Book Review

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

hair-of-fireCelaena 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.


Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #3

Format: Hardcover, 565 pages

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Status: Read from January 19 to 21, 2017


If you read the first one but weren’t particularly interest, then I suggest you give it another go. Heir of Fire brings a TON of change to the series so you may find what you once found unlikeable has converted into awesomeness. If you thought Celaena was too girly an assassin, this book has many new characters and not much focus on her girly and assassin qualities. Give it a go!

The world of Throne of Glass has tripled in size. Where before, we got points of view from people in Rifthold, we now have points of view from three different places across two different continents. Being introduced to Wendlyn was exciting, we’ve heard of it and all its difference to Erilea, so how much is true?

Experiencing a new place is always exciting in a book, and Sarah’s description is so rich and vivid that the world just paints itself in your head, but Wendlyn’s differences to Erilea is what makes it extra special. We get a full insight into this world that isn’t under the thumb of a tyrant king or has its magic shackled. The Fae are aplenty and the land is rife with new creatures unheard of in Erilea. I want a Throne of Glass bestiary just to learn about them all. To me this world has expanded exponentially. Where before we had a kind of medieval-fantasy land we now have an epic fantasy land teeming with imagination, both dreamy and nightmarish.

I’m a fan of the detailed descriptions of places and characters – so if you are too, Sarah is a great writer for you. Heir of Fire introduces some new characters to us, mainly Rowan, Aedion, Manon and Sorcha. After having mostly Celaena, Dorian and Chaol for two books, it’s an odd but totally welcome change to have so many important characters with points of view. These characters will have you falling in love with them on their first page. Sarah just never slips, each character is so detailed and layered with a backstory all to themselves as well as awesome traits and flaws that just makes them feel so REAL. They aren’t perfect, making them more relatable and human (or Fae…or witch). New men=more swooning too!

I loved Aedion’s love for his cousin, I loved Rowan’s broodiness, I loved Manon’s wickedness and I loved Sorcha’s kindness. Don’t worry though! All of your favorite characters are back and still just as badass. Many times during this book I had the biggest grin on my face because I was just so PROUD of these characters for how far they’ve come. They all grow so much in this book. By the end they all have changed in big ways from the beginning. I was totally cheering them on. Celaena I thought grew in confidence and became more comfortable with who she is, Dorian stood up for himself and his opinions, and Chaol made his choice.

In Crown of Midnight, the king has been rearing Wyverns and if you’ve read excerpts of Heir of Fire, you’ll know they feature in this book. Woah. Game of Thrones fans you may have to make way for a new favorite winged beasty.

We finally get to find out the whole truth about Celaena’s past, something I’ve been waiting for and it does not disappoint. You get to feel like you really understand and connect with Celaena now, knowing her whole past. I was totally on edge.

Heir of Fire is filled with twists and shocks and constant entertainment. It’ll have you clutching your book, devouring its pages while you complain the pages just won’t turn fast enough. If not: you’re reading it wrong. It grabs hold of you with a vice-like grip on the first page and doesn’t relent until the last.

After finishing Heir of Fire, I wanted to hug Sarah so badly and also cry WHY?! at her. And I love her for it. I love that a book can make me struggle to contain my sobs at 2 am in the morning, while the rest of the house sleeps, and feel in a daze the next few days because that book has impacted me in a big way. I love that someone’s words have the power to do that. Even if it hurts the characters you love. If the author can make you feel so strongly about what happens to a character and leave you wide-eyed, then they are a brilliant author in my eyes, and I was thoroughly speechless by the end of this book.

From my talk of sobs, you can guess a scene or two are not happy ones but I love that Sarah can lull me into a sense of safety and then crash it down upon you with an ingenious move, the previous two books are evidence, and I worship her for her risk-taking and bold moves.

Thank you Sarah J Maas for another beautiful installment!! An undoubtable, undebtable, undeniable five stars.

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