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Review: Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

on July 6, 2017

Heir Of Fire (Throne Of Glass #3)
Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury ANZ
2014, 562p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

What sort of blurb is that? I told myself I should write these reviews as soon as I finished each book but I have to admit I failed after this book. I read 3, 4 and 5 in quick succession and now that I’m sitting down to write each review, of course the events in each one are blurring together. And that blurb isn’t really helping me at all.

At the end of Crown Of Midnight, Chaol had devised a plot to take Celaena far from Adarlan, which seemed to be the right thing to do at the time but that was before Chaol was aware of exactly who Celaena is. She gave him a clue right before she departed on a ship and smart little cookie that he is, Chaol went back and figured it out right away. Supposedly Celaena is departing to assassinate a royal family, helping to kill the King’s enemies and ensure his power and rule is absolute.

Spending her days lazing on rooftops, drinking bad red wine and generally not doing a lot, Celaena finds herself trapped in an alley one day by a powerful Fae fighter. Prince Rowan is blood sworn to Celaena’s Fae great-aunt and it seems that finally, Celaena may get the chance to get some answers. However before she is granted a proper audience with her aunt to ask those questions, it seems that she has a lot of learn about her powers – how to shift on demand for a start, which she cannot do no matter how many times Rowan beats the crap out of her. Rowan is to be her trainer and the two of them spend a rather large chunk of this book beating seven shades of shit out of each other (mostly Rowan to Celaena) and attempting to beat seven shades of shit out of each other (mostly Celaena to Rowan). It’s interesting because Celaena hasn’t really met anyone who is her physical match before but Rowan is far older, far more powerful (at the moment) and doesn’t care that Celaena is blonde and pretty. Their first meeting involves him punching her in the face because she taunts him with her smart mouth.

As soon as he appeared I figured Rowan was our End Game for Celaena. I was in two minds about him at first – I found all the beating her up a bit rough, perhaps because I’m entrenched in modern day values where it’s not particularly cool to beat anyone up relentlessly. But at the same time Celaena makes me want to punch her at times and I’m only reading about her so I can sort of understand what might make Rowan want to wallop her one. He’s attempting to help her unlock her true potential but there are times when I feel that he may sort of go a bit overboard or about it the wrong way (and I’m not the only one, he’s chastised in the book as well by someone, for trying to break her down when she needed to be lifted up). For all that though, I do like Rowan, mostly because he’s not silly and flirtatious like Dorian or…..Chaol like Chaol. He’s older than old, very powerful and with a hint of Tragic Backstory which he will no doubt overcome when he makes like everybody else and falls in love with Celaena.

There’s some new points of view in this book as well and I found myself kind of liking Manon the Blackbeak witch who is taking part along with the other witches in some sort of nefarious army planned by the King. In return they are promised their lands, known as the Wastes. Manon and her wyvern make for a really good story and I find her intriguing with some interesting depth. I like the role the witches are playing – there are three groups of them and although they’re forced to work together, it’s not without its issues as it seems that they naturally loathe each other and are constantly in conflict. Manon is always having to sort out skirmishes between her underling witches and mostly other witches from the Yellowlegs clan, who readers might remember as being the same clan that the witch Celaena managed to kill, was leader of.

Heir Of Fire was a really good installment of this series – introduced a lot of really interesting new characters, really began to show how powerful Celaena is going to be as she discovered her powers and the role that Rowan is going to play in her life. By the end of this book she is ready to shake off the alias of Celaena Sardothien and embrace Aelin Ashryver Galathynius again – and reclaim her throne.

8/10

Book #112 of 2017

 

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One response to “Review: Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

  1. Anastasia says:

    I just love this series ❤

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