Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows - Sarah J MaasPublisher: Bloomsbury USA Children (September 1st 2015)
Hardcover: 648 pages
Series: Throne of Glass #4
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Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?


This book was a brick and it probably could have been edited down a bit. Also, damn did this book leave me with a lot of conflicting feelings. So much conflicting feelings. My review will probably be all over the place.

I enjoyed the action. There’s so much sneaking and scheming and fighting. The ending was super awesome and epic and very much like the rest of the the Throne of Glass series. The thing is Sarah J Maas knows how to write awesome action and I love it. Oh and I like Lysandra!

I’m conflicted about is the characters. I’m not bonding with the characters anymore. Celaena or I guess it’s Aelin now, is just not really the same person anymore. Most of the time, I feel like she’s kind of a B. I mean, I’m all for the badassness but sometimes it just seems really excessive.

I miss Chaol and Dorian. Pooooor, poor Dorian – I can’t wait to get more of his story! And the direction Chaol’s character went. Let’s say I was not a happy person about it. Thank god for this bromance or I’d be crying because oh yeah, my end game crashed and burned.

Titanic - Down with this ship

Ummm spoilers about the romance?

I wanted so badly for Rowen and Celaena to be best buddies, like fantastic platonic friendship. But, no. Is it so hard for a guya and a girl to friends?! Because apparently it is. There’s oodles of cute scenes with Rowen and Celaena. So if that’s what you want than this is the book for you! It’s not that I even dislike Rowen, but he’s just kinda of basic. And apparently as become some sort of adolescent boy with raging hormones since he fell in love. At this point, I’m so indifferent to them.

Oh, and I almost forgot about Manon. Sometimes she’s doing awesome things, sometimes I don’t really care.

So basically, TL;DR: Yay, fantasy action! Boo, romance.

I’m too invested to not be somewhat excited for the next book, but I fear for what comes next (character-wise).


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6 Replies to “Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas”

  1. I read your opening paragraph and stopped. I love this series and have this waiting to be read…gads I hope I am not disappointed.

    1. I hope you’re not disappointed, too! I know a lot of people who love it, it just didn’t click with me 🙁

  2. It sounds like you struggled to connect to the pace of this book – I can see why, because it was so different to the others especially when it comes to the characters! Great review!

    1. Thanks Jeann. Yeah, there were parts I loved and parts I didn’t it. Oh well. Still excited for the next book though, haha.

  3. I couldn’t connect with them either! I miss Chaol too, and even Celaena! Where did they go?! I did like the acton of the book, though!

    1. Glad I’m not the only who felt that way. I miss them, too!
      Agree, the action was awesome, haha.

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