Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
by Sarah J. Maas
Summary: She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.
Celaena 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.
Meanwhile, 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.
The 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.
Source: I purchased a Kindle copy.
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Heir of Fire was absolutely spectacular! It was the turning point in the story when I realized that Celaena was more than who we thought she was and that her future lay beyond her role as simply the King’s Assassin or a rebel. I felt so shocked by everything I learned about her and her backstory. I thought I knew everything about her, especially after reading The Assassin’s Blade novellas. Heir of Fire was also the book that kind of shifted direction and became more of a fantasy to me than it had been before, where the author explored magic, the Fae, and the fate of the world in more detail.
The Throne of Glass series is amazing and I can tell that the story is being told in the best way possible. I am constantly surprised and impressed by Sarah J. Maas and I love that this isn’t your run of the mill story with fantasy elements thrown in here and there, but a truly epic story meant to span over several books and meant to tug at my emotions and inspire so much in the reader. Heir of Fire was perhaps the most surprising book yet and I’m incredibly excited to read Queen of Shadows after this.
I’ll admit, I was a huge fan of Chaol and I kept seeing posts about some Rowan character before I started reading Heir of Fire. I was devastated and somewhat annoyed that there would be some sort of new love interest. Like, hasn’t she had enough? How on Earth could Chaol not be 100% perfect for her? I was not happy. I have quite a strong stance on unnecessary romance and flip flopping heroines, so I’m glad I can say that this series does not do that without good reason. Circumstances lead Celaena to withdraw from Chaol after her departure in Crown of Midnight (and it’s NOT just about her overreaction) and those same circumstances led her to other paths with much more difficult choices. Despite how it initially sounds, she’s not the kind of character who falls in love or flits from man to man. She forms strong bonds with people and sometimes, those relationships grow and change as a result of situations and circumstances. And Celaena had some very big secrets to reveal in this book that shocked me. It all kind of makes sense now and I now fully trust Sarah J. Maas to do what’s best for her characters and I’ll stop being all judge-y and apprehensive beforehand. I promise the author knows what she’s doing and will not disappoint anyone.
Heir of Fire was so amazing, but I feel like I’m spoiling major stuff by talking about the plot or who she met or why she was in some other area… I had no idea what to expect, so I don’t want to spoil anyone else’s experience. I will say that she was a hell of a lot tougher than I ever imagined and I grew to respect her a lot. I kind of felt like she was taking Nehemiah's tragedy too far at the end of Crown of Midnight, but she really showed me that she wasn’t overreacting and she carried a lot grief and guilt with her, that ultimately made her stronger and more determined after her training sessions with Rowan.
I cannot even begin to express how much I love this series. It gets better and better with each book, which is rare. It’s well written, heart stopping, full of action, and just completely amazing in every way. It’s not a series to skip, even if all of the hype seems too much for you. It lives up to every bit of hype and it’s just as awesome as we all say it is. Hop on this bandwagon. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Labels: Fantasy, Review, YA