Queen of Shadows: Throne of Glass (Book 4)
by Sarah J. Maas
“No masters. No limits. No regrets.
Celaena Sardothien is cloaked in her assassin’s hood once more. She is back in Rifthold, but this time she is no one’s slave. She must delve into her most painful memories and fight for her survival, while resisting a smouldering passion that might very well consume her heart. And she will face her former master, the King of Assassins, again – to wreak revenge for a decade of pain…”
So after reading Heir of Fire along with Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, managed to wait a while before reading Queen of Shadows. I do feel that you need to have read the previous three books to understand what is happening, as there is a little bit of introduction of what happened as you go along, but not enough for you to understand fully why characters are doing certain things.
It is about two months since Heir of Fire, Dorian has been taken over by the demon prince, while Aedion and Chaol still work together for the rebel cause. Celaena has returned from Mistward and wants revenge on Arobynn for the last decade of pain that he has caused. Rowan slips into Rifthold to find Celaena and finds her helping the rebels, but his happiness is short-lived when Lorcan shows up wanting to hurt Celaena.
Wow! Well, that was a book and a half! I want to re-read it already, but I have Empire of Storms to read. Eek!
For a fourth time we were straight into action, I was hooked from beginning to end and I read Queen of Shadows in 4 days. I loved all the fight scenes and the conversational scenes were fantastic too. I laughed, was scared, sad, happy and tense in all the right places, and I may have had a tear or two in my eye at on point.
All my favourite characters were back and as loveable as ever. Manon has grown on me along with several of her Thirteen, I’m hoping that they will feature more in the next book. Rowan and Celaena’s relationship is fantastic, I love it so much, and it has grown since the last book. There were some characters that you were meant to not like and they were written to fabulously. All the small characters were written perfectly as well.
Queen of Shadows ends on a cliffhanger, this is because the Throne of Glass series continues in Empire of Storms (just released).
When reading Queen of Shadows I described it as a Queen coming back to take control of her kingdom and her destiny, although she has to go through her past as an assassin first. I would recommend this book to older teenagers and adults, due to more mature content. 5 out of 5.