Readers will be pleased to find the feisty Celaena is back in Queen of Shadows. This action packed novel brings together the best of all the previous novels: Celaena’s witty comebacks, well-developed old and new characters, fast paced action scenes, emotion wrenching conversations, and twists readers will not see coming. Many loose ends left from the previous novels are tied up in Queen of Shadows and those character lines that have not met start to drift closer as readers reach the conclusion of the series.
The growing relationship between Celaena/Aelin and Rowan may come as a shock to some readers. True, their relationship shifted in Heir of Fire from coach and student to strong friendship, but the new element of romance between the pair is unexpected. For this reader, there was no reason to inspire such a change in their relationship. But this reader must assume that if the endgame is to have Celaena/Aelin as Queen of Terrasen, Maas is planning to have a King as well. To some readers, Celeana/Aelin’s relationship with Rowan ruins the main character’s independence crafted in the earlier novels. However, this reader believes that the relationships (not only the romantic ones) built in the novel show Celaena/Aelin’s maturity and growth from the beginning of the series. It shows that Celaena/Aelin knows that she is not alone any longer and she can depend on and in trust others. A positive adjustment to the character and series as a whole.
Does it have a Young Adult label?: Yes, for some strong language, some sexual scenes and violence.
Recommended if you like: Throne of Glass series, Returning Home, Prison Escapes, Long Lost Family Members, Demon Armies, Magical Jewelry, Traps, Explosions, Rebellion, Old Rivals, Enemies turned Friends
Favorite Quote: "You and I are nothing but beasts wearing human skins.”