Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Young adult: high fantasy, romance
September 2015; thanks to Bloomsbury Australia
Add to Goodreads / Booktopia / Bookworld / find your local indie

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 will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. 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.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

As a high fantasy, Queen of Shadows is superb. Aelin continues to be the queen we all deserve, and Aedion and Rowan, and their unerring loyalty to her, shine within the ever-expanding cast of characters. The third act is riveting, with a game-changing revelation from which I’ve not yet recovered.

But real talk: approaching Queen of Shadows, the anticipation of emotional turmoil was exhausting – it’s the reason I took three weeks to make it through the first quarter of this book (then I inhaled the remainder in a single day).

I thought I knew what to expect from the romance in this book. The sexual tension was sizzling, as usual, but not between who I would have predicted. Perhaps I’m wired to a trilogy timeline? There appears to be a clear romantic trajectory by the end of this book but I’m holding off judgement – we are just past the halfway mark of this six-part series, after all. As we’ve seen, Maas isn’t afraid of throwing a curveball (or six).

Book five can’t come fast enough.
posted on


  1. I took two weeks to read this one too Soph, was struggling with it while battling the flu and it took me quite a few chapters to get into it. The romance didn't surprise me, but how it developed did. I think I was expecting it to be drawn out as what tends to happen with longer fantasy series'. Part two was epic! I flew through it too. The battle and seeing foes coming together was glorious! I can't wait for book five either, the wait is killing me already. Wonderful review Soph and so glad you enjoyed this one <3

    1. Thanks Kel! The romance did happen quite quickly, but we're only just past halfway through the series and so much happens with Aelin's emotional landscape within each book that I'm not convinced that what looks like endgame now will be by the end of book six. But maybe it will! I don't even know!