Queen of Shadows ~ S. J. Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Rating: 5/5

I absolutely fell in love with this story and the characters in it. Like, wow, I didn’t think I would end up liking this series as much as I do, but this book was definitely the best installment I’ve read so far and cemented my love for Aelin and her Court.

All the badass ladies in this book give me life. At first I was kind of pissed with how Maas was writing them – I felt like she was making them out to be weaker than they were. But it’s true that we cannot always be strong, but as long as we are able to make strong decisions when it matters most, I think we are still strong people. And for this element in so many of these characters, I found myself in awe of all the women.

Hard decisions were made by all the characters in this novel. At times, these choices felt a little out of character, but remember, given enough stress, everyone gets a little out of character. So all this being said, I felt like this book was incredibly fast paced despite the fact that it’s over 600 pages long.

Also I’m proud of all the redeeming factors that came into play for many of the other characters. I was worried Maas was taking us to the edge where everyone might need to die because they were past the point of redemption. I am glad to report that not everyone died.

Maas’s writing style, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned in the past, is perfect for writing this kind of high fantasy. She keeps it moving, and although it may not always have depth, Maas gives depth where it matters, and I think the lightness of the less important scenes help maintain that light feeling to reading the book. She packs a lot of action in, even though the book is over 600 pages. I definitely enjoy the momentum.

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