Series: Throne of Glass #3
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on September 2, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Kissing
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?
Almost like Game of Thrones for the young adult set, HEIR OF FIRE follows assassin Celaena, captain Chaol, prince Dorian, healer Sorscha, and witch Manon. With all those characters, one may be concerned about getting lost. But though it started out slow, HEIR OF FIRE delivers plenty of the typical Maas action, plot twists and betrayals, leaving me holding my breath through at least the last four chapters.
My biggest complaint was that for the length of the book, there wasn't a lot of recap of what had already happened in the series. Now, normally, too much recap is bad, but in this case, I was grasping for details in my memory. I remembered the big events of CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, but there were some smaller details I feel like I may have missed out on somethings because I forgot. The other issue was that HEIR OF FIRE started out a bit slow. Since it was long, it felt like it took a while to get to the good stuff.
Luckily, the good stuff, as it were, more than made up for any shortcomings I thought HEIR OF FIRE may have had. With so many characters, there was never a lack of excitement, and the new relationships Celaena formed were a pleasure to watch, even if I missed her interactions with Dorian and Chaol. And of course, we get more information about Celaena's history, and why she is the way she is. Maas does such a good job of writing a character who is so completely broken after the death of one friend and trip away from the others, my heart ached for Celaena.
Another astounding addition to the Throne of Glass series, HEIR OF FIRE was everything I wanted it to be and more. Though wary of Celaena's change of scenery, HEIR OF FIRE delivered an action-packed ride that I was almost unwilling to let go when it ended. All I know is that at the very least, next time around, I'll do a series re-read before I read book number four. It will be more than worth it.Series Titles:
- Throne of Glass
- Crown of Midnight - 5/5
- Heir of Fire