Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass, #4
Genre: Romance | Fantasy
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 648 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury UK
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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…
I feel like I’m so much harsher in my ratings with this book than Lola and so many others in Goodreads. I love Rowaelin but there was so many things that I was annoyed by, mostly Chaol.
The romance between Rowan and Aelin finally got over friendship which made me happy. You gotta love enemies to friends to lovers trope. We got to see how Rowan and Aelin missed each other on their time apart.
Rowan is one of my favorite characters in the series but I hated how he reacted in that one scene. I think Aedion is becoming more and more my favorite character. Aelin is so important to him, not only as his cousin but also as his queen. He’d do anything for her and would rather die than let anything happen to her. Another character I’m really liking in this book is Lysandra.
I still think Manon’s overrated but I haven’t skipped her point of views so that’s progress! I don’t really understand why people love her so much but I started to really like one of the Thirteen: Asterin. This was a character that actually showed compassion but was still kickass. We also got to see a bit from her past that even made me tear up.
I get Chaol went through a lot but he kept blaming everything and anything on Aelin which pissed me off. He could’ve fallen on his own feet and blamed it on her. The guy dated assassin but somehow now decided that she couldn’t be trusted when he was the one working to the king on his own free will, knowing all the people he killed. I didn’t really understand why he kept mentioning Sorcha since he barely even knew her. Chaol was just such a hypocrite during the whole book.
All in all the book had a little too much action talk to my taste and Chaol made me groan way too many times. He was the worst and I can’t wait to get to see his redemption in his own book. I don’t dislike the series but I don’t love it enough to recommend it either.