Review of Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
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.
(Summary from GoodReads)
Heir of Fire is a turning point in the Throne of Glass series, and for that I utterly adored it. At the start of the book, Celaena is sent to Wendlyn to dispatch the royal family. Of course, what she’s really doing is confronting who she really is. While some people found Heir of Fire to be too slow, I absolutely adored it.
Right away in Heir of Fire, we meet Rowan. I loved watching the dynamic between the two of them unfold. It was nice to see a character who challenged Calaena in so many ways. I also loved meeting Manon, who I adored in every single way. Not only is she a total badass, I loved meeting her and every other witch. I loved seeing how the witches interacted with each other and with the wyverns.
Unlike Maas’s other books, Heir of Fire felt very character based. There were definitely things that happened throughout the story and kept the plot moving. Mainly, it felt like we spent a lot of time learning about characters like Rowan and Manon. I was happy that these characters felt as fully fleshed out as other characters we’d met throughout the series.
I understand why Heir of Fire wouldn’t satisfy every Throne Of Glass fan, but I was a huge fan of it. I loved the dimension that Maas added to her world and characters. Given it’s position as the third book in a six (seven, now?) book fantasy series, I thought Heir of Fire took a route that was enthralling but not entirely predictable. A solid installment to this series, and a great book on its own regardless.
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.