Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass Series | Book 3
Pages: 592
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (September 1, 2015)
Rating: 5 stars (Read It!)

The third novel of the Throne of Glass series, Heir of Fire, by Sarah J. Maas describes assassin Celaena Sardothien’s journey in Wendlyn with the Fae.

CAUTION: SPOILER ALERT if you’ve not read Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, or The Assassin’s Blade.

After Chaol–the Captain of the Guard–sells his freedom to give Celaena safety in the continent across the ocean, she aimlessly roams the streets of Varese–Wendlyn’s capital–with a half-forgotten mission: assassinate the royal family of Wendlyn. But Celaena has other ideas. She needs to find out more about the mysterious wyrdkeys–the king of Adarlan’s source of power.

And there’s only one person, or rather Fae, on Wendlyn who can give her answers: Maeve, Queen of the Fae who is also her dreaded aunt. While she’s lounging on the rooftops, one of Maeve’s elite Fae warrior, Rowan, appears with orders to bring her to Maeve. However, nothing comes without a price. To receive answers about the wyrdkeys from Maeve, Celaena must complete training under the instruction of the apathetic Rowan.

As part of her training, Celaena must learn to master her fire magic. But her former master, Arobbyn Hamel, always taught her to fear her magic. Can Celaena conquer her fear?

As usual, Maas delivers extraordinary characters, writing, and plot. One of the things she did best in “Heir of Fire” was introduce new characters or new dimensions of Celaena. In “Heir of Fire” I finally learned about who Celaena really was (Aelin Galathynius, heir of Terassen) and of her fascinating history. I also learned more about her character and which words really annoy her. I think that Celaena also went through even more dramatic character development to prepare for her name change in Queen of Shadows. As a reader, I saw Celaena’s darkest “inner demons” that she learned to vanquish throughout the book.

Maas also introduced the Irontooth Witches: Manon, Asterin, Sorrel, Petrah, and Iskra, while mentioning the name of a character that would come into play in the next book: Elide.  Two aloof characters with Fae blood and different connections to Celaena are also introduced: Rowan Whitethorn and Aidion Ashryver. Surprisingly, I found the perspective of Manon, the Blackbeak witch the second most interesting to Celaena’s. In the beginning, Manon as heir to the Blackbeak clan is portrayed as ruthless, arrogant, deadly, and beautiful, much like Celaena in book 1. But then she does things that contradict her upbringing and her grandmother’s wishes. Somehow she manages to break the witches’ cycle of viciousness and violence a little. Much as this character development was interesting though, I couldn’t help, but wonder how Manon learned compassion.

What I especially liked about the third book was that it served as a world/character builder and a slight break for Celaena in terms of being in extreme mortal danger. There was only one slight issue I had, but it does not stand in the way of five stars. Three of the perspectives of the book were told from Dorian, Chaol, and Sorascha’s. Despite the good writing, I found their perspectives to be necessary, but very dull. Sadly, I thought the most action-packed part from their perspective occurred when one of them died, another became an exile, and another’s soul was enslaved.

This book was told from multiple alternating perspectives between: Celaena Sardothien, Manon Blackbeak, Rowan Whitethorn, Chaol Westfall, Dorian Havilliard, Sorascha, and Aidion Ashryver. The types of conflict remained the same: character vs. character, character vs. fate, character vs. supernatural, and character vs. society. This book deserves all five stars. I’d recommend this book to fans of The Mortal Instruments and Graceling.

Have you read Heir of Fire? Do you plan to? What are your thoughts on the writing, Celaena’s character development, and the plot?

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