Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

 

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In the fourth book of the Throne of Glass series, Celeana (Aelin) returns to Ardalan to defeat the king and release his hold on the world’s magic. But first, she has some scores to settle. She must avenge her former love, Sam’s, death, eliminate the King of the Assassins, and figure out a way to fund her fledgling army. In her path are the monstrous Valg, controlled, of course, by the corrupted king. Dorian, who may have been Aelin’s ally, is tightly imprisoned in a Valg prince collar, and of no help to either Aelin’s or his own people. Somehow, with the few rebels who assist her, Aelin must rise above her enemies to free Ardalan and reclaim her throne in Terrassen.

So this series is fantastic, but this was not my favorite book. I gave it a high rating because the ending really picks up — but it takes so long to get there. Honestly, most of this book is set-up that we don’t really need. If it just would have been shorter, it would have been so much better. I hope this doesn’t deter you from reading it, though! The ending is totally worth it and I’m super excited for the next books — not least of all because I have to see who Aelin winds up with! And read more of Manon — duh. And imagine ways I can make Aelin’s wardrobe a reality. And….

Rating: 4/5 

For full analysis (including flags and SPOILERS) click here.

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