BOOK: Heir of Fire
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
MY RATING: ★ ★ ★ (3/5)
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 Timesbest-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.
**May contain minor spoilers or references to previous books.**
While this seems to be many peoples favorite book in the Throne of Glass series, I must say I didn’t find it quite as impressing as Crown of Midnight. That’s not to say it wasn’t any good, but bear with me here.
Heir of Fire is interesting because it introduces a new area of the world into our story. Celaena has been sent to Wendolyn by the King of Adarlan to murder it’s royalty and cause chaos for the continent. Celaena has no intention of fulfilling the Kings request and instead uses the opportunity to track down Maeve, a relative, and one of the legendary Fae. Celaena demands answers, but Maeve will only provide them if she deems Celaena worthy, and therefore is forced to fully realize her power and the magic she wields by training with a Fae warrior named Rowan, and claiming her true identity.
“You could rattle the stars, that’s what scares you the most.”
And the gang’s all here – though the tension is everywhere and everyone seems to be doing there own thing. Things start to heat up for Dorian as he becomes involved with someone he never noticed before and attempts to learn to harness the responsibility that’s been placed unwillingly on his shoulders. Chaol starts creeping around Rifthold in the night and making alliances with people he never would have guessed he’d be involved with, all while preparing to head back to his home Kingdom and assume his right as heir. And of course we cannot forget the King of Adarlan, who continues to be the character you feel no shame in dumping all your pent up hatred into.
There’s some new characters as well. Aedion, Aelin’s cousin who has been mentioned in previous books, returns to Rifthold to serve the king. We learn more about the witches of the world and are introduced to Manon, heir of the Blackbeak Clan. Rowan, a Fae warrior quickly becomes the rough around the edges guy who you can’t decide if you love or hate, and there’s a small host of others that Celaena meets in Wendolyn as well.
The problem is, there is seemingly SO much and yet SO little going on at the same time. Heir of Fire holds very little action, instead focusing on setting plans into motion.
The switch between point of views wasn’t quite doing it for me this time around. I found I was more invested in Celaena’s chapters, but they were few and far between the others, and the plots started to bore me until I got closer to the end. This book was like taking a break from the fast paced action of the story in order to forge some alliances while making plans and gaining information. And while I can see how it was helpful, and I can see where things are going and how it will move the plot forward, it just wasn’t all that interesting to read. Even my favorite character, Chaol, started to lose his appeal to me for a while there.
Celaena again is struggling here, and it tugs at my heartstrings. She’s not recovered from the events in Crown of Midnight and is carrying a weight that is really holding her down. And your empathy is only heightened by the relationship between her and Rowan. She wasn’t the only one who wanted to kick his teeth in sometimes.
“‘Because I am lost,’ she whispered onto the earth. ‘And I do not know the way.'”
I really like the way that Maas writes Celaena’s struggle though. It’s always something in each book, but it’s not all “woe is me”. The girl falls victim to her emotions sometimes, as we all do, but every time she thinks she is broken, she finds the strength to keep moving forward. And she is never unjustified in her grieving. This girl has the weight of the world on her shoulders and nobody else full realizes the pressure she is under.
And can we take a minute to address the Rowaelin ship? I know everyone wants them together (and maybe they are as I’m clearly a book behind everyone at the moment), but I still haven’t decided whether I really like the guy all that much. While he’s certainly redeemed his first impression, I still can’t help feeling a little off about that relationship. I think I’d prefer them to just be friends as I really do like the friendship that’s developed there.
“Their hands clasped between them, he whispered into her ear, ‘I claim you, too, Aelin Galathynius'”
All of that aside, Maas is always good at leaving us on the edge of our seat, and Heir of Fire does not disappoint in building up the drama right at the end so you just know all hell is going to break loose in Queen of Shadows. And personally, I CANNOT WAIT.
“She was not afraid. She would remake the world – remake it for them, those she had loved with this glorious, burning heart; a world so brilliant and prosperous that when she saw them again in the Afterworld, she would not be ashamed. She would build it for her people, who had survived this long, and whom she would not abandon. She would make them a kingdom such as there never had been, even if it took until her last breath.”