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Queen of Shadows Audiobook

Queen of Shadows

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Striker Atlanta, GA 09-13-15
    Striker Atlanta, GA 09-13-15 Member Since 2016

    If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!

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    "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!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 09-03-15
    Wendy 09-03-15
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    "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.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 06-24-16
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 06-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Toni 09-24-15
    Toni 09-24-15 Member Since 2009
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    "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!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bkindtoall Bothell, WA, United States 09-23-15
    Bkindtoall Bothell, WA, United States 09-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "great story, great suspense, excellent fantasy"

    while I enjoyed the first couple books, I've loved the last two. and in particular this one. excellent in its twists, engrossing, suspenseful-loved it!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Thompson 09-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Story"

    The author is wonderful on how she keeps you wanting to learn more about the characters. Can't wait for next installment.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis Wright 09-18-15 Member Since 2014

    Book Addict and a Fantasy Fanatic!

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    "Awesome... Simply Awesome"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 09-18-15
    Susan 09-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    Love this series. Didn't want to stop listening. Can't wait for next installment. My only negative was that characters from past books being brought into play when I couldn't remember who they were.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paulina Pham 09-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "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. 😢

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Carey 11-02-15
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    "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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • julio vargas
    7/20/16
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    Gripping. Keeps you listening waiting for the next turn in the book . Gives you a feel good factor when tyranny has started to be over come. The best book so far. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Rachel Gledhill
    6/3/16
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    "Even better after listening to the book!"
    What did you like most about Queen of Shadows?

    I really enjoyed the chapters about Manon and Elide this time, and loved the way the threads of all the previous books came together.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book so much more when listening to it, compared just to reading it. I found the narration engaging and not too slow. Looking forward to more Sarah J Maas books over the next year or so!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • abdulhadi jaffer al-fadhly
    5/14/16
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    "a very enjoyable book"

    a very enjoyable book and I am looking forward for the next part of the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • k
    1/29/16
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    "Loved these books."

    I couldn't put them down .stayed awake at night listening to them. .a amazing story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fan74
    10/17/15
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    "Can't wait for the next!"

    My favourite book in the series so far. The characters have developed steadily into young adults without loosing their teasing humour, and their character traits being sharpened and honed. The storyline unfolds but leaving enough room to make me long for the next book. Hooked!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City-of-Fiction
    London, England
    9/9/15
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    "Another amazing book from Sarah J Maas"

    This book was action packed and unputdownable. The throne of glass series is a must read for any fans of high fantasy or YA.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Georgia
    Reading, United Kingdom
    9/7/15
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    "Gripping"

    It was absolutely gripping from the very first book, right until the very last word

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FanaticReader
    UK
    9/3/15
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    "The best book of 2015. Amazing narrator"

    I have no words to explain how much I loved this book. I held my heart in my hands the whole time. Elizabeth Evans is just the best narrator ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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