Review: HEIR OF FIRE by Sarah J. Maas

Reading time 9 mins

Are you guys ready for my review of Heir of Fire? I know some peeps didn’t feel the way I did about this book. I know the series took a turn in Epic Fantasy  book land and that was a bit unexpected. I agree with everyone, I didn’t get what I was expecting out of this book.

I got so much more than I was hoping for out of this book.

I LOVED this book the most of all the Throne of Glass series books! So if you were expecting me to chop this book up and talk about all the things that sucked here, keep moving! The author, Sarah J. Maas, took the high fantasy Throne of Glass series and pushed it UP into EPICNESS! We are now at Epic Fantasy level here and I couldn’t be happier. I have to admit the page count scared me. I thought this is going to be really good, or it is going to take me a month to read it. I read it in 3 days, y’all, that says a lot.

I admit it started a bit slowly. I think in trying to make three story arcs we went back and forth a lot trying to establish a baseline for each story, at least at first. I found that after the first few chapters the pacing was just right. Also,

View Spoiler » Other than that, I have NOTHING NEGATIVE to say about this book. Nothing, nada, zip, zero, not a damn thing. Everything about this story was epic and brought out so many good feelings. I know that with the direction of the story being a bit different and some favorite MCs being so far apart caused some people stress. I thought it was well executed though. I love how the author can just make me hate someone I used to love and love someone I want to hate. I enjoyed that we got so many different POVs. I enjoyed the world building much more than in any previous book and I am so elated to find that this is not the last book.

This review will contain spoilers for the first 2 books in the Throne of Glass series.

Without posting a bunch of spoilers, I am going to keep this review simple (not short, that would be impossible). There are 3 subplots going on simultaneously in this book and I am going to talk about them one-by-one.

Manon is a new character. She gets a story of her very own. Manon is the heir of the Blackbeak coven of the Ironteeth witches and leader of the Thirteen. Remember Baba Yellowlegs? Manon is one of those. Except she is much younger and more beautiful.

“Witches didn’t need blood to survive, but humans didn’t need wine, either.”

“They have made you into monsters. Made Manon. And we feel sorry for you.”
“A cry went up from the witches, save for the Thirteen—­who stayed cool and quiet. They did not need to cheer, for they ­were immortal and infinite and gloriously, wonderfully deadly.”

Manon is completely ruthless. She and her people have no empathy. They are just out for themselves, which is so obvious when you see how they are raised and the way they treat each other at HOME. Also, Manon and her thirteen ride wyverns (those nasty creatures the King of Adarlan was creating). Manon’s story was complete enough to be a stand-alone, but I know Maas included Manon’s tale in this book because she is going to be meeting Celaena later, or at least that is my speculation. I have to admit that I was scratching my head at WHY Manon was even in this book. I thought, did I miss something, or are we following some random people now? I am not worried anymore once her story started getting really good. It has something to with Abraxos. His story is really cool.

Then we have Dorian and Chaol back in Adarlan. Their story almost paled in comparison to Celeana’s except we get reintroduced to Aedion. Aedion is Celaena’s real life cousin and he plays an interesting role in getting things sorted out for Chaol (who is still pinning away) and Dorian

View Spoiler ». Chaol and Dorien are fighting (because they don’t have enough problems with that king they have) but don’t fret. It’s Chaol and Dorien, so one of them is going to apologize, eventually. Chaol has to make a tough decision and Dorien finally gets serous about someone.

“Dorian left, and Chaol opened his mouth, but no words came out. He was too stunned. When Dorian had spoken, it hadn’t been a prince who looked at him.

It had been a king.”

“…Aedion Ashryer let himself be led into the darkness…
He did not mind dying.
Though he still wished he’d gotten a chance to see her—just once.”

Aedion’s story and perseverance was really inspiring. The end to this part of the story had me really upset. I am just going to leave it a that.

Celaena goes through e n o r m o u s character growth. We thought she was bad-ass in previous books, but this book lends to her gigantic other talent and talks about her real identity. In fact, throughout most of this book she is referred to by her true name.

“She would remake the world – remake it for them, those she had loved with this glorious, burning heart;”

“You could rattle the stars,
that’s what scares you the most”

Oh, and we get the full story of the day she woke up between her dead parents, who really killed them and why. Celaena is separated from Chaol and Dorian throughout this book. On her own Calaena is forced to deal with some new characters in a new place. The new characters with Celaena are Rowan and Maeve. (i don’t remember anyone else’s name/part they play correctly, so let’s just focus on these two). The land Celeana is in still has magic and Maeve is the Queen. Maeve is a witch mean and Celeana is just trying to get some information so she can save the world, geez! Instead of telling her what she wanted to know, she sends Celeana to “train” with Rowan to see if she is worthy. This training takes up most of Celeana’s story.

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Okay, that is enough.

J/k! I made a video for this review. It is a bit spoilery, but not intentially so. I only wanted to gush about why I loved this book the best.

To me this book is everything I want in an epic fantasy. It encompasses a whole world and a full cast of characters. This book left me with a bad book hangover. I know the only cure for a hangover is to indulge more, but I have so many promised reviews coming up I just can’t read Queen of Shadows just yet, (which begs to question WHY the hell i even preordered it. for that, i have no answer). I am now reading as fast as I can so I can pick up QoS and read it very slowly. I don’t want this series to end.

My Rating

Throne of Glass series

Review: HEIR OF FIRE by Sarah J. MaasHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Also in this series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on September 2nd 2014
Pages: 384
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Action & Adventure, General
Also by this author: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn
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Celaena 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. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.
A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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  1. Lola
    September 7, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this! I remember thinking that the story dragged on a bit and it felt like it was more of a bridge to continue the series, rather than a story in its own right. I do love the series and just bought Queen of Shadows! 😉
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  2. Silvara September 7, 2015 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    So glad to see you loved this book as well! And yes, Rowan! He and Manon are new favorite characters. I felt so bad for Keelie, I was like, no! But at least it wasn’t Abraxos.

    My QoS is supposed to arrive tomorrow. And I want to start it RIGHT NOW. But I have to finish 3 ARCs and 2 library books first. So I’ve promised myself it’s the Next book on my list as soon as I finish the other books.
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