Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: 2 September, 2014
Blurb via Amazon:
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?
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!
On originally reading the first two books, I was not a huge fan of this series and did not rush to read Heir of Fire after Crown of Midnight. However, with the looming release of Queen of Shadows looming and impossible to avoid, I decided to pick up the third installment of the series. it was no mistake. I can now officially call myself a fan and say that I am sorry for ever doubting that this series was ever good enough for my tastes. The first two books sparked a flame, this book brought the fire. Pun very much intended.
In Heir of Fire we are introduced to many new characters to develop the plot, but supposedly also to compensate for the death of Nehemia. The death of whom Celaena blames herself for and has gotten herself in a state at the start if the book. There are four main new characters in the book: Sorscha, Rowan Whitethorn, Manon Blackbeak and Aediom Ashryver. Apart from Sorscha, we are all made to believe that the characters are complete douchebags, but in eventuality they are not. Sorscha’s exclusion should have given some indication for her death at the end of the book. The death that made me sob once again at a Throne of Glass book.
My favourite of the new characters was Rowan, because although he can be uptight, him and Celaena strike up a bond throughout the book. also, there opposites in powers show them to be compatible. Opposites attract. After three books and much deliberation, I have finally picked a side in the fight for Celaena’s love. I AM FOREVER TEAM ROWAN!! I don’t care what any one else has to say, but I expect a lot more romance between the two when I read Queen of Shadows.
Lastly, I would like to talk about Manon and the effect that Abraxos has on her throughout the book. When we first meet her, she appears to be grotesque and brutal, like all the other witches. However, when she begins to train Abraxos, you see her begin to grow a heart. I especially found the Crochan witch’s speech at the end very moving. Manon’s new heart is shown when she saves Petrah, the Blueblood heir, much to the annoyance of her grandmother. My predictions for her in the next book is that she and maybe others revolt against the king and help the rebels to free magic. I don’t know how that is going to work exactly, but as cool as it would be, I don’t want a Celaena/Manon showdown, because I like both the characters.
I have already purchased Queen of Shadows and look forward to reading it right after I post this review. I am so happy this is a six book series! 5/5 stars are awarded to Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, the third installment in the Throne of Glass series.
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