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Publisher's Summary

Goodreads Choice Award Winner, Best Young Adult Fantasy, 2015

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 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.

©2015 Sarah J. Maas (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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What the heck happened!?

I really love ToG. Book 1-3 were good but book 4...I’m done with this book.

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Unexpectedly excellent

First off, I should point out that yes, this is book four of the series, and I've read none of the previous three. Also, there's a good bit of Grimdark about this, with everyone doing or having done awful things, and mostly willing to do more awful things. And at the end, we have a resolution to the story within this book, but no resolution of the larger issues, and much more bad stuff to come in future volumes.

So, really, at some point, I should have been overcome with the desire to throw it against the wall, except for two things. One, it's the audiobook. Two, I loved it.

Aelin Galathynius (guessing on the spelling of the last name), rightful heir to the throne of Terrasen (another spelling guess) has quietly returned to Rifthold, the capital of the bitter enemy who killed her family and conquered her kingdom. She wants revenge on the King of Adarlan, but he's not the only target of her vengeance. She was hardly more than a child when she fled her family's killers, and she's just nineteen now, but she's packed a lot into those years. She trained as an assassin under Rifthold's king of the assassin's guild, under the name Celaena Sardothien. Part Fae herself and possessing Fae fire magic, she traveled to the Fae lands and learned the use of her magic there--and made a valuable friend in Prince Rowan. She's back now to rescue her friend and cousin General Aedion and her friend Prince Dorian. She needs to know if Chaol Westphal, captain of the guard, is still a friend. She's been through horrors, she has done horros, and she has more to face and do before she can hope for anything vaguely resembling peace.

This is a dark and bloody story, but I like Aelin, Rowan, Aedion, Chaol and his second, Nesryn, and Aelin's old rival Lysandra. Along with the darkness and blood, Queen of Shadows has romance, male friendship, female friendship, and male-female friendship, all treated in adult, satisfying, compelling way. Because, as I mentioned, I've read none of the previous three books, there's a lot I was trying to pick up as the story went along, but Maas salted in enough background in unobtrusive ways that if I didn't always know exactly what was going on at first, I was picking up enough to enjoy continuing to listen.

Highly recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from Audible in exchange for an honest review.

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The main character is awful

Admin was somewhat likeable in the books before. But somehow in this book, she took a turn for arrogant shameless b-word. It made me want to stop listening how awful she was being. She walked around hurting everyone who cares deeply for her and expected them to fall in line anyway. Later, she MIGHT feel a tad bad or think something they said might be a bit right, but she never came out and admitted it or apologized or showed that she was ashamed of her actions, even knowing they were hurtful as she did it. I like almost every character that isn't her. And imo she doesn't deserve anyone to follow her or love her at this point but people still do simply because of her blood or the person she used to be.

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This series has everything a fantasy reader desires! I literally couldn't take head phones off. We finally get a stand off between the king and the assassin and it doesn't disappoint. I have found myself in love with the Wing leader too. Can't wait to see how the final battle turns out.

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Wow! Just, Wow!

Fantastic continuation of the story. Each book just gets better and better. I couldn't stop listening to it. The only negative is waiting for the next book. Sarah J Maas is a very talented writer.

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Waste of time and money

The writing which is sophomoric and tedious is made worse by the reader’s voice which is seesaw and out of sync with the punctuation.

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Huge waste of time

It's the most mediocre of YA fantasy books after its plotlines were put through a blender and all notes on character history were lost.

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okay

I really enjoyed the witches, both their characters and storyline. I also thought the concepts of magics and the demons was exciting. The rest was difficult to get through

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Standard YA girl series, which I loved

I've noticed trends in a lot of the YA scifi books that I've read, particularly those with a strong female lead, and this one followed all of them. It has the usual love story/triangle, and the usual rise from the lower class, and a strong female protagonist - which to be clear, I always enjoy, AND, this book still managed to give you a plot line to love, even though you've kind of heard it all before.

This one brought me back, I had lost a little hope in the last book, but this book brought me back to loving the story, and I've already set alerts on my phone to remind me to check when the next book will be released.

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SOOOO GOOOOD!!

I cannot explain how much this series keeps getting better and better. This book gave me something that I never knew I was waiting for HAPPINESS! the whole book is just intense and action packed. So much happens and so much that I expected to happen and not to expect happen. True bliss! Now I cannot wait another year....ugh. 😢

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  • leelou
  • 09-24-19

Amazing series a must listen

I have all these audible books and I just had to write how amazing these books are a easy listen and a great story weaves with magic and witches and fire hearts it’s well narrated and even my partner enjoys listening to this and he is not a fiction fan :)

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  • Elmamaria
  • 10-30-16

Great 👍🏻!

The description is amazing and there are definitely some twists in this story!! This book will grip you!!

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  • Younis
  • 05-24-17

She's amazing

I love aelin and aedion. I wish rowan was mode open but I love his silent broodiness

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  • JULIE CHILTON
  • 05-10-19

Brilliant book

Love this book as much as all the others. Sets up the next book nicely.

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  • Claire Barney
  • 10-08-18

Incredible!

This book is amazing, I could hardly put it down! I love the characters more and more as I read this fantastic series. It gets better with every book! Praise to Sarah J. Maas for the extraordinary imagination, time and effort that has gone into writing this series! Amazing!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-16

Queen of shadows

Awesome book couldn't stop listening to it. It gets better and better very good fantasy.

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  • Louise Bishop
  • 04-23-19

stunning

This book makes me feel for the characters. The plot is intricate and surprising. What more could you want.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-19

the book 😍

I loved every single chapter the book keept me awake at night the narrator is the best I love her voice

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  • david martin
  • 01-14-19

Gripping novel

I couldn't stop listening to this. The story line and the narration were absolutety superb.

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  • Fan74
  • 10-17-15

Can't wait for the next!

My favourite book in the series so far. The characters have developed steadily into young adults without loosing their teasing humour, and their character traits being sharpened and honed. The storyline unfolds but leaving enough room to make me long for the next book. Hooked!

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  • Natasha Tremain
  • 05-21-21

Every book gets better!

I loved Heir of Fire so much but Queen of Shadows goes to another level! All of the characters development is phenomenal and Aelin and Rowan... EEEEEEE!

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  • Ingrid
  • 11-10-16

such a good read! Compelling!

loved it Couldn't put it down ! Such a compelling read! Can"t wait for the next book in this series!

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  • Mary
  • 09-23-16

One of the best fantasy series I've ever read!

Gripping, story incredibly gets better and better! Off to start the next book now! Love it!

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  • Tamara
  • 09-09-15

New Favourite series

I absolutely loved it!! so cant wait for the next book!! Had me absorbed and wanting to know what happens next to them all, all the way through the book. was sad when the book ended and wasnt another one out yet to read.

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  • Blake K
  • 07-08-22

Stopped because of the poor audio quality

I've been enjoying the series as audiobooks, but I can't handle the immense dip in audio quality for this book, so I'm putting it down pending refund.

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  • Sarah Hales
  • 04-21-22

Keeps getting better

This series is so well written and each book gets more intricate and interesting. I thought the series might be too young for me as it’s YA especially to begin with, but I have enjoyed it at least as much as this authors other work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-22

Loved it

Great story. Narration was OK. One of the best books in the series I think

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  • Lena
  • 10-05-21

yessss

would recommend, it has its slow moments but it is definitely worth the read.

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  • Mel Mac
  • 04-24-21

Our favourite series to listen as a family

Very thrilling and captivating, love the characters and an amazing storyline! The best series ever! We are hooked and invested in what happens to our favourite queen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-21

Addictive

this is a definite must read, I have not been able to put this series down