GENRE & 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.
RATING & REVIEW
Queen of Shadows moves the story along like it was always intended to go. It starts off with Aelin/Celaena being back in Rifthold planning her course of action against the king. This book kind of brings a lot of POV to the table, before it was mainly between Celaena, Dorian and Chaol, with the exception of Rowan in Heir of Fire. This time we have a lot of POV (Celaena, Dorian, Chaol, sometimes Rowan, Aedion, Nesryn, Manon, Elide and so on).
While I like multiple POV (as long as it’s necessary for the story to move along), I hate going back and forth between multiple who are in different places with different plots. Because that means a lot of jumping back and forth. I like the characters. At first I hated Manon because I thought she was annoying, I also didn’t like Elide because I felt like she was kind of a waste of space in the book – but further into the book I grew into liking her. I also liked Nesryn, but she reminded me a lot of a softer Aelin, which was kind of strange and confusing. Aedion is amazing and just as he needs to be, and Rowan continues to be sexy. Lysandra also became a new favorite!
The story progressed nicely, and I liked how it showed more of Aelin’s scheming and plotting – none of it surprised me. At this point I’m actually kind of annoyed by her, because it doesn’t make sense that she can scheme and plot that much and always get everything perfectly right. I did not really care for the ending though, and all though I want to say that I am looking forward to the next few books, I am not as excited as I was.
This book did however give us a lot of things; Valg princes, scary ass demon people, the making of these valg/demon things, Manon discovering her humanity, Chaol actually getting to a somewhat “healthy” relationship, Dorian finally stepping up into his role. A lot of things happen in this book, and I like how Maas made sure that everyone had their troubles.
- When Aelin said that she liked Nesryn Faliq with a snort (p. 95)
- When Aelin admitted that she wanted Rowan’s help and missed him (p. 98)
- When Florine said this: “When you shatter the chains of this world and forge the next, remember that art is as vital as food to a kingdom. Without it, a kingdom is nothing, and will be forgotten in time. I have amassed enough money in my miserable life to not need any more – so you will understand me clearly when I say that wherever you set your throne, no matter how long it takes, I will come to you, and I will bring music and dancing.” (p. 141)
- When Rowan came to Rifthold and Aelin’s reaction was gold (p. 233).
- When Aelin wore those lace nightgowns and Rowan said “you forgot the bottom part” (p. 257).
- When a story about Rowan where he killed someone by using a table (p. 281).
- When Aelin played the piano for Rowan and he cried (p. 295).
- When the gang was going to Arobynn’s house, and he had sent this oil to Aelin for her to wear (his scent). So Rowan decided to put it on as well and said “Thank you for the oil, my skin was a little dry” (p. 344).
- When Arobynn tried to use the Valg-ring on Aelin, and she realized that this was what he wanted with her (p. 362).
- When Lysandra killed Arobynn (p. 373).
- When Manon and Aelin fought (p. 479).
- When Aelin told Rowan: “You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive, not exist. Live” (p. 527).
- When Manon repaid Aelin for saving her by going to Rifthold and writing that message “Witch killer – the human is still inside him” (p. 530).
- When Kaltain took her revenge and gave Elide the stone and said “You find Celaena Sardothien. Give her this. No one else. No one else. Tell her that you can open any door, if you have the key. And tell her to remember her promise to me – to punish them all. When she asks why, tell her I said that they would not let me bring the cloak she gave me, but I kept a piece of it. To remember that promise she made. To remember to repay her for a warm cloak in a cold dungeon” (p. 600)
- When Chaol and Nesryn was totally cute (p. 622).