Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 648

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.

I am speechless. Sarah J Maas just keeping killing it with these books! QUEEN OF SHADOWS was one of the best books in this series, no I seriously believe it is the best book in the Throne of Glass Series. This book was truly EPIC and gods I still want more! Celaena has comes to terms with her past and is now readying to take a stand and reclaim her title, Aelin Galathynius, Lost Queen of Terrasen.

In QUEEN OF SHADOWS, Aelin comes back to Adarlan and things have gone to hell. She finds out her long lost cousin, Aedion Ashryver has been captured by the King of Adarlan and will be executed on the crown Princes birthday as entertainment, that Dorian is now being controlled by one of the dark rings and there may be no saving him, but til end him and she has to free magic to take down the King. Ugh, lost for this girl to do.

Like the last book, we have some new characters in this book. 

♦ Arobynn Hamel. We finally get to meet the King of Assassins. He was one of the those characters that you love to hate and hate to love. He is so mysterious that you don't really know his agenda or end game. He saved Aelin when she was younger and trained her as one of his assassins, but just because he saved her, doesn't mean he is the hero. He is a bad man and wants things his way.

♦ Lysandra. She is a courtesan, (Arobynn is a client of hers), and a former rival of Celaena when they were younger both pinning for Arobynn's attention. But they meet again in this book and decide to become friends. I love Lysandra and Aelin's friendship and Aelin needs some girlfriends!

♦ Nesryn Faliq. Aelin meets her when she comes back to Adarlan and see's her as a guard for Chaol wondering who this girl is. She has known Chaol for years I believe though. But she is working with the rebels to overthrow the King of Adarlan.

And last but not least, Elide Lochan, who is the daughter of Lady Marion. The Lady Marion who was Aelin's nursemaid who sacrificed her life so Aelin could escape the royal castle and live. Small World, huh? But anyways, Elide is working at the Morath as a maid where Manon Blackbeak currently is. And we find out Elide possibly has witch blood in her.

And I know some of these characters were in the Assassin's Blade book which is basically kinda like a prequel, which is about all the events that lead up to the first book, but I haven't read that yet. But this is my first time meeting these characters.

Now I do have some things in the book I want to discuss! 

I do not for the life of me understand why everyone loves Chaol or shipped him with Celaena. And it seems like in every new Throne of Glass book, I get even more fed up with his character where I go into pure rage. Chaol was a world-class ASS HOLE in this book.

He basically blames Aelin for what happened to Dorian and Sorcha. He blames her for everything bad that happens in this book. WHAT THE FUCK? He is basically doesn't want to blame himself for what happened to Dorian that he places it on her. He is a pathetic excuse for a man. He finally comes to his senses by the end of the book, but sorry, asshole, you're three books too late.

My reaction/rants thoughts, SPOILERS BEWARE: 
♦ Aelin♥Rowan = I SHIP THEM SO MUCH!
Manon's grandmother NEEDS TO BURN IN HELL!
Aelin & Aedion's reunion was EVERYTHING & MORE!
♦ Manon vs Aelin = EPIC EPIC EPIC!

All and all, QUEEN OF SHADOWS was AMAZING. I can't say there was really anything in it that dissatisfied me, with where the book went and the journey it took me on. I'm super excited to start the next book, but I need time to heal from this one, and plus I'm going to wait a while because the sixth and final book isn't out until MAY 2018! and I'm gonna maybe read this next book close to the end of the year so the wait doesn't seem so dreadfully long.

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