Review: Queen of Shadows |Spoiler-free

queen of shadowsNovel: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Published: September 1st, 2015 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Rating: 5/5 stars

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I won’t provide a synopsis, as it might spoil you for the previous books.

Quotes

“Truth, truth, truth-but not the whole truth.”

“When you shatter the chains of this world and forge the next, remember that art is vital as food to a kingdom. Without it, a kingdom is nothing, and will be forgotten by time.”

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers.”

“But she had not missed the words-this world. Not this land, not this continent. This world.”

Review

It’s been a while since I wrote a review immediately after finishing a book. Well, I guess this isn’t immediately because since finishing Queen of Shadows, I’ve slept for about 5 hours. I stayed up until 2 AM, just so I could finish it. I COULDN’T STOP READING. 

There is one downside to absolutely loving an ongoing series: the fear that the next book just won’t be as good as you’re expecting it to be. What if you’re just hyping it up in your mind? I’m happy to say that Queen of Shadows surpassed all my expectations. It was phenomenal.

Story

As I mentioned before, this is a spoiler-free review. So I won’t mention ANYTHING that could ruin the reading experience for you – I’m nice like that. 

I wasn’t quite sure what would happen in QoS. I mean, where would Celaena start? How would she accomplish what she’s planning to do? But I got sucked into the story minutes after starting. It’s just so exciting. Queen of Shadows reminded me a bit of a heist book. For any of you who have read books like The Lies of Locke Lamora, you’ll know what I mean when I say that in complicated heist, you never see all the webs they wove until the end. You get to see them build up a web of cons and lies and deceit, but you don’t know how they will ever manage to achieve their end goal. I felt the same way here. It wasn’t until later on in the book that you get the see all the webs Celaena has woven. Which is incredible. 

Aside from the con/heist-feeling it gave me, the plot just captivated me. I just couldn’t put it down. I finished reading at 2 AM, when the battery of my tablet was at 1%. I’m not kidding. I couldn’t even be bothered to stop reading to get my charger. I just had to know! So let this book take you on a journey. A roller coaster ride full of loops and crazy manoeuvres.

Characters – and ships?

Here comes my biggest reason for loving this book: a great and enthralling read should make you doubt what you know. It should make the characters feel real. It can make you change your mind about them. Ensuring you’ll dislike them first and afterwards making you fall in love with them. It should make you forget everything you thought you knew about your favorite characters from the previous books. And Queen of Shadows has. 

I have to admit that I was afraid before I started reading. I had seen some status updates of people, and was afraid I wouldn’t love the direction the characters were going in. But I was so wrong.

I got to know certain characters better. I learned to love characters I previously hated. But most of all, I felt proud. All of the characters in this book show such development! I have to admit, I wanted to throttle Chaol the first part of the book. But all of those reactions, feelings and tantrums are in a way, understandable. I found it incredible to see how much each character has learned throughout Queen of Shadows. 

As for Celaena, I’m impressed. She managed to be both and yet still stay one. I know that makes no sense if you haven’t read it. But trust me, it’s true. And I can’t explain it further without spoiling anything. She just makes me proud.

P.S. As for the ships: I’m in. For all of them. They are believable, and honest and true. As they should be. It may not be how I thought it would but I’m not complaining. In fact, I think these are even better than I could’ve imagined.

Overall impression

I absolutely adore this series, which isn’t a surprise at all. It gets better and better with each book. I know there will be people who disagree -which is fine, to each his own! But I personally can’t see how Queen of Shadows could have been better. It was engaging, captivating, funny and it tugged on my heartstrings the entire time. Kudos to you, Sarah J. Maas. I can’t wait to see what book #5 has in store for us. 

★★★★★

Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

heir of fireTitle: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Published: September 11th, 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Pages: 562
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars

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I won’t provide a synopsis because it would spoil those of you who haven’t started the series yet. So this review is spoiler-free -as always.

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Review

Guys -and girls- I FINALLY DID IT. Thanks to the poll I gave all of you wonderful readers in February, Heir of Fire was chosen as the Reader’s Choice book of the month. It gave me the urge to finally pick it up and I a SO GLAD that I did. I really enjoyed it. A little part of me is glad that I waited so long to read it though because the wait for Queen of Shadows won’t be as long -even though it is still like 6 months away…

PLOT

Because I can’t really talk about what happens in this book -hello spoilers…- I’ll talk about the pacing etc instead! I feel like the pacing and plot of this book is very different from the first two books. Maybe it felt that way because new characters were introduced or because Celaena was going through a lot.

I really couldn’t put this book down. While it felt a bit slower at certain moments, I never felt bored or annoyed. I was captivated by the story and the characters!

Another aspect I really loved about Heir of Fire is that there are more small storylines from different people that are coming together. With the addition of the new characters, their storylines are now interwoven and I have a feeling Sarah J. Maas will make them all come together with a BANG!

CHARACTERS

This is where Sarah J. Maas’ books really shine in my opinion. Her characters are all incredible, unique and have so many sides to them.

Firstly, the characters who were already involved in the story before just grew more in this novel. Celaena really went through a journey to get to know her true self again and accept it -and it was BEAUTIFUL. Chaol showed how strong of a man he is -and I really felt for him- and so does Dorian. I still love all of them and even though I know they are fictional, I have to say that I am PROUD. Proud of these characters, of their choices and decisions. Just proud.

Here’s a quote about -and from- Celaena that I really loved!

But she heard it then over the force of her weeping, as clear as if she knelt beside here. Fireheart – why do you cry? “Because I am lost,” she whispered onto the earth. “And I do not know the way.”

Then there are the new characters! I really LOVED them. First of all, Rowan. I have to admit that I may have fallen in love with him a bit. But then I also love Chaol and Aedion. I’m so torn! She writes all of her characters so well that I have fallen in love with each and every one! Rowan was such a mystery to me -and he seemed like such an asshole for the first part of the book- but I have grown to know and love it. Then there is Aedion. Again, he first seemed like such a bad person. But THEN you get to know him. I have a heart full of admiration for him. Next new character: Manon Blackbeak. At first, I was really confused by her part in the story but after a while, I grew to live -and fear- her perspective.

CONCLUSION

I can conclude my feelings for this book in a single situation. If you haven’t read them, I will yell the following at you: “PLEASE GO READ IT! You will love it but it will also break you!

★★★★★