Heir of Fire

20613470by Sarah J. Maas
YA Fantasy
5 of 5 stars

I reread this because book 4, Queen of Shadows, comes out on TUESDAY and I cannot wait! The Throne of Glass Series is phenomenal and has reignited book magic for me that hasn’t existed since Harry Potter. When you pick up Heir of Fire, Celaena has been a swaggering, sarcastic badass for two previous novels and a series of novellas. You know her, you love her, you want her to save the world. But in this book she finally faces her inner fears and demons, and the vulnerability she experiences gives you a whole new level of heartbreak and admiration as she fights to keep going.

In addition to learning some of the secrets of Celaena’s past, the branching narratives of Chaol, Dorian, and new characters Manon the Blackbeak witch and Aedion the Ashryver general are just as interesting. Chaol wrestles with his love for Celaena and his loyalty to the corrupt king. Where does his allegiance and his honor lie? Whose side is Aedion really on? Dorian continues to hide his magic and bides his time as his father gradually reveals more and more disturbing actions. And Manon–beautiful, brutal Manon–she leads her coven of fearsome witches to the Ferian Gap, to train some wyverns. Her subtle but sharp character arc is so interesting, and I can’t wait to see more of her!

The world opens up in this book and although there are some hints of middle-book set-up syndrome here, the payoff at the end makes the extraneous pages worth it. The depth of character development here is great, and the friendships in it are unmatched. This is an excellent installment in the series.

If you’d like to see more reviews or buy a copy for yourself, Heir of Fire is available on Goodreads and on Powell’s store website, here. Powell’s has several locations in Oregon, and is one of the largest independent bookstores in the country. Please consider supporting your local bookstore!

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. erinkbay
    Aug 28, 2015 @ 11:13:27

    AAAAAAH HEIR OF FIRE!!! WHAT A GLORIOUS BOOK!!!!! Sigh, I love it so much!!!! Also: totally going to be stalking those BNs to see if they put out early copies of Queen of Shadows :)))))))

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