Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Audience: Young Adult
Release Date: September 1, 2015
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.
**Review contains spoilers for previous books in the series**
WOW! This was the best yet in the series. Aelin fully owns her identify, assembles her court, and takes down her enemies. Her years of training as an assassin are on full display, and combined with her newly-mastered Fae powers, Aelin is truly a force to be reckoned with.
Her relationship with Rowan is perfection. They care so deeply for each other and understand what each other need. There is no pressure, and they understand their priorities. I wish there was more romance, but I absolutely savored their moments together.
I was excited that the witches finally have a clear purpose in this series. I really liked Manon in Heir of Fire and I think she is going to have one of the most compelling arcs going forward in the series.
There was so much DRAMA in this book. Aelin, Aedion, Rowan, and Chaol struggled to trust each other and create a working dynamic. The Arrobyn storyline absolutely stunned me, and the ending left me FLOORED.
This book was so good, y’all. If you haven’t started this series yet, I don’t know what you’re still waiting for!