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Ve read the previous books you re going to absolutely LOVE this one AHHHHH I loved itI 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 himselfI 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 muchHappy reading The amount of beheading killing and gore described oh so casually in this book is one reason I ended up skimming the entire second half The overweaning overconfidence of characters that they can engage in fights and not be seriously injured got boring after a while The one third of the book not having to do with fighting following or crawling through the sewer tunnels involved actual dialog in which our protagonists live in apparent relaxed safety under the noses of the evil regime that is their enemy She can write engaging dialog I ll give her that and it almost makes the characters interesting enough to offset the ridiculousness of the actual plot But not uite It s an enormously complicated political scene Yawn I wanted to like it 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 45 ueen of Shadows is as blood thirsty as it s murderous characters I can t get enough of the world Maas has created This story is full of truly bad ass women with chinks in their armour but an unswerving ability to be kick ass I wouldn t mess with Manon if my Wyvern depended on itTold in parts as with the previous book ueen 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 ob 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 ust getting startedThis 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 missing a head sucks So Aelin needs help And unfortunately that means she needs Arobynn 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 erk 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 drillI 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 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 like he was the dude wearing the collar and sunk into the background a bit his character development changed in a collar and sunk into the background a bit his character development changed in a 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 thatThis story so far has only improved for me becoming detailed and complex the further CelaenaAelin goes Each character has a uniue bond with her and with each other and this is often lost in YA books rather the romance aspect ust 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 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 It was like dying a little every day It was like being alive too It was oy so complete it was pain It destroyed me and unmade me and forged me I hated it because I knew I couldn t escape it and I knew it would forever change mewow wow wow Why did I wait so long to start oS I was sucked into this from the beginning and it didn t let go till the very endI 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. Her assassin's hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart Only then can she fight for her people Readers will be held rapt as Celaena's story builds to an agonising crescendo packed with heart pounding action and swoon worthy romance. .
Well holy cow I don t even know where to startThis book This series These characters THIS AUTHORWe are in full on ueen mode in ueen 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 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 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 readWe 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 worseAnd as for the book being 650 pages Why are people upset about this I say the the betterNow onto the other characters because there are uite a few POVs in this bookI 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 demonsAnd 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 oS 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 Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe) 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 heust 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 happenNow for Rowan Ah Rowan I still don t know how Sarah Maas did it She gave us Dorian and Chaol know how Sarah Maas did it She gave us Dorian and Chaol 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 ust 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 himWe 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 perfectManon 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 Igrandmother of hers I she s redeemable but for a good chunk of the book I was hoping Asterin would ust 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 booksI 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 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 st. Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her Now she returns to the empire to confront the shadows of her past The fourth breathtaking instalment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life and des. Ore I thinkFor 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 uestions about that Prepare yourselves for part two Big time game changer coming your wayAllI 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 disappointSome spoilers aheadI m going to rant Body by Darwin: How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine 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 ueen 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 outust as it should in the endThese books are gold Sarah Maas is a genius And you can t convince me otherwise This was such a amazing book I loved it so much We have reunions basses fighting scenes and a beautiful climax to some amazing plot points and characters that it was Blue Guide just a beautiful read I love how badass this is and I can t wait for the next one in the seriesCharacter growth in many areas hints of the future and the shadows of the last coming to the fore front I think this book was all about why they main characters act the way they do and I can t wait to hear about the threat as the books develop Awsome If you loved the first two booksdon t buy this SPOILERS Celaena who before was arrogant but still sweet and charming is replaced by Aelin who is mean and selfish Every man adores her she wins ALL fights no matter how small Chaol one of my favorite everyman YA heroes transforms into a brittleerk who stomps around in the sewers And yet he is still the only person who ever called Celaena out on her shit Why is his character so brutally assassinated in this book To make Rowan seem attractive IMO Rowan needs all the help he can get Wow I m super excited to read about yet ANOTHER dude who s hundreds of years old stalking a girl who s twenty or less and possessively drooling all over her and undercutting her independence But he looks young so its OKBut than plot itself is the poor writing Maas obviously changed her mind about the original romanceshe used all sorts of endgame language with Chaol in book 2 but abruptly changes to Rowan in this book even though there was no hint of sexual desire with Rowan before I was expecting some kind of explanation and resolution to the Chaol relationship butnope But he doesn t accept her for who she is any for some reason so its OK And Dorian who was Celaena s heart when Chaol was her conscience Let s ust bump off zombie boy without bothering to try to save him Oh waitmaybe he is still in there after all My bad Let s ust retcon a love interest for Chaol and talk about Rowan s 300 year old wand THE END This is and always will be my favourite book in this seriesSo many surprises along the way twists and turns I never would have seen coming and OMG Aelin is so sneaky and clever she has me snickering throughout I love how our new and old Characters weave together in this book and we can start to see how each separate story is linked very cleverly to the wholeIn the previous book I m not keen on Manon I read the scenes but I honestly wanted to skip book I m not keen on Manon I read the scenes but I honestly wanted to skip on the first read because I Birth and Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare just wasn t invested in her yet I didn t see the point in suddenly throwing in people and societiesust for the same of it and yet by the middle of this book I ADORE her and her ThirteenNothing about this book goes how I expected in all the best ways and there s SO MUCH I want to say but how do I do that without giving none stop spoilers I can t because the changes of direction and twists and turns at every other chapter are EXACTLY why I love this bookIt changes scenario and surprises at every turn and it s so much FUN with so much excitement Various characters connect secrets are found out repayment for past behaviours start to be visible and the plots get deeper and shockingI want to say SO MUCH about each of the Characters in this one and why I LOVE to hate certain peoples butthead ways I want to rave
and chatter about decisions made and oh so sneaky scenarios but I would literally do nothing but tell youchatter about decisions made and oh so sneaky scenarios but I would literally do nothing but tell you was going to happen In some cases even talking about the characters in relation to one another would be a spoiler ARGHThere are CRAZY amounts of things that happen that I want to chatter about SO many things that I want to say What I will say is that in true Maas fashion she makes you mad makes you happy makes you want to cry and makes you want to whoop
joy and of course has those moments that are hear beautiful alongside ones that make you cackle in delight at the wicked humourIn most cases I would rave about the oh so clever and oh so wonderful ending scenes and BOY do I want to but with Maas it s the entire bookAnd I can t say anything specific without ruining the OH so many WAIT what What I WILL say is that you ha. Perate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe Celaena returns to Rifthold the seat of so much evil She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius ueen of Terrasen But before she can reclaim her throne there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid Aelin must stay hidden beneath.for oy and of course has those moments that are hear