I read Throne of Glass late 2012 and was immediately hooked by Celaena—by her arrogant side as well as her girly side. Then Crown of Midnight was published and I devoured it. This process repeated itself with Heir of Fire (and The Assassin’s Blade, I might add). And just when I thought this series couldn’t possibly get any better after HOF—it did with Queen of Shadows.
I was blown away by the characters—old and new!—that continued to grow even in this fourth book in the series. A character that has really grown on me is Rowan. In Heir of Fire, I didn’t see Rowan and Aelin together (I was still rooting for Chaol, I suppose…) but during the course of Queen of Shadows, that all changed—subtly, until I found myself rooting for them as a couple. And to be honest… I cannot wait to see where that will lead us. At the beginning of the book I very much wanted to pull Chaol out and smack his head on a desk. Geesh! And then there are Manon and Lysandra, for whom I have a lot of respect…
As we can expect from Sarah J. Maas, QOS also features a lot of plot twists. Some I expected, like Manon and Aelin meeting—although I did not expect the outcome!—but others, like the king’s moment of truth near the end, I did not.
Let me get one thing straight: I don’t like rollercoasters and Queen of Shadows is just that. But it’s a rollercoaster I’d happily go on again and again. QOS is the best book in this series yet, and I fully believe that book five will be even better. This book—this series—should be on everyone’s shelves. Period.
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.