Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

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Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas | Book ReviewHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne Of Glass #3
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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five-stars

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

I have placed this book on my monthly TBR every month since obtaining Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas at BEA 2014. It was one of my most anticipated books from BEA and yet, each month I kept pushing it back to the next month in favor of shorter, flavor of the month type books. YOU GUYS! Why why why did I wait so long to read this book? I mean, okay I know that I have the habit of putting off things that I am excited about in favor of obligation reading but still, Heir Of Fire was FANTASTIC like, all caps FANTASTIC and I am a bit sad that I waited so long to read it. Also if you don’t want spoilers for the previous books you should probably stop reading this review right about now.

Sarah J. Maas’s Heir Of Fire follows the characters we’ve come to know and love as well as introduces some new characters. This book takes place in the aftermath of Nehemia’s death. First, Celaena is kind of a mess. She’s just undergone some extreme trauma and has run away to Wendlyn on the errand of her mortal enemy, the king. While there, a fae named Rowan finds her and brings her to this outpost for training so that she can access her fae side and then ask some questions of Maeve while in the fae realm. Meanwhile, Chaol makes friends with General Adeion, who is from Terrasen and is Caelaena’s cousin, but he’s got one of those black rings, so you know. Then there’s Dorian who is essentially in the dark about everything and accessing his powers. In addition, a healer named Sorscha gets some point of view chapters as does an Ironteeth witch named Manon. OH AND THERE ARE DRAGONS.

Celaena undergoes some major character development in this latest installment of the Throne Of Glass series. When the book opens, she is completely dejected. She’s passed out with a bottle of wine and dirty and just does not have it together. Can you really blame her though? Girl has had a rough life. What happens though, is that she’s forced to really confront her past and examine some painful memories. It’s like she has to hit rock bottom in order to move forward. We get to see her finally come into her birthright, and friends, the journey is awesome. We also see her learn to let go of a certain someone and well, that was hard as a reader, but also something I liked because a lot of YA does not really seem to go in that direction.

I feel like Celaena is one of those girls who might as well open a harem. Seriously, she just keeps adding more and more suitors and such to her life. At this point, I am not entirely sure what is going on with the Chaol ship, given his reaction to her big revelations. I was rooting for them all along, however, my mind might be changed. You see, there’s a new character that was added – Rowan. YOU GUYS! Rowan! He has all these tattoos and they have a specific meaning and he’s a fae and usually I think the fey are stupid, but Rowan is awesome because he pushes Celaena to her limits. He has a lot more discipline as Celaena, but I thought they balance each other out really well. What I can say is that I am conflicted in regards to ships and this series.

As I mentioned above, new characters are introduced. Of course, I wasn’t too sure about them, because you know I am attached to the current characters and want them to get more page time. However, I liked the different points of view. I liked the addition of Sorscha who is more than she seems and who totally has a thing for Dorian. I liked Manon even though I think she’s supposed to be a villain, she’s brutal and wild and interesting, also a fiercely determined witch. I liked Rowan, A WHOLE LOT as you can see. I think these different perspectives just add to the complexity of the world that Maas has built and of course, now I can’t wait for the next addition in the series.

I’ll admit, this book did take me over a week to read given that it’s nearly 600 pages, however, given my reading slump and how much I’ve cut back I feel like I read it in record time for me, these days. Also! Also! It has inspired me to write a longer review and you guys, I’ve been hovering at 300 or so words and this review is more than double that because Heir Of Fire has inspired me to say all of the things. I absolutely recommend this book and series if you’re looking for an engaging world and dynamic characters. Also, magic.

five-stars
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Comments

  1. It makes my heart so happy that you loved Heir of Fire! It’s such a fantastic read, isn’t it? I love the way Sarah develops the characters we know even further, and how she juggles that development with introductions with a bunch of new characters to love. Plus, the story’s progression and pacing, and the way the world of this series opens up is excellent!
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  2. WOW. You did such a good job with this review! I could barely make my thoughts coherent and so I kind of skirted around writing a review. But you did this book justice. Celaena does undergo incredible growth – this book is definitely character driven. I loved the newest additions SO MUCH and I cannot wait for Queen of Shadows to be in my hands. This series is just fantasy <3

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