Series: Throne of Glass #3
Published by Bloomsbury Australia on September 2, 2014
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
After Crown of Midnight, we had no idea where Heir of Fire was going to take the plot from there, as Celeana takes off to a new land while Dorian and Chaol stay in Adarlan. Heir of Fire takes a while to get off the ground, fleshing out the land of Wendlyn and adding some new characters to the mix. While the previous books were set in Adarlan, Heir of Fire truly explores its potential as an epic fantasy by showing us multiple plotlines in different kingdoms, cities and characters.
“When they would let me out, so much of my mind had shut down in the darkness that the only thing I could remember was that my name was Celaena. Celaena Sardothien, arrogant and brave and skilled, Celaena who did not know fear or despair, Celaena who was a weapon honed by Death.” – Celaena.
In Heir of Fire, Celaena is at a crossroads as she deals with her grief and learns to harness her powers. She undergoes some immense character development and shows us that Celaena spark and charm that we all know as she eats her food heartily, eyes off dresses she likes and banters with new trainer Rowan, who doesn’t take no for an answer. I really loved Rowan, as the no-nonsense Fae prince who is indebted to his aunt in service. He’s a warrior who commands legions and can relate to Celaena in her pain and grappling with grief.
Sarah J. Maas builds so many powerful, strong males that we could all ship for Celaena. Unlike Dorian or Chaol though, Rowan is all business as he treats her as a soldier and doesn’t treat her with kid gloves or as a dainty young maiden. He isn’t enthralled with her beauty or charm and because of this, they develop a powerful friendship over the course of the novel.
She supposed it was nice, having someone, even an overbearing, snarling Fae warrior, bothering to care whether she lived or died.
I also really liked Aedion, Celaena’s childhood friend who has been looking for his long lost friend, and there are some interesting, tense developments between all of the characters. I still ship my favourite Chaol and Celaena though – and I wish there were more moments between them during the course of the book.
There are a lot more point of views in Heir of Fire as compared to the previous books, which I found overwhelming at times. Between Chaol, Dorian, Celaena, and new characters Aedion, Manon, Sorscha and Rowan, I counted at least seven point of views in the book. There is a lot happening between all of these characters, but it was an interesting way to delve into the mind of different characters and their motivations. Despite it flipping around, I really enjoyed these new characters: Aedion, the King’s puppet who has his own hidden motivations, Sorcha, the healer who has always had a thing for Dorian, and Manon, the Blackbeak witch with a wyvern who is battling other witch clans to take control. In classic Sarah J. Maas fashion, there was plenty of twists and secret reveals throughout the book to keep things interesting.
He’d been a fool once, swearing he would tear the world apart for Celaena. A boy in love with a wildfire – or believing he was in love with one. – Dorian
Heir of Fire takes a different turn from its predecessors, and those who aren’t familiar with high fantasy books may struggle along with all of the new characters, places and the outer world building outside of just Adarlan. I found like there was too much going on at times – I just wanted the romance between Chaol and Celaena from the first few books. Throughout the book I was screaming NOOOO as certain developments will happen based on their time apart. Heir of Fire isn’t a quick read by any means, it takes the time to build up and develop these new characters. But it builds up momentum towards the end of the book as we are thrust into a dark world of demons, magic, war and fae which will take your breath away.
An excellent installment in this amazing fantasy series with the introduction of some amazing characters and some twists and turns with the ones that we love. This series is gearing up to become absolutely amazing and I have the feeling it’s going to completely blow our mind!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.