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Queen of Shadows

Queen of ShadowsQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 1st 2015
Genres: Magical Fantasy
Pages: 648
Format: Paperback

I am going to keep this review short because unfortunately I am not feeling all the positive about the book, and nobody wants to read a giant rant!

This book took me so unbelievably long to finish. I have been attempting to read it for over a month. I think I may have burnt myself out of Fantasy stories – I don’t know, but for whatever reason I struggled to get into this book, yet I love, love, love the series!

I felt like this book was a slow start, it wasn’t till I was about 65% through the book, that I found myself hooked and not wanting to put it down. Which is giving it way more than the 100 page rule, but because I know Sarah J. Maas is a goddess of story telling I had to stick it out. What makes me sad is I loved the third book so much, that I just assumed it was going to be just as good and sadly for me it wasn’t.

There were definitely changes in characters that I hated, but then some characters were developed and I felt like they grew as I turned the pages, that I was feeling proud of them.



  • Manon
    • I am loving her character, she surprises, makes me laugh and I love her attitude
    • Is it wrong that I love Manon more than Celaena/Aelin?? 
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  • Plot twists!
    • She is queen of these. Always a surprise lurking in each chapter
  • Lysandra
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  • Every woman in this series is strong and powerful, they don’t need a supporting male – which is just so refreshing to read. No one is a damsel in distress, they make their own path
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  • The change in Cealena and Chaol’s relationship
    • How can he look at her like she is a monster after the life she has led?
    • She had no choices but to survive, she finally tries to take back some semblance of who she is and he gets all righteous about it – Chaol I have left your team!
    • I know this got a lot better towards the end, but they went from being such a great companionship to what seems like acquaintances brought together by their “love” of Dorian
    • Who is Chaol in this book? This can’t be the same character I loved and adored in the previous books. I don’t like this new Chaol at all.
  • The slow pace of the book
    • The action didn’t really start until the last third of the book
    • The book just felt way to long for the events that transpired – So many hours invested!
  • Elide – Where do I begin… this character is obviously going to be important and I am not sure if I am looking forward to this or dreading it. She came across as this weak, sniveling, sad sack of human.


I so  badly wanted to give this book a 5, because overall the series is a 5 star series. But I just can’t do it, the slow pacing of the story let it down for me. I feel like this book was a set up for an action packed book 5. I really hope so!

The trend I have noticed with this series is:

  • Throne of Glass – Love
  • Crown of Midnight – Boring, worst book so far
  • Heir of Fire – Love
  • Queen of Shadows – Too long
  • Book 5 – Please let me write perfection!

It seems like every other book is a hit. Bring on book 5!

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars