Book Review: Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Series: Throne of Glass
Published: September 2nd 2014
Rating: 5/5

*If you have not read any of the previous books from the Throne of Glass series then I must warn you that this may contain some slight spoilers. So be warned!*

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Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must
fight back…
The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfill the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

Ever since reading Crown of Midnight (the second book in the Throne of Glass series), I was eager to get my hands on this book. One thing I love about Sarah J. Maas is that she really knows how to want you desperately want her next book. The endings are so suspenseful. Although overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought it was brilliant, I have to admit it took me some time to actually get into it. Up until around 100-150 pages into the book, I found it somewhat difficult to give it my full attention. However, 150+ pages into it, I found it extremely difficult to put down.

Despite the city of Adarlan being a place of misery and no magic, I fell in love with it. Maybe it is just those who live in the city, but whenever I read anything from the series I always get transported to this other world with cobbled-stoned streets and streets full of glorious shops and restaurants. I didn’t think it was possible to like another city for than this until Heir of Fire. As you know Celaena is sent to Wendlyn by the King to assassinate the royals. But if you know anything about Celaena she obviously doesn’t do that. 1) They are her distant relatives and 2) she hasn’t killed anybody the King has told her to. Instead she drinks wine on rooftops and does a little spying before meeting Rowan.
Rowan. What a wonderful specimen. He is a prince and a guard for the Immortal Queen Maeve, Celaenas aunt who sent him to find Celaena and bring her to her. Rowan is basically everything you could ever want in an ally, a friend and anything else you could imagine. He is out-of-this-world strong, outrageously handsome and not to mention an immortal Fae who can shift into an eagle. His job was the train and teach Celaena how to harness and use her magic in exchange for Maeve telling Celaena whatever information she wanted to know about the Wrydkeys.

Throughout her training, Celaena has to face some difficult demons. Literally. There are many strange and unknown creatures hiding in the forests near Mistward – the place she is to stay whilst completing her training before she is allowed to go to Doranelle, where lives Maeve and the answers to all of her questions.
In this book, you get to know about Celaenas past, her ancestry and the terrible events she went through as a child when her parents were murdered and how it came to their deaths. I found this extremely interesting as you learn more of how much an evil man the King is. Worst man ever.

We are also introduced to Manon and her covens of Ironteeth witches. There are 3 covens – The Yellowlegs, The Bluebloods and The Blackbeaks. They have been hired by the King of Adarlan to collect, train and then use creatures called Wyverns, to help him in his quest to take over and attack anyone he seems fit. However, despite being conditioned since she was born, just like every other witch in her coven, that she has no heart and forces them to kill and hurt people until there is nothing left inside of them. Manon is different. She makes sacrifices and acts rationally by doing things her Grandmother hates, and even hits her for. Despite this she wonders on and starts developing her own thoughts and feelings. She has got to be one of my favourite characters and I am so glad she has been introduced to us.

We also hear about Chaol and Dorian. I have always had a soft spot for Dorian whilst reading the first two books. It is no longer a spot. Chaol makes a sort-of alliance with Aedion, cousin of Celaena and Dorian finds love once more.
It truly is a brilliant story, packed with tension-full fights and events. Sarah J. Maas has an excellent writing style and knows exactly how to keep you interested. The only problem is now is that I desperately need Queen of Shadows (the sequel) and I don’t have it.
4/5

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