J. E. H U N T E R

A writer of young adult fiction specializing in self-publishing, creativity, and writing.

YA Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

If you keep up with my blog then it will come as no surprise that I just finished reading Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I got into this series a while ago and have ate up the first four books, the fifth due to be released this coming September. If you haven’t started the Throne of Glass series, then skip this review and go here to read my review of the first book, Throne of Glass.


Now on to discussing the goodness that was Queen of Shadows. First, thank the Gods that Aelin went back to Adarlan in this book. I was so sick of Wendlyn by the end of HOF that I was ready to move on. I was anxious for Aelin and Chaol’s first run-in, and…well, it didn’t bring me everything I hoped. I don’t mind Rowan, but I feel like he’s a bit of a cheap vampire knockoff, old, stern, and no fun, not to mention uppity. Give me someone real, mortal and gritty any day. I’m just going to say that at least it’s not over yet, so I’m still cheering for C train, but mostly I’m cheering for Manon.

For me, Manon was the heart of Heir of Fire, and I was so happy to see her story continue in Queen of Shadows. She didn’t seem quite as dark as in book three, but I still heart her. Give me more Manon in Book Five. Obviously I want more Manon and Aelin scenes, and thought the seen where the two ladies finally meet took the cake in QOS. It was too bad they didn’t see each other again before the end of the book.

All in all, my romantic disappointment taken into account, I’d give this book a solid four out of five (More like a four and half but GoodReads doesn’t have half stars, much to my dismay. Is five different rating points enough to rate all the goodness that is books, really? – more on this another time). Can’t wait for the next on to come in September. Need a copy of Queen of Shadows? Get Queen of Shadows from Amazon (associate link).

Did you read this book? What did you think?


J. E. Hunter is the author of the Black Depths Series. Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch, and Black Depths, the first two books of the series can be found on AmazonKoboiBooksBarnes and Noble, and Smashwords. The third book, Dark Shores, was released April 1, 2016. The fourth and last book of the Black Depths series, Twisted Currents, will be released in the fall of 2016.

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