I’m seriously cutting it close here! I won’t be done with these re-reads until after Tower of Dawn comes out, but that’s okay! Now that I’m done with Heir of Fire, I’m going to start The Assassin’s Blade. My Books-A-Million order of ToD shipped a few days ago. I doubt I’ll get it before tomorrow or even the day of its release, but who knows!
Anyway, enough babbling… This review will contain spoilers! You can read my initial review on Goodreads here.
Title: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release date: September 2, 2014
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, romance
Length: 565 pages (U.S. hardcover)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads) “Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.”
My initial rating (2 years ago):
My new rating:
Truth be told, many of the problems I had when I first read the book have almost completely disappeared, and I think that mainly has to do with the fact that I’ve read up to Empire of Storms and see how everything plays out, especially with the new characters introduced in HoF. I distinctly remember wanting to skip over all the parts with Manon and the witches. I didn’t, though, and now I’m just glad they’re included, especially with the role they play later, and the fact that Manon has become one of my favorite characters in the series. Also, Abraxos is just a little cinnamon roll of a wyvern. 😛
As for Rowan… Well, I still have mixed feelings about him. I understand how vital Chaol was to Celaena and now we see Rowan stepping into that role for Aelin. I think one of main problems with Rowan and Aelin’s romance is that… Well, I’m not convinced. They have such a strong dislike of each other, and while I saw that friendship develop (if you can call it that), I didn’t see it turn into romance.
I also remember feeling like a lot of this book was info-dumping, mainly because we’re instroduced to so many new things here: Manon, Wendlyn and its world, Maeve, the Valg, etc. I still want a map for Wendlyn, though, but I doubt we’ll ever get one. I will say that Maas has always done a fantastic job with her world-building and this is definitely no exception. There’s so much depth here, and I like how we get all this Fae lore. But I will say that I see some striking similarities with the Fae in ACoTaR in terms of the mating bond.
I also think that as the story progresses, Maas becomes a better writer. It’s incredibly easy for me to have this book playing as a movie film in my head. 🙂 No complaints here!
Now, one thing that really frustrated me was Chaol. Y’all know he’s my favorite (hence why I’m so excited about ToD), and yet Chaol had a lot of internal struggle here. Two friends that he’s grown to care about now have magic. Growing up with the father that he has and serving the king of Adarlan, he isn’t sure how to feel. Chaol defaults a lot to “I serve my prince”, etc. And while that’s noble, he’s not choosing a side. I think he’s grown up with a lot of prejudice that’s now challenged, and he has to make a decision–not a split decision, I think Chaol’s better than that. Also, when Chaol told Dorian he loved him, I might have teared up a bit. I’m still rooting for them! Ultimate bromance, and I’m sad I forgot to include them in last week’s post.
I’m still not sure how I feel about Sorscha. I think Maas could have revealed Dorian’s magic publicly in a different way. I’ll be sad going into Queen of Shadows due to Dorian’s POV… But we’ll get to that when it comes. 😛
Overall, I’ve definitely come to appreciate Heir of Fire more the second time around. It’s still not my favorite, but I love how Celaena embraces her true self as the rightful heir and queen of Terrasen. It’s a side of her she’s pushed aside over and over again, but she’s simply at a point where she can’t do that anymore.