Celaena 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. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 565
Publishing Date: Sept. 2nd, 2014
Heir of Fire is the third book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and, inevitably, it has become my favorite in the series so far. This novel had so many elements that I absolutely adored and I cannot applaud the author enough for progressively upping the ante with every novel that she releases in this series. The characters in this book were tremendously well-written, the plot was full of action and scenes that made me want to cry and scream and cheer and laugh, and the writing style was, as always, so brilliant. I am forever wondering why I didn’t read this series earlier because it has definitely become one of my favorite series of all-time.
The rest of this review contains spoilers!
The plot of this book read as if it were four completely different stories and I absolutely loved that aspect of this novel. The plot surrounding Manon was a great introduction to her character and it was really interesting how well-developed her story was considering this is the third book in a series and she is entirely new to the plot. I really enjoyed seeing her companionship form with a wyvern named Abraxos and there was an interesting dynamic between the two characters. I hope that the other Blackbeak witches are explored further in the next novel, particularly Asterin.
Dorian’s plot was probably the most light-hearted of the other plots that were occurring within this novel and I fell in love with his character even more. His relationship with Sorscha was so sweet and I knew that something bad was going to happen because, after all, this is a Sarah J. Maas book and it seems as if everything that is dear to Dorian gets taken away from him and ugh, it just isn’t fair. I appreciate and respect how Maas never holds back when it comes to surrounding characters with tragedy, but all I want is for Dorian to be happy, is that too much to ask?!
Chaol’s plot mixed a lot with Aedion’s and the character development within each of these characters played out within their plots perfectly. Chaol honestly really annoyed me at certain moments because he could never decide whose side he was on and he tried to remain neutral and I just wanted to scream at him to make a decision because his indecisiveness was going to get him nowhere. Aedion was such an interesting character and I was really invested in his story. It was so interesting to meet a character who knew Celaena as a child and I really hope that he continues to show up often within the next few novels of this series.
And finally, Celaena’s glorious plot within this novel. Or should I refer to her as Aelin now? I’m not entirely sure yet, so I’m just going to use the name Celaena for now. The chapters that surrounded Celaena were my absolute favorites from this novel. Seeing her relationships form with characters like Rowan, Luca, and Emrys was really nice because it’s obvious by now that Celaena struggles when it comes to socializing (I guess she doesn’t struggle, moreover, she usually avoids opening up to others altogether). The dynamic that formed between Celaena and Rowan was intense and amazing and I can now say that I am a full-on Rowaelin shipper. Watching her learn how to control and grow more comfortable with her abilities made me feel so proud and GAH, I love her so much.
As I said previously, I really loved watching Celaena grow as a character. At the end of the novel, it’s obvious that she’s ventured on a long journey towards finding herself.
“And then I am going to rattle the stars.”
I freaking loved Rowan. Getting to explore his character was so interesting and he’d better be a prominent figure in the next book or else I’ll be really disappointed. I just… love him a lot, okay?! I’ve found that I ship Celaena with every romantic interest that she’s had in this series so far (Sam, Dorian, Chaol, and now Rowan) and I don’t think I would mind if she ended up with any of them because they each have qualities that I love. BUT, I think that I would love to see her with Rowan more than anybody else because they just balance each other out so well and asdfhjkl, I have a lot of emotions regarding his character.
“Their hands clasped between them, he whispered into her ear, “I claim you, too, Aelin Galathynius.”
Dorian was, as always, a gem that must be protected at all costs. I’m impatiently waiting for him to receive the peace and happiness that he desperately needs and deserves. I loved how he was so prominently on Celaena’s side, even after he realized that she was practically his mortal enemy.
“As for Celaena,” he said again, “you do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.”
Chaol’s character seemed vastly different in this novel. He was just kind of there for a large portion of it and when he was finally doing stuff he was trying to walk the line of not picking sides and it really angered me because come on, Chaol, do you really want to have loyalty to such a horrible and evil king that has unleashed pain on so many people?! My faith in Chaol was slightly renewed towards the end of the novel when he finally realized how ludicrous the king really was and I’m hoping he finally steps up to the plate in the next novel in this series.
“Chaol kept his sword drawn. “I will not go to Anielle,” he growled. “And I will not serve you a moment longer. There is one true king in this room—there always has been. And he is not sitting on that throne.”
But Chaol went on. “There is a queen in the north, and she has already beaten you once. She will beat you again. And again. Because what she represents, and what your son represents, is what you fear most: hope. You cannot steal it, no matter how many you rip from their homes and enslave. And you cannot break it, no matter how many you murder.”
Honestly, I really did not like Manon’s character at first. She seemed so cold and heartless. BUT THEN, when she began to train with Abraxos, I was like, “Oh, so this is where Sarah J. Maas is going to take her character.” Manon grew tremendously and it was as if she grew a heart and a more caring personality throughout the various chapters that she was included in. It was incredibly evident when she saved the witch that was going to be killed during the competition-that-reminded-me-of-Goblet-of-Fire towards the end of the novel. That was such a turning point for her character and I’m really interested to see how her personality changes more in the next novel. Also, let me just say that the humorous scenes between Manon and Abraxos? Yeah, those were some of my favorites.
“He moved to sniff some white-and-yellow flowers.
A nightmare. This was a nightmare. “You can’t really like flowers.”
Again those dark eyes shifted to her. Blinked once.
I most certainly do, he seemed to say.”
Sarah J. Maas’s writing in this novel was exquisite. This has been proven time and time again through every book I’ve read that she’s written, but I don’t think I’ll ever get used to being taken aback by how fluid and beautiful her writing is.
The ending of this book gave me numerous emotions due to the different points of views that were featured. All I want is for Dorian to be happy because he deserves it so much, and yet here we are and another person he loves has been murdered and now he’s going to be controlled by the king. Dorian deserves better. I’m so glad that Chaol finally gained enough confidence to stand up to the king and then flee the castle. I was honestly really worried about his character and where his loyalties would lie in the end, but I’m glad that he chose his friends over such a crooked king. I am extremely hoping that Aedion isn’t killed off in the next novel because I grew to love his character so much and, with the king obviously being as relentless and cunning as ever, who knows what will happen to him in the dungeons. Can we please talk about Celaena and Rowan?!
“She was Aelin Ashryver Galathynius—and she would not be afraid.”
The ending chapter between them almost had me in tears and URGH, leave it to Sarah J. Maas to completely destroy my emotions. Rowaelin had better reunite towards the beginning of the next novel because I don’t know if I can handle them being apart for very long… As you can probably tell, my inner fangirl has taken over and has extensively fallen in love with Rowan Whitethorn.
Overall, this was an absolutely amazing novel in the Throne of Glass series and it’s definitely my favorite that I’ve read so far. It was full of an action-packed plot that held my attention the entire way through and I was a bundle of destroyed emotions after I finished reading the last few chapters.
Have any of you read Heir of Fire? What are your thoughts on it? Comment below!