Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Bloomsbury USA, 565 Pages
Source: ARC from Publisher via [a 2+ hour wait in line at] BEA
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Other Books In This Series: Throne of Glass
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?
The third installment in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series is my favorite so far. Several new (and interesting) characters are introduced and the plot thickens, as they say!
I loved getting to know our fierce main character, Celaena, even better. Eventually, we get full access to her past and the events that have shaped our beloved heroine. Seeing Celaena become more comfortable in her own skin and accept the past is fulfilling and enlightening. It gives a lot of clarity to her relationship dynamics and the choices she has made so far.
The new characters are surprising, but add a lot to the storyline and the world Maas has created. Witches, wyvern, demi-Fae, Fae Prince, Queen of the Fae, and many others give the story much more depth and breadth.
There are so many emotions that tug at your heart and some that create repulsion to the point that I thought I couldn’t continue reading. I consider this to be a characteristic of a great author and a fantastic book. I strongly recommend lovers of this series/author and fantasy readers in general to pick this book up and fall into this magical world of assassins, Fae, tyrannical kings, and incredible, selfless acts of valor and love. This story of redemption, for so many characters, is beautiful and moving. I can’t wait to see what is in store for the rest of the series!