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Heir of FireAuthor: Sarah J. Maas
Published: September 2nd 2014 by
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Categories: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Summary:

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?

Review:

Heir of Fire left me a bit conflicted.

I’m a big fan of the first two books even though I admitted how fussy I am with this genre. But this series proved me wrong—twice. Now, in the mood to read it, I braced myself with expectation based on my previous experiences. But it came to a point where all these development stirred clear from what I know of the series.

If anything else, this third installment was without a shadow of doubt a set-up. Sure, there are tons of things that needed to develop did develop. Revelations were deemed to unfold, unfolded; but all those things changed my entire perspective of the story. Like the first two books were nothing but an introduction albeit a long one and we were now in this place where it actually started. In which is not entirely terrible. But I came to love all the things that happened in the first two and to see them changed didn’t sit well too much with me. At least at the beginning.

Now that I have let the nit-pick parts admitted, let me emphasized on this new journey. Celeana might have great bloodline(s) running through her veins and looks like from there things are getting harder and harder for her. But not without new companions. I didn’t embrace them fully at first. There are quite few additions to the story and one that standout for me (all thanks to Celeana at one point did appreciate what a fine specimen her new companion is) was Rowan. Ok, as a big Chaol fanatic that I am I saw him at the beginning a threat. No, not in ship war kind of thing but of my own opinion. He made me feel like treading on tightrope whether he’ll win me or not. But he did. I’m inclined to love character that has loyalty (which at first had me questioning why) to the female MC (ala Hak from 暁のヨナ or Obi from 赤髪の白雪姫).

So where were the two main men before? This is not solely Celeana’s journey for sure, those two have problems of their own. Chaol was little…confusing for most parts (which was why I’m bit disappointed) but if it means for his character growth then I’m all for it. But my man Dorian is fighting back. I love the attitude, keep that up! And well, I smell potential romance for him? Well, I’m glad for him (was there really something solid happened more than flirting? I beg to differ.).

Going back to what I mentioned earlier, it was a set-up. After reeling everything in, pounded it in my head plenty of times; it actually made sense. And if I were honest that last line about Celeana’s true identity is bound to leave a big tremor! Hopefully something I can fully comprehend and like this time (optimism FTW).

Rating:
Preview Quote: “She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”

2015 / 04 / 18

14 Responses to Heir of Fire

  1. Annie says:

    I do agree that it was a set up but I didn’t mind it at all. In fact I think it kinda worked to the series’ benefit bc it gave us a chance to explore each of the characters more deeply. I know some of my friends were annoyed at the slow pace but that didn’t bug me as much as the switching perspectives did. While the Manon perspective was interesting, I just didn’t see how it was necessary and I’m sure it will be apparent later on but for HOF it just made it more jumpy.

    but Rowan. Oh Rowan. I definitely do not ship Celaena and Rowan romantically (still very much Chaolaena although Chaol was sucky) but they’re just such good friends and argh it makes me so happy. Just thinking about Aedion, Rowan, Celaena and Dorian is giving me heart palpitations. LITERAL SQUAD.

  2. Glad you liked this one better than the first two! It’s crazy how complicated this world is. I’ve personally loved every single novel, and I’m just really impressed with the series.

    I was on Team Chaol until I read Heir of Fire and The Assassin’s Blade. My favorite boy so far has been Sam (sucks for me, haha), but after reading Heir of Fire I think Chaol and Celaena are likely over.

  3. I’m not sure if I can agree with some things you said since I was never really a fan of Chaol… Or Dorian. Heh. I ADORED Rowan, although I don’t think he’ll be another potential love interest. His friendship with Calaena feels a bit platonic for me (or am I just hoping he ends up with me instead?).

    You’re definitely right that Chaol seemed super off here. He became this mopey guy who I had zero urge to support at all. I wasn’t a fan of Dorian (and probably will never be), and to be honest I’m not sure why.

    Optimism FTW! I’m hoping book four will be the most amazing thing ever.

  4. Faye M. says:

    I agree with you, HoF was more of a set-up for the upcoming books more than anything. It was so full of training scenes and introduced so many characters that are hinted to have important roles later on. This kinda backfired on me because I hate it when a book is a set-up than having a plot of its own.But it was still so good, but I still prefer Chaol over any one else, although Rowan makes it a hard competition :D

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Right? It’s like the two previous books were nothing but an introduction and this was, although many things were revealed, felt a little (just little) lackluster.

      Yes, I’m glad you still like Chaol. I thought everyone moved on with Rowan. :P

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I had a similar reaction to you I think. Crown of Midnight is definitely still my favourite. This book does a lot to set things up, but…well it’s all set up. And as a big Chaolena shipper I was super threatened by Rowan (who I ended up loving. I don’t care in what way he is in her life – preferably besties forever – but he needs to be in her life) AND had a hard time understanding why he was having such a hard time with Celaena’s identity/magic.

  6. I felt the same as you – everyone seemed to absolutely LOVE this book but I felt like it was the start of a journey and that the book left us hanging in the middle somewhere. Rowan definitely did win me over as well. Lovely review!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It was; it dragged the story a bit, plus many new characters were introduced. So as a whole there wasn’t much, I mean plot-wise.D:

  7. I definitely see where you’re coming from in that you say that HoF was a bit of a set-up for the next three books. I think it was, essentially. Because SO much is going to happen in the next three books now that Celaena knows who she is, and has responsibilities that come with her knowing who she really is.

    Ah, Rowan *heart eyes* I saw him as competition for my darling Chaol, as well, but to be honest I think Rowan and Celaena are BFFs and kind of friendship-soulmates. Whilst I DO ship them a bit (I am a serial shipper, I have NO loyalties, haha XD), I do want Chaolaena to be endgame. Chaol and Celaena compliment each other beautifully and I just want them to be together *sobbing*

    I hope you like Queen of Shadows a bit more than this one, Mitchii! <3

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yeah, I know that it was needed but it all felt like it sorta disregarded the progress that has happened in the first two books. Oh well… :,D

      Everyone is swooning over Rowan. ^^; I do get it but I’m still a Chaol fan through & through. Yes, I hope I will love Queen of Shadows. <3

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