Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

20613470Heir of Fire
(Throne of Glass, #3)
By: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: Sept. 2, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy


She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien 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. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.


1thoughtsI will try to keep spoilers from previous books out of this so my review will be a little vague and probably really short.

This book picks up shortly after Crown of Midnight. Celaena has traveled to the lands of the Fae in hopes of getting answers about the dangerous wyrdkeys. However, once she meets the person who may have the answers she’s looking for she’s put to a test. She must prove her worth by training with Rowan, a Prince of the Fae, and only when he deems her worthy enough she may ask her questions. Meanwhile, in Adarlan Chaol is trying to make sure that Celaena and Dorian are safe before he resigns as Captain of the Guard and returns to his country.

This one was a lot slower moving for me. It was a lot of Celaena training with a brooding superior fighter (again). I kind of felt like this was a repeat of book one in some ways. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy Celaena practicing her new moves or acclimating to her new surroundings but I don’t know, I expected more from the third book. Meanwhile, while Celaena is training, Chaol and Dorian are trying to tip toe around the king while looking for answers.

I did enjoy that we got to see some new characters come into play and I won’t lie and say that I didn’t heavily enjoy Rowan’s character. He starts off gruff and distant from Celaena but that’s to be expected considering he views her as unworthy and beneath him. However, as he peels back her layers he realizes that he misjudged her, and soon he opens up to her. I wouldn’t say that they had a romantic connection but they definitely developed a deep connection between each other. They totally get each other and by the end of the book there is nothing left between them. No secrets, no embarrassment, nothing but understanding and acceptance for the other person. I’m still rooting for my boy Chaol but Rowan was a great addition to the story.

Another character I really enjoyed was Aedion. He’s the General for the King but he’s also Celaena’s cousin. Obviously the King doesn’t know this, he just knows that he has a very powerful lethal warrior under his power. Aedion was a very complex character. He starts off as this heartless killing machine. He revels at the chance to go out and slaughter people. He’s happy to do the King’s bidding. However, at the same time, he’s completely the opposite opposite. Sorry but that’s all I’m going to say on that.

Let’s not forget about the addition of more enemies. We are faced with witches who are fighting for the King. So we get a behind the scenes look at their means of attack. I like that not only do you get to see what they are up to but there’s also a little personal growth for the witch, Manon, that we follow.

I think the most exciting part of the whole book is the ending. Unfortunately the author leaves it on a cliffhanger. Like I said, the majority of the book is sort of self-discovery and slow building but the ending is kind of like the grand finale of a fireworks show. It was one thing after another, after another until you closed the book, reeling from what just happened. I wish more of the storyline had that excitement. Either way, I will definitely be amongst those who are impatiently waiting for the next book to come out to see what happens.


1favequote“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”


Previous reviews from Throne of Glass
Throne of Glass
Crown of Midnight


4 Thoughts on “Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

  1. I’m so nervous to read this series. I’ve heard such mixed feelings about it. I hope when I finally get over it and read it I’ll enjoy it.

    • I had the same hook-ups as you did. I had put off reading it for so long because I had a feeling I’d be one of those who didn’t like it. However, I wound up really enjoying it. I hope if you do pick it up, that you enjoy it. 🙂

  2. Definitely a lot slower than the other ones but it was pretty good. So excited for the next one.

    • Yeah, that was the one thing that kind of ruined it for me was the pace. I needed more oomph like the previous books had. Hopefully the next one will be jam packed with awesomeness 😉

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