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.(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I was a bit hesitant to start this book, as I didn’t LOVE Heir of Fire, and I had heard that this book wasn’t up to par with the rest of the series. And…I ADORED IT. If anything Queen of Shadows reaffirmed my love of the series.
Do I have little squabbles? Yes. Do I still love with book with all my heart? YES.
From this book forward, Celaena Sardothien, the bloodthirsty assassin with a heart of gold, no longer exists. Instead there is Aelin Galathynius, fierce and deadly half-fey queen. At first I was worried that I would no longer like her, but Aelin and Celaena are still very much the same person; just with a few tweaks. Aelin is still vain and proud but she doesn’t have the cruel, uncaring streak that Celaena had. And that is the difference.
As well as our familiar characters (Aelin, Chaol, Dorian, Rowen,), but there are also new characters. We finally meet Abroynn! He’s just as icky and cruel as you’d expect. There’s Elide, a human girl with a bit of which blood who ends up serving the Ironteeth clans and, by extent, Manon. And there’s Nesryn, Chaol’s second-in-command and possibly his new love interest.
We also get to know Lysandra, now! She was introduced in The Assassin’s Blade, but she hasn’t been seen again.She’s a courtesan (a sex slave, in the most basic way of explaining it), and one of Abroynn’s favorites. And she hates his guts. Lysandra is super awesome; she’s sassy and vain and selfless, and she and Aelin used to DESPISE each other, but now they’re actually pretty good friends.
There’s also lots of magic and blood and weapons, so, y’know, it’s awesome.
There were a couple of problems I had with it, though.
-It seemed unnecessarily long. Like it could have been cut down a couple hundred pages or so.
-How Rowen and Aedion kind of treat Aelin like she’s some fragile person who always needs to be protected. She survived a year in Endovier, was the most feared assassin in Adarlan for years, and can melt your face off with fire. SHE DOESN’T NEED TO BE PROTECTED. They need to get that through their head.
-Dorian and Chaol rarely get POVs. Which is rather disappointing. I didn’t really like Elide, and Manon didn’t need so much POV time, so give some to Chaol and Dorian!
But the ending was extremely awesome, and basically I need book five as soon as possible, thank you very much.
So! Any other Throne of Glass fans here? Did you like Queen of Shadows or are you in the “eh” group? Who else is excited that Throne of Glass is going to be a TV show (*waves hand wildly*)?