Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen-of-shadowsTitle: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Mass

Published: September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

My Rating: All the stars in the world…honestly though 5/5

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”


Celaena Sardothian is her past. Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, that’s who she is now. But before she can claim her land, her people, her kingdom, she must fight. Fight like hell to save, not just those she cares for and loves, but the world. As the King’s plans become more evident, the odds stack even higher against the Queen and her court. But Aelin is fire, she is light, and what could be more suited to stamp out darkness, than the heir of Mala Fire-Bringer herself.

What can I possibly say to this conclusion without giving every word, twist, and detail away? I won’t be providing a review with spoilers for the simple fact that this a final book in a series. How tragic would it be for someone to stumble across that?

I will say, it’s always sad to see a series come to an end, especially one with such a vivid and creative story. But when it’s done well, you are left in a stupor of happiness for an ending that is so very satisfying.

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Like most conclusions, this book was full of details, which made it hard for me to get through at times. It took me forever! That’s to be expected with all the loose ends that need tied up.

But when you get to that peak, that crescendo, it is SO GOOD! 

Maas is such a creative human being, and I am so thankful for the world she created. I’m thankful for the look into evil that she gives with Manon and her Thirteen, and what light can do to that darkness.

I’m thankful that she created a relationship you rooted for, destroyed it, and then made you 100% okay with that.

I’m thankful for her insane character development throughout this series. So many characters just grew, and shifted, and became so much of what they needed to be. You witnessed children become adults, men become heroes, and an assassin become a queen. And it was all so beautifully done.

And I’m especially thankful that the ending left enough open that she could come back. Maybe from Elide’s point of view?

I know some of my Instagram followers expressed concern for the time it takes to get into the real page turner stuff. It’s worth it. I promise. You need to see this ass kicking queen shake the stars. You need to finish this story. The dragging parts are worth it to get the closure I think we all needed from this high fantasy world.

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