“We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too."

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”

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…

“They were infinite. They were the beginning and the ending; they were eternity…”

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

“You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live.”

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. 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.

“Fae warriors: invaluable in a fight—and raging pains in her ass at all other times.”

Celaena’s epic journey  builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world…and ours!

“Sometimes there won’t be a right choice, just the best of several bad options.”

When reading these books, it feels like following a bunch of clues that don’t allow me to see the big picture until the full story is revealed. However, there’s always a plot twist lurking, a flashback waiting to answer some questions, and a bunch of new questions popping up. The plot twists are incredible and unpredictable, and I’m always left wanting to start the next book immediately. Each time I read the next book, I feel like it’s the best book in the series, only to be eclipsed by the next one.

You will marvel at the unraveling of Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, because in reality you haven’t exactly met her until now. You see, she’s the same heroine we’ve come to love during the previous books and yet a different persona. Every trait of Celaena Sardothiens is magnified and combined in such a masterful way to create a unique character. She’s still an arrogant, stubborn, brave and sassy young woman, but she undergoes a spectacular character-development into a cunning, determined and fierce queen. Aelin is completely in control and she makes a statement in bold capital letters that she doesn’t buy any bullshit and that she’s ready to reclaim back everything that was taken from her. And oh, boy, she does it in style.

Oooh remember in Heir of Fire where I said I wasn’t a massive fan of Manon Blackbeak? Well colour me changed! In Queen of Shadows, she is completely fabulous in a mind-boggling manner. I never would have expected her wonderful character-development: she is not all about discipline and obedience anymore. She starts wondering. She starts plotting. She starts taking a stand, slowly but surely. She’s gloriously wicked, but she’s no evil and I utterly loved her. I cannot wait for when her defiance will leave the witches kneeling at her feet.

“She was a whirling cloud of death, a queen of shadows, and these men were already carrion.”

There’s bromances and frenemies, lovers and fighters, banter and kinship. This book has it all!

“Whatever you had to do to survive, whatever you did from spite or rage or selfishness … I don’t give a damn. You’re here—and you’re perfect. You always were, and you always will be.”

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Until next time, wait and see what’s in store, in an Empire of Storms.

Keep reading,

D x

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