The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers.
One can assume that because this series is one of my favourites it throughly gets 5 star ratings. But let me tell you – even though I absolutely adore this series I’m still treating it like any other book I review. I just can’t help the fact that it’s world and characters are simply amazing. After racing through the first four books I thought this book couldn’t hurt me more. In fact – it broke my very soul. Not because the story let me down but because Sarah J. Maas exactly knows how to hurt her readers. The book left me in tears and my sister had to hold my hand through the last 40 or so pages. Everytime I thought it was already bad, it got worse.
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.
Queen of Shadows was a special book in this series for me. I had to deal with a major reading slump while going through it – without blaming the books for it. But since I definitely wanted to join Aelin on her journey, I plunged myself straight into Erilea and fought against the slump. And let me tell you – it was worth it. Every single page of it. I’m still not quite sure whether I am able to write this review – I finished the book a few days ago and I still cannot comprehend it. The world of Throne of Glass just got amplified and I desperately want to live there – even though I’d probably die there. But everything I learned from the first three books just got better and more intense – it was just like the tip of the iceberg.
The king sent me to kill you.
I don’t know how to say it other than that I love this series. I already enjoyed Throne of Glass very much – thank you for making me a slave of yours, Queen Maas – but the second book was even better. I loved how Celaena was finally portrayed as what she essentially is – a badass assassin with her very own mind. And yes, it is as bloody as it sounds. The whole book got a lot darker than the first one and even if I’m normally not into gore and stuff this really got me.
“My name is Celeana Sardothien,” she whispered. “But it makes no difference if my name’s Celeana or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”
I’m not quite sure whether I can label this one as a full review or whether these are just some scattered thoughts put together. But nevertheless I have the urge to talk about this book even after I gave myself some days to think about it.
And yes, I am aware that I jumped on the TOG-train extremely late. But I do think that this easily will be one of my favourite books forever.
A deadly assassin? Well, that could be a lot of characters. But a deadly assassin with a love for beautiful dresses as well as fluffy pups and good books? A strong woman that just knows that she is attractive and has no shame in stating so? A strong woman that is only eighteen years old but had to endure way too much by now. That, my friends, is Celeana Sardothien. One of the most wonderful characters I’ve ever read. She is fierce and spirited and knows how to get what she wants. After being a prisoner for a year in the salt mines of Endovier, Celeana is offered a deal from the crown prince himself. She is to take part in a competition to become the kings champion and gain her freedom out of the slavery.