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Author: Sarah J. Maas
Synopsis: Aelin has finally decided to become who she was always supposed to be. But before she can do that, she must become Celaena one more time for revenge on the people who took everything from her. In order to do so and fight for her kingdom, she will need the help of some unlikely friends and the people who are closest to her.
Review: Wow you guys, just wow. You might have remembered my review of Heir of Fire. I was not a fan, in fact I considered not even continuing the series at that point but I’m so glad I did. Queen of Shadows is my favorite so far in the series. I seriously could not put it down. Below is my review of what I liked and what I didn’t like:
What I didn’t like:
The only thing with this series is that I find myself seeing glimpses of A Court Of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas’ other series) too much. Aelin and Rowan’s relationship seems so similar to Feyre and Rhys that I find myself rolling my eyes (like a passage onn page 436, I won’t ruin it for you but I felt like it was exactly the same as a line from A Court of Mist and Fury. I’m also not going to lie, I am probably the only one who thinks this but I find Rowan meh, maybe it’s because he reminds me so much of Rhys (Who I did like) or maybe it’s just how he’s written, I don’t find him at all intriguing.
“It was like a bucket of water had been dumped on her. She blinked. She could have warned them — could have tried. Later — she’d this about that later. ‘It doesn’t matter, she said. Right now we need to help Aedion and Dorian’.” (pg. 50)
I’m also not a huge fan of Aelin. I know she puts on a brave face but the lack of humility in the beginning of the book was too much. Her character development definitely got better by the end of the book.
What I did like
Okay, now that that’s taken care of, let me tell you about all the reasons this is my favorite book in the series.
First off, the new characters are awesome. I love Nesyrn, like she might be my favorite female character in this whole series. Nesyrn is one of those badass female characters that is just “plain human” but still lethal in a world with fae, magic and witches. Lysandra, Elide and Aedion (though I know he was in the Heir of Fire) are pretty awesome too. They are all these strong characters that have done what they needed to survive all these years.
“What if we go on,” he said, “only to more pain and despair? What if we go on, only to find a horrible end waiting for us?”
Aelin looked northward, as if she could see all the way to Terrasen. “Then it’s not the end.” (pg. 521)
This also had more of Chaol developing as a character. I don’t care that I’m one of the only people that seem to like him but I love him. I feel like he grew a lot in this story and I loved his moments with Aelin. I have finally warmed up to Manon too, I can’t wait to see what she does next with her witches and how it connects with Aelin and her story. Manon is such a complicated character, a witch who should have a heart but seems to be struggling all the time with her feelings.
I also loved how fast paced this story was, it seemed like every chapter was jam packed with drama, fighting or character development. I was almost never bored and tried to read whenever I got a chance (sorry to my boyfriend for telling him to go away while I read). We also learned so much to lead up to the next installment and finally have some closure with our characters that was satisfying.
Overall I give this book 4.5/5 stars, if it wasn’t for me comparing it to ACOTAR I probably would have given it 5/5.
Have you guys read this one? What did you think?