Jun 08, 2018
”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.”
If you read any of my updates I’m sure
you’ll already know how I feel about this book. To say it was better
than its predecessors would probably be the understatement of the
century so all I’ll say is that Sarah once again surpassed herself.
There were so many new characters that got introduced during the book and
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.”
If you read any of my updates
I’m sure you’ll already know how I feel about this book. To say it was
better than its predecessors would probably be the understatement of the
century so all I’ll say is that Sarah once again surpassed herself.
There were so many new characters that got introduced
during the book and I’m not lying when I say that I loved them all. XD I
think one of the most amazing things about Sarah’s books is that she
has so many awesome and strong heroines! They do what they want to do,
they are brave, they dare to dream, they dare to hope and they always
make their way! It’s just so amazing to read! =)))
Of course not everything in “Queen of Shadows”
is sunshine though and boy did it hit me with the feels sometimes!
There were actually moments I was so frustrated that I felt like tearing
the book apart (Don’t worry I did no such thing, I love my books too
much to harm them. *lol*) and there were some chapters that killed me
over and over again. I guess by now you all know which chapters I’m
talking about. ;-)
Well anyway, let’s not talk about the epic fights or the hopeful ending. WHAT a hopeful ending? YES!!!
Jeez, I think this must be the first time I’m not destroyed after one
of Sarah’s books. I’m actually h- … hopeful! I’m not licking my wounds
or trying to deal with my emotions so knowing Sarah I have absolutely no
doubt that she’s going to destroy me with “Empire of Storms”.
and Gentleman, this is the quiet before the storm and I’m so not ready
for it! XD Which is probably the main reason I’m writing this review.
I’m trying to stall for time. *lol* #SorryNotSorry
Spoiler warning! My character section is so full of spoilers you
won’t even have to read the book anymore. ;-P So if you still want to
read this series and want to experience it all by yourself you better
stop reading now! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! XD
”How can I take away somebody who means the world to someone else? Even if she’s my enemy.”
did I have mixed feelings about Aelin in this book! On the one hand I
really loved her and could understand her decisions, but on the other
hand all I wanted to do was to yell at her! *lol* I mean she sometimes
really didn’t make it easy to like her in this book, knowing about her
past and everything she’s been through I could see through her façade
though. I mean it’s obvious she struggled with her new role as Queen and
because of her insecurities and fears she sometimes made mistakes that
got her into trouble. A crown is a heavy weight; I don’t blame her for
not being perfect. Hell, I’m pretty sure I would have made plenty of
mistakes as well. XD
”But now that she was here … everything
was an effort not to say she was sorry. Sorry not for what she’d done to
his face, but for the fact that her heart was healed – still fractured
in spots, but healed – and he … he was not in it. Not as he’d once
”Magic has saved your life a few times now, if I recall correctly.”
he breathed, “you and Dorian both – and I’m grateful, I am. But where
are the checks against your kind? Iron? Not much of a deterrent, is it?
Once magic is free, who is to stop the monsters from coming out again?
Who is to stop you?”
And here is my second problem child!
Chaol! Jeez, he said quite some nasty stuff! I mean I know where he’s
coming from and I understand that he worries for his people and kingdom;
I’m not okay with what he said about magic though. Before you go all
like: “Oh don’t you dare to say anything against my baby!” now *raises
eyebrow and looks at Gem and J.* I’ll tell you that despite all this I
actually still love him. *lol* He did the best he could do and he’s just
human. Of course he is afraid of magic and what it might do to his
kingdom. I mean in spite of being the former captain of the king’s guard
he’s still young. I’m sure he can’t even remember the world with magic
and it’s no surprise he’s afraid of it. If he proved anything over those
last 4 books then it is that he’s able to learn and to change though.
So yes, I have faith in him and I’m sure as long as he follows his
heart, he’ll always do the right thing. Plus: WHY DID YOU HAVE TO HURT HIM LIKE THAT, SARAH?! I think Chaol suffered enough over those last few books and now this too?! Not fair. T_T
deserved this darkness, and once the invisible boundary shattered and
the waiting thing pounced, infiltrating and filling him … he’d have
MY PRECIOUS CINNAMON ROLL!!! *sobs* Gosh,
how much did I suffer with him, how much did I weep for his shattered
and broken soul. The pain he went through, the torture he had to endure.
T_T Every chapter was another stab into my heart and by the end of the
book I almost lost hope that he’d be free again. I thought he was going
to die, that nothing would be left of him, but then, then he broke his
chains and OMG did I cry when he finally escaped!!! Still, he’s so
broken and lonely and I’m not sure how he’s going to deal with
everything that happened to him. I’m so worried about Dorian and I
really hope he’ll be able to find happiness! #TeamDorian forever and for always!!! <333
were tears running down Aelin’s face as Dorian gripped the black stone
encircling his throat. And bellowing his grief, his rage, his pain, he
snapped the collar from his neck.”
”The sun would still
rise and fall, the seasons would still change, heedless of whether he
was free or enslaved, prince or king, heedless of who was alive and who
was gone. The world would keep moving on. It didn’t seem right,
”I’m not in the habit of forcing my servants.”
“Only slaughtering men like pigs, correct?”
deaths equate to their behavior in life,” Manon replied with a kind of
calm that made Elide wonder whether she should start running.
Manon! My sexy relentless, fierce and ruthless witch! I love her! She’s
one of those characters I can’t help but adore! I know she isn’t really
a heroine, but she certainly is no villain either. In fact she’s such a
complex character that I just can’t get enough of her! I FREAKIN LOVE THIS WITCH! And I’m so damn glad she finally decided to do what SHE
thinks is right! YESH!!! Screw that old hag of a matron and do your
thing Manon! Because you’re amazing and you could be so much more than
just the monster others see in you! It’s time to disobey orders and to
kick asses! Show them your iron fangs, baby! XD #GuessImTeamManonNowToo
let out another joyless laugh. “You would not have disobeyed even if it
had been Blackbeaks down there, would you? Loyalty, obedience,
brutality – that is what you are.”
”Do you believe monsters are born, or made?”
will make mistakes. You will make decisions, and sometimes you will
regret those choices. Sometimes there won’t be a right choice, just the
best of several bad options. I don’t need to tell you that you can do
this – you know you can. I wouldn’t have sworn the oath to you if I
didn’t think you could.”
I like Rowan but despite him
becoming the main love interest for Aelin I still don’t love him as much
as I love Dorian or Aedion. Hmm.. I dunno what it is but I think I’m
kind of unhappy with his development. I mean in “Heir of Fire” he was
this kickass, broody and fierce warrior that took no shit and now he’s
almost become a purring kitty in Aelin’s arms. I mean I do get that he
loves Aelin and would do everything for her, but I think his love for
her made him less interesting somehow? Idk. It’s like he lost some part
of himself now that he fell in love with his Queen and I really hope
we’ll see the fierce warrior in “Empire of Storms” again. Please?
you had to do to survive, whatever you did from spite or rage or
selfishness … I don’t give a damn. You’re here – and you’re perfect. You
always were, and you always will be.”
AEDION IS MY CUPCAKE!
Seriously I think he’s one of the cutest guys ever and he definitely
deserves the world! I love how fiercely loyal he is and that he always
tries to see the good in people. He never wavered and he always did the
right thing, even if it hurt him and was at his own expense. Like for
instance accepting that Aelin let Rowan take the oath and didn’t even
mention it! Gosh darn it! Aedion deserved better than that! I’ll
personally pull Aelin’s long fae ears if she ever hurts him like that
again!! Also is Aedion bi? I mean he commented on Rowan being handsome
so I think that actually might be a possibility! Just one more reason to
love him! <333
“No. And what kills
me is that I can’t remember what my real face was. That was the danger
of shifting – that you would forget your real form, because it’s the
memory of it that guides the shifting. I remember being plain as a
dormouse, but … I don’t remember if my eyes were blue or gray or green; I
can’t remember the shape of my nose or my chin. And it was a child’s
body, too. I don’t know what I would look like now, as a woman.”
in love with Lysandra too! *lol* Yes, I can’t help it! She’s such an
awesome woman as well and she’s a hell of a fighter! Gosh did I love her
comments! That girl brought so much life into Aelin’s court and I lived
for her remarks. She always tried to appear nonchalant and bitchy but
deep down within her there’s a heart of gold and by the end of the book
even Aelin was able to see it. To think they were enemies and rivals
once... I’m so glad they finally became friends. Plus: How cool is it
that Lysandra is a shape shifter?!! I mean OMG!!! I didn’t expect that
and I was so surprised when I found out. XD
”The soldiers in
the sewer were screaming as she tore into them – a death for every day
in hell, a death for the childhood taken from her and from Evangeline.
She was fury, she was wrath, she was vengeance.”
Elide & Nesryn:
told me Dorian would fix the world, make it better. Buf if he’s gone,
if we made the mistake today in keeping him alive, then I will find
another way to attain that future. And another one after that, if I have
to. I will keep getting back up, no matter how many times those
butchers shove me down.” - Nesryn
Those two were both strong
women in their own way, but I feel like we didn’t get to see all too
much of them. I just wish there would have been more scenes with Elide
& Nesryn. I mean they both intrigued me and their characters sounded
very interesting, in the end I don’t feel like I really got to know
them though. *sigh* Well, there are so many characters in Sarah’s books,
it’s no wonder some of them fall by the wayside. Let’s hope there will
be more of them in Eos! ;-)
been tortured in ways she hadn’t even known until she read Wesley’s
letter. The worst of it had been requested by Arobynn. Requested, as
punishment for Sam’s loving her – punishment for tampering with
That manipulative jerk eventually got
what he deserved! But damn I wish it wouldn’t have happened the way it
did in the end. To die in his sleep was a death too merciful for him.
For all the horrible and atrocious things Arobynn did he should have at
least been awake and aware of the fact that he died. I understand why
Lysandra could only kill him in his sleep though. *sigh* My poor brave
The friendships & ships:
Aelin & Chaol:
a heartbeat, she pitied him, and part of her wished she could say it
more kindly, more compassionately. “There’s no getting Dorian out.
There’s no saving him.”
“Like hell there isn’t.”
Gosh, they constantly seemed to be at each other’s throat and they
frustrated me immensely! I hated that Aelin thought she couldn’t save
Dorian and loved Chaol for never giving up on him, yet at the same time I
disliked Chaol for calling Aelin a monster! I swear their anger and the
way they treated each other had me all like: No, NO, NO! You’re
supposed to help each other!! You’re supposed to save Dorian! Pull
yourself together and work it out! GODDAMMIT!!! Thankfully by the
end of the book both of them finally realized that they need each other
and they eventually made amends. Jeez! It was about time! *sighs deeply*
Urgh they were so stressful.
”We do not look back, Chaol. It helps no one and nothing to look back. We can only go on.”
she was, that queen looking out at him, a hint of the ruler she was
becoming. And it knocked the breath out of him, because it made him feel
so strangely young – when she now seemed so old.
Rowan & Aelin:
could still probably braid this,” she mused. “Very teensy-tiny braids,
so – “ He growled, but leaned back against the tub, his eyes closed.
“You’re no better than a house cat,” she said, massaging his head. He
let out a low noise in his throat that might very well have been a purr.
I loved it when Rowan lost all common sense at seeing Aelin in a flimsy
nightgown! *LOL* Such a mighty fae warrior and then he sees her like
that and isn’t even capable to utter a single word. XD Fun times. ;-P
Still, I really like their connection and that they are so close to each
other, I kind of dislike the notion of Rowan disappearing as an
individual though. I just hope that he’ll give her hell in “EoS” again.
*lol* Because I lived for their easy banter and the fact that they
always gave each other a run for their money! XD It would be boring if
Rowan would end up as nothing more than the man at Aelin’s side.
spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to kingdoms to
wastelands, never settling, never stopping – not for one moment. I was
always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across
the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole
time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.”
Manon & Dorian:
He cocked his head. “I’ve never been with a witch.”
Let her rip out his throat for that. End it.
row of iron fangs snapped down over her teeth as her smile grew. “I’ve
been with plenty of men. You’re all the same. Taste the same.” She
looked him over as if he were her next meal.
“I dare you,” he managed to say.
eyes narrowed, the gold like living embers. He’d never seen anyone so
beautiful. This witch had been crafted from the darkness between the
I SHIP THEM SO HARD I CAN’T EVEN!!!! ADKFADSFASDJFKSDFJA!
I love it that Manon was the only one who got that Dorian is still
alive and I love that she was so drawn to him! And boy those two short
conversations they had! THEY GAVE ME LIFE!!! I WANT MORE OF THEM!!
Just more!! I want my fierce, ruthless witch and my precious cinnamon
roll to be together!!! PLEASEEEEE!!!! *dies out of sheer excitement*
through the darkness of his memories, through the pain and despair and
terror he’d tried to forget, a name echoed in his head.”
Manon & Asterin:
wildness, that untamed fierceness … They weren’t born of a free heart,
but of one that had known despair so complete that living brightly,
living violently, was the only way to outrun it.”
story broke my heart and I want her to be happy again!!! I hated it so
much that they both were at odds with each other and that Asterin had to
suffer so much even though she only wanted to help Manon. She loves
her. It’s more than just obvious! As it seems Manon had to come a long
way until she realized what truly matters, but I think now that she did,
she’s finally ready to oppose her matron! I really can’t wait to see THAT fight! XD
”Things are changing,” Manon said.
“Good,” Asterin said. “We’re immortals. Things should change, and often, or they’ll get boring.”
Manon lifted her brows, and her Second grinnend. Manon shook her head and grinned back.
Lysandra & Aedion:
strange, ever-changing female scent hit him, and Aedion found Lysandra
leaning against the hallway door. Tears gleamed in her eyes even as she
She gazed at the closed bedroom door, as if she could still
see the prince and queen inside. “That,” she said, more to herself than
to him. “That is what I am going to find one day.”
“A gorgeous Fae warrior?” Aedion said, shifting a bit.
Lysandra chuckled, wiping away her tears, and gave him a knowing look before walking away.
ship I want to sail! I think Aedion and Lysandra would make such a
great couple! *lol* Besides I’m sure Lysandra might actually be the only
one who would be able to keep up with Aedion. Haha! I mean they tease
each other so nicely and Aedion is even slightly unsettled when she’s
turning into a ghost leopard which means he has a lot of respect for her
and this is always important in a relationship! =) Let’s see if Aedion
will be Lysandra’s gorgeous Fae warrior in ‘”Eos”! ;-P
Aelin & Dorian:
is going to take a while. And it might never be right again. Buy you …”
She gripped his hand, as if he hadn’t used those hands to hurt and
maim, to stab her. “You will learn to face it, and to endure it. What
happened, Dorian, was not your fault.”
I still love their
strong friendship, despite Aelin being willing to kill him of course. XD
But I guess after meeting those Valg Princes at Wendlyn she was allowed
to doubt his survival. Still, they both can change the world together
and they are both so strong! I have faith in them and I’m sure if they
help each other and stick together they can really shatter the chains of
their world and make it right! =)
Dorian & Chaol:
”I didn’t realize I looked that bad,” Dorian said, his voice raw.
He knew then – that the demon inside the prince was gone. Chaol wept.
surged from the chair and dropped to his knees beside the bed. He
grabbed Chaol’s hand, squeezing it as he pressed his brow against his.
“You were dead,” the prince said, his voice breaking. “I thought you
Those two had me in tears at the end. T_T I was
so happy they both found each other again!!! Their friendship went
through so much in those last four books and now they are finally
together! I love them and I admit it, I even kinda ship them. XD I mean
hello, Chaol told Dorian that he
him! XD Can’t blame me for shipping them, can you?! ;-P Besides,
it’s obvious they love each other. At least as friends they do. XD
All told I really loved “Queen of Shadows”
and I can’t wait to get to book five! I’m sure Sarah will have a lot in
store for us and I’m kinda scared to start it. As long as my precious Gem
continues this journey with me I shall be fine though! ;-P Thanks for
reading this series with me! XD We just have to read two more books!!!
Two more books Gem and we’ll be ready to read “Kingdom of Ash”. =)