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Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire – to confront the shadows of her past . . .
The fourth instalment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin’s hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people.
I have been told that the series ‘just gets better and better’. This is very true. Queen of Shadows did not disappoint. The romance, action, magic and adventure were all equally fantastic.
Celaena’s return to Rifthold was very different to when she was last there. Her reasons for returning included revenge and to come to terms with her past. Having just read The Assassin’s Blade I felt that I had a greater understanding of Celaena’s (or should I say Aelin’s?!) past and how she came to be who she was.
Her connection with Rowan is very strong and the romance is innocent, yet intense. As a reader, I could see how attractive Rowan is and his character is explored further, as we learn more about him. I assume we will learn even more in the novels to come.
I am in awe of the way in which Sarah J. Maas portrays her characters, as they change and grow in each novel. Celaena’s friendships are built on their devotion and connection with one another.
The end scene of this novel is truly epic. I can’t imagine reading another novel just yet. I am going to read Empire of Storms NOW.