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In a League of it's own.
24 February 2016
Queen of Shadows picks up where Heir of Fire left off. Now returned home Aelin is determined to bring down the King and free both her country and her land from the King's ever tightening grip. Choal, the Captain of the Guard is now running for his life after the showdown with the King in the Throne Room at the end of Heir of Fire and Dorian is caught in his own battle of survival with the odds of his success diminishing every day.
There's a lot more of Manon and the witches, now taking to the sky again with their Wyverns and the terror in the keep continues to grow as the Demon Princes try to rebirth a race of half witch/half demon offspring.
This is an absolutely brilliant book. It has moved beyond the will they, won't they, does he love me, what if she doesn't love stupor of the first and second books and shows an author in firm control of an ever-growing and developing world.
The action is tight, but there's no skimping, the author taking her time to build the tension and suspense so even old hands at reading Epic Fantasy read with half a mind convinced she's going to kill off a major character.
There's a smattering of romance but it doesn't detract from the epic nature of the story, instead highlighting the vulnerability and tenuousness of love and life.
Some great new characters are introduced, including my new favourite character Lysandra. The vivid descriptions of the Snow Leopard coming into the final showdown are brilliant and I admit they were a great tension breaker through the final showdown and beyond. I hope Lysandra is a charactr who remains in the series. She's one I want to get to know more about.
All in all, Queen of Shadows shows a maturing and memorable character, not only coming to terms with her destiny, but also the fact she has no idea how to pull it off.
Excellent addition to the Throne of Glass Series.