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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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Sarah J. Maas Does It Again!

After reading her ACOTAR series, I couldn't help but jump into this one next. Maas never disappoints with her work and I'm excited to start the next audiobook right away! Lots of great character development in this series thus far and the storyline is very interesting! This will be another novel I'll recommend to friends and family who are eager for something new! #Audible1

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Favourite Audio Book So Far!

I first read the physical copy of this book then decided to give the audiobook a try when I was doing a reread, and I must say, this was probably my favourite way to reread a book ever! I love how the narrator changes her voice for each character and how she speaks with a sort of intensity that keeps you constantly engaged. I was completely lost in the world and could almost see everything playing like a movie. I adore Sarah J. Maas' writing and I love how the narrator was able to bring it to life. #Audible1

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Loved it!

This book was well written and and kept me hooked from the start until the end. The narrator was great and gave the various characters just the right amounts of difference in their voices and tones. I can't wait until the next one in the series comes out, I will definitely be getting that audiobook too. #Audible1

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  • Jim
  • 2018-08-26

Favourite

My favourite in the throne of glass series so far! After The Dark Tower I didn't honestly believe I would read another series where I'd come to love the characters so much but I have definitely found it again here Sarah Maas doesn't disappoint! Fantastic

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love these books

the story is great it's got a lot to look at and think about this series is brilliant

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Calaena- Queen, Assassin, or Teenager

I have to tell you this has been my favourite book in the series so far. There was so much action and suspense, I found myself holding my breath in several places.

Another thing I logged about this novel is how the girls kicked butt. GIRL POWER!!!!

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LOVE

Such a well written series with complex characters and a story line that continues on through all the books. Every book in this series was captivating. Wish there were more to read!! Buy it - you won't regret it if you love adventure and fantasy!

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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • South Carolina
  • 2015-09-18

Awesome... Simply Awesome

Any additional comments?

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
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Toni
  • 2015-09-24

Exceptional!!

Sarah Mass gets better and better with each book of the series. A marvelously developed plot that continues to expand. Characters interesting and imperfect. Just finished the second read!

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  • Susan
  • 2015-09-18

Loved it

Love this series. Didn't want to stop listening. Can't wait for next installment. My only negative was that characters from past books being brought into play when I couldn't remember who they were.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2015-09-18

Excellent Story

The author is wonderful on how she keeps you wanting to learn more about the characters. Can't wait for next installment.

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  • Striker
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • 2015-09-13

Everything You Were Waiting For, And More To Come!

I couldn't wait for this book, and pre-ordered the day it was listed on Audible...
I won't go into as many details on this review as I usually might, because I don't want to get into too much that might ruin it for the fans of this series... BUT, I will say that we get to see Celaena's return to Rifthold, and there is nothing but constant battles, fights, secrets and past histories reveled, and everything that the readers of this series have been waiting for... AND THERE IS STILL MORE TO COME! Although I would say the series ended in a cliff hanger like some of the previous ones did, there is definitely MUCH more story to be told, and the book ends in such a way that we know that the story will continue.
TEASER: The fight between Celaena and the king is AWESOME!
All-in-all: YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

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  • Bkindtoall
  • Bothell, WA, United States
  • 2015-09-23

great story, great suspense, excellent fantasy

while I enjoyed the first couple books, I've loved the last two. and in particular this one. excellent in its twists, engrossing, suspenseful-loved it!

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