Book Review: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Published September 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing|547 pages

Where I Got It: I own the e-book

Series: Throne Of Glass #4

Genre: YA Fantasy

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.

I really like this series, and this book…I don’t know what I was expecting, but I can’t wait to see what happens next. Especially with how the book ended.

In the last book, I wasn’t sure about Manon, and the whole arc with the covens- it seemed out of place before. And I wondered if maybe it was setting something up in future books.  I turned out to be right about that, but I really didn’t expect it to go the way that it did.  I want to see more of Manon and her Thirteen.

We see more development with Rowan and Aelin, and it seems like the good ship Chaol and Celaena are on their way to being completely dead.  It depends on what happens in Empire Of Storms, of course, but I don’t see Chaol and Celaena getting back together.  As much as I love both Chaol and Celaena, I don’t think I really like them together. Pretty much because I think he has a hard time accepting her for who she is.  And after the whole thing with Nehemia…there really isn’t any hope for them.  Not anymore.  But at the same time, Chaol does stand up to her, which I think she needs.

She is a very different Celaena in this book than in the previous ones.  She is more Aelin, Queen Of Terrasen than Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s Assassin.  It’s a big change, and I have the feeling that there are very divided feelings on both the change in Celaena and with the romance.

I did hate what Maas did to Chaol, but he was right (a lot) and I wish the changes for him and Celaena were a little bit smoother.  And Dorian!  I felt for him, I really did.  I hated every single time he was in pain.

Manon and Lysandra were amazing, and Nesryn had a lot of potential but I kind of felt like Nesryn was just there.

Queen Of Shadows is definitely a big turning point.  We’re turning away from trying to free magic and take down the king of Adarlan, and turning towards a war with Perrington.  I’m curious to see where things go.

4 stars.  I thought Nesryn had a lot of potential, and I hated what Maas did to Chaol, but I can’t wait to see where things go.

Book Review: Heir Of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Heir Of Fire CoverBook: Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Published September 2014 by Bloomsbury|562 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library

Series: Throne Of Glass #3

Genre: YA Fantasy

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She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

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This series is getting better and better!  Seriously, it is.  I didn’t love it, but I really liked it, and I think it might be my favorite book in the series so far.

This book is massively epic, and we learn so much about Celaena and the world she lives in, and I couldn’t believe everything that happened.  Celaena has a lot in store for her in the book, and what she learns about her family going back to basically the dawn of time or whatever…I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I did like what Maas did with that. Looking back, it was sort of predictable, but it wasn’t something I thought about until I read that part.

It does seem like there’s a possibility that Rowan is a love interest for Celaena, and I don’t know if I care for them as a couple.  Granted, it seems more like friendship than anything else, but it did seem like it might be a possibility.  I’m actually fine with Celaena not being with anyone, because she has enough going on without adding in romance, even though it would eventually help her out with being queen.

Manon and the stuff with the covens seemed a little out place in this book.  We got a little bit of it in Crown Of Midnight, and it makes me think that it was introduced because it’s going to come up in the next book.  It was a little bit interesting, but it didn’t quite fit with the rest of the story, since it has no direct impact on what we see happening in this particular book.  It was a little bit slow, which was odd considering how much actually happened in the book. And it seemed like it was too long at times.  But still, it’s pretty epic, and I’m actually really glad I don’t have to wait for the next book.

I really liked Sorscha, and I wish we saw more of her.  I know it’s because we have the stuff with Celaena, Chaol and Aedion and with Dorian, and by default, we don’t see much with her.  But I was sad to see her go, if only because I really liked the glimpses we saw of her.

I felt for Aedion, a lot, and I don’t know that I really like Rowan.  I did like that he felt bad about how he treated Celaena, but…at first, I hated him, and even though I don’t outright hate him, I am currently unsure how I feel about him as a character.

I also don’t know what else to say about Heir Of Fire.  I think I pretty much covered everything, so on with my rating!

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4 stars.  I really liked it, and we learn a lot but it was also slow and it dragged a little bit.

Book Review: Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown Of Midnight CoverBook: Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Published August 2013 by Bloomsbury|418 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library

Series: Throne Of Glass #2

Genre: YA Fantasy

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“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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Why on earth did it take me so long to read Crown Of Midnight?  Why??!?!?!  I really liked it, and I wish I had picked it up sooner!

We see Celaena as the Kings Champion and we actually get a glimpse of Celaena as the bad-ass assassin that was mentioned and hinted at in Throne Of Glass.  I didn’t really get why she was this feared assassin in the first book, and we don’t get a lot of it in this book, but we do get a few glimpses of it in this book.  I really liked seeing that, and part of me is hoping we’ll see more of that Celaena in the next couple of books.  And we definitely learned quite a bit about Celaena and her family in this book…I still wish we knew more about her childhood, but I have the feeling that’s something that might be coming up in the next couple of books.

I’m not sure why I was so surprised by a certain revelation about her family history- I don’t if it’s because I remember basically nothing from Throne Of Glass (I actually wish I had re-read it, because I did feel a little lost) or if I just didn’t put it together and should have.  As for feeling a little lost, there were points where I was a little confused about what was going, and that’s probably because I got a little distracted at times.  But it did come together, and I’m feeling pretty good about the idea that we’ll be learning a lot more about what’s going on.

I did feel really invested as Celaena tried to figure out the riddle and everything else.  There are quite a few things that people don’t realize/figure out until it’s too late, and it makes me wonder what that means for the books to come.  Is it good?  Is it bad?  Or is it something that falls somewhere in the middle?  We all know it’s coming to come out sooner or later, and when it does…I don’t know what that will mean for some of the characters, especially Chaol and Dorian.

I’m feeling pretty ambivalent about Chaol and Celaena, who certainly has more important things to worry about. And yet, how differently would things have gone if he and Celaena didn’t have so many issues?  He did seem to realize the error of his ways, but it was too little, too late.  And even though he tried to protect her, in the end, it may or may not be his best decision.  We will see how that works out.

Oh, Nehemia!  I feel like we haven’t seen the last of her, and even though I was not expecting things to go a certain way for her, I’m still curious if she will continue to have a role in things.

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4 stars.  I really liked it, and I can’t wait to see where certain revelations take us!