Friday, January 5, 2018

Queen of Shadows Review (Throne of Glass #4)

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
By: Sarah J. Maas

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 for her. 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.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Ok, so if you've read my previous TOG reviews you know that I love this series and this author, so believe me when I say that writing this review is a bit painful for me. I wanted to love this book. I began this installment already loving it based on the last 3 books in the series, but this book didn't do a whole lot for me. Don't get me wrong, by no means did I hate or even dislike it. It just didn't live up to the expectations that I had from the first three books. I did like the overall book, I did. But I don't know that it needed to be over 600 pages long. There was not enough action happening to warrant being that long a novel. 

I loved Manon in the last book, and I loved her even more in this one as her progression has her becoming more caring and more aware of her surroundings and those who lead her. I did not love that for the first half of the book her character was a waste of time. Other than her submission to her grandmother (and coven leader), which we saw the extent of in the last novel, nothing really happened. At least, nothing that made any bit of difference in the end of the book. 

The author introduced another new character that I find myself liking, Elide. I'm not sure yet as to what her powers are, if she even has any, or what her hopes are as far as her future, but I am hoping to see a lot more of her in the next book. 

It was very rewarding to get to see Celaena/Aelin finally get some long awaited revenge on people who have harmed her and the people she cares about in the past. Even more rewarding to see her make a new and lasting friendship with someone that she never used to like. It's nice to see a side of her character that you don't get to see often, a more human side of her. One that's not consumed with war planning and killing, not that I mind those parts of her either, but change is always welcome to keep the character from getting stale.  

The battle that Celaena brings with her  in this book is fantastic. It has been building for the last 3 novels and the end of this novel did not disappoint me in any way. The action, the war against the king, the alliances that Celaena makes along the way were perfection. It was exactly what the author's writing has been promising us throughout this series and we finally get to see it all unfold. 

I know I've made it all sound amazing thus far, but this book took me three days to read. I'm sure you're thinking that 650 pages in three days is pretty good, but for me it's not. Especially with this series. I've been known to devour the TOG books in a day, a day and a half at most; all the while still living my life, going to work, spending time with my family, getting housework done and making meals. I had no trouble plowing through the first third of this book, but once I hit the middle I was so disinterested and bored with the little things that were happening that I had to make myself sit down to read it to get through it at all. I think it took me longer to get through the middle of the book, than it has taken me to get through any of the other books in their entirety. It was painful. But if you read this book, the end is worth getting through the dull middle of the book. 

I have the next book on my shelf ready to read and now that Aeling is in Terrasen I am excited to read the next chapter in her story. The author has been leading up to a much larger war, a worldwide one and if the last battle is any indication of what is to come, I won't be disappointed.

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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