June 6, 2018

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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The fourth book in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series might be the best one yet. While Queen of Shadows had a slow start, this is the book where everything I want from the series started to come together. With fun new characters, a steamy slow burn romance, and a fast-paced plot, I could not put this book down!

A Slow Start

To be honest, I had a hard time getting into this book. The beginning was SO SLOW. I mean, it was rewarding in its slowness – we get to meet some sweet new characters. These characters are all female and all badass: Lysandra, a courtesan and Celaena’s former rival. Nesryn, a fighter and skilled archer. Elide, a quiet woman ready to overcome the abuse she has faced her entire life. Getting to know these girls was fun, but perhaps took up time.

However, once the plot picked up, I couldn’t put this book down. There were so many twists and turns, but not too many that my head was left spinning. Everything was easy to understand and keep track of.

Favorite Moments

Spoilers ahead! Wow, there were some great moments in QoS. The slow burn between Rowan and Aelin was intense and I was so happy that he was reintroduced into the story at an early point in the book. Manon’s character development is ON POINT and she remains my favorite character. I cannot wait to see more interaction between Manon and Dorian, who are by far my two favorites in the series. (Rowan and Aelin’s romance is so freakin’ sexy though. So perhaps I ship them even harder.)

It’s only the slow beginning that causes me to rate this book at 4 stars. Otherwise, there was nothing but love for Queen of Shadows.

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Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Queen of Shadows has a slow start, but the new characters introduced are so fun. Furthermore, it’s amazing to finally see all of the great characters meet one another. The end is so satisfying, and once the action picked up in the middle, I couldn’t put this book down. If the beginning had focused a little less on introducing new people and a little more on the plot, I would have been completely obsessed. Still, I think this is my favorite one in the series so far.

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  • DJ Sakata

    So judging by the pics alone – this story drove you to drink 😉

    Reply to DJ Sakata
    • Post authorKate

      Most books drive me to drink… Wine, tea, or coffee all go great with books!

      Reply to Kate
  • Bookworms Corner Blog Spot

    I do like how you laid out your pictures. Great review. (I didn’t read the spoilers) I do like this books cover.

    Reply to Bookworms Corner Blog Spot
    • Post authorKate

      Thank you 💕

      Reply to Kate
  • Amanda McGill

    I love the pictures of the book and the wine bottles. Great review!

    Reply to Amanda McGill
    • Post authorKate

      Thank you! Wine + books = perfection

      Reply to Kate
  • Ashten

    Great review. I have tried to get into her books but have had a really hard time.

    Reply to Ashten
    • Post authorKate

      I can see that. Her books have some “meh” moments for me and aren’t for everyone! Her characters draw me back in again and again though!

      Reply to Kate
  • Heather

    I love the format of this post. Great job!

    Reply to Heather
    • Post authorKate

      Thank you!

      Reply to Kate
  • Kiss Like a Girl

    Great review. I’m not sure the book is for me, but I’m a BIG fan of the wine! 🙂

    Reply to Kiss Like a Girl
    • Post authorKate

      Can’t go wrong with wine! Cheers! 🥂

      Reply to Kate
  • Heidi

    I love the throne of glass series! 🙂

    Reply to Heidi
    • Post authorKate

      Me too. I need to read Empire of Storms still!

      Reply to Kate
  • Whispering Stories

    I’m not a lover of books that start too slow, I tens to give up. Glad you persevered. Great review.

    Reply to Whispering Stories
    • Post authorKate

      I sometimes DNR slow books, but I stick with it if I enjoy the author or series. Thanks!

      Reply to Kate
  • Katiria Rodriguez

    Great review, I skip your spoiler review because I do want to read this book series. I absolutely love the photo’s on your post they all are very beautiful photos plus I also love wine as well. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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