Title: Heir of Fire by Sarah J.MAAS (Throne of Glass #3)
Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy
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?
Please note whilst this is a Spoiler Free Review, you may wish to read my reviews for Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight before going further so not to spoil yourself with any developments in the plot as Heir of Fire is the third book in the series.
Throne of Glass and Queen of Shadows were both 5 star reads for me, the plot was fast paced and a lot was going on. Heir of Fire took a somewhat different route and it was most definitely slower than the previous two books. It is easy to see why Heir of Fire is people’s least favourite book because the pacing is slower and it does seem to hold a lot of ‘filler information’ but it overall did work for me. It was still enjoyable, it just took a little while longer to get through.
In terms of Plot, Heir of Fire follows Celeana as she travels to Wendlyn and meets Rowan, a Fae Warrior where he begins to train Celeana with her Fae Skills. I really enjoyed this element because as you know I am a huge lover of training scenes to Young Adult Books. I’m not exactly sure what draws me to them so much but I love reading the characters honing their skills and learning to control and get stronger. Rowan was the perfect training partner as well, constantly pushing her and there was this tension to their relationship. They joked, argued and their was an attraction there deep down.
Heir of Fire is also a book which I would consider to be ‘low action’ especially compared to the first two books. Whilst the pace and action picks up towards the second half of the book, it is lower action and of slower pace during the first half. I personally kept getting a little frustrated with the Multiple POV containing Manon and the witches. Sure it added to the world building but I just wanted to know about Celeana/Aelin’s journey. However whilst I was getting slightly frustrated with reading about Manon, we do find out more backstory and history to Celeana/Aelin’s childhood which is a major plus. She is most definitely a complex character.
Heir of Fire introduces a host of new characters to the Throne of Glass series. My favourite being Rowan, the Fae Warrior. Rowan is so interesting. When he was first introduced I was like ‘Come on, not another love prospect? we already have two?’ and you guys surely know how I dislike Love Triangles but this never felt like one and it worked. Dorian, Choal and Rowan each aid her in a different way along her journey from Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and through Heir of Fire.
We also get to find out more back story to Celeana/ Aelin’s character which was so interesting and added to the depth of her. I love Celeana, I think she holds so many emotions. At times she is sarcastic and acts like nothing can bother her but in reality she holds so much history from her past, she’s had to learn to act that way from her training to be an assassin and her line of work. I find her funny and I love reading her training and adventures.
Overall Heir of Fire was an enjoyable read, however in comparison to Throne of Glass and Crown of midnight it is a 4 star read for me. I enjoyed the plot but the pacing was just too slow for me, I needed it to pick up in action faster than it did. Like I mention it is easy to see why this book is the book people struggle with, it does hold a ton of ‘filler’ information that further develops the world but you really have to stick with it.
Have you read Heir of Fire? Who is your favourite ship in this book?