Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas ~Goodreads~
Published by Bloomsbury 2015
Paperback edition 562 pages ~Book Depository~
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…
The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfill the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?
AAAAAAAH! What an awesome third installment to the Throne of Glass series, this book is very much the mid-point of the series where there is additional world building to the Fae kingdoms with one of them being witches. All the far off places we had been introduced to in the first two books were brought to our attention and were given the finer details that we needed. I loved exploring the lands of Wendlyn and Doranelle with Celeana, and how she regains her own sense of self and by the end of the book I feel that Celaena has changed quite drastically compared with the first couple of books.
We’re also given a vast amount of new characters to follow too; Maeve the Fae queen, Aedion a general of the King of Adarlan’s army with a hidden agenda. Rowan, a new potential love interest for Celaena, a silent and strong Fae who Celaena meets in Wendyln. We then have Sorscha, the gental healer who helps Dorian contain himself, and they all feel like secondary characters to begin with. However, as the plot develops we see how each of their different roles have a part to play in the plot. A new favourite of mine is Manon, the Blackbeak Ironteeth witch, who we follow in her individual chapters where she trains with wyverns. All of these gave the book a lot of depth and new interests for me to think about.
The feel of this book is rather bleak, and no character is content with themselves. All of the characters are needing to get themselves together, and in a way you just want to force them to look on the positive side of things but this feels pretty much impossible throughout the book. I’m also quite sad about my OTP Chaol and Celaena, I have a feeling that Crown of Midnight was the end for them- so I’m a little upset about that. But maybe Rowan will grow on me…
The only downfall for me regarding this book is getting into it because of the world building, it took me a lot longer to read than it had done with the first two books. Not necessarily a bad thing but I wanted to absorb all this new information without missing a single detail, and as always Maas is fantastic for this.
I’m loving this series a lot so far, and I can’t wait to get stuck in to Queen of Shadows.