Yesterday, to my utmost dismay, I finished the fourth instalment in the Thone of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, namely Queen of Shadows. The best part is: the 5th one comes out in September 2016 (Empire of Storms). Yay!
This YA fantasy novel is over 600 pages-long of pure beautiful fantasy. Cealena Sardothien, a.k.a Aelin Ashryver Galathynius has become one of my favourite female characters ever. She is sassy, funny, courageous, selfless but she is also flawed, reckless, stubborn, etc. This complexity of character is, to my mind, definitely one of the biggest draws of the series. And Cealena is not the only complex character in there. Each one of them has a history and acts according to very specific temperaments forged over their lives, and you get to understand why each one of them is as they are. The character development is incredible; you care for every protagonist and you properly loathe the bad guys. And even the bad guys aren’t as downright bad as they seem at first (or second, or even third) glance.
Characters aside, the setting is very visual, rich, even olfactory. The magic is incredibly well written. The novel is at the same time character-driven and plot-driven. It is action packed. Characters start to regroup, to gather together which give them more powers and opportunities to act.
The themes are also deep and important: friendship, family, sacrifice, protection, trust, hope, fight for good against evil, love,… I could go on and on.
If it isn’t clear by now, I’m completely in love with this series. So far this year, I’ve only really really loved 3 series: The Bone Season series (which continues), The Infernal Devices series (which is over) and the Throne of Glass series (which also continues 🙂 ). I highly recommend those if you like YA fantasy/dystopian stories.
I don’t really like to talk about the plot of the novel per se because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. It is better to completely discover the story when you open the book rather than having bits and pieces on blog posts which could ruin the fun. I DO enjoy Cealena’s story a lot and I would like anyone to have the same chance I did when I delved into it for the first time.
Once again, the cover is AMAZING! I should probably do a post on beautiful book covers, because it is also a criterion to choose the next book 😉
In any case, I rated this novel 5*/5 (pity I can’t go higher than top, lol)