Heir of Fire (review)

Monday, January 19, 2015

heir of fire by sarah j maas
Title: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 5 Stars

“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?”


(Note: I shall try to be spoiler free for the previous books, but even the blurb has some of those...)
RELATED: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thrones and Roses #1) | A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) | The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0.5) | Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) | Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)


Why did it take me this long to read this book?

Oh, yeah....I knew the feels would kill me.

Book three, Heir of Fire, picks up a little after book two's big reveal ending. Oh, hey, you thought you knew this world? You know nothing Jon Snow. Because it's only just the beginning.

There is an evil king to be stopped, several not so eager potential allies, and one faerie queen who has all the time in the world to play her games. There is a true queen who wants nothing to do with her that the rebels would love nothing more than for her to take up her throne and fight back. Monsters and beasts are being bred as secret weapons. Pawns are being sacrificed, armies being maneuvered, because a war is coming. A war that might just save us or doom us all.   

Sarah J. Maas does not pull any punches. 

Celeana is in a bad place emotionally, and since we get to spend some time in her head, so are we. My heart was literally ripped out, whipped, and then -as if we haven't suffered enough- a delicious fae comes along and squashes it all in the name of training. I cried beautiful, wonderful tears of pure anguish!

I really love Celeana. Even when she is at a weak moment in her life, even when she wants nothing more than to curl up and make the pain stop, even when there is a thread of hope so small, she may never succeed in her task, she is still a fricken awesome heroine. She is a strong female, not just with her 'I'm a badass assassin side,' but every aspect of her character. Yes she has flaws, yes she is running from her past, yes certain spoilery things happen that make her appear weak. But underneath it all, she is fire and passion and determination. She will fulfill her promise. She will get the faerie queen to answer her questions. She will defeat the king.

And what about our boys Dorian and Chaol? Well, they are back, and they've got their own shit to deal with. Dorian is struggling to find his place and deal with the after mass of a huge plot reveal from the last book. To make things worse, he is at odds with Chaol who has been keeping secrets from his best friend and wants to know nothing about said spoilery thing. Chaol was the master of secrets and doubt in this book, as far as our heroes were concerned. (Though he did have a dangerous rival.) All three core characters needed to refind themselves, but when it came down to it, Chaol had the hardest decision to make: who deserved his loyalty.

I really loved how the author took three different characters, twisted their viewed of the world with the same stimulus, and let them go off on their own to fix themselves. It was the same character problem they needed to rise above, but Sarah J Maas turned it into three unique storylines for them to ramble about.

Surely it couldn't get any better than this?

Oh, how wrong you'd be. 

Because four new fascinating characters were introduced: Rowan, Aedion, Manon, and Sorscha.

While Sorscha wasn't my favorite of the group, there was not a single one of the four who failed to disappoint. I adored Rowan, absolutely, one trillion percent loved him. He was that silent, bad boy type of character but full of so much emotion and I pity anyone who tries to label him as something other than Fae. He was exactly what I picture when I thing of Faeries, and exactly what I find lacking in so many faerie stories.

I wanted to hate Aedion when we first met him from what Chaol was thinking. But then he had to swagger in, smart mouth the king, and I was lost. MY FEELS! If I thought I might have survived the attempt, I would have pried all of his secrets from him with a sweet smile.

Manon was a surprise character for me. I knew her people existed, I just never thought to see one in action. Her first chapter leaves you thinking 'What? Did she-?' Yes, my friend, yes she did. And you know what? It's ok, because she turns into such a fascinatingly frustrating character that just makes you want to uncover all her hidden truths. And her new mount? *squeals* I cannot wait to find out what happens next for the duo.

Words To Live By

"Oh, the general knew exactly what buttons to push, and he didn't give a damn what a mess it made. It made him dangerous. Deadly." (Chaol, re: Aedion)

"In her bones, in her blood and breath and soul, she was so, so tired. Talking to anyone was too taxing. Which made Rowan the perfect companion: he didn't say a single word to her." (Celeana)

"She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one." (Celeana)


Overall


There is so much I want to say about this book, but I fear it may delve to close to spoilers. If you haven't read Heir of Fire (or ANY of the Throne of Glass serieswhat is wrong with you? what are you waiting for? Don't be like me, don't make the mistake on missing out on one of the greatest YA fantasy series by one of the greatest YA authors out there.

I loved the world Sarah J Mass created, it is a pure fantastical world. But the focus is not just on king and queens or even the paranormal connections like the fae, but is it first and foremost a wonderful character driven novel. By time you reach the last page, you are already begging for the next book.

2 comments:

  1. SQUEEEEEEE I absolutely loved this one!! I can't believe how this series just gets better and better with each new book, and I cannot wait for Queen of Shadows! Oh, Manon was such a good character, she was different and I definitely wanted to see more from her. haha I only liked Sorcha because Dorian liked her, meaning that Dorian didn't like Celaena like that anymore and she was all free for CHAOL! <3 I definitely agree with you, she is a fricken awesome heroine, even though most of this book was training (not that there was one ounce of a boring part in this book). Great review!

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    1. Sometimes it feels like we are not reading the same series from book one (a good thing) because of all the twists and changes we have undertaken. Queen of Shadows cannot come out soon enough for me. Manon was such as surprise. When we first met her, I thought I was going to hate her, but she won me over. I agree about Sorcha, she just wasn't captivating in the sea of awesome new additions. (And CHAOL for EVER!)

      Thank you for stopping by!

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