Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass, book #3
published on September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
romance | fantasy | paranormal
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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?
You didn’t need a weapon at all when you were born one…
Each Throne of Glass novel features a different side of Calaena Sardothien. In Throne of Glass, we were introduced to the feminine, prim and proper version of our heroine. Crown of Midnight gave us a ruthless killing machine. Finally, in Heir of Fire, we were able to see Calaena as a desperate, defeated and hopeless creature. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. Maybe I liked seeing Calaena as a fragile girl who only wanted to do good, but unfortunately can’t. But to be honest, I’m kind of unsure about whether I like her or not–this has been my issue since book one. I’m really indifferent to her.
Here was the dream–the nightmare–made flesh.
Action-packed and gritty–this book will make you wish you had a seatbelt on. Most characters showed their deadly sides and definitely proved that they were badass. We have a whole bunch of new characters who I thought were radiating strength from the beginning–Rowan and Manon. Rowan is a powerful, faithful and mostly-kind Fae who will play a big part in Calaena’s self-discovery. Manon is a witch (I’m unsure of why she’s relevant in the story–we’ll see in future books!) with a thirst for blood. I loved her straightforward, bitchy attitude.
Of course, with strong characters come the weak ones. Chaol, who I at least respected in book two, turned into a guy I didn’t care about at all. I wanted to skip a few of his chapters just because I couldn’t bring myself to care about his situation. Dorian and Sorscha–NO. Just no. These two wanted to make me pull my hair out. Can I cut them out of the story, please?
She burned and burned and burned.
Plot-wise, Maas did a mostly-great job with keeping me interested in the multiple storylines. (I say “mostly-great” because DORIAN, SORSCHA AND CHAOL–nope, don’t care.) POVs were constantly swapping, but I didn’t mind because each person had a different and interesting story to tell. (Basically, I was interested in only the plotlines for Calaena, Manon and Rowan.)
There were also a few surprising twists towards the end. Maas is one of the only authors who can pull off these kinds of twists and still gets away with it. There was this one twist that I didn’t particularly have any interest in, but it was SHOCKING, let me tell you that.
Another little issue I had with the book was the length. Was it necessary to make it this long? I think a few parts were sort of filler-y and could have been taken out. Lots of parts, especially in the beginning, were kind of slow.
Overall, I still enjoyed Heir of Fire much more than I did Throne of Glass, but a lot less than I enjoyed Crown of Midnight. Bad things were balanced out with the good things,
but I think Rowan really outweighs a lot of the things I hated about the book and this book had its fair share of flail-worthy aspects and eye-roll-inducing scenes.
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.