Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

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Celaena 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. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

Contains spoilers for Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight

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

Heir of Fire is the third installment in Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Although it’s not required to read Assassin’s Blade,  I recommend reading  it before you jump into Heir of Fire. There is so much character development and things you’ll learn from Celaena’s past.

Crown of Midnight ended when Chaol Westfall decided that Celaena Sardothien sails off to Wendelyn to complete the mission on king’s orders. Before leaving, Celaena tells Chaol a secret date and realizing Celaena Sardothien is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, Heir and Queen of Terrasen.

Writing a concise and coherent review is really hard. I cannot articulate how I am utterly shocked and blown away with how Maas’ writing evolved. Sarah J Maas thoroughly woven words into perfection. She uses third person point of view which worked out for me because I’m used to reading first person point of view.

The world building is vividly and coherently expressed all throughout the book. SJM brings us into the world of faes, demi faes and witches. I am in love with Wendlyn, a magical fae land. She introduced a whole bunch of characters like Manon, Aedion Ashryver, Emrys, Lucas, Queen Mave- vicious queen, and a swoon worthy character and my new love, Prince Rowan Whitethorn.

Celaena Sardothien has fully grown in this novel as a human. In the first two books, we were introduced to Celaena as a kickass, brave, fearless assassin of Adarlan. In Heir of Fire, we get to see Aelin as a human with scars and flaws. She is hunted by the ghost of her past. There were nightmares in some parts in this book that took place 8 years ago before and during her parents death. I truly admired and empathize what she’s been to as a child and in Endovier. No wonder she became what she is now, a true scarred warrior/assassin/queen.

Prince Rowan Whitethorn is my new ship and hoping he’s endgame. I fell in love with him since he’s introduced at first. He’s a Fae-warrior, gorgeous, tall and mysterious. He’s cold, spiteful and presumptuous at first but as their bond grew, he and aelin became best friends. Compared to the first two books that centers on love triangle, in Heir of Fire it’s more of friendship and using past life’s experiences to grow as a human. Rowan taught Celaena to unleash and control her magical abilities and shape shift. He’s overprotective to Aelin. They’re both perfect match because they have a deep, meaningful past. They both learned to comfort and learn from each other.

“It was a long story, and sometimes she grew quiet and cried – and during those times he leaned over to wipe away her tears.”

“Their hands clasped between them, he whispered into her ear, “I claim you, too, Aelin Galathynius.”

Manon Blackbeak is an Ironteeth witch and heir to Blackbeak witch clan. I found her story a bit boring at first. Maybe because I was too engrossed with what’s happening to Aelin and Rowan. There were some parts I want to skip but in the end I learned to love Manon’s character. I want to know how her character will develop. I hope she’ll join Aelin’s forces and both will save the world!

I found Chaol’s character a bit annoying in this book but I think it’s SJM’s intention. He’s indecisive and cannot choose which side to pick. I’m a Dorian & Celaena shipper before Rowaelin happened. Chaol and Dorian’s frienship were tested here. The weak Dorian I knew from Throne of Glass is finally gone. He learn how to stand up against his father and defend the people he love. I love the part where in he taught Chaol a lesson

“She was not becoming anything different from what she always was and always had the capacity to be. You just finally saw everything. And once you saw that other part of her… You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love. Just as you cannot pick which parts of me you accept.”

Heir of Fire is well paced, thrilling, action packed and full of twists and mysteries. There were still questions left unanswered but hopefully Queen of Shadows will fill it up.

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