In the fourth installment of the Throne of Glass series we go back to Adarlan’s capital Rifthold with our beloved Aelin who is back just in time for Dorian’s 20th birthday celebrations. If you remember, at the end of Crown of Midnight the King of Adarlan put her to task of killing Wendlyn’s royal family and should she not cooperate, Chaol would pay the consequences. The review contains SPOILERS so read at your own risk.
The Queen is back.
Everyone Celaena has loved has been taken from her – she seeks vengeance and to confront the shadows of her past. She at last embraces her real identity as the Queen of Terrasen, knowing that before she can sit on her throne, she must fight.
And she will fight – for her cousin, for the warrior prepared to die for her. For her future court, for the people a brutal king enslaved, for those holding out hope for their lost queen.
What I liked about this book: Repeat after me kids – this book is everything! It’s incredibly action-packed, we have character dynamics, backstories, tension, romance! *screams* I love Queen of Shadows so much, and it has some of my favorite scenes of all time! I feel like the sequence Heir of Fire – Queen of Shadows – Empire of Storms is some of the best in YA literature and I will never stop screaming about those books. Queen of Shadows definitely has moments that might give you a heart attack but it is all so worth it. I feel like Queen of Shadows is a pivotal point in the series and it’s a necessary read!
What I didn’t like about this book: I honestly wish it was longer because that would have meant staying for longer in that storyline, perhaps?
A quote: “You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live.”
My rating: 5/5 stars
Question: Which is your favorite SJM character and why?
Mine definitely has to be Aelin, because of how much she grows up throughout the series, because of all that she is ready to do to save her people and her family, because that she is not ashamed of how she was raised and of everything that she has done.