Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

HOF-NYT-CoverHeir of Fire

Sarah J. Maas

5/5 Stars

Release Date: September 2, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | Chapters/Indigo.ca | B&N | Kobo

Synopsis on Goodreads:

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?

Review:

In Heir of Fire, we are introduced to a large roster of characters, learn more about Erilea, and experience Wendlyn for the first time. I loved the multiple POV’s and the fact there was a lot more character development going on – as the reader, we could feel the emotion and depth. The third instalment of the “Throne of Glass” series is longer than the first two, but this only pushed it to be my favourite of the three.

One of my new favourite characters is Manon Blackbeak, an Ironteeth witch. Calaena is my ultimate favourite, but I wasn’t heartbroken when the POV switched to Manon. Through Manon, I was able to learn more about the witches, so much so that now I see them as an almost separate species from the humans of Erilea. Beforehand, I had always thought of them as humans with a longer lifespan and a taste for blood. Furthermore, Manon could always take me by surprise. When we first learn of her, she’s hidden herself in a closet from three male intruders in her house. I knew she was a witch, but she played the role of scared and innocent so well I thought she was a Crochan – the ‘good’ witch. Another surprise was taking on Abraxos and not Titus as her Wyvern. I did not see this coming until the very last moment.

I found Calaena and Manon to be very similar, in that they seem to be two sides of the same coin. Manon more easily embraces and enjoys darkness, but both view goodness as this unknown entity – suspicious yet tempting. Calaena wants to do good more than Manon, but doesn’t always feel she deserves it like her dear friend Nehemia.

This book was great for showing where the plot might be heading in the upcoming sequels. While it wrapped up the problems from the first three books, it seemed in return to open up more serious problems for the next three. I think one of the most important ones was how the King of Adarlan played a role right from the beginning – particularly his connection to the deaths of Calaena’s parents. The author provides so much detail that I feel more comfortable predicting how things will go down in the sequels.

Overall, Heir of Fire is filled with multiple locations and in-depth characters, fitting the part of epic fantasy. Throne of Glass intrigued me enough to continue with the series, but this book has proven the world of Sarah J. Maas is beautiful and breathtaking. I have easily fallen in love! I cannot wait for the 4th book and hope it follows Heir of Fire – multiple POV’s and a deeper exploration into the world of Erilea.

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