Book Review: Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

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Name: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: September 1, 2015

Blurb from the official website

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 for her to regain her throne. 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.

Book Cover Comments

US Edition




Aelin’s suit is just holy frickin god its soooooo cooolll and we see the wonderful Damaris sword (at least i assume it is i’m not sure tho) The cape is gorgeous, and Aelin’s face is just naeodjasfkldgjbksjf

The back is dead gorgeous, with Aelin’s butt being sort of out of proportion hahahaha and then the baddass dragon, and the crimson read be like <3<3<3

UK Edition

It’s not as powerful as US edition, but its also dead forgeous with the blue aura at the back, and RIP BECAUSE THIS IS THE BOOK WITH THE MOST SERIOUS FONT PIGMENT FALLING ISSUE.

The back has a pure blue background, and I found it really SWEET.

The Actual Review

Heir of Fire is deep.
But Queen of Shadows, is even more AMAZING.

“Let’s go rattle the stars.”

The entire book is, even after I reread is, is awesome as ever. I don’t think I can ever write a review because this book be like holy crap.

“Punish me, torture me, wreck me, but let me help you. Do this small thing for me–and let me lay the world at your feet.”

One thing Sarah rocks at, is definitely when she writes battle scenes, especially the parts where Aelin goes kill herself some Wyrdhounds and such and so forth. The details, movements, it takes an amazing writer in order to imagine those scenes. Now, Sarah IRL seems like a super nice person, but deep down inside, does she have really deep and dark thoughts? Hmmm…. MAYBE.

She was a whirling cloud of death, a Queen of Shadows, and these men were already carrion.

Can I also please talk about the part where Aelin went to rescue Aedion? It was the sweetest thing ever when they were reunited, two sides of the same coin, talking to each other about what had happened in the past ten years of their life, accepting each other’s pasts and becoming one coin, if you get what I mean XD Aedion Ashryver, oh gods. He cares so so so so so much about Aelin, though he seems to desire to be a bit more controlling with her, and I seriously find this cousin relationship wonderful, but for some reason impractical, maybe because it just ain’t gonna happen with my cousins XD I mean, my closest cousin (my generation of course. not the younger generations, aka kids of my cousins) my closest male cousin is like what, (i don’t even know how old he is) 23 maybe? And so we’re 7 years apart. Ok it’s not that bad, but we don’t hang out like hell. Lol.

A smile tugged at her lips, and her eyes–their eyes–sparkled. “Hello Aedion.”

It was also really beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time to see Chaol grasp onto what he could hold on, to see him believe only the information that will harm him the less, to see and realize, with the realisation including Chaol himself, what he had lost, why he had lost, and his beliefs about Aelin and Aedion. And in the end, it was really beautiful to see Chaol finally grow and understand more about Aelin, and learn to accept every person’s every single aspect. To me, Chaol is one of those people that represents an extreme true aspect of life. Running away from things you don’t wanna face and hear, and learning to accept it, and that is what it’s all about.

A monster, he’d called her weeks ago. He had believed it, and allowed it to be a shield against the bitter tang of disappointment and sorrow.
He was a fool.

Then let’s talk about the part when Rowan came to Adarlan. When I first read it, I was like OHHHH MYYYY GOOODDD ROWAN’S BACK. Like, Aelin needs Rowan; Rowan needs Aelin. They each other make each other feel like they’re living. It’s just the cutest and sweetest thing ever. And when Aelin plays the piano with all her heart, Rowan actually cried. That’s the sweetest and truest emotion I have seen in ages. And through the piano scene, Sarah really reminds me how strong and powerful music is, how each song sends a message, with the person playing it having the ability to alter the mood. And right now I’m listening to this really beautiful violin music. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find it on YouTube, but it is 黒猫のセレナーデ (Serenade of the Black Cat) from the anime Shugo Chara.

And for a moment, she wondered how another young woman’s life woud have been different if she ahd stopped to talk to her–really talk to Kaltain Rompier, instead of dismissing her as a vapid courtier.

And then we need to talk about girl power with Aelin and Lysandra. It was really really really amazing to see the two of them getting together, since the two of them were pretty much butting heads when they were growing up, and I came to sympathize Lysandra’s cruel past a lot. It was really nice when Aelin allowed Lysandra to kill Arobynn in the end, because she deserves it way more than Aelin does.

“Please, you and I are nothing buy wild beasts wearing human skins. Don’t even try to deny it.”

Did I mention there are a billion things to talk about in Queen of Shadows? I’m trying to remember the details without looking at the book XD

Rowan was the most powerful full-blooded Fae male alive. And his scent was all over her. Yet she had no gods-dammed idea.

During the scene where Aelin became Celaena for the very last time in order to settle down the scores with the Keep, it was sort of saddening to see Aedion and Rowan feel extremely out of reach from Celaena, how different she is, how cold and heartless that person is. Oh and that reminds me, it was also extremely heartbreaking to see Aedion and Aelin fight about the fact that Aelin didn’t tell Aedion right away that Rowan swore the blood oath. I’m glad they made up afterwards. Life is about forgiving, and thats the true essence of life that Sarah is able to touch upon.

I dare because it is my blood to give away; I dare because you did not exist for me then. Even if neither of you had taken it yet, I would still give it to him because he is my carranam, and he has earned my unquestioning loyalty!”

Rowan is also a genius at revealing people’s secrets! Such as Aedion’s dad being Gavriel, and Lysandra being a shape shifter XD

A small part of Aedion understood why his cousin had offered the prince the blood oath.

Skipping every single sort of detail that occured in the book (other than the fact that Aelin rarely wears underthings and wears hot night gowns to arouse Rowan), let’s get the the master final battle in QoS.

That gods-damned nightgown.
He was in such deep, unending shit.

before that, I don’t understand why I can’t write Queen of Shadows review as my English essay, because I would have no worries with the word count. 827 words up to this point, and I struggle to fit the word count requirement of 800 words in my essays XD (P.S. that was high school 1st year standard)

“You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive, not exist. Live.
He didn’t have the words. Not when what she said hit him harder and deeper than any kiss.

When Aedion and Rowan had to deal with the Wyrdhounds at the clock tower, I’m pretty sure I was feeling nervous, because Locran decided to be a bitch and lied to Aelin about what he actually did. And Rowan felt something from his bond with Aelin. And at the same time, Aelin felt the same. Aelin tried so hard to win Dorian back, because she knew, someone (ahem) told her, that Dorian was still there. Rowan and Aedion finally managed to free magic, and in that instant, I could imagine how it went when that wind spread across the land of Erilea, letting magic in to those who had the power.

They joined hands.
So the world ended.
And the next one began.
They were infinite.
They were the beginning and the ending; they were eternity.

Aelin released her fire and became our ultimate Aelin Fireheart. The princess who rescued Dorian Havillard from the controls of the Valg Prince, with Dorian having his magic under his own control now.

The darkness shattered against a wall of fire.

Thank the Wyrd Locran stopped becoming a bitch and came to help out Rowan, since his pride wouldn’t let the son of Gavriel die. And Amazing Lysandra the Ghost leopard appeared on scene. It was amazing and exciting.

“Maybe I don’t want to be that person anymore,” he said. That person–that stupidly loyal, useless person–had lost everything. His friend, the woman he loved, his position, his honor. Lost everything, wiht only himself to blame.

Sarah had said the King of Adarlan was a type of person that was not to be forgiven, therefore Dorian had killed him immediately without mercy. But I was wondering like Aelin did, what if there was more information to take out from him, as well as whether those words he said before he died was true, or sugar coated.

“I kept thinking about you might never know that I missed you with only an ocean between us. But if it was death separating us… I would find you. I don’t care how many rules it would break. Even if I had to get all three keys myself and open a gate, I would find you again. Always.”

Please listen to “Love is MY RAIL” by Konomi Suzuki from Page 433 ~ 437.

“I want to take my time with you–to learn…every inch of you. I don’t want to have an audience, when I make you moan, Aelin.”

Did I mention how sweet and beautiful it was when Aelin and Rowan were kissing?

The kiss was slow–thorough. As if they had all the time in the world.
As if they were the only ones in it.

I’m at a thousand+ words, and I haven’t said anything about Manon Ironteeth Blackbeak.

But she had not missed the words–this world. Not this land, not this continent.
This world.

Sarah had also said that Manon grew in this book.
And I couldn’t agree more.

The message had only been one sentence.
Payment for a life debt.
One sentence just for Aelin Galathynius; one sentence that changed everything.

Manon started to question the tasks she was given. She started to go against her grandmother’s will and throw away her pride. From the moment where she had to decide with coven to give to Perrington, to the moments where she observed Kaltain’s movements and how lifeless Kaltain was, to the point where she went through the arguments with her Second and Third, as well as understanding why Asterin was behaving like how she was, so reluctant to let Manon give a coven.

Manon gazed westward across the mountains. Hope, Elide had said–hope for a better future. For a hume.
Not obedience, brutality, discipline. But hope.
Manon then understood the cruelties that happened, and how the fact that she refused to listen and accept, as well as her pride, had indirectly caused Asterin’s pain. And Manon changed.
“Do you believe monsters are born, or made?”
From what she’d seen today, she would say some creatures were very much born evil. But what Manon was asking…”I’m not the one who needs to answer that question,” Elide said.

Then Elide Lochan came into place. And it is because of Elide, I can clearly see Manon’s heart gaining the emotion and human-ness in her. Elide helped her along the way when Manon has doubts, and Manon knew how important Elide had become, and had learnt to gain the will to protect her, saw how brave she was, and made Elide a part of her clan. Manon was so selfless when she rescued Elide and helped her out of the Mountains.

Here it was again, that tug–toward Manon, whose arms buckled as she collapsed to the stone.
Her enemy–her new enemy, who would have killed her and Rowan if given the chance. A monster incarnate.

During the parts when Manon and Aelin was fighting, and when Aelin was tugged down to Earth by the emotion and will to save Manon, and when Manon realised she owes her enemy a life debt, things got really interesting, and then I understood the role of Manon in Heir of Fire. One of it was to prepare for this moment when Manon crosses paths with Aelin.

The Queen of Terrasen had saved her life. Manon didn’t know what to make of it.
For she now owed her enemy a life debt.

Did I mention one of my new ships and Manon and Dorian? When they talked to each other I was like OOO-LA-LA. It was really beautiful to see Manon fly on Abraxos to go see the human returned to Dorian after the final battle, and I can totally imagine that scene in my head, under the moonlight.

She didn’t know why she’d bothered to go; why she’d been curious.
But there had been the prince. no collar to be seen around his neck.
And he had lifted his hand in greeting–as if to say I remember you.

And Holy Gods, Kaltain. Her will was so strong. She told herself to fight back, and so she did. She was so different from any other person, because she was able to use her own power that was being used, and defect it on the controller. She destroyed the demon prince from within herself, and pretended until the moment was correct.

Soon enough–soon enough she would find true purpose, and then she would howl her wrath at the moon. She’d forgotten the name she’d been given, but it made no difference. She had only one name now:
Death, devourer of worlds.

Being one of the very strongest magic users, Kaltain used her shadowfire and blasted one third of Morath, which was really heroic of her. I wish she wouldn’t kill herself because of how awesome she is, but I understand her pain to not live in this World anymore.

Kaltain Rompier unleashed her shadowfire upon them all.
This was not the ghost of shadowfire they had made her kill with–but the real thing. The fire she had harbored since magic had returned–golden flame now turned to black.

“What do I do?”
“She had to swallow before she said. “You light up the darkness.”

You know, I can seriously how this series can legit end in four books. But Sarah doesn’t stop there. She decides to taunt us even more by making two more wonderful books. And there are 41 days left to Empire of Storms by the time I typed this out.

She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Firehart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.
At last, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius was home.
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