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?
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HEIR OF FIRE. This book ripped my heart in half and put it back together again. Slowly. Painfully.
There were so many things to love about HEIR OF FIRE. First of, this is the book when we get to see Celaena alone, without Dorian and Chaol and all that utter nonsense. (Awesome nonsense, but still nonsense none the less). I felt like this was truly the book where we get to see Celaena face up to her past and all the things that have happened–as well as the consequences of her actions. In the books before this, I felt like this didn’t really happen at all and only with the death of Celaena’s “dearest friend” (because this is a spoiler free review), did Celaena realize that she had to stop running from all the things that had plagued her for so long.
Then there’s also the fact of Celaena feeling almost too strong. Now, before you all go kamikaze on me–
–let me explain first. I think it’s a great thing that Celaena is a self-assured character and that she doesn’t need Dorian and Chaol. I think that’s been made pretty clear over the course of this series and HEIR OF FIRE, especially. I, like many others, thought that Celaena was far too concerned with self-image and gluttony. She’s also EXTREMELY arrogant, and I really disliked that about her character. That was mostly in the first book, THRONE OF GLASS.
Then there’s my issue with HEIR OF FIRE. While, in THRONE OF GLASS, Celaena comes off as slightly Mary-Sueish and slightly overpowered, she becomes VERY Mary-Sueish in this book. I felt like Maas was trying too hard to show that Celaena is a strong, independent woman. I mean, that’s very popular in today’s culture, especially with so many YA books being written by women.
We all remember this ^^.
It, I reiterate, was not an issue with the concept of Celaena being a strong women, it was how Maas portrayed it and executed it that I had a problem with.
Otherwise, there was so much that I LOVED and I thought that Celaena really came in touch with her heritage, her powers and the magic of the world that this book is set in. HEIR OF FIRE got me really excited for the next book in the series, and I think that the next book will really renew the fire that I found a little lacking in this third installment of the series.
THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK THOUGH. I’m just going to leave it at that. SO AMAZING WELL DONE. I applaud Maas for that.
Overall, in writing, I thought that there were some really amazingly written snippets and nothing that stood out to me as bad or annoying. Pace was awesome, as usual, and I really liked all the new characters that Maas introduced in this book. I’m really looking forward to how things pan out with all the characters. I do wish that there was just more in some aspects, but overall this book was AMAZING and to Maas’s fans as well as new readers, people will not be disappointed. 4 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 565
Series: Throne of Glass #3