Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Review)

Title: Heir of Fire
Series: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Pages: 576
Source: Purchased
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★★★☆

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien 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. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

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Rating: 4/5 stars

This is the third installment of Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series.

Wow. I went through a roller coaster of emotions while reading this book. I felt each characters’ deep emotions, the amount of character growth over the extent of the book was amazing, and the turn of events in the plot had me constantly needing to read more.

Like the last two books in this series, the chapters are told from different character point of views. Unlike the last two however, there were an additional ~3 POVs due to the new characters added. At the beginning (well, more like the first half of the book), I found those additional POVs irritating because I wanted to focus on the main characters from the previous books, but then I started really enjoying the additional plot lines.

The world that Sarah J. Maas has built is just incredible. It’s completely non-linear, unlike some adventure books, and there’s so much history and depth each city. The history is very easy to follow along with, and it makes all of the characters’ actions much more meaningful once we learn background. However,  sometimes the chapters were a bit slow-paced with the characters remaining in one location for a long time while the author elaborated on the history. This turned out valuable in the long-run though, because every single bit of history discussed has an important role in the book.

Even though this book was largely unpredictable, there were some starkly obvious plot points. I’ll discuss these more in my book discussion since there will be spoilers included.

So overall, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend the whole series to anyone who hasn’t read it yet. I give this specific book 4/5 stars, with the last star being due to some predictability. However, I still loved it and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I might give it a couple of months before I start it though, since I don’t want to go too long without the 5th in the series being published.

4 thoughts on “Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Review)

  1. Just Jitty

    I am just about to reread my way through this series as I have yet to read Queen of Shadows the fourth installment. That being said, I remember I had similar feelings when I first read Heir of Fire and though their was a whirlwind of emotions, I absolutely loved this book!

    Great review!

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