Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – REVIEW
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 Timesbest-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.
“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”
For me, this book was a step up from the previous two and it’s my favourite in the series so far. A lot of the action takes place in Wendlyn, where Chaol manoeuvred for Celaena to go for safety. To get answers from Queen Maeve at Doranelle, Celaena must master her Fae abilities and learn to control her fire magic under the tutelage of Fae Prince Rowan Whitethorn. I love training sequences so I was excited to see Celaena face up to her heritage and begin to master her abilities. I’m not sure about Rowan yet though. There was no excuse for being so cruel to Celaena at times. I know he hates the world but he was still simply unlikeable at times (he is certainly no Rhysand!).
“I claim you, Rowan Whitethorn. I don’t care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend.”
Back at Rifthold, I appreciated the development of Dorian’s character. He challenged Chaol about his behaviour and showed how insightful he can be. Chaol came across as self-righteous in this book and I definitely disliked his character compared to previous books. Aedion was a great addition to the story and I can’t wait for his reunion with Celaena. I would also love to read more about his back story as he seems to have had a desperately difficult life. One niggle I have is that I find the King of Adarlan to be a bit one-dimensional. He just seems like pure evil with no redeeming features. I suppose it could be the effects of the Wyrdkey but I’d like to see his motivations explored further.
“It would not take a monster to destroy a monster – but light, light to drive out darkness.”
The character I can’t wait to learn more about though is Manon Blackbeak. The witch clans are definitely one of the most interesting additions to the story, especially Manon. Can I also say that Abraxos is the sweetest?! With Heir of Fire, the action moves forward at a fast pace. Characters are travelling their preordained paths and a convergence is coming. The lore regarding Wyrdkeys is explored further and introduces some interesting plot points and possibilities for the future. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to start Queen of Shadows.
This series just keeps getting better – definitely my favourite book so far.
|About the Author
SARAH J. MAAS is the New York Timesbestselling author of the Throne of Glass series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade; and the Court of Thorns and Roses series: A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.