December 09, 2021

#BookReview: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by @SJMass

Title: Queen of Shadows
Series: (Throne of Glass, #4)
Author: Sarah J. Maas 
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: Hardcover648 pages
Published: September 1st 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Synopsis:  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.

About the Author: Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the Court of Thorns and Roses series. Her books are published in over thirty-six languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.
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A Good Reads Choice Award winner for Best Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi for 2015 - :
“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” ―:
“A USA Today bestseller” ―:
“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, 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.” ―
“Fans of Tamora Pierce and George R.R. Martin, pick up this book!” ―RT Book Reviews

My Review: I have no idea how I am going to review this title.  This was beyond amazing and I could not put it down.  To start I was thinking that this was going to be the first book in this series to only be 3 or 4 stars but that all turned around once the story got going.  In this, we find old friends, new enemies, and so so much hope! Which is what I really have to say that this book has ended with. It has filled me with the message that no matter how bad things get or how dark our situation gets you should always have hope.  Let it be your guiding light in the darkness. 

The world that has been fully formed before this book even started and the story is in full swing.  We do have some very slow parts in the start of this one which personally I think could have been cut down.  As although it does get the story going it isn't all that meaningful to the story at large.  

The other thing I want to say about this one is the sexual tension that it has.  I mean I still can not believe that this is a young adult novel when those bits are going on.  I understand that this is a high young adult but still. But I love the writing and the way the author dealt with it. 

I really do not know what else to say for this one other than I know there are three books left but I am just not ready for it to be all over.  I haven't finished a series since the House of Night one that I did about a year ago and even that one has a new spin-off series.  So I wasn't really saying goodbye.  I finished this one with tears in my eyes and laughter in my heart. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Love, Death, Danger, Cliffhanger, Laughter, and Hope so much Hope!

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