Book Review: Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows
Published By: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Page Count: 448
Buy it at Bookworld
Source: Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult/

This review may contain spoilers for the first three books in the Throne of Glass series. Proceed with caution!

Celaena Sardothien has survived being a slave in the mines of Endovier, training with the assassins of the Red Desert, the loss of her family, her lover, and her best friend. She has faced a legendary Fae queen and won the loyalty of the most powerful Fae warrior alive. Now she is returning to Adarlan to reclaim her birthright - to bring down the evil king, save her friends, and reclaim her kingdom.

In Rifthold, Chaol is no longer with the King's guard. Dorian is subject to his father's whims, and Aedion is a guest in the castle dungeons.

In the mountains, Manon Blackbeak and her Thirteen are riding in the service of Duke Perrington, but Manon is not used to taking orders from men.

All of the major players come together in this fourth book of the series as they try to free magic, take down the king, and rescue Dorian. 

I completely and utterly loved this book. As usual, Maas subjects her characters to more than their fair share of pain and suffering, but Celeana maintains her spirit and her snark. In Heir of Fire I wasn't enthralled with the chapters on the witches, but I found them much more interesting this time. We find out much more about their origins and their motivations

It's so hard to write about this book without including spoilers, but rest assured it's an intense ride, with ups and downs for each of the characters. There's some romance, some heartbreak, death, destruction and action aplenty. I occasionally found switching between viewpoints jarring, there are many characters, often sharing chapters, and it can get slightly confusing. This didn't impact on my enjoyment of the story, but it did draw me out of the world of the book occasionally while I worked out which character we were following.

There's always a danger with the penultimate book in a series that it'll be a place holder, but that is certainly not the case here. The action and intensity build throughout, with a thrilling climax.

Even though I loved every word, this is a book which will divide fans. It's going to be a very long wait for the final books.


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 will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. 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.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


  1. Ohmygosh! Lucky you for getting a copy so soon! I can't wait to read this book! Which cover do you like better? I like the red/pink one. Thanks for the awesome review that made me want to read the book even more than I thought possible.

    1. I love the white one (which is the one I have) as it matches the previous books in the series. Both are great though. Writing without spoilers was difficult! I'm glad you enjoyed the review :)

  2. Like you i couldn't put this down and I totally agree with you about the witch chapters both in heir of fire and this book Its like i finally started to understand where they stood in the story in this book more so then in the last and actually looked forward to their chapters this time round and reading more about them. Great review ! :-)

    1. Thanks :) I'm looking forward to more as well, especially about Elide, who I think has great potential as a character.


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