Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Author - Sarah J. Mass
Publisher - Bloomsbury, September 11th, 2014
Genre - Fantasy 
Pages - 565
Rating - 5 stars!  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*WARNING* As this is a sequel there will be small spoilers for the first two books, read at your own risk*

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?

It has been over a month since I finished reading Crown of Midnight. I couldn’t wait to start reading Heir of Fire and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. This was honestly an incredible book and my favourite in the series so far.

The Plot

Heir of Fire picks up a little while after Crown of Midnight and follows Calaena, who is now in Wendylln, courtesy of Choal. On her journey to find Maeve, Queen of the Doranelle, we meet Rowan, a male Fae who becomes Calaena’s trainer. She must learn to master her Fae form and control her powers in order to get the answers she needs from Maeve. Through this training we see Calaena battle her demons (both mentally and physically) and watch her slowly learn to accept what she is. 

Back in Rifthold, both Dorian and Choal are dealing with their own issues. Choal is struggling to come to terms with who and what Calaena is. After learning the truth about a certain character, he starts working with rebels, trying to find a way to help both Calaena and his best friend, Dorian.

Dorian himself is learning to understand and control his newfound power, whilst trying to hide his new romance with a healer, Sorscha. Personally, I felt like she was only included so that there would be a love interest for Dorian, and she didn’t really add much to the storyline right until the end of the book.

New Characters

We get introduced to a lot of new places and characters in this book. One really interesting addition is Manon Blackbeak, an Ironteeth Witch, fearless, brutal and Heir of her clan. The Ironteeth witches are hired by the king and taken to the Ferian Gap where they are to choose and ride Wyverns.

There are two new males introduced in HoF: Rowan and Aedion. Rowan Whitethorn… where do I start with him? A tall, handsome Fae warrior with white hair and tattoos? Dreamy. I fell in love with him probably the very first time he was mentioned. He’s cold and fearless, but also loyal, honest and (deep down) caring. And then there is Aedion Ashryver, cousin to Aelin and the Kings general of the North. He has a bad reputation for being brutal and savage, as well as a traitor… Or so we are lead to believe.

The world building in this book is fantastic and I really enjoyed getting to read about the amazing, and sometimes terrifying, creatures that live within it. The character development was amazing, and Calaena is even more badass in this book. I can’t help but admire her more and more as the story goes on, and I think I can honestly say that she is becoming one of my all-time favourite characters. There was a good mix of action, romance, magic and adventure that kept me hooked all way through. Heir of Fire truly deserves 5 stars!

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