Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Posted on 08/04/2015 in Book Review / 3 Comments

Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. MaasHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on September 2, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 562
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.\r\n\r\nCelaena Sardothien 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.\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.\r\n\r\nThe king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

I’ve been MIA for a little while, and that’s because I discovered (thanks to Jennifer!) the Throne of Glass series, and I couldn’t stop until I’d read EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. I didn’t stop to review the first two books – Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, because Jennifer has already reviewed them, and I wholeheartedly agreed with her reviews. But now that I’ve finished Heir of Fire, I can stop and take a breath, because the next book in the series won’t be out until next month. If you haven’t read the series, I would encourage you to stop reading right now and run to your closest library, bookstore, or computer, and get started! Your first stop needs to be the novellas that take place before the first book, though. I purchased all five of those in one tidy ebook – The Assassin’s Blade. Go on, I’ll wait.   Okay, are you all caught up? Here we go…book three! This seems to be the rare series that just keeps getting better and better, and I have come to absolutely adore these characters! This time, Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian are worlds apart, and I did miss their interactions. Celaena has been sent to Wendlyn, and Chaol and Dorian barely see each other, due to their extremely strained relationship. We also see a very different side of Celaena, which honestly, wasn’t my favorite version of her. But it was a necessary journey, and she’s going to be even more amazing (and badass) because of it. We are introduced to some new characters who are going to play pivotal roles – Rowan, a completely fierce fae warrior; and Manon, one of the Blackbeak witches. They were both great additions, and I can’t wait to see what happens with the storyline of the witches. There were also some totally creepy new baddies – I’m still shuddering over the skin walkers.   The beginning of this book was a little slow going. I’m not sure why – I was totally invested, but I think it had to do with where Celaena was (both physically and mentally). The ending on the other hand – whoa! We’re talking off-the-charts intense action-packed drama!  I liked that a couple of characters from the novellas were casually mentioned in this book, and I suspect that we’ll see more of one of them later. I was also sure that another minor character in this book was someone from the novellas, but it was never confirmed.   Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas finally provides some of the long-awaited answers you’ve been wanting needing. Some. And of course, it also sets up some pretty crazy things for the fourth book, which I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on! It isn’t often that a series manages to maintain this level of immersive world-building, an action-packed, complex plot, and characters that I genuinely care about.   I may have just discovered Sarah J. Maas this summer when I read A Court of Thorns and Roses, but man! I am all in. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This series pretty much has it all – action, intrigue, strong female heroine, a little romance, a dash of sarcasm, magic, mysteries…I am already looking forward to reading it again.

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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.

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