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Goodreads Choice Award Winner, Best Young Adult Fantasy, 2015

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 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.

©2015 Sarah J. Maas (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Queen of Shadows

Amazing, thrilling, can't put down. Would recommend in a heart beat. love love love love

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Loved

This has definitely been my favorite book so far. All of the feels. Hoping the rest will be just as good.

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A masterpiece

This is probably the best book in the throne of glass series! The protagonist proves to be someone worthy, capable and powerful, a great strategist and someone who would sacrifice herself for her people, every inch the person she was born to be and more. A lot of side characters get their share of fame, my love for Manon Blackbeak's storyline grows higher and higher, the book is well writen, there are no dull parts on this book, it has the perfect balance of action, romance, world building, plot development and an incredible cliffhanger ending, this is a masterpiece

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Every book gets better and better!

I'm loving these books. Often I find a series looses its magic and becomes a little repetitive. Not this one! I'm starting the next one now.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Wow I was Not Expecting That!

I've finished this beast of a book, and must I say, it was quite spectacular!;) For me, the four essentials for an incredible book would be: great writing, well-developed, fascinating characters, epic action and most importantly, feels!!!! Maas is the master of crafting elaborate worlds, insane plot twists, strong and distinct characters, exponentially more threatening villains, emotional scenes that break your heart, and romances that tease you until you want to go mad.

Character Development

Aelin
Ashryver Galathynius. The fire-breathing-bitch-queen. The biggest bad ass mother f*cker of them all. If you thought Calaena Sardothien was awesome, Aelin is ten times as magnificent. All throughout this novel she has proven that she is more than worthy to be queen: from outwitting the fox that is her former master, to patching up her relationship with Chaol, to accepting and helping Lysandra, to not giving up on Dorian. I feel that she will give the Authoritarian style of ruling (My way or the highway basically) What I found annoying was the name change from Caelena to Aelin. For the last 3 books I had to engrave the name into my head and learn to pronounce it right and BANG! Now we are supposed to just forget that name and move onto the queen's name?! What the heck Maas.

Rowan
I had a love hate relationship with Rowan in the last book in the series. This book however I found Rowan to be missing for like 250 pages. FINALLY he showed up to be there for his queen. I couldn't get over how dedicated he was to serving his lover and one true queen. I loved that he was with her no matter the circumstance. I was dying to see a big love scene between Aelin and Rowan but even though I was disapointed it didn’t happen i loved hearing that Rowan wanted to wait to “go all the way” with Aelin. Also let me just say I picture Rowan as a great and badass fighter on the battlefield.

Arobynn
First of all, I was so happy to see that Arobynn was back, as bad as that sounds. He is a horrible man but a great villain. He continued to be the scheming and manipulating bastard that we knew he was until the very end when he got what was coming for him - by the hands of Lysandra as well! His sadistic love/possessiveness of Calaena made him that much more interesting as a character and explained to some extent his wicked actions. I really was blown away when I read that Arobynn had placed the ring on Aelins finger to control her! I was so shocked! Like what a turn of events! Whats going to happen now?!? I was at work at the time on the edge of my seat reading the audiobook and I was dying to read the next chapter praying Rowan or Aedion would Notice something strange had happened. And then the next chapter comes around and I realied Aelin had tricked Arobynn and planned the whole thing. WHAT!

Lysandra
Glorious Lysandra! I love that this series is full of strong female characters who have intriguing story arcs of their own and Lysandra is just one of them. I had re-read The Assassin's Blade just before starting this book and I am so happy I did that because so many of the characters and plots in that book reappeared in Queen of Shadows. So, it was great to have Lysandra's backstory from TAB refreshed in my mind before meeting her again in QOS. She is an absolutely amazing character and it was great to see her become close friends with Aelin. It's quite rare to see strong female friendships in YA, if you think about it. She was so protective of little Evangeline and of her new friends and that culminated in her shifting in a ghost leopard (much to Aedion's dismay. I'm sure he would have preferred any other ferocious beast!) and rushed to the castle ready to aid Aelin when she needed her.

Chaol

Ah, good ol' Chaol. His first meeting with Aelin was quite realistic, in my opinion, and they both had valid reasons for slowly drifting apart and both had things that still hurt and haunted them so by the time they had both moved on from each other and later became friends again, it had all felt like a natural transition. He has struggled with making the right choices, and with not having made the right choices in his past, but he ended up doing the heroic thing in the end. His devotion and loyalty to Dorian remained Chaol's defining characteristic. The first half of the book I spent wondering who was right - Aelin or Chaol - in the kill/spare Dorian debate, and it turns out that Chaol decides to kill Dorian sporadically when there's some chance that Dorian can be spared. I found it very frustrating to see how hypocritical Chaol was when he was so adamant about sparing Dorain when Bam he chose to kill him during a plan heist that had gone accordingly. Nevertheless, all's well that ends well, right? And while it did not end spectacularly well for the captain, being paralysed is definitely better than being dead. And hey, the new bamf Captain of the Guards & female version of Chaol Nesryn, doesn't seem to mind.

Manon
Manon mother-effing Blackbeak might just be on my list of top favourite characters in this series. I find it absolutely fascinating to read about her. She is ruthless and fierce and obedient before anything else but that literal heart of hers is slowly melting - for Elide, for Asterin, for Dorian(?!) - and she is learning that perhaps doing things one way because that's the way they've always been done is not always the best. Right at the start of this book I wondered what it would be like if Manon had a love interest and thought that the dynamic of something like that would be so interesting to read about. And then there comes Dorian and I'm sure there is something something brewing there. Would I ship Dorian and Manon? Maybe...Is it realistic? Ummm not really...One thing that I found disturbing is that the Duke had Manon send her clan to breed things with the vlog. The majority of the book I was like “Why don’t you kill him already?!” Like screw the alliance and making your grandmother happy. The guy was a doosh.
I'm very impressed with the character development, and the series has greatly benefited from the addition of the new characters, specifically Manon, Rowan, and Lysandra. I'm very excited to see where the rest of this series goes!

Relationships
Dorian and Manon
Does anyone else ship Dorian and Manon? I know it's a far shot off, but Manon is growing a heart, and I think she needs someone like Dorian in her life to keep her grounded. Dorian could also use a new friend with what's just happened in his life and all

Rowan and Aelin
My heart beats for Rowan and Aelin. They are it for me. First of all, the tension between the two of them left me fanning myself off. Or dumping a pitcher of cold water over my head like Rowan did ;). These two are EVERYTHING because they heal each other. They have both suffered insurmountable loss that most people would never recover from but together they are better. Rowan is ruthless, loyal, massive, brutal, and extremely aggressive. Above all though, he is a gentlemen. A GENTLEMEN. Who cannot handle a nightgown in the slightest, but still a gentleman. Haha! I loved it when Rowan lost all common sense at seeing Aelin in a flimsy nightgown! *LOL* Such a mighty fae warrior and then he sees her like that and isn’t even capable to utter a single word. XD Fun times. ;-P Still, I really like their connection and that they are so close to each other, I kind of dislike the notion of Rowan disappearing as an individual though. I just hope that he’ll give her hell in “EoS” again. *lol* Because I lived for their easy banter and the fact that they always gave each other a run for their money! XD It would be boring if Rowan would end up as nothing more than the man at Aelin’s side.

Overall with everything that happened in this book and the peaceful ending I cant wait for the next book to see with happens in the continuation of the series.

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The Best Book from the series!

so so good, fast paced and perfect it was everything i wanted and more finished it in a day , i've read the entire series this one is still my all time fave!

the narration gives it more emotion and is so well done

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Amazing

I loved this book, its one of my favourite in the sieres, Aelin and Roen have became my favourite characters.

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Thrilling read

Very thrilling read, so many stories intertwined. Really enjoyed this novel in the series!! I couldn’t stop listening.

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Queen of Shadows owns my heart

This book was my favourite of the series! As usual so many twists and moments that take your breath away. Sarah J Maas has it all here and more! Absolutely loved it!

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Great story but can't stand the narrator

All of Sara J Maas's books are amazing but I just can't get used to this reader. She sounds like she's constantly trying to prove something and her tone is antagonistic. The emphasis she chooses to put on her sentences drives me insane and I can't handle how her narrations always sound opinionated. I have had to listen to her read a few books and I always end up buying a physical copy to rush through so I don't go crazy with annoyance. I wish Audible would make other performance options for this author so I could just relax and enjoy the performance rather than having to race through.

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 2015-11-02

Unexpectedly excellent

First off, I should point out that yes, this is book four of the series, and I've read none of the previous three. Also, there's a good bit of Grimdark about this, with everyone doing or having done awful things, and mostly willing to do more awful things. And at the end, we have a resolution to the story within this book, but no resolution of the larger issues, and much more bad stuff to come in future volumes.

So, really, at some point, I should have been overcome with the desire to throw it against the wall, except for two things. One, it's the audiobook. Two, I loved it.

Aelin Galathynius (guessing on the spelling of the last name), rightful heir to the throne of Terrasen (another spelling guess) has quietly returned to Rifthold, the capital of the bitter enemy who killed her family and conquered her kingdom. She wants revenge on the King of Adarlan, but he's not the only target of her vengeance. She was hardly more than a child when she fled her family's killers, and she's just nineteen now, but she's packed a lot into those years. She trained as an assassin under Rifthold's king of the assassin's guild, under the name Celaena Sardothien. Part Fae herself and possessing Fae fire magic, she traveled to the Fae lands and learned the use of her magic there--and made a valuable friend in Prince Rowan. She's back now to rescue her friend and cousin General Aedion and her friend Prince Dorian. She needs to know if Chaol Westphal, captain of the guard, is still a friend. She's been through horrors, she has done horros, and she has more to face and do before she can hope for anything vaguely resembling peace.

This is a dark and bloody story, but I like Aelin, Rowan, Aedion, Chaol and his second, Nesryn, and Aelin's old rival Lysandra. Along with the darkness and blood, Queen of Shadows has romance, male friendship, female friendship, and male-female friendship, all treated in adult, satisfying, compelling way. Because, as I mentioned, I've read none of the previous three books, there's a lot I was trying to pick up as the story went along, but Maas salted in enough background in unobtrusive ways that if I didn't always know exactly what was going on at first, I was picking up enough to enjoy continuing to listen.

Highly recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from Audible in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • 2015-09-18

Awesome... Simply Awesome

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This series has everything a fantasy reader desires! I literally couldn't take head phones off. We finally get a stand off between the king and the assassin and it doesn't disappoint. I have found myself in love with the Wing leader too. Can't wait to see how the final battle turns out.

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  • Wendy
  • 2015-09-03

Wow! Just, Wow!

Fantastic continuation of the story. Each book just gets better and better. I couldn't stop listening to it. The only negative is waiting for the next book. Sarah J Maas is a very talented writer.

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  • Claudia H
  • 2016-06-24

Standard YA girl series, which I loved

I've noticed trends in a lot of the YA scifi books that I've read, particularly those with a strong female lead, and this one followed all of them. It has the usual love story/triangle, and the usual rise from the lower class, and a strong female protagonist - which to be clear, I always enjoy, AND, this book still managed to give you a plot line to love, even though you've kind of heard it all before.

This one brought me back, I had lost a little hope in the last book, but this book brought me back to loving the story, and I've already set alerts on my phone to remind me to check when the next book will be released.

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  • Paulina Pham
  • 2015-09-18

SOOOO GOOOOD!!

I cannot explain how much this series keeps getting better and better. This book gave me something that I never knew I was waiting for HAPPINESS! the whole book is just intense and action packed. So much happens and so much that I expected to happen and not to expect happen. True bliss! Now I cannot wait another year....ugh. 😢

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Marlana M.
  • 2019-08-10

The main character is awful

Admin was somewhat likeable in the books before. But somehow in this book, she took a turn for arrogant shameless b-word. It made me want to stop listening how awful she was being. She walked around hurting everyone who cares deeply for her and expected them to fall in line anyway. Later, she MIGHT feel a tad bad or think something they said might be a bit right, but she never came out and admitted it or apologized or showed that she was ashamed of her actions, even knowing they were hurtful as she did it. I like almost every character that isn't her. And imo she doesn't deserve anyone to follow her or love her at this point but people still do simply because of her blood or the person she used to be.

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  • Donald Tolley
  • 2019-03-05

Good but lots of filler

I’ve really enjoyed the series as a whole so far. This book however was really drawn out. It sometimes seemed I was reading the same material multiple times. I’ll probably continue reading future works in this series but I definitely need a break after this one

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Ruki
  • 2018-03-28

What the heck happened!?

I really love ToG. Book 1-3 were good but book 4...I’m done with this book.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Strider
  • 2017-07-21

Waste of time and money

The writing which is sophomoric and tedious is made worse by the reader’s voice which is seesaw and out of sync with the punctuation.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • BumbleBee 456
  • 2017-06-12

Huge waste of time

It's the most mediocre of YA fantasy books after its plotlines were put through a blender and all notes on character history were lost.

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