Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Posted August 29, 2014 by lockhartbecca in Uncategorized / 4 Comments

Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: ARC
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Source: ARC received from publisher at BEA (Thanks, Bloomsbury!)
Rating: 5 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.*** 

Synopsis
from Goodreads:
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?
WARNING:
MINOR SPOILERS FROM THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THEM. NO SPOILERS
FOR HEIR OF FIRE THOUGH, I PROMISE!
My
Review:
Oh my gosh. I just
finished this book and words cannot even describe what I’m feeling right now.
Glee from that ending. Dread from that ending. Excitement from that ending.
Sadness from that ending. Fear from that ending. OMG THAT ENDING!! Sarah J.
Maas is trying to kill me. I am devastated that I have to wait over a year for
the next book. Seriously crying over here.
This book was AMAZING. This is high fantasy. The first two
books were spectacular, don’t get me wrong. But this book brought the series up
to a whole other level. First thing of note. The characters. So. Many. New.
Characters. And all of them are so interesting and so awesome. Aedion was a
puzzle to sort out, but I love him so much. Manon is a puzzle I’m still trying to sort out, but I loved
some of the decisions she made. Sorscha was so sweet and amazing. And Rowan.
The one everybody has been talking about. I didn’t swoon over Rowan like
everyone else seems to be doing, but I do love him something fierce. He’s
loyal, protective, and just good in a way that you can’t help but love.
Celaena makes the
biggest transformation in this book. She is broken after the events of Crown of Midnight. And when I say
broken, I mean truly and hopelessly broken. She gets so dark in this book that
she scared me several times. But this is a journey for her, one that had me
cheering the whole time. She comes so far and works so hard to get past the
demons from her past that haunt her.
Chaol. I know you all want
to hear about him. He’s here and present in this book, but forewarning, there
is zero Chaol and Celaena action. They are apart the whole book. While I was
disappointed by this, I think that it needed to happen and I am crossing my
fingers that it gets remedied in the next book. But Chaol is still swoony to
me. We actually get to know him a lot better in this book I thought. What his
motives are, why he is the way he is. And of course, I fell even more in love
with him.
Oh, oh! And Dorian!!!
Holy amazeballs. Dorian grew so much in this book. He’s learning how to control
his magic more and just really growing up and becoming a leader. I loved
watching his transformation in this one.
This book was
mind-blowing. While at times, it could be a bit slow, it needed to be so you
could soak in all the information that Sarah is feeding us. The world just
exploded in this book and I was crawling around on the floor, making sure I
didn’t miss a single crumb. There’s still a ton of action though so be prepared
for heart-stopping battles and all-out Celaena badassness. (No, that’s not a
word, but I just made it one.) After you finish this one you’ll be dying for
more and then you’ll cry over the long wait. But don’t fear. Just email me or
tweet me and we can discuss! And if you haven’t read the novellas yet, get on
it because they’re amazing. Happy reading all!

Have you read this yet? What did you think? Did you miss the Chaol/Celaena action? Are you sobbing over the fact that you have to wait over a year for the next one? Email me if you want to discuss any spoilery things (lockhartbecca@gmail.com)! 

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4 responses to “Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

  1. EEEEEEEEEEEE.

    okay so the pace bugged me a bit in the beginning but then i got swept up in how awesome everything was so i got over it. and the new characters <3333 and abraxos and eeeeeee. i sorely missed chaolena soo there better be some in the next book! text me anytime you want to fangiirl over HoF, obviously. 🙂

    • Yes, I agree about the pace at first. I was like I want action!! But then the world-building and just everything got so elaborate and intense and I was glued to the pages. I seriously just want to go reread it right now. Abraxos!!!! He just reminded me so much of Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon. So adorable.

      I know!!! There better be chaolena action in book 4 because I can't handle it if they're not together in the end!!!

  2. I did love this, but not as much as Crown of Midnight, I have to say. The pace was a little too slow, at least in the beginning. And selfishly, I hated that Celaena and Chaol were apart the whole book, and the thoughts they were having about each other, and the part in the end with the ring…noooooooooo!!! I'm upset. And then what happened to Dorian. Noooooooo!!!!! I'm just really worried about what's going to happen. I did like the new characters. It's just such a dark book. Do we know when the next one is coming out? It looks like she's also writing another series and the first book in that series is coming out next year. Why is she doing that???? Finish this one first!!!! I can't take it, I can't take it, I can't take it. ~Pam

    • See, I thought this was the best of the series so far. I did really miss Celaena and Chaol, but I do think that they needed to be apart so Celaena could heal. The ring was devastating, but I still have hope for the two of them!

      I didn't even realize she was starting a new series! But I just looked on Goodreads and it sounds awesome! According to GR the next book is coming out next year. I assume it will be next fall sometime. Hopefully. Because I can't wait longer than that. I already feel like I'm dying because Dorian. Freaking out!!!!!!!

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