Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

December 30, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Romance, YA 8 ★★★★★

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas (review)Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
on September 1st 2015
Number of Pages: 648
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Purchase: At Amazon

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.

I swear this is one of those series where every book just feels so much better than the last one. And the last ones weren’t bad books!

I totally wanted to hit Chaol over the head with a heavy and hard object again for a good bit of this book. But, Manon! And Lysandra! And of course Rowan, Aedion and Aelin herself.

When I saw the size of this book I was both happy and a bit scared. Would it live up to the other books? Was it too long? What all could you fit into 650 pages?! And then of course I got to the end and was all, “that’s it? There has to be more here I don’t want to wait for the next book!”

I’ve seen a lot of people up in arms about Chaol and Aelin. I get it, I do. I wanted those two to end up together ever since the first book. And as much as he made me want to smack him, it also was a believable response. Considering that he was still having issues with her Fae heritage. And the magic. And then he finds out she’s really a Queen? Not only that, but all the crap he went through after he sent her away. And his guilt over having to leave Dorian behind.

So while I don’t like the way he acted, and the things he said, I understand it. That said, it took him a lot longer than I was hoping for, for him to get his head out of his ass.

I loved the dynamics between Rowan and Aedion. And I liked the way their friendship evolved, how Rowan called Aedion his brother and how Aedion was wiling to protect Rowan from the Valg.

I also really loved Lysandra in this. She’s grown a ton as a character, and I liked the twist about her heritage. It also amused me to no end, that when Aedion told her to never do that specific thing, she of course did it multiple times. I hope we get to see a lot more of her as well as Evangeline in the next book.

And Manon! It’s looking more and more like my wish from the last book may come true. I like her so much, I don’t want to see her fighting against Aelin and the rest. At the moment, she hasn’t switched sides. But a girl can dream, right? We also learned more about Asterin in this book. I was so sad for her!

I’m sure I’m forgetting things already that I loved, there was so much going on in the book. But it never felt like there was TOO much, you know? Everything felt relevant and nothing made me want to skim past to a better section. If you haven’t started this series yet you need to, and if you HAVE read the other books, you need to read this one as well.


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8 Responses to “Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas (review)”

    • SilvaraWilde

      I was still hoping a little bit, that Chaol would come around in book 3. I liked Rowan, but I’d been hoping for Chaol/Caelena from the first chapter or so of book 1. But now I’m firmly in the Rowan/Caelena camp. *grins*

      And yes! There must be much much more Manon! I will be very disappointed if Manon and the 13 stay on the side they’re currently on.

  1. Echo Fox

    I love these books, I agree that they are getting better and better with each part of the story. Manon is awesome despite her violent nature, she somehow still makes you like her (although I might change my mind if I ever actually met her in a dark alley).

    • SilvaraWilde

      Yes! Though, depending on WHY I was meeting her in a dark alley, I don’t know if I’d run screaming away, or towards. *snickers* It might be fun to see her reaction to someone fangirling on her. But then again, perhaps not… *giggles*

  2. Laura

    I’m so glad you liked this book! I loved it too, but I know a lot of people were disappointed, especially about the Celaena/Chaol thing. His behaviour was pretty annoying, but I agree that it was a believable response. The whole calling Celaena ‘Aelin’ thing did confuse me a bit at first though! I kept reading Aelin and the thinking ‘Who?”, before I realised.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I was pretty sure Chaol was out of the running after book 3 was over. I was hoping still during that book that they’d get back together, but it wouldn’t have been believable by the end. And I do really like Rowan, so I’m not as upset as I could have been.

      The whole Aelin/Celaena thing confused me a bit in the previous book, but by the time I read this one I had it mostly linked in my head. Though it helps that I read them only a month or so apart. Had it been longer it might have been more confusing!

  3. Beks @ Novel Dreams



    I freaking love this series with an absolute passion and CANNOT wait until the next installment – if I can survive that long.

    Though I found Manon’s story to be a bit slow-starting, I really loved her by the end of this book. I find her so intriguing and can’t figure out what her future holds.

    ‘Nuff said. 😛
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    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* I read this comment at work and you made me laugh in the office! Ahem…

      I was lucky I think, I read all the main books last year, within a few months of each other. So I didn’t have the huge withdrawal and need to get my hands on the next book pain (and not being able to). But now that this one has been read for a while, there’s still months before the next one is out!

      I do love Manon. I’m not even sure I could explain why I love her so much. I can’t wait to see what happens next in her storyline, and am hoping like a mad thing she and her 13 end up on Aelin’s side.

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