Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass Series (Book 4)
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 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’ll start off by saying this, I’ve been following this series since Heir of Fire and I love it! The entire series has been based around a mythical land where magic exists…but has been lost for a while.
I love fantasy novels in general, a chance to escape the world we live in and experience an entirely different world is always a good one. This particular one sticks out to me though, because of the protagonist.
Very few fantasy novels have a female protagonist, and one that is as independent, and bad ass as Celaena/Aelin is rare indeed. The closest I have come to this in terms of novels would be The Black Magician trilogy by Trudy Caravan [coming up soon :P]
Other than that, there is no denying the aspect of romance in this novel, but honestly speaking, it is very rare to come across any novel without romance that has been written recently, and if I find any such, I shall be sure to tell you.
The book is a compelling page-turner, and the author’s way of describing scenes such that you’re wanting more, and playing the game of ‘which side is this one on’ with the characters heightens the appeal of this story. I am in love with the description and narrative style of this novel. It is neither too fast paced nor is it so slow that you’re left wanting.
I would recommend that you read this, either the book or the series, when you have time on your hands. Like I said earlier, this book is a page turner. And as such, you don’t want to put yourself in the position of not having done any work because…book. [Or you could be like me and pick it up in the middle of finals week…just saying :P]
Adventure and Romance most definitely, this book is also a fantasy-fiction so perfect for those who want to escape the confines of reality. I would actually suggest reading this the way I went through it, sitting down in a comfy armchair with a nice cup of tea/coffee/preferred hot beverage and then loosing yourself in the words
This book is not for those under the age of 17 at the youngest, because there is gore, and a certain amount of rated-ness [for the lack of a better word].If you do pick it up, prepare to be engrossed in the life of the streets and courts as Celaena goes from blade dancing to ballroom.
~As always, comment if you’ve read the book or would like to read the book. And remember; keep it clean~
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