I finally had the chance to. This is such a suspenseful book with so much action! Aelin is just as fierce as ever and so sarcastic. What I really admire about these books is how well-written they are and Sarah J. Maas’s descriptive writing style.

This book is probably one of the most action-packed books I have ever read. It’s so hard to describe without spoiling, but Aelin is back as an assassin and literally fighting for everything. I really loved the parts of the book with the witches and Manon. I found it to be kind of like How to Train Your Dragon, which was so interesting because I have never seen anything like it. The way that the two stories combine is absolutely flawless and I never saw it coming.

Aelin has got to be one of my favourite characters of all time. While she is an assassin, she actually has so much sass. Aelin is the queen of comebacks and has such a sarcastic sense of humour. She is also so strong and brave, which you kind of have to be when you’re an assassin, but this girl is pretty much fearless. Aelin made reading Queen of Shadows so entertaining and I can’t wait to see her sassy remarks in Empire of Storms in September!

The Throne of Glass series is so well written that sometimes I had to just pause and take it all in. Sarah J. Maas has such a descriptive writing style and every character has such a complex backstory. The plot is never boring, which is pretty incredible for a 600+ page book. The world in the series is also so well developed that you don’t even need the map inside. I would read anything Sarah J. Maas writes, she’s that good.

Queen of Shadows is an intense book with How to Train Your Dragon-like elements. The main character is strong and sassy and definitely among my favourite characters of all time. The entire series is so beautifully written and developed. If you are one of the few that has yet to read this series, I would 100% recommend it!

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