Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas review

There’s that sense of wonder every time we root for the underdogs; more so when we have been with them every step of the way. Reading the Throne of Glass series, from the introductions and getting to know each and every character, to the training and recruiting members, to the start of the missions and quest that they embark, we get emotionally attached and we support them like we are in battle with them in the book.

Queen of Shadows.  Aelin has embraced her identity as queen, picking up and losing some friends in the process. The thing I loved most about this book was that sexual tension between Rowan and Aelin. I don’t exactly get why they don’t just fall all over each other and get it over with since there’s only the mortal and immortal problem there – but it seems to be a big deal to them. For an immortal who lived a couple of centuries – you’d think Rowan would be wiser right? LOL

Our assassin’s transition to a leader and queen might not be a welcome one for fans of the bad-ass assassin, but finally embracing her identity sort of gives her that confidence boost she needed and definitely more sensible decision making. The only bad thing about it is that she still operates mostly on her own since she doesn’t have an army yet, she doesn’t even have a full court yet – she’s incognito switching from one identity to another and take note, she’s still a wanted persona here, so we cannot expect a full battalion war right away.

In Heir of Fire, I was wondering whether all the people she meets would turn out to be her enemies, and it would be the world against her but I am glad that in this book she finally has found some allies. Skilful ones at that.

Reading Queen of Shadows reminded me of reading Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings – or a cross between them. Wyrd Keys, magic and magical beings, a lost queen, a fight against their odds and war upon them. It seems a bit common if you really think about it, but at the same time you can’t ignore the different kind of thrill reading this series. As for the fight scenes, they were great, but they weren’t ‘that’ great, if you know what I mean.

I actually thought this would be the last book in the series, until I got to the end part. Revelations that changes everything which tells us that the fight hasn’t ended yet.

The next book hints of new beginnings in another land and a new mission.  Another few months of waiting for the next book and more and more expectations arise because of the wait. I just know it will be a good one, but I just hope there won’t be too much political crap as the queen takes her throne back.


4 stars

4 stars

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