UPDATE: Now that I can talk a bit more about this book, while I enjoyed so much of it, I had issues. IFuck. My. Heart.
Sarah, you clever, wicked witch.
UPDATE: Now that I can talk a bit more about this book, while I enjoyed so much of it, I had issues. I love, love this world and these characters and it was epic seeing them all come together in unexpected ways, HOWEVER some lazy editing was going on. Sarah's writing churned out enough repetitive phrasing that I NOTICED it despite how absorbed I was. Stylistically there were other words that annoyed me a ton, like the use of "flicker" or "blank and blank and blank." And the pacing lagged in the middle because around 100 pages could've been shaved off. Overall I think this book could've been much tighter, if at least 150 had been done away with -- pages I could point out. I love that Sarah loves her stories and I love her stories but sometimes, and it became evident in this book, she gets carried away.
Even still, there was so much RIGHT with this book. Tons of epic, long-awaited things happen and some new, interesting places are introduced. And the fucking ending... I'm very excited, and a little sad, that the series will be over soon. And yet I'm dying because I've wanted this ending so long now. I've wanted it known for so long now.
But to be more specific, reading this series has been one of my great joys these past few years. This series has developed so much,Because, obviously.
But to be more specific, reading this series has been one of my great joys these past few years. This series has developed so much, this author has grown so much, that it's such a pleasure to read such an impeccable FOURTH installment and still be able to say things like: Holy shit! She wrote that! I just read that! (And a smug: I knew it! From the first, naysayers be damned to Hellas's fiery pit! (Ok, not really, but I was on the soapbox.)) These characters are everything, people. They are real and powerful and scarred and plagued and burdened and beautiful and hopeful. I love them to bits.
Queen of Shadows also proved that no matter what name my girl calls herself, Aelin or Celaena, she is everything I could ever want in a heroine. She fully embodies everything a powerful, wonderful female protagonist of an epic fantasy should.
And then some.
I dream now of a world in which she rules. No holds barred.
And all the shirtless men at her feet.
But, no jokes, even though her court is not yet full and complete - I'm still hoping for a few more I already have in my thoughts - I think I can still say the new kingdom of Terrasen will be one hell of a rebirth. And I can't wait to be part of every glorious minute of its rising.
Team Aelin for days. Team Maas for life. Maybe even beyond....more
Despite the awkward sex scenes with Tamlin, things turned around significantly in this book. And yet some of the exact structural and plot a2.75 stars
Despite the awkward sex scenes with Tamlin, things turned around significantly in this book. And yet some of the exact structural and plot and character issues I had in the first one remain, dammit. Come on, Sarah. ...more
I really, REALLY liked this book. Rachel Hawthorne has still got it. I had ALL DA FEELS reading Avery and Fletcher's story and I got a satisf3.5 stars
I really, REALLY liked this book. Rachel Hawthorne has still got it. I had ALL DA FEELS reading Avery and Fletcher's story and I got a satisfying high when it came to the ending. Or, as cheesy as it sounds, a new, bright, hopefully beginning. ...more