Heir of Fire
by Sarah J Maas
Expected Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Length: 565 pages
Obtained Via: Advanced Reader’s copy given by the publisher through Netgalley. This in no way influenced my opinion of the book.
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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?
Diclaimer: There may be spoilers for the first two books in the series in this review.
Things getting real, y’all. Heir of Fire does not mess around. The Throne of Glass books have always been serious, but Heir of Fire definitely expands that scale.
I’ll admit that Heir of Fire takes some adjustment to get used to. For the first quarter, I really struggled with the book, and I think it’s because there’s so many different places the narrative splits time between. Part of Heir of Fire is spent with Celaena as she trains with Rowan, who’s been task to bring her into her full potential, part of it is spent at the castle with Chaol and Dorian, and then part with Manon, a new character who is a witch and whose clan is working with dragons(they’re called something else, but the creatures are dragons). The plots of Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight were quite different form each other, but their narratives were more linear than Heir of Fire.
In time, however, I grew to love the jumping around from character to character. Heir of Fire is where the series begins to feel truly like an epic to me. It’s not just about Celaena any more(though she’s definitely still the focus). In fact, at the start of Heir of Fire, our favorite assassin has been left pretty much completely broken–for understandable reasons. Celeana seems to have lost her drive and is functioning purely on auto-pilot and revenge. She’s been pitted against Rowan, a new character who is tasked with training her. At first, they each lash out against the other, but it becomes clear that there’s more depth to Rowan as well. He quickly became a favorite for me–the series is just filled with characters I’ve grown to love(which scares me a little for future installments).
Perhaps my favorite new character, though, is Manon the witch and her dragon, Abraxos. Manon’s clan is known for being brutal and ruthless, and she has ice in her veins. Still, though, there’s something compelling about her–perhaps in the way she chooses her dragon, or the way she trains Abraxos. I really can’t wait to see how this ties in to other things later in the series.
I don’t really want to talk too much about the plot because there’s so much potential for spoilers, so I will say that it took awhile for me to get really invested in Heir of Fire, which is in keeping with the previous books in the series. However, I felt I got invested much faster and much deeper this time. There are quieter parts of Heir of Fire, but I never felt like nothing was going on, despite the fact that a large part of the book was Celaena and Ronan’s training and then Manon’s working with her dragon. For the first time, I was really emotionally invested.
While I liked Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, nothing in those two books really surprised me. They were good YA fantasy that filled the fantasy void in my heart, and I loved Celaena(mostly for her love of books and chocolate), but they never left me with my jaw on the floor. Heir of Fire managed this more than once, and for the first time, I was in love with this series. I can’t wait for the next books because it has so much potential to truly be epic. Heir of Fire really felt like the game-changer for the series.
Heir of Fire was a wild ride! I felt for the first time, the series REALLY lived up to its potential. The new character additions were all fantastic and there were actual events that just left me with my jaw on the ground. 5/5 cupcakes.