Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows

A Throne of Glass Novel

Book - 2015
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"Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Embracing her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, Celaena returns to the empire--for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
ISBN: 9781619636040
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Characteristics: 648 pages ; 25cm

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susan_findlay
May 10, 2019

The introduction was a bit jarring with the sudden use of harsh language (i.e. mild curse words) that was never present in any of the earlier books. In retrospect, I think this was done to set a tone (since it didn't really persist) and communicate that this book would be more mature than its predecessors. I'm not sure that was necessary; the series has been maturing and getting darker, more complex and more interesting all along.

Queen of Shadows continues Aelin's (Celaena's) story as she returns to Adarlan to try to overthrow the evil king. She has to share focus with a few other characters, though. In particular, Manon - a witch who is training in the king's army but has her own agenda. Normally, this is the part where I complain about multiple narrators ruining the flow of a story; however, Maas handled this aspect of the book unusually well. Manon's story is both well integrated and integral to the plot. You spend a few chapters in one part of the world with one character then migrate to another part of the world with another. But it always happens at a natural break (which, yes, is sometimes a cliff-hanger). Other characters get occasional turns at narration, but it is always in service of world building or atmosphere creation. (The very short chapters narrated by Dorian are always about building tension.)

I should also give credit to Maas for the pacing. This is a very long book but it feels epic rather than long. The tension builds continuously as new wrinkles are revealed, with mini climaxes leading up to the big one. I have to wonder if there was a point at which this was expected to be the last book in the series because it's the only one so far in which the resolution of the main climax felt like it could have been a relatively satisfactory "end". Of course, the author has left just enough loose ends that it won't be because I know there are three more books to come.

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CaoimheH
Apr 05, 2019

"Lets go rattle the stars"
-Aelin Ashryver Whitethorn Galathynius.
-Fireheart-

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KBibaeff3
Mar 12, 2019

Overall, this was a good book. However, I did felt like some parts were unnecessary. The exciting parts were exactly that. Was a bit confused why the storyline continues, solely based on the fact that soooo much was wrapped up by the end of the book. Shall see how the next in the series compares.

I have mixed feelings about this series. At points I've wanted to just give up out of sheer boredom, and I others I've been glued to the book. I still have nightmares about how Terrible Crown Of Darkness was, but Heir Of Fire really showed amazing story telling.
Now there's Queen Of Shadows. Okay. This book was...slightly Anti Climactic, I mean it wasn't a bad ending, but I wasn't Very excited to read the next one. It left a little satisfied, and a little sad that the story had to be dragged out for two (Or more) Installments after this. I'm sorry to say that the series is slowly digging its own grave.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 16, 2019

Good continuation of the series

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summerforever
Dec 30, 2018

Here are my top 10 favorite quotes! Spoilers ahead.
1. “When you shatter the chains of this world and forge the next, remember that art is as vital as food to a kingdom. Without it, a kingdom is nothing, and will be forgotten by time. I have amassed enough money in my miserable life to not need any more--so you will understand me clearly when I say that wherever you set your throne, no matter how long it takes, I will come to you, and I will bring music and dancing.” -Florine
2. “Only slaughtering men like pigs, correct?”
“Their deaths equate to their behavior in life,” Manon replied with a kind of calm that made Elide wonder whether she should start running.”
3. “Then she sat down against the stone, tucking her feet beneath her, and rested her head against the smooth, cool rock.
“Hello, Sam,” she breathed onto the river breeze.

“I miss you,” she said. “Every day, I miss you. And I wonder what you would have made of all this. Made of me. I think--I think you would have been a wonderful king. I think they would have liked you more than me, actually.” Her throat tightened. “I never told you--how I felt. But I loved you, and I think a part of me might always love you. Maybe you were my mate, and I never knew it. Maybe I’ll spend the rest of my life wondering about that. Maybe I’ll see you again in the Afterworld, and then I’ll know for sure. But until then… until then I’ll miss you,
and I’ll wish you were here.”
4. "I never went back to the hunter. I didn’t know how to explain the brand. How to explain your grandmother, or apologize. I was afraid he’d treat me as your grandmother had. So I never went back.” Her mouth wobbled. “I’d fly overhead every few years, just… just to see.” She wiped at her face. “He never married. And even when he was an old man, I’d sometimes see him sitting on that front porch. As if he were waiting for someone.”
Something… something was cracking and aching in Manon’s chest, caving in on itself.” (504)
5. “They had walked out of darkness and pain and despair together. They were still walking out of it. So that smile… It struck him stupid every time he saw it and realized it was for him.

She said softly, “You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. live.”
6. “Chaol spread his arms wide as the darkness hit him, shattered him, obliterated him until there was nothing but light--burning blue light, warm and welcoming.
Aelin and Dorian had gotten away. It was enough.
When the pain came, he was not afraid.”
7. “They were infinite.
They were the beginning and the ending; they were eternity.
The king standing before them gaped as the shield of flame died out to reveal Aelin and Dorian, hand in hand, glowing like newborn gods as their magic entwined.

A wall of night knocked them back. But they could not be contained.
The darkness paused for breath.
They erupted.”
8. "It did not seem like a weakness to fight for those who could not defend themselves.” (597)
9. “Kaltain unleashed the last of her shadowfire, tipping her face to the ceiling, toward a sky she’d never see again.
She took out every wall and every column. As she brought it all crashing and crumbling around them, Kaltain smiled, and at last burned herself into ash on a phantom wind.”
10. “What was it like?” Manon asked quietly. “To love.”
For love was what it had been--what Asterin perhaps alone of all the Ironteeth witches had felt, had learned.
“It was like dying a little every day. It was like being alive, too. It was joy so complete it was pain. It destroyed me and unmade me and forged me. I hated it, because I knew I couldn't escape it, and knew it would forever change me. And that witchling... I loved her, too. I loved her in a way I cannot describe--other than to tell you that it was the most powerful thing I've ever felt, greater than rage, than lust, than magic." A soft smile. "I'm surprised you're not giving me the 'Obedience. Discipline. Brutality.' speech."
I really enjoyed QoS!!!

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 28, 2018

This could have been a five-star novel. Could have been. Maas threw that switch from "Celaena the Assassin" to "Celaena/Aelin the Pure of Heart" in book two of this series, but it still irritates me. Yes, Aelin is out there slicing and dicing the bad guys like a Cuisinart without a lid, but now she's going so far as to save her enemies, an enemy that has shot her hot Fae man, because "'How can I take away somebody who means the world to someone else? Even if she's my enemy.'" Um, what? Wouldn't that include most people?

Beyond that, while Maas keeps a lot of relationship balls in the air, it's pretty easy to tell where they're all going. Aelin and Rowan now seem to be having the same conversations as Feyre and Rhys from her Court of Thorns and Roses series, aka, slightly nauseating "you're so hot!" "No, you're so hot!" "I'm so hot I'm not wearing any underwear!" Aelin seems to be worried about getting old while Rowan never ages, but if she can turn into a fae, and her cousin has fae powers, why is this a concern?

So anyway, because Aelin has this new love interest, Chaol is suddenly given backstory with another character, because we wouldn't want him to be alone. Suddenly someone else from Aelin's past is making googly eyes at another of her friends. You get the picture. The relationship side of the story makes me a little queasy, and Aelin's ability to change so completely doesn't work for me. And you can see where the story with the witches is going to go when Manon Blackback "fell to her knees in the grass." Really? Another 180? I bet we can all guess what that's going to mean down the road.

What does work for me is the story itself. Maas keeps adding detail to the world of Erilea. We get more backstory on the witches, how magic works, Aelin's family. This isn't nearly 700 pages for nothing. And all the while Maas is building to the rebels plans for returning magic to their continent. The fights, backstabbing, frontstabbing, and occasional side-stabbing are terrifically fast-paced, while the rebels try to figure out what they want to achieve and how. Once their plan is set into motion I could not put the book down. Each of the players is playing games inside of games and some double-crosses are even paid back after the grave. Watching the machinations and wondering who to trust was one of the most fun parts of the novel.

If you can get past the relationship jumps, this book is well worth the time for all the building it does and the amazing climax. I'll admit that I'm always a fan of the middle of a trilogy when we're left with things just about as bad as they can be, but things are happening in the background, setting us up for triumph. While Queen of Shadows doesn't end in the pit of despair, it has moved the pieces on the board nicely, and shown us that although we may escape the pit of despair, there's a chasm of woe just around the corner.

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

This installment continued with the new, excellent story progression of Heir of Fire, without too much obvious plot twists or easily predictable revelations. While I still prefer Heir of Fire to Queen of Shadows, this was still an epic story and I greatly enjoyed it. The only part that really irked me was the sheer groan-worthy sexually driven scenes that, while sometimes expected and greatly anticipated, were written with cringey dialogue and innuendo.

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PinesandPrejudice
Aug 28, 2017

This is the best one of the series so far. It tied up so many loose ends from book three and finally brought some of the characters together. The encounter between Aelin and Manon was my favorite part, where these two badass women finally come together and meet. Especially after we have been following their story for so long.

The character development was great and the anticipation leading up to the final battle and even the trials before that were awesome. That said, I still think this book was too long. There were many moments I felt could have been cut. I understand it is Maas's style to give detail and have slow development but there were some moments where I was struggling with the plot, begging it to move along. Also the slow burn between Rowan and Aelin was torture, but a good torture.

Overall, this was my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series. I am excited to see how the characters and the plot continue to develop and expand. I'm anxious to see how all these threads tie up together.

kirstd31 Aug 25, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. The characters and story line are awesome. I can't wait to see what Aelin and Manon do next.

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maroon_fox_82
Jul 12, 2017

"Let's go rattle the stars."

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Chelsea016
Oct 14, 2016

She smiled at last. And damn if it didn't kill him, the quiet joy in her face.

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Chelsea016
Oct 14, 2016

"You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live."

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mcroar
Jun 23, 2016

"Fire-breathing b*tch queen"

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simply_me
Aug 01, 2015

" fire breathing bitch-queen"

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rrmueller
Jun 10, 2016

Hard core female lead in this series who stays strong and clever throughout.

PrimaGigi Sep 21, 2015

"The queen has returned.

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 for her. 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.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena's epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world."

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simply_me
Aug 02, 2015

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak; but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life; and her future; forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed? .....JK We all know that's HOF( heir of fire )

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PrimaGigi Sep 21, 2015

Violence: Fighting

PrimaGigi Sep 21, 2015

Sexual Content: Sexual romance between two main characters.

PrimaGigi Sep 21, 2015

Coarse Language: Cursing

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