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Character motivations and interactions. . . are always nuanced and on point, especially as Aelin's growing maturity offers her new perspectives on old acquaintances. . . Impossible to put down. (Kirkus Reviews)
Fans of the high-fantasy series likely won't mind the protracted story at all, packed as it is with brooding glances, simmering sexual tension, twisty plot turns, lush world building, and snarky banter. . . The final chapters of this installment promise more epic adventures and badder bad guys to defeat in forthcoming volumes. (Booklist)
Praise for the New York Times bestselling series (:)
Heir of Fire (:)
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I was afraid to put the book down! (New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce)
Readers will devour Maas's latest entry…A must-purchase. (School Library Journal)
Tension snowballs into devastating twists and an absolutely riveting ending… Will leave readers ravenous for more. (Kirkus Reviews)
Crown of Midnight (:)
A New York Times and USA Today bestseller (:)
An epic fantasy readers will immerse themselves in and never want to leave. (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
Series fans will be satisfied not only by the intricate plot, dishy romance, and rich world building but they will be thrilled by the prospect of deepening adventures in the next volume. (Booklist)
Throne of Glass (:)
A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012, Amazon.com Best Book of 2012, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, and MTV Hollywood Crush Best YA Book of 2012 Nominee (:)
A thrilling read. (Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review)
A must-read for lovers of epic fantasy and fairy tales. (USA Today)
A welcome breath of fresh air to the oft-neglected epic fantasy field. (Tor.com)
Fans of Tamora Pierce and George R.R. Martin, pick up this book! (RT Book Reviews)
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This book. This series. These characters. THIS AUTHOR.
We are in full on queen mode in Queen of Shadows, obviously. Hence the title. Calaena shows up some, for the sake of appearances, but she has completely accepted her heritage and now goes by Aelin. She's still the intense, no nonsense, scary-as-heck chick we've all grown to know and love, but there's tons more to her character that we only got a glimpse of in Heir of Fire. She's ready to go and taking names. Like literally taking names as she crosses the ocean back to Adarlan. Her cockiness and downright meanness in the first two books really rubbed me the wrong way at times. You can't help but to be drawn to her character, but the things she said and did were.. disturbing, to say the least. And she still has that fire, but there is so much more depth to her now that she has accepted who she truly is and, in the process, is opening her heart again to the people she loves instead of shutting them out and running off of pure rage. Her complexity makes her one of the best female protagonists I've ever read.
We start out back in Rifthold, and at this point everything is up in the air. We know why she's there and who she's after, but how she's going to go about doing this is anyone's guess. I will say this, A LOT gets resolved in this book. Granted, there are plenty of other monumental surprises that step into take their place, but I was surprised by how many plot lines got tied up. I was expecting two for sure, but the third one threw me for a complete loop. If anyone says they predicted that to happen, they are a liar. And my goodness, these last two books are going to be downright scary. I was on pins and needles the entire time. You thought present Erilea was bad.. it's about to get wayyyy worse.
And as for the book being 650 pages.. Why are people upset about this?! I say, the more the better!
Now onto the other characters, because there are quite a few POVs in this book...
I've always been partial to Dorian, so being in his POV was absolute torture. The ending of HoF about sent me over the edge and I didn't even want to think about what what was going to happen in this book. I was a nervous wreck. And then PAGE ONE happens. Like, literally as soon as I open the book, there it is. Chapter One. Pretty sure my heart dropped into my stomach. And then every time we were back in his POV after that. I did not handle it well. I hate Valg demons.
And while I've never particularly liked Chaol's character (I know I'm in the minority here), he sort of takes on a whole new persona in QoS. Maybe it's the fact of what all he's given up and how he sees the world changing that makes him into the person he's become. He's always seemed to me like a guy who is scared of change, and has an incredible ability to pick and choose which parts of people to accept. And I'm not just talking about Aelin, but also the king and Dorian. He sees only what he wants to see, and if he doesn't understand it or like it, he just shuts it out completely. He doesn't like magic. He's scared of it. He's also very scared of what will happen if people with magic have free reign again. We've known this since Crown of Midnight so I'm not sure why his continuing dislike of it surprises anyone. Chao is not going to be the same person he's been for the first three books. His life has completely change, so while his character is infuriating to me at times, he's still a vital part of this story and I don't dislike him. His character, by the end of this book, grows leaps and bounds and I was glad to see it happen.
Now for Rowan. Ah, Rowan. I still don't know how Sarah Maas did it. She gave us Dorian and Chaol in the first two books and everyone was on their respective team. Then in one book, ONE BOOK, she made me toss all my loyalties aside fall in love with Rowan's character. How anyone can not like him is beyond me. He's like the male version of Aelin, and the interaction between those two are some of the best dialogue of the book and they just work very well together. With his character showing up in Rifthold, you see him having to adjust to life without magic. And as the bond between them grows, you see different, softer sides of the Fae warrior. I love him.
We didn't get too much from Aedion in this book apart from the first few chapters as he awaits his execution. His reunion with Aelin was everything I thought it would be.. I ain't ashamed to say I may have teared up a bit. They are the only bit of family each other has left and they totally had their moment. It was perfect.
Manon's POV scares me. (Besides Abraxos, because who doesn't love Abraxos?) She is dark and wicked and infuriatingly loyal to that wretched grandmother of hers. I know she's redeemable, but for a good chunk of the book I was hoping Asterin would just overthrow her and become the new heir.. assuming that's how it works. Which it probably doesn't. BUT Manon has some feels going on that she's not even aware of and I think in this next book she will most definitely have to make a choice of which side she is on. It very well could've happened in this book, but we have no resolution where this is concerned. And that scene with Aelin.. on the edge of your seat stuff right there. I'm not sure how I feel about some illusions of her character, but I'm not completely against her playing an even bigger role in the last two books.
I'm not even going to spend time on Arobynn because I hate him. But some of the other characters, I loved. Calaena has been surrounded by a troupe of men for far too long and it's about time the women came out to play and they did not disappoint! Lysandra, wow. Love her. So much more to her character than meets the eye, and her and Aelin's relationship was refreshing. Nesryn, even though we don't get anything from her perspective is also a pretty bad chick and helping Chaol with the rebels. It's safe to say, unless you're in denial, you will know why she's there from the get go. And lastly, Elide, Lady Marion's daughter, is brought into the picture and hanging with the witches, no less. Very much excited about what role she will be playing in the future. She's got some surprises in store, I think.
For the most part, the book felt like long build-ups. Part one was a build-up and it was resolved. Part two also felt like a build-up, and it wasn't as cleanly resolved as the first. I still have some lingering questions about that. Prepare yourselves for part two. Big time game changer coming your way.
AllI can say, is that if you truly love this series, and I mean disregard the romances and all that, and are in love with the story, this book will not disappoint.
Some spoilers ahead...
I'm going to rant just for a sec. I keep seeing some low to mid reviews on this book and they all have one thing in common: Chaol Westfall. I know people shipped Calaena and Chaol really hard, but being this distraught over the downfall of their romantic relationship does a disservice to this series. And I can say that because I am completely Team Dorian and have had to put up with Chaol from day on. Not to mention Sorscha from HoF. Was not a fan of that little surprise. Never once have I given these books bad reviews simply because things weren't happening the way I wanted them to. If the romance aspect is your biggest concern, go read romance novels. The growth and maturity of the characters is wonderful, and I'm glad that Maas is not scared to kill off characters we love or sever relationships if it means progressing the story to where it needs to go. I'm completely okay with the direction Aelin and Rowan are headed because they work. Even if in my heart of hearts I had this small hope of King Dorian and Queen Aelin falling love... yada yada yada... Rowan is the dude and I'm okay with that. So if all you're going to do is get on here and rant about, "I want the old Calaena back," "Maas completely ruined Chaol's character," "These books are too long," Guess what? Go read another series! Or some watered down YA novel where everything works out just as it should in the end.
These books are gold. Sarah Maas is a genius. And you can't convince me otherwise.
I notice the local library has classified most or all of Sarah J. Maas books a "Young Adult", which I also find bizarre, given how violent the action is. But then, all the best fantasy and sci-fi is now YA, which I find mildly insulting. What is wrong with us older folks liking a good fantasy? On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best), I'd rank this one maybe 4.5.
Let's start with Aelin, who I believe has now become the queen we knew she would. Although she'll probably continue to develop, I don't think her changes will be too dramatic. What I am most looking forward to is the creation of her court. Maas has the uncanny ability to write secondary characters with immense amounts of depth and potential. Aedion, Dorian, Manon, Lysandra, Elide, and probably Lorcan... I'm so excited to see how these characters unfold and develop through the next three books.
Plot-wise, QUEEN OF SHADOWS is full of action, secrets and backstabbing. There was rarely a dull moment as you're propelled from one conflict to the next with plot twists along the way.
My one criticism is with Rowan. He's a fierce, immortal Fae warrior who has lost is personality while making constant goo-goo eyes at Aelin. I knew it was coming, but give the man *some* dignity through all of this! I miss his sarcasm and sass, I hope he gets some of his depth back as the story moves on.
All-in-all, we're now at 50% of the series that I adore and 50% that is "meh." I can't wait to see what happens with these wonderful secondary characters (except Chaol, who is an annoying idiot and needs to stop whining! Damn it, Chaol!)
Top international reviews
Told in parts, as with the previous book, Queen of Shadows shows us what each of our team are up to. Manon and the thirteen are up to nastiness of course. Am I the only one absolutely in love with Wyverns by the way? I know they're supposed to be all evil and whatever, but seriously, they are adorable. Fierce. But adorable. Maas does such a good job of demonstrating characters who are strong and do not yield, but who still have flashes of good natured humanity and this makes them perfectly imperfect to read about. The flawed, complex characters (and Wyverns!) are the most fun to read about and I can't wait for Manon to take a larger role in the next book - it feels like her story is just getting started.
This story shows Aelin (Or Celaena, depending on your preference I guess) as she sets out into a trap. She must rescue her cousin, despite knowing the King has baited her with him, and she has three days to do so before he is beheaded. Which might not seem as bad as wearing one of those grim, life sucking, soul destroying collars like Prince Dorian has (I mean he has the worst Dad in the world right? Who does that?). But still, missing a head sucks. So Aelin needs help. And unfortunately that means she needs Arobynn Hamel - her former Master and number one guy she wants to rip apart piece by piece. She does have a flair for the dramatics after all. But bargaining with the King of being a massive two faced jerk isn't as simple as you might think. Especially when your initial mission was to murder him, and the King, rescue his son, Oh and save your Kingdom too! Who am kidding? You're four books deep in this story! You know the drill!
I found, as with the previous books, that I really enjoyed reading about the secondary characters and the history as much as I liked reading about Aelin interacting with them; especially when they tied in to some of the back stories (and novellas) as some of the new characters in this book do. The world building and characterisation are so rich that I get instantly invested in them - especially the slightly broken, more intricate characters. Chaol was chief example of a slightly broken character who I loved previously, poor guy, but actually in this book he seemed less like Chaol and more like he was the dude wearing the collar and sunk into the background a bit - his character development changed in a dark way and I'm not sure I liked it. Maybe it's to help us adjust to the Rowan situation, which I liked, but his bitterness and inability to see the bigger picture was a bit too much for me sometimes. I'm all for a complex, grieving or challenging character but this didn't work for me after he had been such a logical character previously. Although his bromance with Dorian made up for that!
This story so far has only improved for me, becoming more detailed and complex the further Celaena/Aelin goes. Each character has a unique bond with her, and with each other, and this is often lost in YA books - rather, the romance aspect just takes over. I've found this to be a refreshing change to be honest; it's incredibly rare for me to become attached to so many characters and that speaks volumes for the writing. Whilst there are flashes of romance, it never detracted from the story and I much preferred this approach (although I fully expect the next book to be a bit more full on!!). The plot remained action packed and had plenty to keep me intrigued - I'm looking forward to seeing how this is going to come together and to seeing Aelin rip her enemies a new face!
I am a huge fan of Sarah Maas and devoured this book as quickly as I could, often staying up until the small hours to finish ‘one more chapter’.
You are thrown straight into the action but there are enough links to the previous books to help you stick with the storyline, although I strongly suggest you read the first three books (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire) so you know what’s going on and who the characters are.
Celaena is back in Rifthold and looking for revenge. Her lust for blood is at an all-time high, and expertly represented in the descriptive prose. Maas does a wonderful job of painting the picture of a lethal killing machine while ensuring the deep emotions that make Celaena who she is are true to life.
We are re-introduced to old characters who become vital the plot line and yet some of the relationships between well-known characters shift and change with the story arc. Fans of these books will appreciate Lysandra’s development.
One of my favourite characters is Manon, the Iron-Teeth Witch and Wing Leader. I could happily read an entire series dedicated to her and the Thirteen. I thoroughly enjoyed how her story evolved and then intertwined with Celaena.
Queen of Shadows is everything you hoped it would be. It hurtles along at break-neck speed to a satisfying conclusion, but leaves the obligatory threads to entice you to buy the next book in the series. I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
I don't even know what to say, this book 4 in the series, and it still tends to be epic, if anything the series is getting better. I love Aelin and Rowan, they are cute and lovely together and can not wait to see what happens with them next. I didn't like Chaol so much in this book, but by the end of it, he had redeemed himself.
I can not wait to get started on Empire of Storms. I want to finish this series so bad, but I also don't because then it will be over and I have to say goodbye to some of these characters that I love so much.
Happy reading :)
wow wow & wow. Why did I wait so long to start QoS?? I was sucked into this from the beginning and it didn't let go till the very end.
I'm starting Empire Of Storms right now. I can't wait to see what happens to Aelin and her court. Also I'm completely in love with Manon & Dorian. Shipping these two hard. Surprise character that I really enjoyed was Elide, I'm super intrigued to see what her lays ahead for her!!
The fast pace keeps accelerating, and not to the detriment of the story or the writing.
The characters are rich in their personalities and yet have depth to their emotions.
The intricacies of the individuals and the twists it brings to the plots are amazing.
Enough reviewing, time to read the next book, if your reading this, trust me you are lucky I took the time to do a review before diving into the next one!
However, this book wrecked my heart, could be too slow in places, didn't fully develop some character relationships (a ship that sink with little explanation), and the story is moving progressively away from character driven to plot driven.
I'm a big mess on emotion and confusion, and I need the whole series to be released so I can read the whole thing in one go, because my brain can't cope.
Can't wait for the next book!
Celaena changed into a character that I didn't particularly like, I won't go into detail as not to spoil the plot for future readers. There were lots of new characters to get to grips with, some of whom the book didn't need, others could have been developed. The story could have been better if the characters from the previous books were stronger as opposed to being killed off, or made weaker. What happened to Chaol ruined the book. Disappointed.