Queen of Shadows (2015)

Plot synopsis

Aelin decides to return to Rifthold to start the process of taking the king out. Upon returning, she finds out that Dorian has a Valg prince inside of him and she finds out that she has to rescue her cousin; Aedion. She needs Arobynn’s help and he agrees as long as she brings him someone who is valg-possessed so he can ask a few questions. Along the way, she gets Aedion back, they get to a point where Chaol doesn’t hate her and she doesn’t hate him. Rowan joins her because Lorcan is hunting them. Aelin assembles her court: Aedion, Rowan, and Lysandra. Dorian kills his father after he becomes free. Manon, as Wing Leader finds out that everything she’s thought is a lie and she learns to only trust her Thirteen. Aelin and Rowan kiss and we begin to wonder: ARE THEY MATES? They go back to Terrasen, Chaol and Nesryn going to the Southern continent to see if the healers can fix his legs and make him walk again. Maeve is the enemy in the shadows.

my thoughts

  • Lysandra kills Arobynn, and Aelin was able to switch his will so she gained control of all of his assets.
  • There is something there between Dorian and Manon because he was able to hold onto her name when he couldn’t remember anyone else.
  • Kaltain sacrifices herself so a quarter of Morath is destroyed.

So far in the series, this one is my favorite. There’s so much going on throughout this book, that I found myself never putting it down. I finished the book in only a couple nights. Chaol has officially fallen into my least favorite character category. He’s taken the number one slot, not acknowledging the obviously evil characters. I never really liked the way he viewed Celaena, as he picked and choosed when to love her. When she did something violent, or showed her true nature as a fae, he was scared and disgusted. Whereas, with Dorian, Rowan, and even before it all–Sam, they loved her, knowing the heinous acts she did–and would do. Sam is a character we will talk about in length in the next post, dealing with The Assassin’s Blade.

I’m interested to see how the rest of the series is going to unfold. How Aelin will rule, and how Dorian will rule. The fates of the characters I have come to love.

Have any of you read the Queen of Shadows? What did you think of it?

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