Thoughts on the Queen of Shadows

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Clara Albecete '19, Staff Writer

                                               Queen of Shadows Review

        WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THRONE OF GLASS SERIES

         In the fourth and most recent installment of the Throne of Glass series, Aelin Galathynius is faced with the tasks of freeing her cousin, Aedion Ashryver, retrieving the Amulet of Orynth, and killing Arobynn Hamel, her old mentor. Things get even more complicated when she discovers her close friend, Crown Prince Dorian Havilliard, has been possessed by a valg prince. Aelin has to turn to Chaol Westfall, her former lover, and Nesryn Faliq for help. Along the way she finds a surprising friend in Lyssandra, a former enemy of Aelin’s, and is happily reunited with her oath-sworn protector, Rowan Whitethorn. Together these characters must find a way to free Aedion, collect the amulet, kill Arobynn, and save or kill Dorian- all before the King and Duke Perrington unleash their heinous plans upon the world.

        This book is very complex and keeps readers on the edge of their seats. It is engaging, immersing the reader into Aelin’s story completely. When reading this book you will cry, laugh, and bite your nails in fear for the character’s lives. There is a character for every reader to love, whether it be headstrong Aedion, intense Rowan, brave Chaol, collected Nesryn, ferocious Manon, caring Dorian, or fiery Aelin.

       The plot is well rounded; it is like a rollercoaster with unexpected dips and turns that keep the pages turning. The interactions between the characters are very realistic, whether it be when they engage in an argument, a casual glance, or a passionate embrace. Every character develops and changes throughout the story, showing their different side to the reader.

        You will always find yourself cheering on Aelin Galathynius; her witty remarks, quick thinking, amazing assassin skills and complicated, but effective plans will make you feel as if you are sitting right next to her. As someone who has traveled with Aelin throughout the three previous books (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire), you will be startled at her transformations into Celaena when she needs to face Arobynn. You’ll find yourself asking this: how can Celaena Sardothien, the ruthless assassin from the start of the series, be Aelin Galathynius, the brave, fierce queen you see now?  

       The only thing that might not be the best would be the romantic storyline between Aelin and Rowan, which seems a bit rushed and rough around the edges.

       Overall, this is a very good book that I would recommend to anyone looking for an interesting, well-developed page-turner.