Book Review | Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

“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

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 has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. 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. The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series.

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.


I need a moment to take all of that in. This series is giving me so much feels and it hasn’t stopped one bit. Perfect morally gray character all in one series? Heck yeah!

I couldn’t get enough of Aelin and then Lysandra and Manon are added (specialis mention goes to Kaltain, Nesryn, Elide, and Evangeline) and the books have become a powerhouse of strong women. It feels like the men were just added on as an after thought. 🤣🤣🤣.

Aside from the adventure, action , magic, and plot twist, I guess one of the parts that spoke to me was the development/growth of the character. None of them are the same as when I started this series and it’s so amazing to read. The emotions they’ve shown feel so real and relatable.

“How can I take away somebody who means the world to someone else? Even if she is my enemy.”

― Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

Despite being Fae, Witch, or Shapeshifter, they all have very human emotions – they love, they hurt, they hope. And they push through with every battle that they fight for what they believe in and for the people important to them. It tells me that nothing is impossible and that being broken doesn’t mean I’m useless. It means I get to remake myself – better and stronger.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Finally it’s the weekend! 🥰 I wonder if I can marathon books 5-7 or is it better to savor the books for as long as I can? 🤣

6 thoughts on “Book Review | Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

  1. As someone who binge read the entire first book of this series in a day when they were home sick, I completely understand the impulse to read through the rest of the series. But be warned, things get intense… In the best way

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