Alethea got a very excited email from Kimberly asking if she could fangirl over Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. Of course she can! And now you can, too.
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, Book 3) by Sarah J. Maas
Publication date: 2 September 2014 by Bloomsbury USA
Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Keywords: Series, Magic, Kingdoms, Assassins
Format: Hardcover, ebook, Audiobook
Say What?! Heir of Fire, book three in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, has everything you could want. It shuttles back between Prince Dorian and Captain of the Guard Chaol and then brings you to the far away land where Celaena is attempting to train her skills with Rowan. Oh, yes, and there's witches covens who are training to fly creatures for the King's war. Manon, one of the legendary Thirteen, is a new character who I equally feared and loved.
Maas doesn't hold back. The third book starts off slow but before you know it, is jam-packed with action and turmoil and love and betrayal. I love the direction Celaena's character is taking. Her arc and her growth feels organic and true to her character. I love how reluctant she is, how vulnerable she can be.
Dorian, as I predicted, is becoming more and more interesting. His character is getting a lot of screen time, more than just a romantic interest. I really like how Dorian is coming into his own. His eyes are opening on a lot of things that are going on in his kingdom under his father's rule and he's a very far throw from where he began in Throne of Glass as the spoiled ladies' man prince.
Sadly, I'm still not sold on Chaol. I know, many like him. He is charming and tries to be good. But really, he is the most uninteresting of all the other characters. At this point, I'm hoping book four gives him a lot more backbone and a lot more to work with. In any other normal story, I'm sure I would adore him. But given the colorful and struggling supporting characters in this book, Chaol's light is a little dimmer.
Which leads me to Rowan. OMG. Um... Rowan. Call me. 'Nuff said.
Manon is new but I think she's going to be super important. She's a bad guy, maybe. She's a feared witch, definitely. But there is something lurking under Manon's killing skin. Something that resembles... [insert ominous silence here]
Overall, Heir of Fire is a fabulous third book in the series.
All of the loved characters are growing, learning and kicking some major ass.
There are setbacks, heartbreaks, and hope. It feeds this reader's obsession with this series.
It makes this reader keep refreshing her Amazon page, hoping that the fourth book will magically be available earlier than September. (It isn't.)
It throws you back into a world of magic, assassins and war.
What's not to love?