Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows

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"Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Embracing her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, Celaena returns to the empire--for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
ISBN: 9781619636040
1619636042
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 648 pages : map ; 25 cm.

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Ranelle22
Aug 21, 2017

I thought the Heir of Fire could not be outdone but I was wrong this book is one of the best ones I've read in a long time.

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Doobie2_0
Aug 06, 2017

I really love the whole series. I can't wait for the next book.

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maroon_fox_82
Jul 12, 2017

An amazing book! It blew my mind with so many plot twists and turns! ***spoilers*** I am really glad Rowan gave in on the end, but well, Aelin is right; she is in a lot of trouble. I kept on laughing out loud when Lysandra and Aelin tease each other or when she turns into a ghost leopard! And I can't believe what the king said at the end. I am still not sure whether he was lying or not. I love the way the author developed the settings and the world. I also like the how Aelin knows what she is doing, and surprises everyone, even the reader, when ever she puts her plans into action. The only thing I did not like in this book is the way Chaol acts in the beginning. But, then again, I guess every book needs an annoying character. Even if he is extremely stupid and annoying and a fool. To say the least.

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Nymeria23
Jul 04, 2017

I am in love with everyone in this book. <spoiler> I didn't think it would ever be possible, but I can even appreciate the king now that I've read his story and all he tried to do to save Dorian from the demons that already enslaved him </spoiler>
Aelin is back to square one- in Rifthold, posing as Celaena. She's looking for answers, for revenge, and for anything that might help her get back her throne. She knows Arobynn has her Amulet of Orynth, inside of which lies one of the Wyrdkeys, but she discovers upon her arrival that her cousin Aedion is scheduled for beheading because he betrayed Adarlan to try and help her cause. Also, it soon becomes apparent that her friend, the man she promised she would come back for, has been enslaved by the king, with a prince trapping him behind that black stone collar. She's going to need all the help she can get, even if it means dealing with an insufferable ex-Captain of the Guard and employing all of her wits to win Arobynn's game.
Manon is dealing with all the consequences of becoming Wing Leader. Which basically means waiting around like guard dogs until her master tells her to bite something. She and her Thirteen hate it, but it's what they got to do. Right? She follows orders, trying to please her grandmother's wishes and do her duty, but it quickly becomes apparent that sinister games are at play, and Manon might have to do what she can to quietly defy her 'allies'.
Elide is a slave, trapped by her Uncle Vernon in Morath, surrounded by witches, and just trying to find a way to escape. She doesn't care about the title she had in Terrasen, all she wants is to go far far away. She wonders if anyone remembers her, if anyone remembers her father or her mother, Marion. Who, it turns out, had some witch blood in her as Manon finds out before laying claim to Elide (even though Elide's blood runs red). The only hope that keeps Elide looking back towards Terrasen is the wish that Aelin made it out alive and is out there in the world somewhere, plotting to take back her throne...
Chaol is on a mission of his own, trying to kill as many Valg as he can and save as many people from the chopping block as possible. Working with a rebel group, he's unprepared to say the least for Aelin's return.
Dorian is trapped inside his body, unable to fight much longer against the demon prince that is taking control of his body, and soon his soul.

This series is amazing, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Sarah J. Maas is an incredible writer, and she delivers absolute gold to her readers.

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evelyno
Jan 24, 2017

When will this series end? Not any time soon, from the looks of it. I do NOT recommend this series.

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magic2
Jan 01, 2017

i read the first 3 books as ebooks and i skim read them, however, this book was way too good to be skim read!

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Dec 28, 2016

I enjoy this series even more as it progresses. In this book, Aelin gets more and more ambitious and her power grows. My favorite part of this book is how the separate stories start to converge, with different characters beginning to interact with each other. There are times the world Sarah J. Maas has created almost seems too big, and it's hard to keep track of some of the characters and places. For example, I couldn't remember if Lysandra had been mentioned in the other books, or if she just suddenly became important in this one. My other minor complaint is that in these first four books we never find out the King of Ardalan's name!

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happycanuck
Nov 25, 2016

Another great book in this series - as good as and maybe even better than the last one. Am so glad I discovered this author after she had published most of this series as it's would be so hard to wait until she had written each volume.

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Chelsea016
Oct 14, 2016

I can't believe I took so long to read this!! I've been meaning to forever, especially after finishing Heir of Fire and I'm very sorry that it took me so long. I'm just glad that I have Empire of Storms on hand so I can read more about Aelin and her court (although I'm not too thrilled about having to wait for book 6...)

Anyway, this book! So much has changed from the start of the series. And to be honest, I feel like Queen of Shadows was kind of a...new beginning, of sorts for this world. Celaena has fully embraced being Aelin (and admitted that she may have been running all along) and now she's taking in what that means--taking back Terrasen (along with a few other things along the way, but that's really the end goal).

Moving on. I really liked the fact that Aelin has really grown/matured. Before she fully chose to be Aelin, back when she was still hiding behind Celaena, she felt like she was really just an angry teenager. And don't get me wrong, I think she had every right to be an angry teenager, sometimes it felt like she took it a little too far. As she learned about her powers and started to fully embrace being the lost heir of Terrasen, she grew out of it and now it seems like she's wise beyond her years.

I have to say that I was a little frustrated with Chaol. I've been frustrated with him a little since way back in Crown of Midnight to be honest. Even though I really loved he and Celaena together, a part of me felt like he was still not fully in love with the whole of who she was (not fully realizing who she really was at the time, there still felt like there was a wall there). He still saw her as an assassin and I think that he would have had a very hard time of moving on from that and accepting all of her. Plus there was the whole thing with Nehemia (and while he thought it was the best thing to do at the time, he never should have). But anyway, he was such an ass to Aelin throughout most of this story. Most of the time they were together wasn't going to be complete without him making some comment.

And then there's Lysandra. She was awesome! Obviously, I had little care for her before because she was such a witch and really did everything she could to try to show up Aelin in front of Arobynn. But I'm glad that she saw the error of her ways and ended up being quite the asset. Plus, she and Aedion seem like they might just fit together. She certainly liked to jump on him.

Speaking of Aedion...I'm really glad that he didn't work quite as hard as he could to succumb to his injuries. He also certainly proved himself more and more capable of keeping Aelin safe. And I will admit to liking some of his interactions with Rowan in the whole dominance area. Those were kind of funny. Although the fact that he was so certain of the blood oath thing and then when he got so angry over the fact that it had been give to Rowan, I got a little frustrated. Aelin really didn't have any way of knowing for certain whether he was still alive or even whether or not he would still be loyal to her. I mean, he was the leader of the Bane, and he was this celebrated general who'd done so much in the name of Adarlan. So the fact that she gave it to Rowan (extenuating circumstances notwithstanding) wasn't out of the realm of possibility. But also considering that more than one person can have the blood oath, he should have relaxed just a little.

Manon certainly showed a new side to herself. Although, it feels like she's been sort of questioning the whole "witches motto" for a while. For sure since the Crochan, but probably before that. And after everything that happened with Morath (Elide, the Yellowlegs, Valg) and then everything that happened with Aelin and Dorian, something tells me the Thirteen are changing and that Aelin might just have herself some new allies.

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queen_of_terrasen
Sep 12, 2016

absolutely amazing book. cannot compare to any other teen read. love, love love sj maas.
here is my fave fan quote:
Aelin: we'll be all using code names from now on. you can address me as eagle one
Aelin: chaol will be, been there, done that
Aelin: lysandra: if i had to pick a chick
aelin: rowan is currently doing that
aelin: aedion can be eagle 2
aedion: oh, thank god

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maroon_fox_82
Jul 12, 2017

"Let's go rattle the stars."

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Chelsea016
Oct 14, 2016

She smiled at last. And damn if it didn't kill him, the quiet joy in her face.

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Chelsea016
Oct 14, 2016

"You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live."

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mcroar
Jun 23, 2016

"Fire-breathing b*tch queen"

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simply_me
Aug 01, 2015

" fire breathing bitch-queen"

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rrmueller
Jun 10, 2016

Hard core female lead in this series who stays strong and clever throughout.

PrimaGigi Sep 21, 2015

"The queen has returned.

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."

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simply_me
Aug 02, 2015

Celaena 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. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed? .....JK We all know that's HOF( heir of fire )

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PrimaGigi Sep 21, 2015

Violence: Fighting

PrimaGigi Sep 21, 2015

Coarse Language: Cursing

PrimaGigi Sep 21, 2015

Sexual Content: Sexual romance between two main characters.

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