Saturday, August 5, 2017

QUEEN OF SHADOWS BY SARAH J. MAAS - BOOK REVIEW

Well, it's been a while since I read a book in this series, I think I read book three just over two years ago so I didn't really remember too much of what happened. I think I'm still processing everything that happened but I *think* I liked it?

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is the ever popular, Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.


The story picks up where we left off. I won't get into too many details because SPOILERS, but I will say that Aelin is back and taking names! She's on a mission to save her cousin and her friends, all the while navigating the world and trying to bring back magic.

As far as books in this series go, this one wasn't as action-packed as some of the others I remember reading. There were a few fight scenes and a lot of drama but this book felt slower than the others to me. I don't know if it was because there was such a gap between my reading them that my tastes changed a bit.

We get to see a lot more of some of the newer characters, Rowan, Aedion, and Manon, specifically. I know that throughout the series the love interests have shifted. I like Rowan and am interested to see more of his character in the next book, but I think I still prefer Dorian, as far as book boyfriends in this series go. I liked Aedion, he was like a male version of Aelin and I loved the dynamic of their relationship.

Manon has always been an interesting character for me, I really looked forward to her chapters in Heir of Fire and those sections were a favourite in this book as well. I think the addition of the witches is an interesting one and we learn a lot more about their role in this book. I know that some people don't really like Manon but I enjoy reading her chapters and learning more about the conflicting emotions she carries within her.

Chaol is an interesting character for me. From the beginning, I was always team Sam, and then team Dorian, but never team Chaol. Now that it has been announced that book six, Tower of Dawn, is going to be all about Chaol, I find myself more interested in who he is and what he has become. I was never a big fan of his but after this book, I could see myself being interested in reading about him in his own story.

I ended up reading this book in one day, which was crazy for something this size. Typically, it would take me much longer but I had the determination. I don't think that this book is particularly fast paced, in fact, some parts seemed a little slow for me. But I think because I wanted to finish it so quickly, I did. I do think that this book could have been a little shorter, there weren't any specific scenes that should have been cut necessarily, but I think there was more content than there needed to be.

I know this was a lot of peoples' favourite book in the series. And for me, it was just meh. I didn't hate it by any means but I also didn't love it as much as some of the other ones we've read in the series. I am hopeful for book five and will definitely finish the series, but for me, this one was just ok.

Overall, I liked this book, but I think it was lacking some of the action and excitment that the other books had.