Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
I first heard about the Throne of Glass series at BEA 2012. A girl assassin who wears ball gowns and beats the boys? Sign me up! In 2013, I made sure I had got a copy of Crown of Midnight. I tore through that one too, and it destroyed me in the best way possible. This year, Sarah J. Maas is back with the third book in the bestselling series, and it certainly doesn't disappoint.
Coming out of an absolutely huge shocker at the end of Crown of Midnight, Celaena's world is completely different. Twisted by grief, loss, and depression, this isn't the same character we've come to know in the last two books. Unsurprisingly, something is missing after the events of the last book.
But Celaena's grief and recovery aren't the only elements of the book. We get a slew of new characters: A faerie warrior named Rowan, a general, a bad-ass Iron Teeth Witch named Manon, and the mysterious faerie queen. These characters along with a whole host of new threats take the series to a whole new level.
Throughout the course of Heir of Fire, Maas simultaneously expands the world of the book and deepens it, filling in parts of Celaena's backstory we never knew about while strengthening her character through challenges she's never had to face.
The scale of this book is so far beyond what I ever imagined when I first read Throne of Glass, and fans of the series will be thrilled with this latest installment. If this is what happens in book three, I can't even picture how awesome the rest of the series is going to be. Oh, and for those of you worried that I haven't mentioned Chaol or Dorian yet, don't worry, your favorite prince and captain are still alive and causing trouble as always.