Series: Throne of Glass #3
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on 11-09-2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
SPOILER ALERT: As Heir of Fire is book 3 in the series, there will probably be some spoilers for Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight.
Following the cliffhanger ending of Crown of Midnight, in Heir of Fire Celaena is alone in Wendlyn, sent there by Chaol for own protection. Chaol is preparing to head home to Anielle with his father – something he never wanted but the price for ensuring Celaena’s safety.
Unlike previously, the characters are spread out in different areas, so in Heir of Fire, for the first time (I think, though it’s been a while since I read the first two), we have shifting points of view. There are, I would say, three main threads to the story. We meet Manon Blackbeak, a kick ass Irontooth witch, and we follow her from her isolated hunting down of Crochan witches to the gathering of three clans and all the backstabbing tension that entails. We see Celaena, alone in the land of magic and myth, as she goes looking for the Fae, and we see Dorian and Chaol still in the Glass Palace.
At first I was unconvinced about the three storylines, particularly with the introduction of new characters, but it really works for the story. I actually loved Manon’s story the most by the end! The plot perhaps doesn’t move as far as in Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, so I think for me, without the multiple points of view, it could have run the risk of feeling like a bridge to book 4 only, without enough to keep me gripped.
In Heir of Fire, we see our old favourites – Celaena, Dorian and Chaol – but we also get introduced to a whole bunch of new characters too. Celaena grows a lot throughout the story, both in terms of her abilities and her self-awareness. She’s mentored by Rowan Whitethorn, a new character. Rowan is a fae warrior who takes no crap – he has no issues telling Celaena when she’s being whiny or difficult, and he’s willing to fight her, to push her to her limits and to keep pushing her when she wants to give up but he knows she has more left. A lot of people LOVED Rowan, but while I really liked him he just couldn’t compare to Manon…
Manon Blackbeak is a new character, and she’s one of our point of view characters. Manon is bloodthirsty and ruthless and yet somehow still so immensely likeable. At first I was kind of cautiously curious about her plotline but also skeptical because I already had characters I loved and how could Manon live up to those?! And yet, I ended up loving her as a character! Her determination, her relationships with her thirteen, her training with the Wyverns… (And all I’m going to say about the wyverns is that they’re awesome and if someone could please get me one for Christmas that would be awesome)
We also meet Aedion Ashryver, who is abvove all, loyal to his cousin Aelin Galathynius. Aedion didn’t have as much of an impact on me as either Rowan or Manon, and I don’t really want to say too much about where he fits into the storyline, but he’s an interesting, complex character I’m definitely curious to hear more about.
Heir of Fire is definitely a worthy follow up to Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. I thought the pacing was definitely a little slower than the first two books, but the new characters/character development easily made up for it for me. There’s definitely less romance in Heir of Fire too, which is a little disappointing because Maas does romance so well but….well it does have wyverns so I think it can be forgiven! It’s also great to read a story which has such a focus on non-romantic relationships and development that isn’t driven by romance! Despite being 500+ pages, I devoured this in a couple of days and although I do think it could have been shorter in order to up the pace a little without losing anything, I really enjoyed it.
Buy it? Yes, absolutely!
In a nutshell: A fantastic follow up, with some truly amazing characters. Definitely remains a favourite series.