Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date/Publisher: September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Finished: September 7th 2016
Pages: 648-Hardcover-Owned
Series:
0.5. The Assassin’s Blade
1. Throne of Glass
2. Crown of Midnight
3. Heir of Fire
4. Queen of Shadows
5. Empire of Storms
6. Untitled

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The queen has returned.

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 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.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Title:
 Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date/Publisher: September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Finished: February 6th 2015
Pages: 562-Hardcover-owned
Series:
0.1 to 0.5- The Assassin’s Blade
1. Throne of Glass
2. Crown of Midnight
3. Heir of Fire
4. Queen of Shadows
5.Untitled
6. Untitled

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

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Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date/Publisher: March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Chrildrens
Finished: May 7th 2014
Pages: 464-Hardcover-owned
Series:
0.1 to 0.5- The Assassin’s Blade
1. Throne of Glass
2. Crown of Midnight
3. Heir of Fire
4. Queen of Shadows
5.Untitled
6. Untitled

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, she’s sworn to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

In these action-packed prequel novellas to Throne of Glass, Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny. But by acting on her own terms, will Celaena truly free herself from her master, or will she suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery?

This bind-up features all five e-novellas, available in print for the first time!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Assassin’s Blade

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This is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that showcases upcoming releases that we’re eagerly waiting for.

This week I’ve selected:

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Title: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5)
Author: Sarah J, Maas
Release Date:   March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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From Goodreads:

Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

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I’ve been wanting to read all of the novellas, but since I heard that there was going to be a book to add to my collection with all of them I knew I had to have it. And it’s only about a month away, so even better!

Also today is my birthday, yay!

What are you waiting for this week?

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date/Publisher: August 15th 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens

Finished: August 10th 2013

Pages: 432-Paperback-owned

Series:

0.1 to 0.5- The Assassin’s Blade
1. Throne of Glass
2. Crown of Midnight
3. Heir of Fire
4. Queen of Shadows
5. Untitled
6. Untitled

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.

What I thought:

Last year Throne of Glass was my favourite book. And now Crown of Midnight is on the top of my list! The author took me through a rough and tumble cycle with this book, and I loved every second of it.

So much more goes on than the first book, and while I was able to predict one small thing, the rest I was completely blown away by. There are two parts in this book, and the first half has everything going smoothly, including one of the cutest romances that I was really cheering for. Then the second part comes, rips all that away and tosses you into the mystery of the Wyrd and what’s really going on. So much was revealed in this book, and I know there’s even more to come. Even near the end things kept getting clearer, and all of the action and fighting in this really brought it up for me.

In my review of the first book I didn’t talk much about the characters, but Calaena is just so amazing. Not only is a highly trained assassin, but she’s so strong after everything she’s been through in life. Her past starts to play more of a role in this, and if I can I will be reading the four novellas that are set before Throne of Glass soon.

The world in this series is still amazing, I loved how Fae and other creatures used to be around before the King banished everything magical, but even still magic seems to creep itself back into things little by little. I am so excited that this will be a longer series too!

If you’re looking for a great fantary, ancient magic, some romance and all around action, definitely pick this up! I think right now this is my favourite fantasy series!

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