Saturday, January 6, 2018


Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Mass
Release Date: September 1st 2015
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 648
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository

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.

        Dude if you are not on this series by now what are you doing honey? This is one of my all time favorite series. If you have not read this series you can check out my reviews of Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire.


        Guys! I could not put this book down. This was by far my favorite book in the series so far. These books are not like Harry Potter or the Mortal Instruments where your favorite book could be the second or first book. With each installment of this series, Sarah J. Maas just keeps making the story better and better. I recently just took a trip to France and I took this big heavy book with me because I could not stand to be apart from it for more than an hour, let alone a week.
        The big mistake I made was not reading the Assassin's Blade before this book. We step into Aelin's past with Arobynn and Sam frequently in this book and while I could still piece things together, it would have been nice to know the whole back story instead of being in the dark.
        Another note I would like to make...RIP to Chaolaena shippers. Sorry but y'all got fucked over in this one. When Aelin first see Chaol after months away from him and she talks about her heart healing and he was no longer in it I was like YES SUCK IT BITCHES. Even though Celorian is not doing great it is at least better than Chaolaena. I still ship Rowan with myself but I guess Aelin can have him for now. 
        Honestly, the first third of this book was a bit slow for me. Things were heating up but seemed a bit bland. It was not until Rowan showed up out of no where that things started to pick up. Can I make a comment about Aelin and Rowan's weird eye texting. When they are sitting at Arobynn's dinner table and Aelin starts telling Rowan that she had nothing on under her the fuck is she saying that with her face. Another Rowan and Aelin scene that I love was when Aelin took the day off and showed Rowan around and played piano for him. It was such a tender moment between the two of them and we got to see Rowan's heart grow more and more. Rowan reminds me of the Grinch. When we first see him in Heir of Fire he is cold and honestly a little scary, but as the story develops we see him become happier now that Aelin is in his life. The chapters from his point warmed my heart because we get to see this immortal warrior prince become more and more relatable and human as we keep reading. God I love him. Team Lee and Rowan. Team Lowan.
        We also get to meet Lysandra and and Nesryn who are different yet bad ass in their own right. When we first meet Lysandra I honestly did not think she was going to be playing the roll that she did. I did not fully trust her until Rowan sniffed her and went oh lol you're a shapeshifter. And then my mind was blown because I knew she would be vital to Aelin's court. And then in the end when she becomes that ghost leopard and saves Rowan and Aedion I was like HELL FREAKIN YES YOU GO GIRL/LEOPARD. GET THAT SHIT. And then we have Nesryn who I think was a nice addition to the story because who doesn't love a baker's daughter. She's like a combo of Katniss and Peta. She makes a group of royalty and magical beings seem more grounded which was needed in this little group. And the fact that she can keep up with them makes her seem like the most bad ass one of them all.
        Aedion reminds me of Simon a little bit. Like that best friend sidekick who does not seem relevant, but adds little tidbits here and there that make the story even better. Like a buff, lion-like Simon. 
        There were multiple plot twists in this book from Aelin saving Manon after their huge battle, Chaol being alive after we thought the king killed him, but the biggest one of all was when Arobynn slipped that fucking ring on Aelin's finger. I literally just thought, well... we fucked. I could not even fathom the story moving on from that point. BUT SHE FUCKING JUKED HIM CAUSE SHE IS SUCH A BOSS!
        While Manon's storyline isn't bad, it comes in at the worst times. I am so invested in my Aelin chapters and then Manon comes in and all I could say is not now girl. I am busy with other shit. I don't have time for your witch shit. But when I take a step back, Manon has progressed in such a short amount of time. I do think that this Manon and Dorian relationship seems a little out of place and maybe forced upon us, I am still excited to see where Sarah J. Maas takes her in the next book.
        Empire of Storms is about to be epic. This book did not leave us with any pressing cliff hangers so there is an endless world of possibilities. This book was amazing. 5 out of 5 stars obviously.

Do you love Rowan as much as I do? (I doubt it) Leave a comment below!
Thanks Hons,
Lee Chand

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  1. I love Rowan too!! At first, I was not a fan of he and Aelin's relationship but honestly, it's grown on me so much. I'm doing a reread of the first four books before I read Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn (both of which have been sitting on my shelf for an embarrassing amount of time). The thing I love most about this book is seeing Aelin's planning awesomeness in action! That whole plan at the end with the ring that you mentioned is beautiful! And everyone's reactions are GOLD!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  2. the way you talk about Rowan I am team Lowan too HAHAH