Words can’t describe how much I love this book! I know I’m the 1% that really likes Chaol and this book made me love him even more. I think I probably liked this book the best after Assasin’s Blade (another least favorite of many people).
It’s been a few days since I have finished this book and I still can’t wrap my mind around it so just beware this is one of those incoherent reviews.
Yrene is a new favorite character. She is intelligent and sassy. Her remarks to Chaol had my laughing out loud and vice versa. They had some of the best dialogue exchange. I think that is something I like best about Sarah. She is really good at how the characters relate to one another no matter if it is lovers, friends, enemies, or even random characters meeting on the street – each exchange is meaningful.
So much was revealed in this book too! I was screaming from all the damn revelations happening! I know some people wanted to skip this book (but really why?!) but DON’T! IT’S SUPER IMPORTANT IF NOT YOU WILL NOT GET IT!!!!!!!
The message behind the book was lovely also. “The world needs more healers.” I love my bad ass ladies and I’m all for them, but Yrene was bad ass in her own way. Instead of killing, she heals and it was beautiful. She’s going to change the world by healing it and I really hope she has a huge part in the final book along with Chaol (my boo).
I can tell you now, this is probably not going to be a book review but one of my book rants because I just have too many feelings right now after finishing this book. Also: there may be spoilers. You have been warned.
First of all, I have to point out the Maas is a flipping genius. How she makes every book that came before: from the prequel, Assassin’s Blade, to the four books that came before Empire of Storms connects, is beyond me. Every detail is flawless, the execution of those details are … just wow. I knew Aelin had something up her sleeve the whole time but I never would have guessed in a million years exactly what it was. I knew that all the people Aelin has met in the past would come into play later in the series, it was just a matter of when. But wow. Just wow. I had to rack my brain for previous information just to remember all the people that Aelin has helped before.
That might also be one of the only complaints about the book: is that there were SO many details, I felt like I had to keep a really good mental note of all the characters, and all the plans, and all of EVERYTHING just to keep the story straight. Maybe a companion book that explains certain things might clear this up. But it doesn’t hinder too much from the story. You just have to work for it a little bit harder.
I really want more of Dorian, to be honest. I think people underestimate him too much and I think he is much stronger than anyone really thinks. When he let out the warrior cry, gosh my heart soared for him. And Elide, I REALLY want more of her. I need more of her. I think she is also an underestimated character and is a lot more cunning than the other characters believe. I hope that in the next book she gets some incredible power that nobody knew about. I know it’s a stretch, but a girl can dream.
Aelin pissed me off many times in this book. In the end, I understand why she did it, I probably would have done the same. We do crazy things when we protect the people we love and we think we can do it all. But I really hope she learns to trust her court more. I think they are more than capable of it.
I tried my hardest to take my time with this book, and I read it slower than all the other books because I knew that once it was done, I would have to wait another year for the next one. *Sighs…
Side Note: I’m finally accepting Rowan and Aelin. I guess I have to let go any hope of her and Chaol. And I’m okay with that. Which by the way… I NEED CHAOL. Talk about underestimated characters.
FYI: I apologize in advanced for the super long review/rant… I had a lot of feelings.
I really want to give this book 5 stars because the action and the plot and dialogue all worked in harmony to create the perfect book. I’m only giving it 4 stars for selfish, hopeful fangirl reasons. First let’s get technical: this book was magic. Aelin really has truly grown so much, she is fitting her role as queen and making decisions on her own. She pretty much as always made decisions on her own, but I feel like now in this book they make more sense. Although I do agree with Chaol, at times she can be wild and unpredictable, but that is why I love her. I wish I could be more like her sometimes. I love the the characters are all getting together finally and backing each other up, fighting for the same reason, even though at first they all hated each other (to my dismay). Aelin’s court is going to be strong and fierce, and although they still have a lot to go, I believe they can do it. But I don’t want to speak too soon, there are still more books left and a lot left to happen.
New favorite character, Manon, she is truly a bad ass and I completely respect where she is coming from. Her character development is the one I enjoyed reading about the most, and every calculating choice she made (either good or bad) I was okay with. Her fight scene with Aelin was perhaps my favorite in all 5 books so far! Two bad ass heirs fighting and worthy opponent. That is just amazing. Something I am not liking too much, which could be for my own selfish reasons, Chaol definitely has become an underrated character in the book, and I truly believe he deserves more than that. I know everyone is mad at him for being so loyal, and sometimes to a fault, but seriously the guy has a lot of courage to do what he does, and I honestly believe he had one of the more challenging roles. In world full of Fae, supernatural, shifters, dark magic, I can only imagine how it would be to be a regular human. I think he really deserves a spectacular destiny. (I’m also still shipping him and Aelin).
I love Rown.. I love his loyalty, and his bravery, his experience too. I think that Aelin and him have a beautiful friendship, a friendship that I would like to have one day, but I just don’t see it yet. I truly think that Aelin needs someone like Chaol, someone to keep her wild and grounded. I don’t want Aelin to change, not for the world, but she needs someone by her side that will be that steady ground. I don’t want to spoil certain scenes and endings so if you do not want to be spoiled, please, do not keep reading. I hate/ love with authors make me feel things for evil characters: i.e. the King! I did not see that coming, and I actually felt really sorry for him. I’m not too surprised to find out that the Duke is behind a lot of everything that has been going on, but I still feel like there is more that has yet to reveal itself. I don’t think it can be all the Duke.
Final say: I want more of Manon and Elide, I want more of the original three: Dorian, Aelin, and Chaol. Rowan is life and Aedion needs to get the credit he deserves as well. Oh and before I forget, Lysandra… I want to be her friend. The way she came into the story was perfect timing and just shows how much of a genius Sarah is. I would really like to see some form of a family tree for Aelin’s family because I am getting so confused. It would probably help if Elena shows up again… I think it is needed. I am very nervous about the next book beyond nervous. Every twist and turn in Queen of Shadows was unexpected and I enjoyed and suffered through it all.
What if we go on,’ he said, ‘only to more pain and despair? What if we go on, only to find a horrible end waiting for us?’ Aelin looked northward…’Then it is not the end.
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows
Spoiler if you have read this book yet… but I really feel in my heart that Aelin is meant to be with Chaol. I don’t have a hard time letting go or knowing when it’s time for people to move on. I just truly believe that Rowan and Aelin are beautiful and perfect friends and I swear I would die for a friendship like the one they have, but the love Aelin and Chaol had, and I hope still can have was the kind of love I would want in my life. Love isn’t perfect and it has it’s obstacles, but that’s the kind of love I would want.
She would find that love again-one day. And it would be deep and unrelenting and unexpected, the beginning and end and eternity, the kind that would change history, change the world.