Queen of Shadows Tour: downloadable tattoos + giveaway

September 14, 2015 2015, crafts based on ya books, diy tattoos, giveaway, Sarah J. Maas, special feature, tmg downloads, Wendy 100

tattoo fire-breathing bitch queen

Welcome to our stop on the official Queen of Shadows blog tour, hosted by the founders of #MaasThirteen! Our love for all things Throne of Glass and Sarah J. Maas is well-documented here at The Midnight Garden, so we were pleased to be asked to participate this year.

We’re pretty smug about the many readers we’ve hounded relentlessly into persuaded to read this series, and this latest installment is full of everything you’d expect and more: death-defying action scenes, BADASS WOMEN, insanely cool mythical creatures, and emotional trauma that could rip your heart out.

I’ve made some downloadable Queen of Shadows tattoos so you can be reminded of Aelin–and really, what better way to spread love and awareness for the series than to wear its words on your body?


Download Free Queen of Shadows Tattoos!

queen of shadows quotes

The set includes all the tattoos shown above, and there are two sets on the page to allow for trial and error (or so you can share with a friend!).


1. Download the directions here. Basically, all you’ll need are tattoo paper + printer + on hand supplies.

2. Download the QOS tattoos! The images on the template are fully reversed so they’ll press into your skin the right way.

Tips: read the full tutorial + tips from The Winner’s Crime tattoos I made earlier this year, where you can also learn how to create your own bookish tattoos.

tattoo human skins tattoo sam

Um, sorry that the ink got a little smudgy there in a couple of places in the photos. I got a little excited and pressed too hard. This project is super easy, though, so I hope you’ll give it a try sometime!

I’m dying to see Aelin’s silhouette on someone’s bicep…and to see which of the boys you decide to declare your love for. View Spoiler »  “Whirling cloud of death” would also look so pretty on the back of someone’s neck–like maybe a badass ballerina’s neck. :D

If you do this project or anything else with these images, I’d appreciate credit and a link back to this post (not just the download page) as a courtesy. Be sure to tag @misswendyd and #MaasThirteen on your photos as well if you share on social media–we’d love to see them!

queen of shadows tour

Queen of Shadows Blog Tour

Visit the other tour stops for downloadable wallpaper, fancasts, and more:

September 7      Paper Riot
September 8      Fiction in Fiction in Fiction
September 9      Belle of the Literati
September 10    Andi’s ABCs
September 11     Writer of Wrongs
September 14    The Midnight Garden (that’s us!)
September 15    The Daily Prophecy
September 16    Behind the Pages
September 17    The Quiet Concert
September 18   The Perpetual Page-Turner
September 21   Polished Page-Turners
September 22  Hello, Chelly
September 23  Alexa Loves Books


Queen of Shadows Books + Totes Giveaway

Thanks to our lovely tour hosts and Bloomsbury,  you can win a copy of Queen of Shadows or a cool QOS totebag! Two of each will be given away, and the giveaway is international.

To enter, just:

  1. leave a comment below telling us your favorite character from the series and
  2. fill out the Rafflecopter form.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please see complete rules on the entry form; this giveaway is provided by the publisher and hosted by the #MaasThirteen.

Queen of Shadows was released on September 1, 2015 and is available in stores and online. If you haven’t started this series yet, do give it a try sometime! I’d recommend starting with the fantastic prequel novella collection The Assassin’s Blade.


Would you wear any of these tattoos? Could someone draw me a wyvern so we can include it in a future tattoo post? OR ME RIDING A WYVERN?

Kim and I will be posting a joint review discussion soon, so be prepared to discuss all the things with us!

Wendy signature teal



Further Reading:

Wendy’s Queen of Shadows “review”
Kim’s reviews for Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire



100 Responses to “Queen of Shadows Tour: downloadable tattoos + giveaway”

  1. Belinda

    Aelin, Rowan, and Dorian are my favorite characters!! I’m sorry I couldn’t pick just one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Pamela

    That’s a tough one… I haven’t read QoS yet and I’m currently in the beginning of HoF, AND I have this connection with Sam – I think I’ll never get over him. I don’t know, but something is whispering in my ear that soon I’ll be in love with Dorian. I love damage characters and I already know that something dark is going to happen with him, something that will bring him closer to Aelin, and I feel that is going to be WOW. So, yup, Dorian, I think.
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  3. Lor

    Aelin is my fav – she’s undergone such a mature transformation from the loss and suffering to someone others are devoted to. She deserves my vote!

  4. Undertowsoul

    First, thanks for the review and the giveaway! Honestly, I love Celexa the most. I know, generally you do love the protagonist but, in this case, it’s very true and she’s such an amazing and strong character that I can’t help it although I honestly love all of the characters, even the ones I love to despise! The series is so well written. I have not tag this one yet but I can not wait!

  5. Ginny

    My favorite character is Aelin. This series is so well written. I enjoy reading each book and being swept away in each adventure! Thank you, Sarah J. Maas.
    (And thank you for this giveaway).

  6. Emma Claeys

    I love Nehemia and Manon.
    In the first book i also really liked Nox.
    I don’t know why, but i REALLY didn’t want him to die.

  7. J. Oh

    I agree that there are a lot of great characters in this series, but my favorite is probably Chaol. What can I say? I love his sense of honor.

  8. MJ

    Favorite Character for me has kept shifting through out the series. But if I have to pick just one it has to be Celaena/Aelin! She keeps growing as a character in every book, becoming more bad-ass in every book.

  9. Catherine

    It’s a tough choice, but I would say that Celaena is my favorite character. She has overcome so much and is such and interesting character. It’s also really cool to see the effect she has on the other characters and how they act towards her.

  10. Kristen

    That’s a tough one! I honestly love everyone in Aelin’s squad! Also the Thirteen (especially Manon). Also also Abraxos. It’s probably some kind of tie among Manon, Dorian, Aelin, Chaol, Rowan, and Lysandra. (ngl, I am kinda liking the idea of AelinxLysandra)

  11. TingTing Chanthachaiwat

    Basically, the best reason why I love the Throne of Glass series is because of its strong heroines. So its really hard to decide who’s my favorite character. I love Celaena, Manon, Nehemia(wanna burn sth when she –SPOILER–died). However, the male characters like Rowan or Chaol are the to-die-for type. Gosh! But to choose one, most fav character, I’ll choose Aelin.

  12. Maddison Ginter

    I dont know if I can pick one character. I love Aelin, Nehemia, Sam, Rowan and Manon. I really used to like Chaol and was totally for him and Celaena, but definitely now ship Aelin and Rowan, the sexual tension between them is killing me!

  13. Sabrina

    I would have to say Manon. At first she was so heartless and I just love watching her experience those moments of.. Being a bit like human..?

  14. Carina Olsen

    This is so awesome :D You are amazing Wendy. <3 Thank you so much for sharing. Gorgeous post, as always :) I do love how much you all love this series. I, personally, could never ever read it. Ugh. Too many love interests. Not okay :D Which is depressing, as I own all the books, and I have that stunning t-shirt. <3 But anyway. You are so talented and awesome :D
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  15. Eleni

    That is such a hard question. All of the characters in the Throne of Glass series have such pure badassery (it’s a word now) that they’ve all got a place in my heart (as well as invading my thoughts at the most inopportune times, but I’m not complaining). Rowan, for me, stands on the podium of badassery. Along with his tragic past and sheer determination to continue his very, very long life, he is my favorite character.

  16. Eleni

    That is such a hard question. All of the characters have so much depth and pure badassery (it’s a word now) that they’ve all got a place in my heart. But I have to say that the character who I’ve been desperate to see in nearly every scene is Rowan. His tragic story and sheer determination to continue his very, very long life has made him my favorite character.

  17. Lance

    My favourite character was Nehemia Ytger, she was both wise and extremely badass.

  18. Turtle

    I can’t decide between Aelin and Manon. My absolute favorite thing EVER (I would have died to see this) was Aelin and Manon fighting. They are both so deadly and awesome.

  19. Inês

    Your tattoos are amazing, it’s a really cool idea! My favourite character is Aelin, she’s had countless personas and Aelin represents all of them!

  20. Aideen Galligan

    I can’t pick on favourite so I’m picking three: Dorian, Aelin and Manon

  21. Khadija

    I haven’t read QoS yet. Having read the first 3 books, Chaol is my favourite character. Might change when I read the fourth

  22. Katherine Adams

    Aelin has always been my favorite character. No matter what name she chooses to identify as, she has been a strong female character that I root for in every hardship she has thrown at her. She deserves to rule!

  23. Robin

    Those tattoos are so cool!

    My favorite character. Mmm…. Celaena Sardothien/Aelin Galathynius is DEFINITELY my favorite. I also love Nehemiah, Manon, Rowan, Dorian and MORE.

  24. Isabel Tse

    Tough choice! I would have to say Aelin because… Well she’s a fire breathing bitch Queen of course!

  25. Megan

    Such a hard choice! Aelin has always been my favorite, but other than the titular character I would have to say Rowan. Or Dorian. Or Chaol. Nehemia. Aedion. Lysandra. Manon. Elide. Nesryn. Fleetfoot. I think Fleetfoot is a safe choice.

  26. Kayla

    I’m reading Queen of Shadows right now and am loving it so much! I went from A Court of Thorns and Roses right into it and I don’t know how ill last another half year until the next Sarah J. Maas book comes out! I’m not even done with QoS and I need. The next one!

  27. Varsha

    These tattoos are all so beautiful!
    My favorite character apart from Aelin is Dorian <3 He's been through so much and I love how he's evolved throughout the series, from a spoiled prince to a powerful, kind human being

  28. Milica

    My favorite character is Chaol. He’s such a good guy and somehow my heart always breaks a little for him.

  29. Helle

    Hard to pick one favourite character, so I’m gonna name my two favourite: Celaena and Chaol. :)

  30. Eliza

    Ahhh the tattoos are so pretty! It’s really hard to think of a favourite character, but I think mine has to be Aelin. She just so kickass and cool and I love her. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  31. Danielle B

    Aelin is definitely my fav! Smart, brave, talented…what more can you want?!

  32. Tatum

    Picking a favorite is so hard! so I shall comment the one who annoys me the most but is also the one who I will always love, Celaena Sardothien. If it weren’t for her, this world would be dead to me.

  33. Melissa

    I love the tattoos! I haven’t read Queen of Shadows yet, but I’ve got in on hold :) I loved Manon in the last book.

  34. Melissa

    I love the tattoos! I haven’t read Queen of Shadows yet, but I’ve got it on hold :) I loved Manon in the last book. I’m really looking forward to QoS!

  35. HollyB

    First of all, you are crazy talented!! I absolutely LOVE those tattoos! I didn’t even know “tattoo paper” was a thing! I do believe I will have to search some out and give this a try :-) The first tattoo I’d wear is THE SAM HEART!!

    Which leads me to my second point, which is….SAM!!! Oh my, I just adore him. Granted, I’ve only read Assassin’s Blade and TOG, but still…he’s my favorite character. At least thus far. A very close second is Celaena herself, of course, as she is just absolutely amazing and I love everything about her. EVERYTHING. Especially her penchant for BOOKS AND CANDY. Natch ;-)
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  36. Morgan @ Gone with the Words

    These are so amazing, I love the designs!!! The quotes look fantastic and I love the hearts. And thanks for pointing to the original bookish tattoo tutorial you have, I really want to test out a Raven Cycle one (the main symbol) with Harry Potter chapter stars…. because I might get it for realsies someday ;)
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  37. Brenda

    Just wanted to say that I love all of these book inspired quote tattoo’s that you’ve been coming up with Wendy, so pretty! I’m one of those umm readers that you’ve encouraged (*looks in Kim’s direction*) to read this series and yep still on hold for Throne of Glass, but it is the next YA book that I read.
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  38. Pili @ In Love With Handmade

    Oh boy, oh boy!! I NEED THESE TATS!! SO AWESOME WENDY! But, I agree with you… how come you didn’t do a heart for Manon!?!? I neeeeeed more Manon Blackbeak in my lifeeeeeeeeeeee!! And more Ironteeth witches… I do need a full book or series ALL ABOUT THE WITCHES!!

    Oh the feels… I think I cannot write a somewhat coherent review until I’ve re-read the book once at least!
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  39. Jolina Penaflor

    My favorite character was, is and will always be CHAOL WESTFALL. I don’t know but I was really attracted to him ever since the first few chapters of TOG. I really loved him. Even though SJMaas tried to make us hate him, I just couldn’t it. He’s too precious, you know.

  40. Stephanie

    My favorite character is Rowan. I like to watch the evolution of Rowan and Aelin’s relationship unfold. Plus I think Lysandra is kick ass. I guess I have two favorites!