Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic,
Pages: 576 pages
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.
“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”
I’m a currently an emotional wreck. My pillow is soaked with the tears I shed reading Heir of Fire! It ruined me and destroyed me but ended up fixing me and giving me hope! I’ve never read a book were I felt so connected to someone like I was connected to Celaena! Every time I read another SJM book I claim it as my favourite but I think so far, this is one of the best books I’ve EVER read! Saying that it’s the most emotional painful tear-inducing book I’ve ever read is an understatement! I’ve experienced every single emotion known to mankind while reading this book. It explored all the phases of depression and hopelessness people suffer through.
Nobody was spared, every single minor and major character suffered and lost things. The character development was extraordinary! The characters are so 3D that they all seem realistic. We got to read from 7 different POVs which made this book rich with diverse emotions and thoughts that I found overwhelming.
There was an abundance of new characters in this book that I had to quickly assess and evaluate. It took a long time for me to warm up to all the new characters and start liking them. Some I still don’t understand the purpose of their existence but I hope they all just meet at one point and either end up becoming besties or killing each other!
This book was focused more on inner-healing and self-discovery than fighting and romance which isolates this book from the first two in the series. Heir of Fire was not as fast-paced as Crown of Midnight but it was essential for the characters to grow in complexity. This book gave the series the proper background for each character so now they can start their long hard paths.
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There were new settings and magical creatures introduced and all their descriptions were on point! We got to learn about: Wendlyn and who ruled that continent, wyverns and Ironteeth witches in the Ferrian Gap, the faeries and demi-faeries in Doranelle and Mistward, and the creepy soul-sucking Valg princes from other worlds. We also got to explore more of Erilea’s magical history and all the stories about the immortal queens! I find most histories boring and dull but the bloody magical history of Erilea with the Wyrdkeys and Wyrdstones was impressive and compelling, I always found myself hungering for more! Even with all the new stories we learned in this book, I still don’t know much about all the players in the game!
While reading this book I came to the realization that Celaena/Aelin/Elentiya is my favourite character in the entire world! I’ve never cared so much about a person as I did for her in this book and I don’t think I ever will again. She was completely exposed and vulnerable, her entire soul was bared to the world, her facade finally undone! At the beginning of the book, Celaena was going through the depressing phase of I-feel-nothing-but-pain-and-deserve-nothing-but-pain and at that time I desperately wished I could scream inside her head and snap her back to her senses. I felt like in this book she was neither Celaena nor Aelin but was stuck in between the two! The transition she went through was legendary. I was so excited when she begun remembering her past and what happened on that fateful night 10 years ago. She was so scared of shifting and her powers because of all those stupid people in her childhood that pressured her and made her uncomfortable and think she was a danger because of her powers! I finally understood why she stopped being Aelin and why she never let herself look back at Terrasen. I really love her because I’ve experienced every single moment in her life that shaped her and that’s as emotionally close as anyone can get.
Those Valg princes reminded me of dementors in a way and they terrified the bananas out of me just as much! But seeing the way Celaena fought against all her crippling fears was so inspiring that I got over my fear of the dark which I will forever be grateful for!
“It would not take a monster to destroy a monster-but light, light to drive out darkness.”
Aelin finally understood it and I was beaming as I saw her emerge stronger and better! I just want to say that I am part of Aelin’s court that will help her kingdom whether she likes it or not and I was there from the very beginning and no one can tell me otherwise!
Manon Blackbeak was so hard to get used to, every time I saw the words ‘Blackbeak’ or ‘Manon’ I would inwardly groan and try to read the part as quickly as possible. She was just impossible to like with her disturbing witches and wyverns and frankly I didn’t care about her at all and just wanted to go back to the others! That was until Abraxos came along and then her parts of the book suddenly became entertaining! I loved her relationship with Abraxos and how hard it was to train that flower-sniffing beast of hers. It actually reminded me of How to Train Your Dragon but with a darker theme. Manon is also determined to do anything and everything to further her goals no matter the costs and despite what she believes I think that she has the potential to have a conscious and a soul because she’s more observant than the rest of the Ironteeh witches and she dares question the way things work and manages to stand out from the rest with Abraxos.
Dorian’s role in this book wasn’t as interesting as the others. He just fell in love with Sorscha-who I didn’t like- and managed to suppress his power instead of learning to control it. Dorian’s friendship with Chaol was still broken and they were still keeping secrets from each other! They’re drifting so far apart and it’s all over stupid things they can easily solve. Although he did break my heart in the last couple of chapters! Everything happened all of a sudden and he managed to expose his magic and get pinned down to save Chaol. I cried when I saw Chaol saying:”I love you” to Dorian because he knew he might never see him again. The collar is going to be Dorian’s turning point just as Nehemia’s death was Celaena’s and I can’t wait to read more about it in the next book!
It took a very long time for me to let go of Chaol and move on because I really adored him with Celaena! But after I realized that the brave loyal selfless Captain wasn’t accepting of Aelin, I was pissed at him and how he was so confused.
“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love.”
EXACTLY! Thank you Dorian for voicing exactly what Chaol’s problem was! Throughout most of the book I was thinking: Pick a side already, Chaol! He was sort of helping the Terrasen rebels in Rifthold but he wasn’t telling them the main things that could save everyone’s backside! He was still reluctant to disobey the King properly.
But oh in those last couple of chapters I was proud of Chaol again and nearly cried when he straight out defied the King!
“I will not serve you a moment longer. There is one true king in this room-there always has been. And he is not sitting on that throne.”
I stood up and jumped at that moment and I felt like a proud mama watching her baby grow up! Now Chaol finally knows what he’s got to do and who his true ruler is and I can’t wait to watch him shine!
Aedion Ashryver or as I call him ‘Cousin’ was a wonderful new addition to the team, and not just because he worshipped Aelin as much as I did! He has suffered so much and lost as much as Aelin and the way he manages to hide his true self from everyone was remarkable! He was brave ruthless and hopeful, once he learned that Aelin was alive he instantly began scheming to get her back on her rightful throne and is prepared to do ANYTHING to see his queen again even if it was just for a second! (Now I’m trying to hold back tears because everyone’s suffered so much and it’s too much for me to handle!) Cousin better be rescued before his execution and I want a heart breaking lovely reunion between Cousin and Aelin!
Rowan Whitethorn was the perfect counterpart to Aelin, they definitely are carranam! He was harsh and unforgiving with his training but Aelin needed that for a while, he also had an abundance of wise quotes that I didn’t fail to appreciate. He unlike everyone else didn’t expect anything from her, he didn’t fear her magic, and he didn’t want anything to do with her, that was why their training worked out so well. He was also struggling to climb back to the top from rock bottom just like Aelin.
“Perhaps they would never get out of it, perhaps they would never be whole again but… ‘Together’. And somewhere far and deep inside her an ember began to glow.”
What I love a lot about Sarah’s writing is how she describes music. I can’t actually hear the music but the way it’s described with colours and emotions, I start to feel the same way as I would if I was sitting there listening! Like that soul-wrenching part when every single slave in Calaculla and Endovier was massacred and the musicians were playing in Rifthold. The words reduced me to a puddle of tears.
“It was the song of Eyllwe. Then the Song of Fenharrow. And Melisande. And Terrasen. Each nation that had people in those labor camps. And finally, not for pomp or triumph, but to mourn what they had become, they played the Song of Adarlan. When the final note finished, the conductor turned to the crowd, the musicians standing with him. As one, they looked to the boxes, to all those jewels bought with the blood of a continent. And without a word, without a bow or another gesture, they walked off the stage. The next morning, by royal decree, the theater was shut down. No one saw those musicians or their conductor again.”
Or the beautiful music that was played on Beltane:
“The music was a tapestry woven of light and dark and color, building delicate links in a chain that latched on to her heart and spread out into the world, binding her to it, connecting everything.”
Overall this book was just beautiful! I am proud to have read such a masterpiece in my lifetime and would rather forget my name than anything in Heir of Fire! Now onto Queen of Shadows!!
Hope you guys found my review fun and relatable! Please let me know what you guys thought in the comments section.