Author: Sarah J. Maas
First Published: September 1st, 2015
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: eBook
My Rating: 8.5/10
Woah! This is such a good book, way better than Heir of Fire, in my opinion.
Following Celaena (or should I say, Aelin), she continues her quest to bring down the king of Adarlan. I found the transition from Celaena to Aelin kind of strange at first, since the first three books referred to her as Celaena, and suddenly there is a name change. But I got over that pretty quickly. Although - to me - it felt like Celaena is a different person than Aelin. Aelin is more balanced, whereas Celaena has a shorter temper. I guess it's because Aelin has loyal followers, like Aedion and Rowan.
Speaking of Rowan, who else senses a potential relationship here? The original love triangle crashed and burnt out since book 2, but who is to say that Aelin doesn't deserve someone? There was a lot of tension between Rowan and Aelin in Heir of Fire, but less in Queen of Shadows. Where is my ships?! Especially since I was beginning to ship Dorian and Sorscha, but look how that turned out.
Manon plays a larger role in this book. In Heir of Fire, we see her as a brutal, ruthless witch who doesn't care about anyone. However, in this book, we start to see that she isn't the monster we think she is. She does have a conscience. *mild spoiler* I wasn't sure if I could trust her at all. Only when Manon repaid her life debt to Aelin did I realise that she wasn't all that bad. And at the end, when she went out of her way to save Elide? Manon may be cruel at times, but she isn't that bad a person. *spoiler over*
So many demons! The king of Adarlan has enslaved the minds of his soldiers and even his son, Dorian. There were some chapters that were told from Dorian's point of view, and we can see that it is very difficult to fight against the Valg Princes. My heart was racing when Aelin finally confronted Demon!Dorian, where it was unclear if he had finally succumbed to the demon's wishes and that Dorian was no more. Luckily for all of us, it was (kind of?) a happy ending.
After all the events in Queen of Shadows, I thought it was the end of the series. Shouldn't it be? The last chapter seemed to be a nice place to end, with things happily resolved and everyone was at peace. However, on Goodreads, I saw that there was another book after this! What?! There's more? I don't know what can happen, but I don't think it will be good. Poor Aelin. And I thought she was going to get her happily ever after.
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