Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire - Sarah J MaasPublisher: Bloomsbury USA Children (September 2nd 2014)
Hardcover: 565 pages
Source: Netgalley
Series: Throne of Glass #3
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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

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?

Review:

First, let me schwoooon over the pretty (colours) cover.

Okay. So this book is pretty darn action packed. And there’s a heck of a lot going on (such is fantasy novels) from a lot of POVs (at least 7!). We meet tons of new characters and holy cow, lots of things are happening. This can get confusing (especially if you’re not use to it, but if you’re reading this one, it means you’ve at least read two fantasy novel, since this one is number three…) but Maas does a pretty good job of keeping each voice pretty distinctive.

There’s 3 to 4 main(ish) plots depending on how you want see it.

1. Celaena and Rowan. After Crown of Midnight, Celaena is in Wendlyn. I admit, I sorta of loved her a lot at the beginning because she totally just hit rock bottom. Sitting on the roof drinking. She wasn’t the awesome perfect assassin and I loved it. Rowan is a fae prince and warrior and he ain’t too happy with Calaena’s attitude.

Conan - finger snapBasically what you get is you know those comeback sports movie, where the hero is down and out but than they meet someone to help them get back on track and even though they hate each other at first, they eventually become (best) friends? It’s kinda like that, and it’s kinda fuuun. I ended up loving Celaena and Rowan’s relationship. Rowan didn’t take an bullshit or coddled Celanea, but eventually they were able to build a really nice bond. There’s also a plot surrounding the demi-faes that I though was pretty cool.

Plus...Who doesn't love an awesome training montage!
Plus…Who doesn’t love an awesome training montage!

2./3. Chaol and Dorian (back in Adarlan) have sort of separate but also intertwining stories since they (unfortunately at the the moment they are not besties…which makes me sad). Chaol is struggling with the truth and aftermath (of Crown of Midnight) and he ends up (reluctantly) working with General Aedion (who I ended up really liking) for secrets plots (I can’t tell you about, because spoilers). Dorian on the other hand is still struggle with is his own discovery about himself (and the lost of his friend). So, I still love Chaol, but I really need him to set it his game. He’s been in self-pity mood for too long. It’s time to bring the action.

4. This one seems a bit random, though it’s sort of connected. We’re introduce to Manon, a witch of the Blackbeaks clan, who along with other “allied” clans are recruited by the King of Adarlan to fight for him. This story more so follows Manon and her wyvern, Abraxos (a beast of sorts) and they’re journey of growth. Sometimes I was really invested, sometimes, I didn’t care.

Oh let’s talk about the romance.

I struggled with the fact that there was almost ziltch romance in this. No adorable Chaol/Celaena for me ): Seriously, my ship guys.

at - oh my heart

Dorian, I’m happy that we got away from the love triangle there. Dorian actually kind of get his own cute romance. And I think people want Rowan and Celaena together and personally for me, nothing would make me happier than an awesome platonic friendship (because we totes need more of those).

Overall, it had it’s highs and lows (multiple POVs can do that), but it was a strong installment to the series. True to high fantasy, there’s a lot going on and a lot of set up for the next book. It’s easy to get swept away by the quick pace and emotionally charged story.

{Thanks to Bloomsbury USA Children & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Author: Cyn

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  1. Totally agree about Dorian. I was SO pleased with his storyline in this. I loved that he found a new romance and stopped pining, I loved that he became such a strong character. He was just wonderful!

    Also, Rowan and Celaena: COULDN’T AGREE MORE. Please, no romance or any more love-triangle nonsense. They have such a great deep bond, and I’d had for their friendship to go down the romance root. We need more platonic relationships!

    1. Exactly! I hope he finally finds some happiness in the next few books!

      Go platonic friendships!

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed Heir of Fire Cyn! I’m behind in this series, but hope to catch up (one-day) and meet this mysterious Rowan guy. I laughed about the sports part and needing a buddy to kick-start you up again. (Rocky and Apollo Creed anyone?) There’s a ton of pov’s in this and new characters I have to look forward to. No romance though …yet?? Hmmm 🙂

    1. Hope you catch up soon! Rowan’s pretty cool 😉 Haha, I definitely thought of Rocky!
      There’s sort of romance, but it’s mostly of the tragic kind unfortunately, haha, I’m hoping for some cute romance soon!

  3. The gifs are faaaaaabulous!! I’m so glad that you love this book. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind if R and C had a platonic relationship, or otherwise, as long as it’s R and C (if it’s a romance). The love triangle/pyramid/everyone falling in love with C is sooooo stupid. Let’s just keep it at one. Or no one. No love interests is fine too.

    Anyway. Excellent review, lady!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Hehee, thanks! I do love them hanging out. But yes, totally agree – either one or no one!

  4. Thanks for summarising the different storylines, it definitely got a lot more complicated with all of them together and the new characters. I wish Manon had more of a part to play, because it seemed random but I know that will come in later. I totally agree with Rowan and Celaena, it’s so great just to see a best friend relationship!

    1. Haha, yes the confusion of high fantasy! I was pretty confused at first because I had no idea how Manon was connected! Go platonic friendship!

  5. I’ve been expecting like no romance in this, but to see it in words just makes me so sad. I want my intense FEEEEEELS from Crown of Midnight! I swooned all over the place! I haven’t read this yet, but I know I’ll be in the camp with you on the platonic friendship with Rowan. I love those! Not every guy in her life needs to be a romantic interest. A girl needs her friends!! 🙂

    1. It was totally killing me! (but there’s still a lot of feels in this book ;))
      And totally agree! Why can’t girls and guys just be awesome friends!

  6. I adore this installment from the character growth to the new characters. Great review Cyn, the lack of romance, or rather the tiny bit of flirting didn’t bother me, I was too enthralled with the plot development and character growth.

    1. Yes, thankfully the story was so action-packed! The lack of Celaena and Chaol made me sad though, haha.

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