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Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of FireTitle: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: YA High Fantasy

Series: Throne of Glass (Book #3)

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 562 Pages

ISBN-10: 1619630656 (Bloomsbury)

ISBN-13: 978-1619630659 (Bloomsbury)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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?

Quick & Dirty: Amazing book filled with action, suspense, and magic.  I love this series and would highly recommend it to everyone.

Opening Sentence: Gods, it was boiling in this useless excuse for a kingdom.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Warning if you haven’t read the previous books in the series I would recommend you not read this review.  While there are no spoilers for Heir of Fire, there are spoilers for the previous books.

Celaena Sardothien is the King of Adarlan’s Assassin and therefore she has to do whatever he orders of her.  Her current mission is to kill the king and prince of a neighboring kingdom in hopes of creating unrest. But Celaena has different plans that don’t involve killing anyone.  She has finally decided to stop the king once and for all.  To do that she will have to join forces with the mysterious elves and finally come to accept who and what she truly is.  I love Celaena, she is one of those kick butt heroines that you can’t help but want to be like.  She is beautiful, strong, and very intelligent, but she is nowhere near perfect.  She has a lifetime of pain she has had to deal with and she has some scars that may never heal.  She is very broken and lost in this book, but it was wonderful to watch her grow and finally except who she really is.  I love her more and more with each book I read and I am sure that this will continue throughout the rest of the series.

Chaol is the Captain of King’s guard and best friends with Prince Dorian.  He has spent years protecting his country and will do anything to protect the people he cares about.  That is why he suggested the King send Celaena away; he knows who she is and what she is capable of. By protecting her he is betraying his king, but in his heart Chaol knows that it is time to choose a side and he wants to make sure it is the right one.  Every time I think about Chaol my heart starts to beat faster. He is one of those men that you fall madly in love with because he is just so amazing.  He is loyal, sweet, caring, and just all around perfect.  He is easily one of my all time favorite book boys and that will never change.

Dorian is the Crown Prince of Adarlan and he just recently found out that he has magic in his blood.  Magic has been absent in the land of Adarlan ever since the current king came to rule, and Dorian has no idea how he is going to learn to control his powers.  It is extremely important that no one else beyond his small group of friends ever discover he has these powers or the consequences could be very grave.  I love Dorian and I felt really bad for him. With the absence of Celaena and his now awkward relationship with Chaol he feels very alone and lost.  He has so much he has to deal with and it was interesting to see how he handles everything.  He is a great character and I can’t wait to see what happens with him next.

There were a few new characters that I am going to briefly mention because they were a big part of the story, but if I gave each of them a paragraph this review would be way too long.  First up there is Rowan. He is an elf that is tasked with the job of training Celaena. He is the strong and silent type that has a million walls you have to break through to get to know him, but as the story progressed I really came to love his character. Next there is Manon. She is a member of the Blackbeack Witch Clan and she is a vicious character.  You only get to see glimpses into her life and story, but she was an extremely interesting character and I am very intrigued to see what happens with her in the future books.  Lastly, there is Aedion. He is part of the king’s army and is one of the last surviving heirs from the kingdom of Terrasen. At first he comes off as a cocky jerk, but as you get to know him you realize there is so much more to him then you thought.  I think he is going to play a much bigger role in the upcoming books and I can’t wait to see what happens with him.

Heir of Fire was both amazing and slightly disappointing for me. I feel like I can’t quite judge this book fairly because I had ridiculously high expectations for it and it didn’t quite live up to them. The reasons my expectations were so high was because the previous book in the series, Crown of Midnight, was so phenomenal there are no words to explain how much I loved it.  So following that was a big feat to take on and unfortunately, I didn’t quite get what I was wanting. But that doesn’t mean that this wasn’t a great read and a wonderful addition to the story because it was. I think the reason it wasn’t quite as good as I had hoped was because in many ways I felt like I was starting over.  You meet so many new characters, and for the most part all the things I loved about the first two books were missing.  Like the romance, there was very little romance in this one which made me really sad because Maas writes amazing romantic scenes. The other thing I really missed was the friendship between Chaol and Dorian.  It’s not that they weren’t friends, but they just weren’t as close as they have been in the past and I missed that.  Lastly, I missed the Chaol and Celaena moments.  They aren’t together at all in the book and that made me really sad, but I hope that they will be reunited in the next book.

I am now going to stop talking about the things I didn’t like because for the most part this was an amazing story.  While I didn’t like the feeling of starting over, I did love meeting all the new characters.  They added a whole other element to the story and I can’t wait to learn more about each of them.  Like in true Maas fashion she likes to take you on an emotional roller coaster ride in her books and this one was no exception. There were some horribly heart breaking moments and some super intense moments as well.  The story was a little slow at first but it soon picked up and was impossible to put down.  The world that Maas created is so magical and captivating it is hard not to get lost in it.  While there were a few things that were disappointing this was still a fantastic book and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.  If you haven’t started this series yet you really should, it is one of my all time favorites and I highly recommend it to everyone!

Notable Scene:

Manon walked into the field, sucking the blood off her nails as she went. She slipped through the grasses, no more than shadow and mist.

She found the farmer lost in the middle of the field, softly bleating with fear. And when he turned, his bladder loosening at the sight of the blood and the iron teeth and the wicked, wicked smile, Mana let him scream all he wanted.

Throne of Glass Series:

0.1-0.5 The Assassin’s Blade

1. Throne of Glass

2. Crown of Midnight

3. Heir of Fire

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FTC Advisory: Bloomsbury provided me with a copy of Heir of Fire.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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