Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass)
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Offhand Backhand: Kyouaku does this with a sword to kill the Ika tribe (Squid Khan) captain of a ship he just captured. Never Found the Body: Happens with Kyouaku during the Second Battle of Awaji, as his ship is capsized by the storm before Kuro can finish him off. As Sarah J Maas admits she tends to steer towards scenes ‘with flimsy excuses for having shirtless dudes’.
Since she was introduced as the ruthless leader of the Thirteen in Heir of Fire, her story has gripped me.Jade is bothered by having to send a Shadowkhan to its doom on purpose, but this only fuels her resolve. With a full cast of three-dimensional characters and a slew of emotionally riveting scenes and shocking realizations, readers will be daydreaming about this book long after it’s over. Kick the Dog: Shendu forces a slave girl to dance for him until she's almost dropping from exhaustion.
Zerg Rush: As Jade notes, the Shadowkhan don't have any swarm tribes — at least, they don't until she accidentally creates one.
She deserved the joy he so often glimpsed on her face when Rowan was near—deserved the wicked laughter she shared with Aedion, the comfort and teasing with Lysandra. Gavin confessed as he was dying that they didn’t actually kill the king, they just put him to sleep and sealed him in a sarcophagus beneath a mountain.