Queen of Destroying My Feelings: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Posted March 30, 2016 by Hannah in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Queen of Destroying My Feelings: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J MaasQueen of Shadows Series: Throne of Glass #5
by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury ANZ on 1st September 2015
Pages: 645
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher, Finished Review Copy

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 will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. 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.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


Let me begin by saying that attempting to review this book is just plain insane. Even now, six months later, I’m not done with Queen of Shadows and the way it makes me feel. To review and have that review give this book justice is just plain crazy, and so much has already been said that I feel I’m just adding noise to the crowd. But because Bloomsbury Publishing ANZ are amazing, wonderful people, I’m going to attempt to. I don’t my review does any justice to the level of thought running through my brain right now, so if you’d like to discuss what I’ve said (and I’m sure there’s lots I haven’t said, you are more than welcome to talk to me – which means, please do, because I’m at a total loss!)

Now for the obligatory warning: this will more than likely, at some point, contain spoilers from previous novels. If you don’t want to be spoiled, run away! Leave now! At the end of my review, there’ll be a spoilers for sections about some pretty heavy thoughts I have on certain things that happen in Queen of Shadows. It’ll be a lot of rambling, but I’m still unable to process thought coherently.

There is no doubt that Sarah J Maas has earned herself the title of Queen of YA Fantasy. If there isn’t a title, then I’ll dump the crown on her head myself. Or steal it from someone. You guys, if there was a Writer’s Got Talent show, Maas would win it, hands down. The thing I love about Sarah is that she has this amazing way with words that I can’t even begin to describe. It’s purely magic. Her words jump off the page, and I’m so usually immersed that I forget everything. Like being in a library and not to yell out in public at certain events.

“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.”

Sarah J Maas is also the only person who can make me like third person, multiple point of view storylines. In Heir of Fire, this bothered me a lot, but in Queen of Shadows, I loved it. I loved reading all the different point of views and anticipating how they were going to intertwine with each other.

Which brings me to the secondary characters. You guys, if Queen of Shadows can be anything, it’s awesomely badass. The female characters absolutely MADE this book. There was so much other stuff going on that was breaking my heart so much, but with Manon, Elide and Lysandra being absolutely buttkick awesome, I was able to piece myself back together (sort of). Let’s talk Manon. Her character annoyed me in Heir of Fire, but that changed in Queen of Shadows. She was so awesome! Have you ever heard Tom Hiddleston talk about villains and Loki? It’s exactly how I feel about Manon. Of course now that I want the quote, I can’t find it. Even Kaltain, who I had forgotten even existed, makes an appearance and turns Queen of Shadows into a Beyonce song.


Aelin, no longer going by Celaena, is still someone I’m trying to figure out. In parts of the novel, I loved her, but she’s not the same person she was in the other books. Of course, that’s to be expected, but at the same time, I don’t think the change was for the better. Sure, she was sharp and cunning, but her vengeance also made her vindictive and unlikeable. Aside from the female characters, the way she treats people (okay let’s face it, the way she treats Chaol, Dorian and Aedion) was completely awful. In some ways I lost a lot of respect for the girl she’s become, and I’m hoping that the next two books can change that.

Now all I can say is this: bring it, Maas. This isn’t endgame, not by a long shot. I’m on to you. The inconsistency throughout this book just doesn’t add up to me, and I’m not satisfied. And if you are about to embark on the journey that is this book, be prepared, because the feels factory is working over time.

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