Wed, September 3, 2014

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas Review

Heir of Fire book cover

Heir of Fire book cover

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
By Sarah J. Maas
Publication date: Sept. 2, 2014
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 565 pages
Source: Publisher

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?

— Goodreads.com description

Just reading over my notes I scribbled down just after I finished reading:

“Slayed me. SLAYED.”
“Shit got real.”
“I’m so scared!!!”
“This has ruined me for other books.”
“I hate not knowing.”
“SARAH!”

HAAAAA.

Since I finished reading Heir of Fire — and that was WEEKS ago — I have thought of it at least once a day.

Think about that. Okay, sure, I means I’m book crazy and daydream about fictional things far too often. But it also means it was dang good.

It’s the type of book you finish and email your friends about IMMEDIATELY to dissect because you have too many thoughts to keep to yourself. (Thank you Alexa and Erica for being there for me on this one!)

In Heir of Fire, everything gets jumbled up and I can honestly say I have no clue where this series is going to go from here. While that can sometimes be painful for the reader because of the long wait between books, I’m really glad for it because it meant there was a lot of character growth. Did all of said character growth make me happy? Nope. Not remotely. But it’s absolutely good thing in the bigger picture that Sarah is keeping her readers guessing and letting her characters grow up.

There are also plenty of new characters I came to love — I can’t wait to follow them in the books to come.

I really think I could write an essay about this book, but let’s stick to a basic summary: “I loved it. But there wasn’t enough Chaol and it sort of tore my heart out. Everyone has to read it this series now and then talk to me about it in depth.”

Thank goodness I have this blog and book friends to talk with or I would explode. If any of you read this book and need me, I am here for you!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    Not enough Chaol for sure. I so missed the two of them being together. But I really thought that it was necessary for both of them to grow as characters. They needed that distance, especially Celaena. Dorian!!!!! Omg I can’t even. There were just so many things. I can’t form coherent sentences. This book was definitely the best thus far in the series. The world just exploded and it really became epic fantasy to me w/this one. And now for the agonizing wait….

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  2. Em @ Sash & Em said:

    I am right there with you, girlfriend!!! I loved this book so much and now I have no idea what to do with myself…even though I have so many other books to read/review. HOW CAN WE MOVE ON FROM HERE?

    Great review! xoxo

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  3. Alexa S. said:

    I’m so glad we were able to discuss Heir of Fire! (And I look forward to discussing the rest of the books in this series with you. Seriously. So fun.)

    But your review is spot on. There is SO MUCH that happens in Heir of Fire, in terms of characters and settings, growth and emotion. It just blew my mind, really, and I was – and still am – pretty incoherent when I try to explain all my love for this novel.

    I just think it’s amazing. Period.

    (And yes to more Chaol. ALWAYS MORE CHAOL.)

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