Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)TitleQueen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: September 1st, 2015

Source: Own, UK Paperback Edition


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.


Oh, this one started on a wrong foot. I had all these confusing thoughts of “what happened?” “what the hell is happening?” to “HOLY SHIPS” “OH GODS HAVE MERCY ON MY HEART”.

Now I am calling it, Queen of Shadows may be my favorite in the series, followed by Crown of Midnight.

Here lies below my feels for the Queen of Shadows, mind you there are super minor spoilers, that type that would arouse your curiosity.


Gods above, I love how they are all developing.


I was so angry at her and love her at the same time. Throughout the book, she is stubborn. I hated her guts I hated her so so much, at the same time I love her, I like her so much that I wish to accomplish everything she deserves. She has been through and will go through a lot. Gods above, gods from all over the world help her, guide her.


I find myself warming to him more. From Heir of Fire, I really don’t see that spark going on from before. Here I see it, it gave me more focus on his truth. Yes, I don’t like him that much from the last book. And with the messy events that unfolded from there, I wasn’t a huge fan.


God, I am blessed, hurt, betrayed, loved, wrecked by the all of it.


Leaping lizards, my love for you is in whole levels of pain and joy.


For some reason, you are ingrained in my mind as a whiny brat but you are my funny whiny brat.


I am stunned. I have seen Lysandra from the novella and earlier books. Good god, I think the best development award goes to you. You have come from so much hatred and have grown into such a learning and loving being? I swear to the gods if SJM hurts you. I’ll wail for ages.


You as well, I see you so clearly. I hated you. I loved you. I freaking adore you. With the recent events happening with Chaol, I’d been overly excited every time Manon’s narrative comes to view. The growth and the conniving witch is always, always scheming. I am hungry for more.


YOU! I swear these characters are coming at me all at once, I am surprised by Asterin most. She is Manon’s second, she is close to her but with the arising circumstances in Queen of Shadows, both characters are contradicting each other and well, it deepens. There will be choices to decide, and there will be consequences in return.


I can’t believe I get to see you closer. He was introduced in The Assassin’s Blade ever so brutal but dang, it still appalls me. Seeing the master much closer reveals more layers than there really was.

Overall, they have grown so much. I feel old. Gods. They have their own agenda, redeem, conquer, that motivates them stronger than ever. The way they react with each persona around them. It confuses me, pisses me off, rooting for, hating, loving, adoring, hell all feels were felt for these individuals.


It freaking thickens. Holy whacking moles. Numerous point-of-views, numerous plots to weave and go through, numerous feels to feel. And I believe I crave that high now. It is addicting, each and every hole that I thought was opening in my mind kind of suppressed through the events that took here.

I would like to take this chance to thank my past self for reading The Assassin’s Blade not after reading the Queen of Shadows. I love how the past and present are creating this new era. Forming yet into another cloud in my head that would be surprised in the next books. I am telling you it thickens.

We get to see Caelena Sardothien in a new light of image here. I can’t squeal more I am afraid to spoil something up.


A huge leap from Heir of Fire, it captured me in ways I thought I wouldn’t be, come on, to be honest, it is a 600 plus page book. I was thinking of not even going further into the series but I am dying to know what happens to coughs Chaol Westfall coughs. And I freaking did, it freaking drained me, completely shattered my soul.

Short story, back then before meeting SJM, I have read Queen of Shadows like four or so chapters, and given the events happened in Heir of Fire (y’all know that right). I am a solid Chaol Trash, so I told SJM that, she was trying to avoid my gaze and so, I drifted into another topic… she was really nice and her husband was there as well they are adorable getting sidetracked… and now that I know what I should’ve known back then, I was so clueless, I should’ve taken that as a sign.

Nevertheless, I still am a trash and would love to know more of him in Tower of Dawn *shrieks*. I have no idea what’ll happen to my baby there, but I will always be by his side. Hahaha.

Back to writing, it was a huge impactful development from my point of view. The world building continues to grow and secrets are being unveiled twists upon twists. And from the way I reacted in the beginning with Queen of Shadows I took it badly, don’t. And if you’re feeling that way too it gets better. It develops through and I freaking love how this was done. And I warn you, prepare your heart for it might suffer through a lot of shocks.

Related: The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J. Maas



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How about you have you read Queen of Shadows? Planning on going a Throne of Glass marathon too? Let me know.



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  1. YAAAS ❤ Haha I was such Chaol trash then too 😂I absolutely love Rowan now, and I completely agree how Lysandra has the best character development. I love the friendship that forms because I hated her in Assasin's Blade, but we learn so much about her character and backstory! We just can't help but to love these characters more and more~


    1. I have a question, so since I have finished EoS and no, you’re crying not me. Do I have to read ToD? I been seeing people skipping but I feel like I too am betraying Chaol. 😭😭 But I fear there won’t be time before KoA?

      Same here, I was gritting my teeth at her in Assassin’s yes so, so much my heart wept.

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      1. lol not any more than you’d hate me if I said I’ve read Throne of Glass and none of the rest of the series. I’d highly suggest ACOMAF when you can get around to it, it’s WORLDS better than the first book!


      1. I had knowledge of what he’d done before I read the series. I didn’t get the whole “I hate Choal” vibes until Heir of Fire/Queen of Shadows. But I am hesitant to read his book. I really am, but I want to get to EOS and TOG around the next release.


      2. Oh, sorry of how that went. You’re in quite a dilemma. Though, I had seen others skipping ToD. But it is considered as #6 in the novel. I really am not the best judge having it still on currently read, if skipping is wise or just read spoilers on what took place in? IDK, sorry not much help.

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      3. I don’t have a problem with reading his book. I’m looking forward to his redemption. He’s a good character. I just wish that Maas didn’t make him act the way he did in QOS. But I wasn’t horribly angry over that though. So no worries there!


  2. I really like how you split this up into different characters as well as plot and writing, it was really fun to read! I’m debating re-reading but I also know it’ll take me ages so I’d have to wait forever before I could finally start Kingdom of Ash. But then I also feel like I’ll get more out of Kingdom of Ash if I re-read, if you see what I mean? Maybe I should just re-read the last one or two…

    Anyway, I like Chaol but the character I’d do anything for has to be Manon, she’s my favourite!


    1. Thank you! I understand, you will get more out of KoA if you reread now. Then there’s that part they are very thick. But you have to admit the feelings are overwhelming and it’s the good kind. I suggest GO FORTH WITH THE REREAD. Do. It. Of course, if you’re really feeling up for it.

      Oh gods they’re both my ❤. To sum up my feelings towards Manon at the very moment, she dies I die too.


  3. I’ve only read the first Throne of Glass book and whilst I really enjoyed that, I couldn’t get into the rest of the series! I think it’s such a marmite series, you either love it or hate it.


    1. Happy to hear that you enjoyed the first one. I see what you mean, looking at the books it’s really feels like a lot of time and effort. Especially when you can look further into other reads that would capture your heart more into it. I think so too, in the end it’s really up to the reader whether picking it up or not.


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