Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Spoiler Free)

April 8, 2017

“It would not take a monster to destroy a monster – but light, light to drive out darkness.” ― Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

Sarah J. Maas is going to be the death of me…

I swear! This woman…well she’s brilliant, that’s all there is to say really. It took me five days to read this book and I had to take a few hours to rest during the process. Remember when I said “Crown of Midnight” was amazing by the medium of an Alec Lightwood gif? Well, “Heir of Fire” may just top that, especially the second half!

Celaena Sardothien is on her way to Wendlyn while her friends, Chaol and Dorian are left to fight the good fight back at home. The book is split up into three point of views and I did find that a bit annoying at times, especially when something incredible happened in one POV and then there was three chapters of a different one. The three POV’s are: Celaena in Wendlyn, Chaol and Dorian and Aedion in Adarlan, and then the fierce witch Manon in the mountains. I still don’t know what role the witch is going to play, but her story is quite interesting.

Book three starts just a few weeks after book 2 ended. Celaena is on the other continent seeking her answers and through new allies, including Fae Warrior Rowan Whitethorn, Celaena will discover her own power along with the power rooted into her bloodline and the world. I could just spend the entire post talking about all the incredible moments, but I promised that these would all be spoiler free so I am not going to gush about the new characters even though Rowan is probably one my favourite literary characters, ever. Enough said.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of book 3 is: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. From everyone. As readers, we get to see all of our favourite characters change exponentially and really start to realize that their world is in peril and only they can be the ones to stop it. We meet a plethora of characters and gain backstory and ALL THAT FORESHADOWING! I still have a lot of emotions going on as usual and that is because I literally just finished book 3. I never really allow myself to take a breather, do I? Nope.

My favourite part about this entire book was the closer look into Celaena’s past. It’s not a pretty one, but if you have been wondering about that fateful night and what she has endured, then this book will give you those answers you seek. More and more comes to light in book 3 and I found myself just inhaling all of the goodness! I think this book deals with the more human aspects of the mystical world. “Heir of Fire” tests the characters and strips them down to their barest bones, allowing us to see the deeper parts of their souls. Some more than others and I hope we get to see more sides of those lesser open characters in the future books.

A new villain is on the rise through an old villain and I couldn’t help but shudder as I read certain parts. A lot will make your skin crawl, but that is expected when dealing with dark fantasy I suppose. The amount of imagination that has gone into this book is astounding. Even though it is set in a fictional world, I could relate a lot to our own world when it came to the decisions of the mortals and the actions of our heroes. There was even a moment that I broke down crying and I’ll admit, it was rough.

I actually expected this book to tear my heart out, but it actually just pushed me to read the rest of the series. This is a build up book. It’s like a dam with a crack in it, just waiting to let go and consume you. Page turner? I would say so. I fought against fatigue as I read this one! Even during the chapters I didn’t particularly care for, I still wanted MORE.

Celaena has a lot to prove in book 3 as do Chaol and Dorian all while protecting themselves and their people. The darkness is growing and only one person is able to bring the light. Will they fail or not? READ AND FIND OUT! I give this book 4/5 stars only because I didn’t really like the switching POV’s and as much as Manon intrigues me, I just didn’t really care about her or her wyvern…sorry Abraxos. If you liked both books 1 and 2 then I have no doubt that you will love “Heir of Fire” just as much! I am off to read “The Assassin’s Blade” before I read book 4!

Happy Reading!

– Haley

Author: My Thoughts are a Blog

21. Blogger, Star Wars, Marvel, and Book Enthusiast, Over-thinker, Aspiring Author who hates everything she writes, and mother to Gracie & Ghost.

One thought

  1. Hey Haley! Frank here – finally got round to reading your blog and love it! Your post about Heir of Fire is spot on – you point out the books virtues very well. I agree character development is indeed huge. Sarah J is so good at writing distinct characters that I constantly find myself questioning my own xD anyway! Can't wait to finish book 3 now….also a little bit scared but – thanks!


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