Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, published by Bloomsbury Childrens.
Read: January 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Fantasy/Adventure
Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…
The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her? Crowned by Evil. Bound by Duty. Divided by Love.
Where do I start with this book??! First of all, it’s chunky, and I don’t just mean physically – there’s so much going on in this read – multiple story-lines are being followed, new characters are being introduced, there’s a whole heap of character development, at times I felt my brain was going to explode, but never in a bad way!
This book is different to the first two, in the sense that many of the relationships we’ve grown accustomed to reading about take a back seat so that the action and plot development can crank up a gear. Admittedly, this took me a little while to get used to – there are so many story-lines to follow in alternate chapters, and Maas takes a step back to provide the reader with more of an overview of what else is going on in the world and not just in our protagonists’ lives. In this installment, shit gets real.
Throne of Glass introduced me to Fantasy I could fall in love with, Heir of Fire introduced me to full-on High Fantasy I could fall in love with. I can’t even begin to explain how much I’m loving Maas and this series. I’ve seen a couple of bloggers say that they didn’t enjoy Manon’s chapters (she’s a witch), and while it took some time for me to settle into them, I have to say by the end of the book I enjoyed seeing what was going on with her, and I’m intrigued as to what part she’ll have to play in later books. I can feel it brewing.
This book feels more plot driven than previous installments – that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because of the amount going on it had to happen at some point – but I do miss the “feeling” of the previous books. I can’t pinpoint it, but something has shifted.
As for this Rowan I’d heard so much about, and was petrified of finally meeting, I have to say I fell for him. Maas is fantastic at writing male characters – so much so that while I’m shipping a couple, I can fall for other male leads (Sam, anyone?). However, let me make it perfectly clear that I still ‘ship Chaol and Celaena so hard and will not find it acceptable if Maas suddenly ruins my ‘ship by making Rowena happen. No.
“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”
“I claim you, Rowan Whitethorn. I don’t care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend.”
I’m so excited for the next books in this series, and part of me is so happy that I’m part of the nervous anticipation before their release, I’ve missed this feeling! On the flip-side of that though, the wait is going to be incredibly frustrating!! What has Maas got up her sleeve? There are so many things that could happen in the next three installments! Argh!
Have you read Heir of Fire? Are you loving this series? Let me know in the comments!