Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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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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— MY REVIEW —

I got to tell you guys Heir of Fire was my most favourite book so far in the series but after reading Queen of Shadows, I’d have to say they both equally top it now.

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When all the characters finally come and meet each other for the first time in this book, you don’t know how it’s going to go down and you’re completely on the edge of your seat. It’s amazing! I have fallen in love with certain characters in this book whom I didn’t really connect with in Heir of Fire. One example is Manon Blackbeak. I wasn’t big on the story of the witch clans when they were introduced in that book. I thought they just got in the way of the storyline I really wanted to read about at the time (which was the Celaena/ Rowan/ Chaol situation lol) but my opinion did a complete turnaround on the witches in THIS book.

So if you were like me who wasn’t such a big fan, I advise to keep reading. It totally gets a lot better. Manon, her adorable wyvern Abraxos and her thirteen are some of my faves to read about now…and… if all goes the way I hope it will in the next book (Empire of Storms) for Manon and a certain someone *wink wink* then I will be one happy chappy!!

I was a little bit frustrated – annoyed – irritated with the first part of the book though. Where Celaena finally comes back to Adarlan and catches up with Chaol. Ughhh..it totally gave me a headache. It was like they were two completely different people who hated each other (more so than when they first met). I was not a fan! That part of the book crushed so many Celaena/Chaol fans’ hearts! Mine included. 😞😞

Hmm.. come to think of it. I think the whole book was just one big heartbreak concerning those two and knowing it will never be the way it was between them. As much as I love Rowan and them being together now. I did also love Chaol with her. It’s just sad.

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I do however love that Dorian had more of a role in this one. He’s one of my favourite characters and although I couldn’t believe half of the things he had to go through in this book I’m glad it turned out the way it did and now I can’t wait to see him kick some ass in Empire of Storms!

Okay, so here it is. Look forward to reading more about Manon, Dorian (of course more Aelin/ Rowan moments) and the war that’s brewing over the wyrdkeys and the power they possess. The introduction of Aedion and the return of an old “friend” aka Lysandra are 2 other reasons as to why this book is worth the read.

The storyline in Queen of Shadows is definitely getting down to the nitty-gritty end. It’s a lot more serious and more lives are in danger (which of course I am now panicking over).

I’ve come to the realisation that the more characters Sarah J Maas introduces into her books and the more you love them, the more you have to be prepared to lose them! And boy has she introduced so many amazingly lovable characters in this one. *hint, hint* (Lorcan). 🤫

It’s action packed and I guarantee you will fly through it. There’s always something happening – good or bad and you won’t be able to put the book down.

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 RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book Two: Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Book Three: Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Novellas: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Book Five: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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A prequel to the Throne of Glass series. Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

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— MY REVIEW —

Before I get on with my review. I have to admit that I read this book back in May but with life getting in the way of fangirling and book blogs, my blog took a backseat the whole of June (hence my lack of recent blogs) but I’m hoping to slowly but surely catch up on my book reviews. Phew! Please bare with me! 💜

I loved this book! I loved reading about where and how Celaena started as an assassin.

Sarah J Maas advised to read this one after Heir of Fire and before Queen of Shadows, so if you read the first three books like I did, you would know Sam (her first and in my opinion true love) had died. So you would think coming into this book you wouldn’t necessarily develop a deep connection with Sam because you would’ve already fallen for Chaol or even Dorian for Celaena. You’ve had three books worth to get a feel for a character and to fall for them but let me tell you, this book…omg this book..totally changed everything. It was such an insight to Celaena’s past and you finally get to see the man Celaena is still hurting over.

I thought when I first read Throne of Glass that I wouldn’t fall in love any other character for Celaena than Chaol himself (then of course that changed with Rowan coming into the picture later on). But after getting a glimpse of Sam here and there throughout the first 3 books, I was really curious to read more about him and why he impacted Celaena’s life so much.

If I didn’t say it before, I’ll say it again. I wish Sam didn’t have to die.

I WISH SAM DID NOT HAVE TO DIE! I would have loved to see more of what could have been between Celaena and him. And see him as character develop more into a man. I was seriously reading the book knowing ok..he’s going to die.. but question is when? You think I would’ve already prepared myself, right?

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Wrong!

It was a weird experience reading it. You could see it coming but then again you couldn’t. Does that make sense? I don’t know how else to say it. I was in panic mode the whole time I was reading it (hoping even),that he would survive! Or at least not die the way he did! 😢

Ohhhh how I loved these novellas. There’s 5 in total but I loved  The Assassin and the Pirate Lord and The Assassin and the Underworld the most.

Besides getting to know the beautiful Sam, you also get the pleasure of knowing how cruel and vindictive Arobynn really is. If you thought he was already a shitty piece of crap from the way Celaena talks about him in TOG, then you’re about to get to know him first hand! Enjoy!

All kidding aside, I really recommend that you guys don’t skip this book. It really does give you insight to why Celaena became the way she did and it really shows how far she’s come from since. And I’ll give you a little hint – Some of the things you read from this book may just come back around in the series (and you wouldn’t want to be lost when you do read on, would you?) 😉

It’s actually one of my favourite books from the series. I would’ve given it full ratings if it weren’t for some of stories being a little slow paced for my liking. I kid you not, if I wasn’t so picky about tiny things like that this would be 5/5 in my opinion. So don’t even take my rating seriously. Lol.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book Two: Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Book Three: Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Book Four: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book Five: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


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Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”


From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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— MY REVIEW —

I am seriously loving this series. Although this is only book 2, it packs a punch! Whenever there was any interaction between Celaena and Chaol I was on the edge of my seat. When Celaena was in “assassin” mode, I was on the edge of my seat. When something got discovered and I didn’t see it coming – you got it.. I was on the edge of my seat. You can pretty much just say there was no point in me “sitting” for any part of it. 😀

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Oh, and I’ll give you a little tip now.. make sure you read this when noone is around. I found myself mumbling (out loud) when I read certain parts and cursing at particular characters whenever they said or did something I disagreed with. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem, right? 😜

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Before I go any further, incase I didn’t mention it clearly in my Throne of Glass review, usually when people read the book, they usually find themselves deciding who they preferred – Chaol or Dorian..? Well, I chose Chaol (keep this little tidbit in mind when you read on).

So, back to my review…

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I so badly wanted to see what new developments were going to show up between Celaena and Chaol in this book. And when it finally happened..during Chaol’s birthday I was giddy and happy that they finally expressed how they felt to one another…

And boy oh boy did they ever haha! It turned from admitting they care for each other, to kissing to full on..uhhh not kissing *wink wink, get my drift?* and lots of it! All in a short amount of time too and call me immature but I could not stop laughing at how quickly they turned into horny teenagers (oh wait they are lol)

So yeah..by this stage I was feeling super happy and light-hearted, then.. BAMMMM!!

Uh oh, game over! Cut to the chase: horrible things happen; Chaol feels guilty and Celaena turns into Death herself. Here anger was practically coming off of the page as I was reading it. I could feel the rage! (Here’s where my little tip from earlier comes in handy again). All I know is even I was shaking my head at Chaol, poor guy. But I was glad that she was able to turn to Dorian during the uneventful time (and not in a hooking up kind of way), they sort of became friends again. When she ended her relationship with Dorian in the first book, I was relieved coz I wanted her with Chaol but I never wanted her to distance herself from Dorian or be cold towards him (which I think she was for most of this book). I always thought he was a nice guy, but I had always just preferred Chaol. So when they kind of stuck together to get through the troubles they were dealing with, I just sat there and thought: Yes! Finally..they’re friends again – I missed the times when they just hanged out and talked. It always had a different..umm feel? or atmosphere? to it then whenever she was with Chaol. Does that make sense? (Sorry if it’s just a whole heap of babble).

I’m really looking forward to reading more about Dorian too. This book gives you a little more insight to Dorian and his life, so I can’t wait to see how it all goes down in the next books for him.

But besides the whole romance bit, I love the fact that this book; this series has a bit of everything. It’s action packed. I love it whenever Celaena kicks ass! The way Sarah J Maas describes how Celaena, gets into the zone, packs her weapons and goes in armed and ready to kill anything in here way always makes me feel like I’m watching some sports game and my team is kicking butt! It also has a bit of mystery so you’re always guessing and questioning what’s going to happen next. It’s a fantasy fiction that lives up to the hype. I’ll leave it at that!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

I’m really loving this series so yes I am recommending it to you, just like it was recommended to me! It’s definitely a hyped up book series for a reason. Trust me, don’t give this one a miss! 😉

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book Three: Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Novellas: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Book Four: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book Five: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


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Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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— MY REVIEW —

Omigosh! I can’t believe it took me this long to finally get hold of this book and read it. I’ll admit it now after reading the first 7 chapters I became sceptical about whether I was going to end up liking this one..but boy oh boy did I ever!!? As much as I love books that hook you in from the get go, I love books that surprisingly reel you in inch by inch just as much. And for me this was that type of book.

I did find the first few chapters a little bit boring (just a bit..don’t stress!) probably because I was still a bit lost at who she was and what the big deal was with her. I kept reading and didn’t really get into it until I reached the part where Celaena got to Rifthold to start training and to get the show on the road of her being the King’s “Assassin” and all. From then on, I pretty much couldn’t put the book down (I actually think I read it pretty fast for a slowpoke).

[Let’s jump to the boys for second here] You have Dorian, the Crown Prince of Adarlan who sought after Celaena to be his Champion. And then you have Chaol, the Captain of the Guard. Grew up together as kids, trained together and are friends.

Then Celaena Sardothien comes into the picture, an Assassin but yet..still a GIRL… See where I’m going with this?? 😄 Hehehe. Ahh… can’t wait to see if there are any developments in the following books.

I also like that fact the Dorian is typically a ladies man and Chaol is so serious and the complete opposite but yet they’re both intrigued by Celaena.

I love the little banters and smartass remarks that Celaena and the boys throw at each other, especially when it comes to Celaena and Chaol. It’s like watching a hilarious tennis match, you wanna see who gets the last shot it. Oh man, it gives me the giggles when I think about it now. LOL!

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I love Celaena as a character. Although she’s still young, she’s already been through so much pain and loss which made her tough and gutsy and determined but yet at the same time she’s a typical person who still misses her family, her home and who just wants a nice life for herself. It’s hard to imagine when reading moments where she thinks about what she misses or what she hopes for in the future that she is an Assassin. And a damn good one! After reading this book, she immediately went to my list of “Kickass Heroines” – along with Katniss from Hunger Games, Clary from The Mortal Instruments, Éowyn from The Lord of the Rings to Snow White from the Once Upon A Time tv show.

This is my first Sarah J. Maas book and I am so glad I loved it. I love how it’s written, I love the detailed descriptions of the places, the people, the weather and even the smells. It’s like you’re in that world too. This book also had a beautiful map included. I love books with maps. It’s nice to see the different lands, how far they are from each other and so forth..so double points for that. 😊

I think I read this book at the right time, a lot people had already read through the series, loved it, had nothing but good things to say about it and I haven’t read a new series in a while that really grabbed me. I know this was only Book 1 of the series and I hate cliffhangers so I cannot wait to read onto Book 2.

I supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ly recommend this book!!!! Loved it. Loved it. Loved it! I don’t know who else is out there who hasn’t jumped onto the ToG series bandwagon but my advice is to jump. Jump in now! 😋

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

Oh and the only reason I’m not giving this a full rating of 5/5 is because of how I feel about the first few chapters but that’s a silly reason really. It’s just my stupid mind not sinking into the story fast enough. My heart gives it a 5 but my mind won’t (sorry).


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