Book Review: The Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J Maas


Title: Queen of Shadows

Series: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure

Edition: Kindle

Publication Date: September 01, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 663

Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


The Queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her to regain her throne. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


Brace yourselves for spoilers ahead.

The long lost queen of Terrasen’s journey back home have just begun.

“What if we go on,’ he said, ‘only to more pain and despair? What if we go on, only to find a horrible friend waiting for us?’
Aelin looked northward, as if she could see all the way to Terrasen. ‘Then it is not the end.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

If I had to choose between getting a much deserved sleep (plus HUGE amount of emotional recovery starting from reading the first three books of the Throne of Glass Series) and reading on to the fourth book; The Queen of Shadows, I’d pick the latter-as any sane bookworm would!

Sarah J Maas has really outdone herself in this book! Creating a new enthralling world filled with monsters, magic, Faeries, witches, and demons, of lands where magic no longer dwells and myth and nightmares given flesh is a feat Maas had accomplished greatly! And, holy crap the character development in this book was HUGE!

I have fallen with the characters since The Assassin’s Blade (contains five prequel novellas of the main series) and the characters’ development and maturity and how the trio-Celaena, Dorian and Chaol’s developed over the series as the plot thickens and as war is inevitably descending upon them.


i. character development


Dorian Havilliard

Manon Blackbeak

Kaltain Rompier (surprise, surprise!)

Lysandra (surprise #2)

Chaol Westfall

Nesryn Faliq (new character)

ii. the plot, feels, and ships

iii. new otps

Chaolena’s doom and the rise of the Rowaelin shippers

My new OTP

Lysandra and Aedion

I. Character Development

Aelin Ashryver Galanthynius

“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.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

From a spoiled princess who grew up to be the most notorious assassin in the Kingdom of Adarlan and now turned to a young woman who conquered her fears, accepted her flaws and is now ready to reclaim what is hers though right of birth, blood, survival and triumph-the throne of Terrasen. Aelin will stop at nothing and is prepared to face the consequences of her decisions and actions-even if she has to destroy her comrades, save her enemies and face her demons.

All the words in the English dictionary cannot describe how much I love her and her character development throughout the series!

“It’s Aelin now,” she snapped as loudly as she dared. “Celaena Sardothien doesn’t exist anymore.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

She makes an inevitable agreement with her former master-Arobynn Hamel and as I saw their interactions, I’m very proud of the feisty, brilliant albeit broken girl turned into a healed, strong and fearless woman she has become.

Dorian Havilliard

“…there was a thing waiting in the darkness, and he could not bring himself to fight it for much longer.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

Oh Dorian.

My heart broke for him. To finally take a stand for himself and now drowning in darkness. His soul was violated and he could do nothing as the demon inside infiltrates and fills him in. He was stripped of his freedom and control and he was only one of the first victims in this book.


Manon Blackbeak

“But perhaps the monsters needed to look out for each other every now and then.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

Manon Blackbeak, the one who has my heart and soul since Heir of Fire, was still wicked, bloodthirsty and ruthless but not evil-she realizes, as doubts crawls in the back of her mind. Now she’s begun to defy and fight what was once she thought was right and maybe, even falling in love (see “ii-ships” further below)

But that’s not all from the witches-Asterin Blackbeak, Manon’s Second and cousin shows a different side from her usual fiery, kickass and bloodthirtyness. Asterin’s confession is definitely one of my favorite parts of the book-along with a great many wicked scenes done by Manon and her Thirteen. It was beautiful, human and heart-wrenching to finally know more about her.


If Dorian’s case was of violation(rape), hers was emotional and psychological abuse since her grandmother made her a monster. She was raised to be a monster and Manon learning to allow herself to feel emotions other than hate and bloodlust was one of the things that I love about her character development!

Kaltain Rompier

“She was a wolf. She was death, devourer of the worlds.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

Kaltain Rompier has returned and it’s not what I expected! Last we saw her was in Throne of Glass(book 1) and wow-the change in character was HUGE! I was stunned to be honest as Kaltain’s discovered magic and now-fractured mental state make her a feral weapon. Yet her fragility and vulnerability is also emphasized, differing so much from the woman we knew and loathed in Throne of Glass. Her situation reminds me too much of an mental-physical abuse, and choosing to sacrifice what was left of the shards of her shattered soul at the end seems too much of a suicide from depression and violation to me. 

I never knew what to think of Kaltain, but after those brief chapters with her cameos/scenes , I truly felt and loved her character. She was actually a cunning character that I underestimated at first-since I first met her in Throne of Glass(book 1), but I think that’s one of Sarah J Maas’ strengths in her writing style-she can make you hate/love a character with just a chapter. And since we’re talking about unexpected characters I’d come to like/love, let’s talk about Lysandra!


“You and I are nothing but wild beasts wearing human skins.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows 

Lysandra’s magic prowess was a pleasant surprise. She was a character I never expected to be like and now I’m so fond of her and her development is simply awestruck!!!  Her new formed friendship with Aelin and brief interactions with Aedion (*cough* new ship *cough*) was delightful!

Chaol Westfall

I’ve shipped him and Celaena/Aelin starting Throne of Glass and while I’ve accepted the fact that Aelin and Rowan might be endgame but man did his character go downhill! He became my least favorite character in the series-hell, I like Lysandra and Kaltain combined than Chaol.

A good half of the  entire novel had me complaining about him- probably because I stand by Aelin’s side since the two of them were constantly arguing-him being bitter about the end of their relationship and the truth about her birth

The thing that made me dislike his character was the part where calls Aelin a monster and having blaming archer’s death over her. If he only knew- if he only stop to think what the WHOLE TRUTH about her might be, of what she’d been through and what she’d sacrifice, he’d surely regret what he said but nooo, his damn pride makes him a moody prick. The only thing that save him from me completely hating his character  was his bromance with Dorian xD

Nesryn Faliq

A BAMF. Enough said.

II. The Plot, Feels, and Ships

The plot, writing style, pacing, characters’ development and the book cover are so amazing! Every word got me craving for more, more, more! and every chapter got me starving for next, next, next! One minute I was laughing and in the next my heart had gone from my chest to my throat-ready to wail and scream if one of them dies!

“Tell me that we’ll get through tomorrow. Tell me that we’ll survive the war. Tell me—” She swallowed hard. “Tell me that even if I lead us all to ruin, we’ll burn in hell together.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows



Since Maas has ruined my otp Chaolena (and ruined Chaol for me in QoS), I now accept that Rowaelin is endgame.

WHO ELSE SHIPS MANON AND DORIAN AFTER READING QUEEN OF SHADOWS?! I am now a certified Manorian trash (that’s their ship name!)

and Lysandra/Aedion everyone? who else sees their potential?!

And finally, I’ll end this review with the words that mended my shattered heart:

“And at long last, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius was home.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

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