17 September, 2015

#BookReview :: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas

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 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.

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I was all pumped up for this book and kept harassing the publishers for a review copy till I got my hands on it. It reminded me so much of the Harry Potter days (I didn’t have any idea about the blogging world and the concept of review copies back then) when I would wait eagerly for the next book and keep reminding all the elders around me that they simply had to buy me a copy on the day it released. The excitement and the expectations! I am ever so thankful to Sarah J. Maas for building a world that is so worth it all. 

NOTE: This review is not going to be like my other reviews – following a standard pattern. Instead, I am going to rant, a lot! 

My first reaction after I finished reading the book was that of awe and slight disappointment.

Caleana is back at Adarlan and she has plans for both the King of Adarlan and the King of Assassins. When she finds out about Aedion, of course rescuing him comes first. I loved the way she took control of things right from the beginning. No matter how many twists were thrown her way, she was not only prepared to handle them, she emerged on the top every single time. But then that is what we have come to expect from her, no? So yes, she lives up to all our expectations and deliver some more!

Then there’s Rowan. I wasn’t sure whether he would make an appearance in this book or not given the fact that Caleana had ordered him not to come to Adarlan. But then what a book would it have been if there had been no Rowan? After knowing him, it is impossible to think of a ToG installment without him. Yes, he makes an appearance and he sets a lot of things in motion. Chaol’s part in this book was done well. I kind of knew what to expect from him and he did not surprise me much. Then there is Dorian – I was not sure whether he will be freed in this book or not! But it was really heartbreaking to read his point of view while he was trapped with the wyrdstone collar. Aedion was the part where I was really disappointed. I was expecting a lot more from him with the way his reputation was built up as the Wolf of the North. I was sorely disappointed with the role he played even though finding out more about his heritage was really surprising and interesting. And OMG! Mannon! I knew that I had to expect something great from her – but what a surprising turn of events there!! 

There’s a lot of action in the book and a LOT of things happened. Not a single dull page. I stayed up whole night, yes whole night and finished reading the book at one sitting. I just could not put it down. There are so many characters that have surprised me in this book and so many events that have turned my world upside down! I finished reading the book last week, and I am still reeling from all that has happened and all that is yet to happen too.

There is so much more I want to talk about! But the book is still new in the market, and so I will hold on to my rant. I may do a separate post on this couple of months down the line. But yes, those of you who have read this book, do you think Dorian met the future queen of Adarlan in this book????

Rounding up, this book was totally worth the wait and once you finish reading it you will want ToG5 in your hands immediately. I absolutely LOVED it! 

Review Copy received from Bloomsbury India

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