By: Sarah J. Maas
Queen of Shadows at a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★★
- Dude: We would put up with his territorial fae bullshit
- Heroine: We’d follow this Fire-breathing bitch queen to whatever end
- Brutality: Forced demon impregnation scenes (Yup, you read that right…)
- Emotional: #BRBcrying more than we do with soldiers coming home videos
Pairs Well With
- 1 oz creme de menthe
- 1 oz creme de banana
- 1 oz rum
Beware. Spoilers are coming…
Alright, friends. We have some serious feels about this book and while you read this post please picture us wearing fire-breathing bitch queen shirts and “we ❤ Rowan” hats cuz we are 100% fangirls. This book is Maas at her finest with Aelin’s epic schemes, brutal fight scenes, heartbreaking reunions and some steamy-ish romance. If it wasn’t for our favorite territorial fae bastards, we’d probably lose faith in men because between Arobynn, Chaol, Perrington and Vernon, all things men were pretty bleak.
Things We Liked:
Aelin & Rowan: Aelin and Rowan’s relationship is hilarious and adorable and TBH it makes us want to live, not just survive, too. (Yeah, we’re cheesy, we can’t help it.) When Aelin wiggles the dead valg claw at Rowan and told him it would make a good back scratcher we dropped dead. And don’t get us started with Aelin and Rowan’s nightgown showdowns that had us literally cackling. These two help each other make it out of the dark and shiny and We’d follow this couple to whatever end.
Aelin #Plotting: Aelin is all about that long game. She’s got scheme after scheme and revenge is her middle name. Her scheme with Arobynn’s will had us bowing down and worshipping at the feet of this #Queen.
Manon: Oh how we love Manon. She doesn’t take any shit. At the beginning she probably should have listened to Asterin, but it was just the Yellowlegs that were used. She basically says eff you to the Duke and takes Abraxos to watch the stars because of course he likes to watch the stars. He is adorable. And she saves Elide. Not gonna lie we ship Dorian and Manon so hard.
Aedion: He is selfless and he missed Aelin so much. He just loves her and will do anything to protect her. Also, Aedion doesn’t think that there is anything to forgive. Aelin got where she is fighting for her life and she doesn’t owe any explanations. We ❤ Aedion.
Lysandra: This friendship made us so happy. Aelin and Lysandra overcoming years of hatred and setting aside petty fights to form a solid friendship had us trying to hide our tears as we sneakily read this book at work. And Lysandra sacrifices her freedom to save a child. How are we supposed to be chill with that? AND she turns into a terrifying snow leopard and saves the day. Can you say queen?!!?
Manon v. Aelin: Best fight scene ever. We didn’t even know who we were rooting for it was so badass we died.
Kaltain: aka devourer of worlds, taking down the bitches that have enslaved her was everything we didn’t know we needed. We respect the way this chick went out with a bang and got some epic revenge.
Things We Disliked:
Dorian Enslaved By the Valg Prince: Poor Dorian. It may have been a blessing in disguise that he didn’t have to deal with Sorcha’s death. All he can remember is that he did love someone, but has no idea what is really going on. All his scenes had us tearing up a bit.
The Blackbeak Matron Branding Asterin: Omg no….Poor Asterin. She is just such a good friend to Manon. She lost her baby and then was branded UNCLEAN for that??? N-o-p-e. We cannot. That’s a tragedy, not her fault. Someone needs to kill old lady Blackbeak ASAP. And then the poor hunter never married because he loved her. Our hearts melted faster than the polar ice caps.
Chaol: Chaol is straight up the worst. We’ve said it before and we’ll have to say it again cuz he’s like a cockroach and keeps coming back. Yeah yeah yeah, he’s worried about his friend, but he basically blames everything that has happened on Aelin without justification. He’s a whiny little hypocrite that can’t deal with Aelin being a badass yet flawed human who challenges his fragile ego. Every word that comes out of his mouth had us wishing we could jump into this book and push him off a cliff. Get over yourself and let Aelin live you asshat.
Arobynn: The Bitch: Arobynn gives us the creepy crawlies and we are not sad this dude died slowly. He claims to “love” Aelin and Lysandra yet has ruined their lives and has crossed every line in existence. Any dude that has to pay for sex from a child he rescued or enslave a woman with a magical ring to do his bidding deserves the karma-ass kicking coming his way.
Perrington’s Treatment of Kaltain: He traps and abuses and ruins Kaltain. Yeah, maybe she was a little vapid and annoying in the first book, but she didn’t deserve to be treated like a drug mule for wyrdstones. Perrington is a creepy and evil rat that needs to die, stat.
Perrington Impregnating Witches with Valg: NOOOO. Nope. Nope. No. This is rape. You can say they volunteered, but the chains on the table and the screams say otherwise. The scene where Elide sees it all go down had us nearly throwing up our wine.
“The least you could do is take me to dinner before looking at me like that.” – Aedion to Dorian
“Some night soon, I’ll sneak back in here and we can eat chocolates until we vomit.”
“When you shatter the chains of this world and forge the next, remember that art is as vital as food to a kingdom. Without it, a kingdom is nothing and will be forgotten by time.”
“She was the heir of fire. 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.”
“Hush. Your hair was so pretty. I was hoping you’d let me braid it one day. I suppose I’ll have to buy a pony instead.”
“If you’re a monster, I’m a monster.”
“She was fury, she was wrath, she was vengeance.”
“Let’s go rattle the stars.”
“You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live.”
“But I think… I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.”
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