Friday, September 11, 2015

Queen of Shadows Blog Tour + Art + Giveaway

I was thrilled last year when Alexa, Jaz, Judith, Katie and Rachel asked me to be one of the Maas Thirteen and join in the blog tour for Heir of Fire. I made some character collages that I'm pretty proud of, and it even lead to the COOLEST THING I'VE EVER DONE. I'm totally stoked that they asked me to be on it again for Queen of Shadows, because I could shout about this series until the wyverns come home. Or something.

I love visual stuff, which is why I went with the collages last year, but this year I decided to make my own stuff, because that's my favorite way to express my love for something! Below you'll find new pictures that you can turn into wallpapers (I give you permission to crop and resize and do whatever you need to do to make a background, since hell if I know how to do that) and that I've put up on my Society6 to be turned into fancy mugs and totes and shirts and all sorts of miraculous things. It's a party, and it's all inspired by the glorious, life-ruining, brilliant Queen of Shadows.

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 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.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

And now, the art!


Aelin print

This book is so very much about AELIN that I really wanted to make a print that would perfectly represent her for who she is now in full. She's a queen, she's a warrior, she's living fire, and she's the hope of Terrasen, represented by the white stag. Also I made the background green because TERRASEN GREEN HELL YEAH (I pictured Terrasen green as a deeper, more forest-y hunter green, but that made this look straight up Christmas and that's not the look I was going for). Click to see closer up if you want!
Celaena to Aelin

I love how many personas and identities our heroine has to wear and shed before she becomes herself.
Fire-Breathing Bitch Queen

The actual best thing to come out of the whole book.

 Lady of Shadows, Queen of Light

This drawing and the two different treatments/text quotes represent allllll the complicated and multifaceted women in this book who deal with light and darkness but LITERAL and metaphorical. Those could both be Aelin, or they could represent other ladies, other spoilery spoiler ladies, all of whom are Queens of Shadows in their own way.

I find that a very male thing to assume

This is one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE QUOTES not only of the whole book, but of the whole series. Possibly of my whole life. It's uttered in great disdain by Our Lord and Savior, Manon Blackbeak, and basically sums up my life aesthetic.

How to Train Your Wyvern

Do you want to join a coven of blood witches flying wyverns into battle because I DO

I've put all this arty junk up on Society6, which means it's totally possible to get this stuff on totes, mugs, phone cases, t-shirts, pillows, rugs, sweaters, duvet covers, and, I kid you not, shower curtains (if someone gets and Aelin print duvet or shower curtain, my life would be MADE). You can also send a girl you love a card that says "Fire-breathing bitch queen" which is the best way I know to say ilu, personally.

Shameless link to my Society6 shop


About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. 

Author Links: Website || Blog || Twitter || Pinterest || Tumblr || Instagram


September 7 - Judith @ Paperiot
September 8 - Jaz @ Fiction in Fiction in Fiction
September 9 - Kelly @ Belle of the Literati
September 10 - Andi @ Andi’s ABCs
September 11 - Gillian @ Writer of Wrongs
September 14 - Kim & Wendy @ The Midnight Garden
September 15 - Mel @ The Daily Prophecy
September 16 - Gina @ Behind the Pages
September 17 - Nicole @ The Quiet Concert
September 18 - Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner
September 21 - Katie @ Polished Page-Turners
September 22 - Rachel @ Hello Chelly
September 23 - Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books


PRIZE: TWO copies of Queen of Shadows + 2 Throne of Glass tote bags a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. My favorite male character in the ToG series is Dorian!
    And my favorite female character is obviously Aelin :)

    Love your artwork!!

  2. The artwork is amazing!
    Since I only started Heir of fire, I'm #teamchaol, but we'll see how it goes.

  3. Wooooooooooooow Gillian these are gorgeous. The Aelin print, ugh I will buy! I totally agree that this book was all about Aelin. She has just grown so much throughout the series and argh 1 year till the next one. ALSO HOW TO TRAIN YOUR WYVERN BEST OMG.

  4. I dont know if I can pick a fave...Chaol? I do love him so. Also, I effing love that "male thing to assume" quote. And I want a shower curtain. Well done!

  5. That Aelin print is all kinds of awesome. LOVE.

  6. GILLIAN, YOU ARE FLIPPING AMAZING! I'm so, so in love with all the pieces you've created, but I think my particular favorite is the "Lady of Shadows/Queen of Light" set. How. Flipping. Cool. Saving up to totally buy all of this!

  7. Dorian is my abby and fav character! I just love him SO much!

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  9. I think I'm team chaol right now but I'm early into the reader might change but so far yeah chaol.

  10. Love the quotes! Love the pictures! I love anything and everything to do with the Throne of Glass series. Queen of Shadows, even with a few parts I had problems with, I absolutely loved! I can't wait for more!

  11. SUCH GORGEOUS ART! It's all amazing but I super love the Aelin print and the shadows print. Ahhh favorite character is so hard to pick! I might say Aedion.

  12. Lovely post! I absolutely adore Rowan, though not necessarily as a love interest, but specifically as a character. Thank you!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  13. This is making me so excited to read Queen of Shadows!

    1. And I think my favorite character might be Rowan...but also how could I not pick Celaena?

  14. CRAP!! GILLIAN, WHAT HAVE YOU DONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!! NOW I NEED ONE OF EVERYTHING FROM YOUR SHOP!! *eyes Terrasen/Aelin shower curtain* It does match my guest bathroom I think... *favourites everything for the next time Society6 has free shipping*

  15. That art is lovely! My favorite character is definitely Aelin!!!

  16. My favourite character is actually Abraxos. 0% of the lines but still 100% character. <3

  17. I just finished Queen of Shadows and now I'm at a loss of what to do with myself. It was so amazing!! it next year yet for the next book?... My favorite character (aside from Aelin, of course) is Chaol. I'm still hardcore Team Chaolaena though I'm pretty sure that ship has sunk. Also, I basically NEED everything in your shop!!! I love them all!!

    - Jazzie @ The Book Dancer

  18. I need everything in your shop! One day I'll collect everything. Especially How to Train Your Wyvern!

  19. My favorite character as of now would have to be Manon. :D

  20. never read it, so no fav

  21. I love the artworks! You're so talented! I want to say Chaol but I've heard he's not his usual self in this newest instalment. Hopefully he'll redeem himself?

  22. My absolute favourite character is probably Aelin because she's such a well-rounded character and I love her so much.


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