Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas | REVIEW

Queen of ShadowsQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s on September 1st, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Action & Adventure
Pages: 648
Format: Hardcover


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.



Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series. It continues from where the third book left off as Celaena, now going by her real name Aelin is traveling back to Rithfold to stop the King from accomplishing his plans. We see new love, old enemies, broken friendships, and new plot twists as Aelin’s story continues to unfold right before our eyes.

So let’s dive in shall we?


The fourth book takes us in a new direction then what the first and second book have set up. I see how some people were angered by it, but I couldn’t be happier with how things are turning out. This book was like a new beginning for the series, a breath of fresh air. Not only do we get some new plot twists and characters to fangirl over, but we also get closure on the story lines from the first three books.

With everything that happened in Queen of Shadows, I can’t wait to see what Maas is going to throw at us next!

“It’s Aelin now,” she snapped as loudly as she dared. “Celaena Sardothien doesn’t exist anymore.”


The Throne of Glass series is no rookie when it comes to having strong female characters. I mean we have seen characters like Celaena/Aelin, Nehemia, Kaltain and Manon from the first three books. Now that the series has reached the half way mark Maas decides to throw some more badass female characters at us like Lysandra and Nesryn. Not only do we get to see these females kick ass, but we also get to see the strengths of a female bond and friendship.

When Aelin is at her lowest, Lysandra is there to pick her up. The importance of a female bond is so imperative to show a different side of the male driven world where females are expendable. I’m hoping for more bonding between Aelin, Lysandra, and Nesryn, as well as Manon and Asterin.

“She was fury, she was wrath, she was vengeance.”


If you guys know me then you know I cannot go through a review of this book without talking about Rowan. The perfect fae prince that ever lived, at least in my opinion. The romance between Aelin and Rowan seemed to have blossomed and developed a lot more in this book. Their moments together we sweet, funny, and real. They are not perfect which is awesome! They still fight like regular couples which makes them very relatable on that level.

“They joined hands.
So the world ended.
And the next one began.”

Can I say that I completely ship all the new budding romances we get to see in this book as well? The answer to that is yes, yes I can. Dorian/Manon, Chaol/Nesryn, and Aedion/Lysandra could all potentially be a thing in the next book. Give me a moment to fanboy over here. Yes, yes, and yes. I want them all!


So there really wasn’t much to dislike about this book and I even contemplated putting this in my review. So I just want to say that this did not effect my rating what so ever as I do believe this was more of a personal irritation then anything else. And it’s none other then the way the book was written. In terms of fragmented sentences and the use of the dash (ie. ).

“He shifted his arm so he could brush her hair back. His fingers lingered along her jaw. “You make me want to live, too, Aelin Galathynius,” he said. “Not exist—but live.” He cupped her cheek, and took a steadying breath—as if he’d thought about every word these past three days, over and over again. “I spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to kingdoms to wastelands, never settling, never stopping—not for one moment. I was always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.”

Really? In one paragraph we have three uses of the dash. Did that bother anyone else, or was it just me? Trust me when I say this was just a tiny example. If I were to go back and count how many times they were used I think I would surprise myself!

NEW-IN-CONCLUSIONI highly recommend Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas if you are a fan of high fantasy and badass female characters. But I would recommend starting from the beginning of course! One should never start in the middle.

Let me know down below what you guys thought of this book. Do you like where the story is heading? Anything that bothered you about the book? I would love to read your opinions!

Until next time,

Sig New

NEW-THE-AUTHORSarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.


16 thoughts on “Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas | REVIEW

  1. It’s interesting how you viewed this book as a new direction, while I viewed it as the conclusion to the first 4 books and now the last two will be a different story. I felt like with the King dying, magic being freed, Aelin off to start her kingdom it all felt very endish to me. And like the next book a whole new storyline will begin.

    I totally agree with all the ships! I want them all to happen! Everyone to be happily partnered off and in love! Rowan is by far my number 1 book boyfriend! The sexist character literally EVER! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! Now only like 11 more months until the 5th book! Kill me now me now and put me out of my misery!

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    • No I agree with you, it can definitely be both. This book severed ties with old story lines but also set it up for the new direction. 😀

      I’m sure we can fill the gap with other amazing books in the wait time! It will fly by ~

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  2. DAMMIT. Here you go again liking the same guys as me again 😦 But Rowan is so awesome that I understand ❤ I don't know how I feel about Dorian and Manon yet. It seemed to come out of nowhere and was a bit strange. But if it's developed well in the next few books I can totally see myself aboard that ship!

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