Review „Queen of Shadows“ (Sarah J. Maas) | Werbung

Let’s go rattle the stars.

Attention: This is the fourth Book of the Throne of Glass – series. You’ll find my reviews to book one, book two and book three by clicking on each volume. Anyone who doesn’t know the previous books, will be spoilered.

Starting a series in general is keeping you reading the following books – well, if the series is good, that is. And THIS SERIES is really amazing: it keeps me reading up all night, if I could. But let me start from the beginning.

Aelin’s development is spectacular! The reader can follow her slow metamorphose from the cold and ruthless Celaena Sardothien to the merciful and calculating Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. She doesn’t only sacrifice herself for the people she loves but also for the week and powerless. I absolutely love this woman, she has her doubts and her fears of failing, but for all of that she is strong, focused on her duties and somebody who really deserves what she’s fighting for. There’s a reunion with Rowan that is so, so cool: the teasing, the fighting, but also having someone having your back is really a good and needed thing in these difficult times.

Chaol by contrast, well, It wasn’t always easy following his thoughts and understand his feeling sorry for himself. But throughout the lecture I understood him better and better. The changes really aren’t easy for him despite everything that happened. Nesryn seems to be really cool, and cares more for him, than he thinks. Dorian killed me in this volume, really, in each chapter that he appeared. And in the end… oh man, it was really tough. And Manon, she is great. I like her with each volume, with each chapter, that you get to know her better, more and more. I’m pretty curious how all these characters will develop and where they will find themselves in the end.

Getting to know Arobynn finally was interesting, though it was a rather short encounter, the reader gets a glimpse of his ruthless personality and of the really smart actions and decisions of his that always leave him in an advantage.

The death of one protagonist however was a bit weird for it went too quickly although he was one of the people who deserved to die in a long and hurtful way. So it seemed to me as if all of a sudden he was dead and that was that. I would have expected a bit more in this case.

For the city that had offered her joy and pain, death and rebirth, for the city that had given her music, Aelin kept that wall of fire burning bright.

So volume four, Throne of glass – Queen of Shadows, is an amazing sequel in the series and I absolutely love it, despite one thing or two that were a little bit weird. But one thing that I absolutely love about this volume is the fact that the little things count: second thoughts, decisions spontaneously made, even saving the life of your enemy – all these things show during the lecture that they pay off. I have to continue right away reading of the many adventures that await the protagonists.

Kurzrezension (Deutsch)

Im Vergleich zu seinem Vorgänger gefällt mir dieses Buch wieder richtig gut. Was mich total umgehauen hat, ist die Tatsache, dass es die kleinen und simplen Dinge sind, die sich am Ende auszahlen. Aelins kluge Kalkulationen, die sie nicht durchsickern lässt, weswegen es bei einigen Protagonisten im Buch (vor allem bei Chaol) schwierig wird ihr zu vertrauen, zeigen dennoch ihre Angemessenheit. Rowan wird zurückkommen, was wirklich unterhaltsame aber auch tröstende Momente mit sich bringt. Manon entwickelt sich gerade in eine Richtung, die mir richtig gut gefällt und ich freue mich schon sehr auf die Fortsetzung! Alles in allem ist es eine sehr gelungene Fortsetzung, wenn auch der Tod einer Figur etwas zu schnell vonstatten ging, wäre er doch einer derjenigen gewesen, der es lang, schmerzhaft und blutig verdient hätte. Es war wieder ein absoluter Tauchgenuss in Aelins Abenteuer abzutauchen!

General information – Werbung

  • title Queen of Shadows
  • author Sarah J. Maas
  • pages 651 pages (Print)
  • price 5,98 € (Kindle Edition), 8,49€ (SC), 14,27€ (HC)
  • publisherBloomsbury USA Childrens (1. September 2015)

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire – to confront the shadows of her past …

Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, the lost Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin’s hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people.

Readers will be held rapt as Celaena’s story builds to an agonising crescendo, packed with heart-pounding action and searing romance. source

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