Its been a minute since I last picked up the second novel in the ‘Throne of Glass’ series, Crown of Midnight. But with my anticipation of the publication of A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas, I figured it was high time I throw myself back into the world of Celaena Sardothien and company.
That means today’s review is on the third novel in the ‘Throne of Glass’ series, Heir of Fire.
Did Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) subdue my impatience for another Sarah J. Maas release? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 2, 2014)
Print Length: 565 pages
Audiobook Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
Narrator: Elizabeth Evans
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?
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) is a strong threequel in the ‘Throne of Glass’ series, offering readers more of what they loved in previous installment – charaters, plot, and the promise of Fae – while also completely changing where the story has yet to go.
Taking place directly following the earth shattering conclusion of Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2), Heir of Fire sees Celaena drinking, gambling, and fighting her guilt away, Chaol creating an alliance with one who is loyal to Terrasen, and Dorian exploring his recently discovered magic with the help of an unlikely source.
As with any Sarah J. Maas the world building is spot on. Focusing mainly on Wendlyn and Rifthold, Maas also branches out to include a coven of witches and the grim space they inhabit in the world of Adarlan. There are twists and turns after almost every chapter, and I could not wait to see how Maas was going to rip my heart out, morbid I know.
I did rather enjoy that romance wasn’t the main focal point for Celaena in Heir of Fire. With the previous two installments, at least from what I can remember feeling when I read them, it felt as if Maas was trying to utilize the love triangle trope between Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian. In Heir of Fire, however, we are introduced to the character of Rowan, a centuries old Fae solider indented to Queen Maeve, and even though we all know where the relationship between Celaena and Rowan is heading, it was nice to see them build a solid friendship first.
Likewise it was substantial to see Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian having to learn to heal with what has already befallen them. It wasn’t a ‘oh this character is dead so I’m just going to gloss over it’ type of situation. Each had to come to grips as to how action has consequences, and I cannot wait to see how a certain character’s death impacts Dorian going forward.
I suppose the only character perspective I didn’t enjoy reading from was Manon. As it had been so long between my readings of Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire I did have to look up to see whether Manon had been mentioned. Alas, she is a brand new perspective to the narrative, and while I do think her story could progress in an interesting way in further books, I have to interject that I really missed Nehemia.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas. Have any YA fantasy recommendations? Leave them below and help my TBR grow.