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Queen of Shadows

By: Sarah J. Maas
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
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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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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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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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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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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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Extraordinary and magical, moving novel filled to the brim with emotion, adventure and love

Perfect and nothing wrong at all I don’t think with amazing characters and romance 5 star

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NOW the SJM universe makes sense

beautifully written, world building and destroying. it is a masterpiece. The characters were so much more relatable now that we know bits of their backstory and Fire heart is a bad ass

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Amazing story

Great adventure and attention to detail! I’ve enjoyed this series so much and the narrator does an amazing job with the different voices! Cant wait to get the next book. Bravo Sarah J M!!!!

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another great book

loving this series! I will be starting the next book straight away! great characters great story line keeps you hooked every second

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One of the best

This is one of the best books in the series, and so far the best audiobook

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best in the series!

so many emotions in this book, so gripping
it's got me staying up all night to finish it

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 02-11-2015

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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  • Wendy
  • 03-09-2015

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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  • Striker
  • 13-09-2015

Everything You Were Waiting For, And More To Come!

I couldn't wait for this book, and pre-ordered the day it was listed on Audible...
I won't go into as many details on this review as I usually might, because I don't want to get into too much that might ruin it for the fans of this series... BUT, I will say that we get to see Celaena's return to Rifthold, and there is nothing but constant battles, fights, secrets and past histories reveled, and everything that the readers of this series have been waiting for... AND THERE IS STILL MORE TO COME! Although I would say the series ended in a cliff hanger like some of the previous ones did, there is definitely MUCH more story to be told, and the book ends in such a way that we know that the story will continue.
TEASER: The fight between Celaena and the king is AWESOME!
All-in-all: YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • 18-09-2015

Awesome... Simply Awesome

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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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  • Claudia H
  • 24-06-2016

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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  • Paulina Pham
  • 18-09-2015

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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  • Eleanor Anne Smuland
  • 03-09-2015

Sarah J. Maas delivers another masterpiece.

I wish I could give this book a million stars, because it deserves every single single one. The combination of Maas' elegant and exciting style of writing with Evan's brilliant narration will make one hard pressed to hit the pause button. Though I have loved all three previous books in this series, this one is my favorite by the tiniest margin. The reason for this is tied into the enormous level of skill that Maas possesses in creating a deep emotional attachment between the reader and characters. I have been rooting for Celaena Sardothien, now Queen Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, for years. I found her intriguing and fierce throughout Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. Then in Heir of Fire, I started to respect and admire the woman and queen she was becoming. I could go on and on, but for the sake of those reading this I will cut it short. This book, or rather series, is a must read for any true lover of the fantasy and even epic genres. There are a plethora of characters to love, hate, and never be able to quite make up your mind about. You will not regret the read or listen.

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  • Ruki
  • 28-03-2018

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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  • Toni
  • 24-09-2015

Exceptional!!

Sarah Mass gets better and better with each book of the series. A marvelously developed plot that continues to expand. Characters interesting and imperfect. Just finished the second read!

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  • Emma Malm
  • 02-09-2015

Wooow!

So much happens in this book, the storyline, the characters, the relationship between the characters... Seriously, WOW! Can't say that I'd expected any of it. Authers who write books like this series are without a doubt geniuses, cunning, able to so gallantly create life-like characters. Characters that have faults and that continues to grow. Five stars easily!

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  • leelou
  • 24-09-2019

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
  • 30-10-2016

Great 👍🏻!

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

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  • JULIE CHILTON
  • 10-05-2019

Brilliant book

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

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  • Younis
  • 24-05-2017

She's amazing

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

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  • Claire Barney
  • 08-10-2018

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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  • L.Mackenzie
  • 14-02-2017

A great story & a beautiful narrating voice 😍

I just wish I could afford to listen to the rest of the series 😕

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-2016

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
  • 23-04-2019

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
  • 04-02-2019

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
  • 14-01-2019

Gripping novel

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

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