by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
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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?
I was already in love with the Throne of Glass series. From its main characters to the beautifully developed world that Sarah J. Mass created. Heir of Fire brought this story to a completely new level. Young adult meets high fantasy with wonderful new characters, an amazing world that Maas brought to readers in high definition with a panoramic review. It was one hell of a ride. Brilliantly executed, and heart wrenching Heir of Fire solidified this series among my favorites.
The tale picks up not long after Crown of Midnight ends. Calaena Sardothien has arrived in Wendlyn to the land of her mother’s birthplace. Here she wallows a little in self-pity, indulging in too much drink even as she searchs for her Aunt. It is here Maas introduces a new character and can I just say- I love Rowan Whitehorn. Rowan is a Fae prince and bound by blood to serve Queen Maeve. I loved the interaction between them. Rowan is complex and his history; I dare you not to fall for him. Calaena does not make it easy, and she spends some time feeling guilty and sorry for herself as she mourns the events from Crown of Midnight. Watching their friendship develop was as enjoyable. We witness an incredible growth transformation in Calaena. Their story builds slowly as Calaena works to understand her powers, the Wyrdmark keys, face her past and prepares to face Maeve.
The book is broken into three storylines; much like high fantasy and it thrilled me. The first of course is Calaena; the second is of Chaol, Dorian and the glass castle where we meet the General of the North, Aedion Ashryver. Aedion is cousin to Aelin and I loved finally getting all the details of their shared history. Aedion is a demanding presence; he is arrogant, cunning and relentless in his quest. Chaol struggles and is not at all impressed with Aedion. Dorian, sweet Dorian, gads does Maas pull my heart out with the events in Heir of Fire. The third focuses on Manon Blackbeak leader of the Thirteen and one of the Ironteeth Witch Clan. Maas outdid herself with the powerful descriptions in this segment. She brought Manon’s relationship with Abraxos, the wyvern, completely to life. She made me laugh and I ended up liking her. These witches are terrifying and yet they held me spellbound. Manon is unique and I am anxious to see how her role develops. The clans have struck a bargain with the King to be his aerial army and I was in awe of this thread.
Heir of Fire was stunning and brilliantly executed. It is equal parts plot driven and character driven. The overall question regarding the Wyrdmarks continues and all parties have made progress. The King is more ruthless than ever. Unlike the previous books, romance is not a predominant thread, although a little something develops for Dorian. While some will say it was unnecessary, it did soften my heart and make me dismiss his arrogance. I was team Chaol in the previous books, and now my heart lies with them all. The growth we see in Calaena was phenomenal and I am excited to begin the next stretch of her journey. All of threads had climatic endings, and I closed this book screaming inside my head as once again Maas left my heart unraveling and eager for the next installment.