Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

18006496 Queen of Shadows
Throne of Glass #4
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 648 pgs
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: September 1st 2015

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.

Once again, Sarah Maas, completely blew me away. Not only is she the queen of fantastical world building, but she is also the queen of character building.

This book starts up where Heir of Fire left off and it gets right to the action. No waiting or holding back, which I love about this series. Everyone seems to be all over the place, at different places in their journey’s, and where they’re all headed is unknown.

For those who’ve read my previous reviews of this series, you know my love for a certain character and relationship. I was still holding out hope for them (and maybe am still just a little bit), but after reading Queen of Shadows, I can see why things have gone the way they have.

I mean, who wouldn’t be crazy about Rowan Whitethorn?

We are introduced to some new characters like Elide and Lysandra, and reintroduced to some favorites like Manon and Aedion ( *shh* and Kaltain *shh*). I loved learning more about these characters and how they feet into this already amazing world Sarah has developed.

So much happens in this fourth installment, I can’t even go into it all, and I don’t want to give anything away. BUT, rest assured this is not the end of the road for our favorite characters. There is still so much left for Aelin, Chaol, and Dorian, and I can’t wait for book 5 to find out more!

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