Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Hello! So I just received news that the fifth book to the Throne of Glass series is coming out in September, called Empire of Storms. Let me tell you, I haven’t started Queen of Shadows yet (the fourth one), but I’m already excited. Without further ado, there’s the third book in the series: Heir of Fire.

four and a half stars

Heir of Fire was off to a beautiful start, with Celaena across the ocean in Wendlyn. I liked how the book sort of went off in a new direction, but took its time. The new characters were no disappointment; I thought the way they were introduced was fantastic, fresh, and exciting. For example, Sorscha and Manon and Rowan. *insert heart eyes emoji*

I have a special soft spot in my heart for Sorscha, I really do. I warmed up to Rowan pretty quick, as well as Manon and her little wyvern, Abraxos.

Maas does give her characters some pretty unique names, doesn’t she?

I’m also wondering if I will have to adjust to calling Celaena Aelin. That would be pretty weird for me.

Confession: I still don’t really like Aedion, but I do see the point of him being in the story.

Another thing I really liked about this novel was the backstory it provided! Some of my questions about Celaena’s past life were FINALLY answered.

I need to focus my thoughts a bit more here; I tend to do stuff like this with series because I don’t like to give spoilers.

Celeana has a mission, and she is in the midst of a fool’s bargain right from the beginning  with Fae Queen Maeve. In order to get her “answers,” she has to endure training with Rowan. By the rude first impression I got of Rowan, I probably wouldn’t have taken the bargain myself. But Celaena has to be Celaena.

From the first book in the series, I wasn’t sure how big of a role magic was going to play in the story (because, well, you know Throne of Glass was mostly about her in the competition to be the Champion). But by the time I finished Heir of Fire, I realized the books were definitely going to be layered. There are many different aspects covered. While the books are cozy, they are also romantic and adventurous and magical.

Yup, magic is woven in everywhere, even if it’s not possible to use in Adarlan. I think everyone is expected it to be legal by the end of the series. This business with the king and his towers is making me nervous, and I want him to stop. I want everyone to be able to shift and use their magic! The Fae on other continents can, and life seems pretty awesome for them.

In fact, the series shifts from being about Celaena and her quest to become to King’s Champion to being about magic. It’s a main focal point here, Celaena trying to find the wyrdkeys so she can release everything and have the slaves be free and everyone be happy.

Well, that usually never happens.

The evil King (that’s a bit of a weird phrase, usually the evil one is the Queen)(well actually there is an evil Queen) is building an army… of mythical creatures.

Once again, not looking to spoil.

Manon’s role in here is pretty sweet. She’s a witch, and that’s all I’m going to say.

So what did I not like about the book? Well, I thought some parts went rather slow and boring. You know how sometimes an author is trying super hard to sound great, and they end up sounding cliche? Well, that’s the best way I can describe it.

Something I’ve been enjoying about this series so far is the different points of view. They switch around every chapter or so, and there’s little sections with each chapter, so if you need to set the book down to do something, you can find a place to stop pretty quickly. That also means you breeze through the 500 some pages a lot faster (i.e: in bed, “oooh, just one more section! Just one more chapter! One more! Okay, five more! Nevermind, I’ll just finish the book). It also leaves you begging for the next time it’s a certain character’s point of view, because Maas uses a lot of effective suspense. Not the annoying type of suspense. I truly do think she is a genius, a terribly brilliant author.

Dorian seemed to go downhill this book. I wasn’t gathering much from him or Chaol. I guess it might have been a metaphor of sorts, like they are no longer love interests but still play a key role in the plot?

I was still screaming at parts and getting very upset/angry. But don’t worry, that’s actually a sign of a good book.

Check out these cool quotes.

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Celaena is partly the same person, but partly broken. I haven’t done much reading on Sarah J. Maas, but I think to create such a complex character would have to result in some inspiration from herself. I also think a lot of readers can relate to Celaena, though many not on such a hardcore level.

I can’t wait to see what happens next!

I’m not too pleased with how I went about reviewing this book, but I’m proud I didn’t flake up again. I really do hope you guys read this series, if you haven’t already started. It is one of the most wonderful distractions from real life I’ve encountered. You. Will. Not. Be. Disappointed. It’s not “one of those fantasy novels.” It may just be one of the best novels you’ve read.

I’m determined NOT to bring up a certain wizard series.

But fans of something that rhymes with Narry Motter would probably love Throne of Glass.

I will talk to you guys later! Thank you so much for reading ❤

Please leave some friendly comments. Much love. 🙂

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