Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
I do feel the females overshadow the males in Queen of Shadows but the bromance between Chaol and his Prince Dorian has always felt believable. Such a change from the romantic angles introduced in the first two books but I'm not a fan of triangles so for me the latest developments do fit better. However, it's something that feels too rushed and underdeveloped unfortunately.
Speaking of Dorian he has progressed so much as a character and now it's the turn of a certain Witch to step up and help set the world on fire; but do I detect something tangible between them? Strong females dominate this book but sometimes it's those who seem weakest whose actions impact the most. I've no wish to spoil any surprises so will not say who, but it held me gripped as everything clicked into place.
Queen of Shadows is well written fantasy that entertains even older readers such as myself. This particular book is a juggernaut fueled by plot twists and action. It's not romantic and frankly I just don't care.