Heir of Fire
(Throne of Glass #3)
Sarah J. Maas
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?
This book took me forever to finally pick up, it taunted me from its spot on my bookshelf for months before I finally succumbed to my desire to find out what happened to Celaena. I have this bad habit of ignoring the books I previously highly anticipated in favour of picking up the first book that catches my eye. Maybe it’s a subconscious desire to conserve a series for as long as possible. After all, you can only read a book for the first time once.
This series is honestly one of my first recommendations for people looking for good young adult literature. This novel, the third instalment in the Throne of Glass series is a filler novel. The novel is very slow, that’s not to say that it isn’t riddled with revelations and major game changers just that the pace of this book differs greatly from that of the previous two books. This novel revolved largely around Caleana’s attempts to scrape her way out of the pit of despair that was created after Nehemia’s death. It took her a long time to come to terms with her grief and while I loved this progress for Celaena’s character and the way it contrasted with her usually tough exterior it did make the novel drag.
Nonetheless, I adored discovering more about Celaena’s past and her role in her country’s future. This novel is tinged with the beginnings of war and rebellion, even with the lack of action, and I am anxiously awaiting the next book to see how Celaena tears the king from his throne, hopefully with a lot of bloodshed and dramatic one-liners. The magical elements are a lot more prominent in this novel; the focus is on exploring Celaena’s abilities and learning to control them.
The book was told from several perspectives; we got glimpses into what was going on with both Chaol and Dorian. New characters emerge, all of which I grew to adore and cheer on throughout the novel. Some of the chapters that were told from different perspectives I flipped through quickly in my boredom, Chaol and Dorian’s perspectives felt a little repetitive. In the end this book was about the characters, their growth and decisions and what role they will play in the upcoming war against a corrupt and powerful king and for this reason I felt like we needed to see the different dimensions of every character, even if at times I cursed the lack of Celaena.
Even though the book has its faults, none of them are in the writing. Sarah J. Maas one again delivers beautiful writing, whether it’s powerful dramatic scenes or heartfelt simple ones, she can do it all. She has also has set us up for what I hope will be an electrifying fourth instalment.
Unlike Eliana, as soon as I saw that Heir of Fire had been released I had to immediately read it. As one of my favourite series (Throne of Glass) I was greatly anticipating the 3rd book in the series. Celaena holds a prestigious place in my heart, as one of my favourite female protagonists. One of the main reasons I loved this novel so much is due to the fact that we, the readers witness another side of this fearless protagonist. The author, Sarah J. Mass centers the novel around the character development of Celaena. After Nehemia’s horrific death we witness first hand Celaena’s struggle in recuperating from the devastating loss of her best friend.
The novel expands on the personal journey Celaena embarks on, examining the ins and outs of her emotions. Through her struggles she obtains a faithful companion, Rowan. I literally feel in love with Rowan! I love the dynamics in their relationship! The fact that they remained friends was a bonus for me. There was no specific love interest in the novel, a rather daring move by Sarah J. Mass, as almost all teen novel have a love interest. Rowan and Celaena’s relationship was strictly platonic, though hints were given implicating something more, though nothing ever came of such implications. Between you and I, I wouldn’t have been opposed to something happening between Rowan and Celaena although I am not torn up over the fact that nothing ever did. This novel can be summarized as a book solely about character the development of Celaena as there was next to no plot development except for the chapters on The Witches and Chaol and Prince Dorian.
Overall I would recommend this book, although it is rather slow and there is no plot. I love the fact that I see a different side of Celaena, a weaker more needy side of her that I have never witnessed as a reader before. To conclude, this book was good but not a novel I couldn’t put down. It’s a novel for a rainy day!