Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass Series #3)
  • Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass Series #3)
  • Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass Series #3)

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass Series #3)

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by Sarah J. Maas

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews


The pages fly by. Series fans will be relieved to hear that this installment is only the halfway point, and thanks to Maas' adroit plot maneuvers, well-wrought characters, and immersive world building, they'll be positively hooked for the forthcoming volumes.
Booklist on Crown of Midnight

Series fans will be satisfied not only by the intricate plot, dishy romance, and rich world building but they will be thrilled by the prospect of deepening adventures in the next volume.
Romantic Times Book Reviews on Crown of Midnight

With assassinations, betrayal, love and magic, this novel has something to match everyone's interests, without feeling cluttered. The action will carry you right to the end, leaving you eager for the next installment.
USA Today on Throne of Glass

A must-read for lovers of epic fantasy and fairy tales.
Tor.com on Throne of Glass

A welcome breath of fresh air to the oft-neglected epic fantasy field.
Romantic Times Book Reviews on Throne of Glass

Fans of Tamora Pierce and George R.R. Martin, pick up this book!
From the Publisher
"Vivid Celaena, loving and brutally violent in turn, is a fully realized heroine. . . . An epic fantasy readers will immerse themselves in and never want to leave." —Kirkus Reviews, on Crown of Midnight

"Readers seeking the political intrigue of Kristen Cashore's Graceling and . . . the deadly competition at the heart of The Hunger Games will find both [here]." —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Throne of Glass

"Fans of Game of Thrones and the Hunger Games will love it!" —Colleen Houck, NYT bestselling author, on Throne of Glass

"A must-read. . . . Maas has created a truly remarkable heroine who doesn't sacrifice the grit that makes her real in order to do what's right in the end." —USA Today, on Throne of Glass

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In this installment of the fantasy series, Celaena's true identity has been revealed. While on an assassin's errand in Wendlyn, she spends her days drinking and brawling, lost in the pain and anger caused by Chaol's betrayal and Nehemia's death. Queen Maeve of the Fae has different plans for Celaena, and sends Fae Prince Rowan to fetch the heroine and train her in the ways of fairy magic. Celaena begrudgingly agrees by striking a bargain: she learns magic, and Maeve shares her knowledge of the Wyrdkeys and how the king might be defeated. Meanwhile, in Adarlan, Chaol enters a tenuous alliance with the king's general, Adeion Ashryver, to support the underground resistance movement, and Prince Dorian continues to try to control his own newly found magical abilities, or risk being executed by his father. Readers will devour Maas's latest entry. The plot remains fast paced, balancing scenes of intense action with emotionally wrenching interactions between characters. Intriguing backstories continue to develop, vacillating between thrilling and heartbreaking, leaving readers to guess where alliances truly lie. While the story continues to be told from multiple perspectives, the addition of new characters brings tangled new relationships and dimension to the plot. Those unfamiliar with the previous titles will have a difficult time keeping up, but this is a must-purchase for libraries owning Throne of Glass (2012) and Crown of Midnight (2013, both Bloomsbury).—Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, Columbus Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Magic, painful truths and dangerous military escalations characterize this series continuation. Celaena Sardothien's in Wendlyn, ordered by the villainous king of Adarlan to assassinate Wendlyn's royals, or he'll execute her ex and the family of her dead best friend, Nehemia. Celaena—the presumed-dead rightful queen of the conquered Terrasen—plans on finding a way to destroy the king of Adarlan's sources of power, in fulfillment of a vow made on Nehemia's grave. Celaena seeks out the Fae Queen Maeve for information; cunning Maeve refuses until Celaena proves herself (with the help of a prickly, elite warrior Fae trainer) by embracing her hated demi-Fae heritage and magic. Celaena, grieving, goes through dark emotional times and must confront her scarred psyche in order to return to the unapologetically awesome heroine readers know and love. Meanwhile, there's a lot going on: A witch deals with clan politics (Adarlan's king makes them his wyvern-riding airborne cavalry), Chaol attempts to protect Dorian from his own magic, a healer falls for Dorian and more. The jumps from narrative to narrative initially detract from the story's momentum, but multiple perspectives on Adarlan's grotesque schemes and tactics eventually pay off. Despite the slow beginning, tension snowballs into devastating twists and an absolutely riveting ending. Maas' usual hallmarks—an epic fantasy setting and the little-exploited truth that platonic relationships can be more intense and compelling than romantic—are present in force. Will leave readers ravenous for more. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
Top Pick RT Book Reviews

Maas shines as a brilliant storyteller . . . . The most exhilarating installment yet.
USA Today Happy Ever After on Throne of Glass

A must-read for lovers of epic fantasy and fairy tales.

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Bloomsbury USA
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Throne of Glass Series, #3
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6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.00(d)
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12 - 17 Years

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Heir of Fire 4.7 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 170 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will not bore you or upset you with a retelling of the book. I hate those reviews that are basically a cliffnotes version of the novel. Just know that Heir of Fire was amazing. Ah-freaking-mazing Have you ever read a series that came alive when you started reading? I love the characters and all of their interactions. The banter back and forth, the great fighting and training scenes, etc. Not once was I upset or disappointed in the story line or the writing. I highly recommend this series to anyone that reads. I am a 34 year old mother of three and I savored every page. Have you ever read a story and you want to read it quickly because it is so good and you must know what happens next? But then need to slowdown because the epic journey is almost over and you are not ready for the end? That is HoF. I just finished and I am going back to page 1 and doing a re-read! This series has been magical and entertaining since the very first page of Throne of Glass. 5 stars for this wonderful installment. I will be eagerly waiting for the next to see what the future holds for Rowan, Dorian, Choal, Aedin, Caelina, Aelin, Fleetfoot, and everyone else. Long live the Queen.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Heir of Fire is one of the best books I've ever read. If you know me and how many books I've read...yes, that is truly saying something. Some books take you on a journey but the Best books pull you into the journey making it an adventure you will never forget. Heir of Fire is just such a book! With Sarah Maas's writing you can't help but become a part of the story! I could go on and on about the story but I won't, I don't want to give anything away. What I will say is just when you thought you had Celaena all figured out, BAM her character development explodes into magnificence. She is the ultimate badass but now that her true identity is revealed...Holy Crap, I was white knuckle reading. Throne of Glass is sure to be one of the few series that I will re-read, time and time again. Don't miss this epic fantasy with one of the most unforgettable heroines, nail biting action and amazing, shocking, plot twists that will leave you with the biggest book hangover ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though Barnes and Nobles lists The Heir Of Fire as the last book of the series it is not. Sarah J. Mass's contract requires her to write 6 books on the series Throne Of Glass. Thats right. We're only halfway done with this amazing series. I was down right terrified when I had 10 pages of the book left and thought the books would end here but we have nothing to fear. Even though it might take a decade for this amazing author to finish her stories she started writing as a teenager, I will gladly wait for the finished series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait!! This series is to DIE for! By the way I'm team chaol!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
can't wait can't wait can't wait! XD
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas Book Three of the Throne of Glass series Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Publication Date: September 2, 2014 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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? What I Liked: ***Spoiler-free review, for this book. Spoilers for books one and two may be present.*** You all know I didn't enjoy Crown of Midnight. I gave it three stars, but I seriously didn't like it much. I had big problems Celaena, and the romance, and other things. What's more, I barely remembered anything from Crown of Midnight. I blocked it out, honestly, and all I could solidly remember was Celaena's rage at Chaol, her bouncing between Chaol and Dorian, and the ending. I contemplated not finishing the series (there are SIX books in this series, so would it be worth it?), but in the end, I gave Maas another chance. I really, really enjoyed this book. There were so many things that Maas did that were extraordinary, but one of the things specifically was that in the beginning of the book, Maas broadcasted the fact that Celaena is a coward. She is a fake assassin and a coward, incapable of killing or caring or facing her fears or accepting her magical side. One of the things I absolutely HATED about the second book was how glorified Celaena is, as the King's Champion, the assassin, the kickbutt woman. She's not any of those things, in my opinion, which led me to hate the book, because it's so fake. But Maas shows readers that yes, Celaena is fake and a coward, because she is not fearless. She is broken and torn apart, and for her, there is no coming back. Celaena travels to Wendlyn to meet Queen Maeve, to demand answers about the Wyrdkeys and whatnot. She meets Rowan, the prince of the Fae, who take her to Maeve. Maeve orders Rowan to train Celaena to her Fae potential, so that Celaena will claim her throne as queen. Rowan begins to train Celaena, pushing her, baiting her, fighting her, forcing her to work. He orders her to shift, but she will not - she's afraid of herself, her magic. But there are creatures in the forest, and armies of wicked, deadly things that must be dealt with. All are harbingers of the king of Ardalan's plans for conquer. Meanwhile, Chaol is forced to deal with Aedion, the illustrious young general that the King of Ardalan called upon to the castle. It turns out that Aedion and Cheol have more in common than one would have thought. And Dorian - well, his magic is quite the force to be reckoned with. His magic is uncontrolled and unskilled, much like Celaena's. But unlike Celaena, he has no one to train him. Chaol is distant with him, and he has no one to trust. He finds solace and comfort with Sorscha, the head healer of the kingdom, whose family was slaughtered by Dorian's father's command. As you can tell, there is a lot going on in this book. At first, I was like UGH, another book in which we have to endure Celaena being trained and perfected to "kill" people ("kill" is in quotations because Celaena is a horrible assassin, can't kill anyone for s***, it seems). BUT. That is not the case, in this book. There are like, four plots going on in this book, and my favorite is with Rowan and Celaena training.  Rowan is cold, brutal, cruel. I knew right from the start that I would like him, because he is NO JOKE. Which is good, because he kicks Celaena's butt. THANK GOODNESS. Someone needed to knock her down a few notches. More like a couple miles down. But Rowan is just as empty as she is, in a way. I really like Rowan. I want to re-read parts of this book, just for him. I've always seen Celaena as spoiled, bratty, selfish, self-centered. So does Rowan, at first, and eventually his mind (and mine) changes. That's because Celaena slowly begins to piece herself back together. It amazed me, how powerful her despair was and how completely broken she seemed to be. Celaena was literally an abyss of her own, and she needed to pull herself out. That transformation was VERY well written by Maas. An excellent job, there. I no longer hate Celaena - in fact, I really like her, and understand her a lot more, know that I can see past her selfish, spoiled behavior.  Basically, Celaena's character development is really, really well-done. Everyone will see what I saw in book two (if you all hadn't seen it already) - that really, Celaena is pathetic, and a coward. But she really changes throughout this book. It's not like in the first or second book, where she is selfish and fake and a coward, and flaunts her "assassin-ness", when it really doesn't exist. There is more to being an assassin than just having great combat skills. You have to actually, you know, KILL PEOPLE. In this book, Celaena isn't an assassin - she is her true and primary self, a demi-Fae. The Chaol/Aedion/Ardalan plot wasn't boring, but it didn't capture my interest like Rowan/Celaena did. I loved the Fae world a lot, and all of the new characters. I didn't mention many - like Emrys or Malakai or Gavriel. In terms of Chaol and Aedion and that whole deal, it's actually interesting. They work with two men, Ren and Murtaugh, and plot against the king. Eventually, Dorian finds out, and he's pissed, because Chaol will trust Aedion, but not him?! But in the end, they must all work together. Dorian's story is interesting as well. THANK GOODNESS that romance is shut down (sort of). Dorian gets a romance plot of his own. It happens pretty quickly, and I had/have a feeling that it wouldn't/won't work out for him, but Dorian and Sorscha... I loved watching them interact, work together, trust each other. Dorian needed this, to see why Chaol did what he did in book two. Also, this showed me that Dorian doesn't care about Celaena in that regard. Chaol, on the other hand, does still.  There is another plot, which seems totally random. We are introduced to the witches, witch clans, such as the Blackbeaks and Bluebloods and Yellowlegs and whatnot. Manon is the one we follow. She leads the Thirteen, which are her thirteen trusted Blackbeaks of her clan. The other clans are "allies"... but in the witch world, they are rivals. Manon and the clans are recruited by the king to fight for him. He is giving them wyverns (like dragons) in exchange for their help. Manon's wyvern, Abraxos, is a runt and the "bait beast", but he is Manon's. He's a late bloomer, so it takes a lot of Manon's care and time to get him into any shape. I think this plot with the witches is supposed to show Manon's wavering spirit, her growing humanity. Manon is ageless, immortal, and she was bred to be evil and kill kill kill. But this plot takes Manon through emotion-filled trials, like the sacrifices she must make for her wyvern, or her saving the lives of witches of the other (rival) clans. The witch plot never intersects with the other plots, which is a shame, but it will. Chaol/Dorian/Aedion/the king/Ardalan never directly intersect with Celaena/Rowan/the demi-Fae. Indirectly, at the very end, but otherwise, not really. I APPROVE OF THIS. Celaena had enough of Ardalan's taint and heartbreak, and her time at Wendlyn with Rowan definitely helped her find her true self and hit her stride.  I love that there basically is no romance in this book. Unless you count Dorian's thing. But you know what I mean! No directly influencing love triangle, at least in this book. If Chaol and Dorian and goodness knows who else are going to duke it out or whatever, then it will be in later books. Personally, I'm rooting for neither of those two. It's funny - I was team Dorian in book one, team Chaol in book two, but honestly, I was never really TEAM anyone. I didn't feel THAT strongly towards either of them, especially since I bounced from one straight to the other. But the male I'm currently rooting for - well, he's forever. For me, it's him or no one. HE IS PERFECT. And you probably already know who he is. But I won't directly say. My favorite scenes... they have to do with the word "fussing". Search your ereader, if you have an eARC (we're cool like that!), you'll know what I mean. Melt my heart, why don't you! I feel like I don't really need to mention this because it kind of speaks for itself, but the world-building in this series in general is flawless. I thought I would get confused with all of the cities and continents and places and whatnot. But the setting is really well-described, the world well crafted. There is a certain sense of epicness to this book. I'm not just saying that - there is a sense of power and a thrum of energy threading through these books. I can't describe it, but you can just FEEL how truly remarkable and epic the story is. One other thing - as I mentioned already, I could barely remember what happened in book two (which worried me a little, because I read it about a year ago, and it was a long book as well, so there was no way I was re-reading it, especially when I didn't even like it). HOWEVER. It's totally okay! The way Maas writes, describes things in the beginning, brings about things... you don't have to remember anything from book three, or really even have read books one or two. Sort of. I mean, it's epic fantasy, so the more background knowledge you have, the better. You should read books one and two, but it doesn't have to be recently. And you don't need to read the novellas/The Assassin's Blade to read this book at all. I haven't read any of the novellas. The ending of this book. OH MY HEART. In general, this book is EPIC, and not necessarily in the non-stop-action-omg-craziness-is-happening way. But the ending - it was FIERCE. It revealed so many things about some characters... well, you'll just have to read the book to know what I mean! I'm so curious - the last few scenes are a tease! Book four, please! What I Did Not Like: The romance. Celaena and someone. PLEASEEEEEE. They're perfect. So much perfect. Would I Recommend It: I mean... I feel like fans of this series wouldn't need me to recommend this book to them, regardless of if I had hated this book or loved it. But I really enjoyed it, so YES, I recommend it! If you haven't started the series at all, maybe wait until the fifth or sixth book comes out, to binge-read. But in general, this book redeems the series, so far. The second book is awful, but it's okay, because the third book is amazing! Rating:  4 stars. I'm glad I stuck it out. Don't forget, while I disliked the second book, originally, I had liked the first book a lot. I'm glad the third book pulled this series up! For me, anyway. I can't wait to read the fourth book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Top 3 favorite series and best book in the series. Cant wait for the next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic; I couldn't stop reading. Now I can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book with some amazing parts and characters. I loved this but i felt the ending could have been better and i wish Mass would have describe what happened to them.
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
My heart hurts for Celaena. If we thought she was in a bad place after Endoiver and couldn't be worse, we were so wrong. With the death of Nehemia and subsequent events, Celaena is broken (not that I can blame her - Crown of Midnight was rough!). Broken, but determined. She is still our Celaena though; tough, sarcastic, and hell bent to keep her promise to Nehemia no matter the cost. As her training with Rowan continues we see a larger character development from her than in the two previous novels combined. Obviously I'm not going to tell you what happens, but those last few pages . . . the King of Adarlan is in so much trouble! At the same time Celaena is going through her transformation (for lack of better words), Dorian and Chaol are having their own issues back in Adarlan and we're introduced to two new players: Aedion Ashryver, Celaena's cousin, and Sorscha, a healer within the castle. Both of these characters play major roles within Heir of Fire, but I have to say that I am loving Aedion. He's quick, witty, and beyond determined to see his cousin on the throne of Terrasen. As well as Celaena, Dorian shows true growth within Heir of Fire. Thanks to Celaena's actions, he is no longer the playboy prince we first met, but someone who not only sees the flaws of his father's rule but also someone who is going to do something about it. Chaol, well. I know he's had a few knowledge truth bombs dropped on him and is coping with have to leave Adarlan and go back to Anielle but come on man! He does have a few moments of kick assery and is trying to help Celaena from a distance, but I had a lot of trouble liking him this time around. He's just . . . broody! That's what it is. Too broody for my tastes (and I'm Team Angel, so that should tell you something). On top of these three narratives (Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol), Sarah also introduces us to Manon Blackbeak, an Ironteeth witch and heir of the Blackbeak coven. I found Manon's storyline to be interesting, not as interesting as the other three, but I know she's going to play a much more important role in the upcoming novels so these bits are important and integral to the storyline. Plus, after meeting Baba Yellowlegs in Crown of Midnight it was fun to see and learn more about the Ironteeth witches. Each new Throne of Glass book throws readers through a loop, reveals deeper secrets, and ends in the most sublime cliff hangers. They're not the "so-and-so is dead" cliff hangers (ugh, those are rough), but the kind where you are salivating for the next book. Where you are so glad to have read this latest installment and ended the torture left over from the previous book, only to enter a new / similar form of torture and curse the heavens because the next book doesn't come out for months. If you haven't started this series yet, I suggest you run (don't walk) to your local book store and purchase every single one and binge your little heart out. Queen of Shadows comes out on September 1 and you are not going to what to be in the dark when that comes out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Celaena continue to grow as a character, and this book had me laughing and crying. This book is even better then the last two, and i can't wait for the fourth book to come out. Highly reccomend the series. Maas continues to become a better and better writer. And of course, Celaena is not only a total bad ass, but a strong and well developed character who you can connect with emotionally. This book follows three storylines: Celaena, Dorian/Chaol, and a witch named Manon. Have to say I wasn't overly interested in Manon's story since it never seemed to connect with the other two narrators'. However, Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol's narrations were riveting and I couldn't put the book down. Celaena trains and travels in Wendlyn, meeting incredible new characters along the way. Chaol and Dorian continue to be wrapped up in the plans of the rebels and form some surprising alliances along the way. This book is a must read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in a 6 book collection and my favorite so far out of the 3 available. It has everything I love in a fantasy book. This will be one of my favorite books for 2014 and a top overall fav. You need to read this. You will not regret it
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
I loved Book 1 and Book 2 of the Throne of Glass series. Typically for me I get bored of a series after the first couple of books but Sarah Maas has been able to enthrall me to date! I've been pleasantly surprised by the continuing character and plot development in this series. At present I'd have to say it is my favourite fantasy series out there. Maas' ability to weave this tale continues to surprise me (in a good way!). I really have no critiques for this series - in fact, now I'm eagerly anticipating Book 4. I highly recommend the Throne of Glass series to anyone who enjoys Young Adult fantasy with strong female characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love how the author shows a new side to her characters, but was dissapointed in Chaol. So far in the series he has honestly been minorly important. An on the side romance. Though this change in his character I found poor. I really was impressed with the character development and how the Authoir brought back in Dorian. I loved the new characters. I would love for a fourth book, but if the author chose not to do one then I could probably survive. The witches were interesting, but I didn't see how they added to the plot even though it was done very well. Overall this is an amazing book. If you are apprehensive to read then I would still reccomend this to you as it is different than the first and second and still has all the elements of a great bookm
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this series, but I think the first 2 books were better.I like how Caelena's character developed during this book as, frankly, I was getting a bit tired of her selfish, cowardly ways. Loved Rowan! Hope to see more of him in the series. Loved that he wouldn't take it easy on Caelena. It helped her develop into a better person. Hate Chaol and Caelena together so I hope things stay as is between them and that they just be friends. Frankly, Chaol bores me, and I don't see how she could ever go back to him after he looked at her with such disgust and couldn't accept her for who she was. I mean, what exactly did he think she did as an assassin - bat her eyes and her victims would just fall over dead? Much preferred her with Dorian. He genuinely loved her, and accepted her as is, flaws and all. Plus, he was much more considerate to her. Instead of just giving her a ring he got for free because they were handing them out at a party (what an effort that must have been for him!), he actually put at least a little thought and effort into his gifts and got her candies and her dog, plus he sent her books to read when he didn't need to do so. Also love that they both love books. I also think Dorian is much less selfish, putting his people's needs above his own, plus, even though Caelena treated him so horribly in the 2nd book, for absolutely no reason, he still remained her friend and was there for her. He also had the courage to stand up for the slaves when Nehemia asked him to, as opposed to Chaol, who couldn't even warn Caelena or Nehemia that Nehemia's life was in danger! I hate that Dorian has had so much heartbreak in the 1st 2 books and what happens to him at the end of this book. I really hope the author gives him the happy ending that he deserves and that he and Caelena end up together and that she loves him like he deserves to be. On another note, I also liked Aedion and hope to see a lot more of him in the series also. Wasn't crazy about the witches, but it did get a bit better as the book went along.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Bloomsbury for sending me an advanced copy of this book to read and give an honest review. You cannot imagine the amount of squealing that went on when it arrived in the mail. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. ***SPOILER ALERT*** If you have not read any of the books in this series, then this review will surely contain spoilers from the prequel novellas and the first two books. So I suggest you close this out and pick up The Assassin's Blade so you can find out what the awesomeness of these books is all about! There is no way to keep this review short. I don't even know where to start or how to do it without spoilers! But I will try my hardest to do it! First I must talk about the awesome cover of this book. I have loved them all but this one is truly my favorite, Not sure if it's because of the color, or just the fact that Celaena looks so bad ass on it. And it shows her fae side, which I absolutely love because while we know she has been trouncing around as a human for so many years, her fae side becomes far more important than we would have ever realized. Blurb: 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 think my most favorite part of this book is that you get so many different points of view. I usually am not a fan of third person but it is the only way this book could make sense. And it is the only way Maas could have given us all the different elements we need to see as the plot of the book comes together. I love that she introduced new characters, once again. Characters that make us think and wonder what purpose they serve. So we are once again thrown into Celaena's world as she tries her hardest to navigate Wendlyn and figure out how she will do the King's dirty work without getting her hands dirty. In Crown of Midnight we see that Celaena has no intention of getting her hands dirty at the request of the King, so it's not a surprise when we see that she has been hanging out in Wendlyn and has yet to do anything about the job she's been tasked with. But she has other plans, plans that Chaol must have known she'd come up with when he suggested to the king she be sent to take care of the royalty of Wendlyn. Calaena is focused on finding out more about her fae heritage and about how that part of her can help stop the Kind's atrocities. She remains strong and confident in how she pursues this, as she did in the other books. But she still has this self-loathing that underlies everything she does. This makes her put herself at risk more often than not, because she continues to feel she is not worthy of living this life, or any other life. My heart breaks for her and the way her thoughts run through her head. I will say that I absolutely, positively love Rowan. He's crass and brash, cold and brutal and many times cruel. He's also and closed off and he's the perfect ying for Celaena's yang! It's like they are two halves of a whole. They compliment each other very well. There's banter between them that I thought would surely lead them to kill each other. But there's also this underlying connection that you know will ultimately bring them together. They fit like a lock and key. I won't give more information than that, because I don't want to spoil their relationship, but let's just say there is no disappointment in how they interact. Manon is an interesting twist to this story. Mass brings us more into the witch's realm in this book. We got a bit of it in Crown of Midnight with the Yellowlegs and her interaction with Dorian and Celaena. But in this book, we see that the witch's are gathering, under the guidance of the King's men, and that they will play a huge part in his war that he has been waging. It's not completely clear how he will use them, though they train for battle in this book, so obviously he has some kind of conquering in the works, but their ultimate goal as warriors is still a bit of a mystery at the end of the book. These characters never directly interact or cross paths with the other characters in the book, but I can see how they will be essential to the plot of the future story in this series. We also meet Aedion, the King's general who has no qualms about doing the king's dirty work. But Aedion is not all he seems. He plays a huge part in Celaena's plans and life, so much more than we would expect. I won't give away more than that because I love how Maas weaves plot twists in so we can see how the characters are linked. And we are introduced to other fae and demi-fae (Emrys, Malaki, Luca, Gavriel) throughout the book. Characters who show Celaena she is so much more than she believes she is. They make her question herself and why she is so important to her people. The are essential to her development as a leader in the Fae world, as their queen. Although Celaena is reluctant to really accept this role, the fae and demi-fae ahead lots of light on her need to accept who she truly is. Of course we still see Dorian and Chaol in this book, which made me really happy. I still cry over Celaena's loss of Sam and I really need to see her find some kind of love, through friendship or romance. I know eventually she will learn that she is worthy of it, but I also know that it can't happen until the world is set straight. And for the record, I team Chaol. I was from the moment I met him in Throne of Glass and I will be until the end.  Mass has several story lines going at once. I thought it would be hard to keep them straight, but it's not. They are all intricately woven and each means so much to the story. The world building is incredible. Each time we are introduced to a different area of this world it gets more and more intricate. And Maas keeps you on the edge of your seat with it all. I have to say that I get antsy when I read a Maas book, but not because I feel the need to put the book down, more because I just can't read fast enough to find out what happens. My nerves gets jittery and I literally hand on the edge of my seat. Maas has a way of infusing a certain energy into her books that makes them epic. And I love how Maas reintroduces us to things, so if you've read her other books a long time ago you are not lost. She reminds us of things that have happened without boring the reader who has already read those books. One thing I usually love about YA stories is you get some romance. But honestly, you don't really get that in this book. There is the underlying leftovers from the previous books, and most of it made me sad, to be honest. But the book doesn't need it. It's got so much other stuff going for it, that not having a ton of romance really gave the book a life of it's own. It didn't rely on the heroine pining over someone. It relied on that fact that she's strong and has other things to worry about. My only complaint about this book, one that I'm surprised was not addressed, was the fact that the Kind does not even check up on Celaena. She's sent off to murder the Wendlyn royalty and he has threatened to kill Chaol and other's she loves if she does not return, yet she is gone a long time without any word and he never necks on her. I kind of wish this would have been addressed.  Overall this book is absolutely fabulous. I thought it would take me forever to read, with how long it is, but I finished it in only three days! And the ending! OH GOSH I need the next book yesterday. I have no idea how I will wait. But the one thing I must say, it's not a cliffhanger that makes you annoyed and wanting to kill the author. She does wrap the story up in a nice enough package that you can wait a bit for the next installment (that is if you are crazy enough to want to). Maas has created a world that is on par with Game of Thrones, if not better. It's intricate and energized, fun and terrifying, all at once. Pick it up, you won't be sorry!
AliceGrace More than 1 year ago
It's hard to say which book in the series has been the best so far. Each has been wonderful in its own way. Heir of Fire will probably be my book of the year though - only competing with Maas' The Assassin's Blade. Other 2014 releases are going to have to be pretty darn good if they want a chance at beating Heir of Fire. Maas blew me out of the water. Wendyln is insanely dangerous. It truly is the place nightmares and legends go to live and where mortals go to die. I mean, if you're a fan of camping, you won't be after spending a night in Wendyln's forests; that is, if you survive. Celaena met some scary things while she was in Wendyln but I'd have to say that the most terrifying creatures she encountered in the entire novel would have to be the skinwalkers. Seriously, Miss Maas, how do you come up with this stuff? Outside of the forts, there is no real safety. Maas introduced some colorful characters who are all entirely wonderful in their own respects, except maybe Manon and the Ironteeth witches, whom I would never describe as wonderful - terrifying, yes. Manon's story is sprinkled throughout the novel but didn't take over. Maas did an excellent job setting up her arc for the rest of the series while introducing us to the rest of the clans. The Ironteeth witches are as terrifying as Baba Yellowlegs, if not more so. The Blackbeaks are probably the scariest. Aedion and Rowan were both introduced as jerks but watching them both (Rowan more so) reveal who they really are was a pleasure I wouldn't mind reliving in a reread. I hadn't even finished reading Heir of Fire before I wanted to reread the entire thing (after I finished it of course). They were both pleasant surprise, although I wouldn't use the word pleasant to describe either of them. Each helps peel back another layer of Celaena's past. Dorian and Chaol are as daring as ever. They're both in a crap load of trouble and each are playing their own dangerous games. Dorian really comes into himself though. We see that he's already kind of taken on the mantle of king in his mind, now he just has to live long enough to physically be the king of Ardalan. Chaol has a lot of inner turmoil, but I think he resolves about half of that by the time the book ends. When we see Celaena, for the first time, she is in pieces. She is in the darkest pit of despair and hopelessness you could imagine. In Heir of Fire, she's so terrified of herself as a Fae, that she holds herself back. She doesn't think that she's worth anything and the only thing that keeps her going for a long time is her loyalty to her friends and the people she couldn't save. In order to learn how to use and control her magic though, she had to work through her past. She had to walk through the wall of rage and fear that she'd run away from for so long. I think, we also begin to further understand how much Arobynn messed with her mind. Arobynn seems to have encouraged her fear of herself and what she was capable of (and definitely the rage). But she starts to accept things. The growth is most reflected in her interactions with Maeve at the beginning and at the end of the novel. Truly, Maas is taking this series to very incredible places. She sucked me in from the very beginning and, quite frankly, ripped my hear to shreds before she spit me back out of this world she's created. I can't wait for the fourth book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best. The absolute best. Completely captivating, mesmerizing and satisfying.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog 3 days ago
3.5 Stars Reviewed by Annie and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog In the third book of the Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas picks up where the last book ended. Celaena has discovered a shocking truth that has altered the course of her existence. Now she travels alone and is picked up by Fae warrior, Rowan to train her for her future destiny. As all this happens, her character continues to show growth. Many new characters and some familiar faces are present as well, adding a multiple layers to this already complex storyline. This is why I do not suggest reading this series out of order. Maas’ writing is very mature for YA that it even makes me wonder why it’s marketed this way in the first place. Even though I’ve read other YA Fantasy series such as Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING series and Melina Marchetta’s FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, Maas’ writing seems more advanced. Also, I think some of the themes explored in this series are more suitable for older audiences. So if you’ve been curious about trying this series but have been hesitant because you don’t read YA often, I would more likely recommend this to older readers than young teens. One thing I will say about this series is that it’s easy to see the plot progression in each book. I feel like nothing ever really happens in the first half of the book, only to have all the action, the twists and turns hit you in the last 150 pages or so. This is nice, if only the other first 400 pages weren’t so slow-going. I really struggle with the beginning but I keep at it because I know the end has some interesting things. However, that might be an issue if you’re impatient and don’t enjoy wordy sentences that seem to go over the same details again and again. So while the journey may be epic, it does require some patience. Maas does, however, have a unique talent of creating some interesting characters. There are a few in this book that she presents in the beginning as being one way, but as the book progresses, their characters start to shift and as you learn more about them, some of your opinions of them may change. I’m a big fan of this because it keeps things interesting and it kind of reminds me of Game of Thrones a bit too!
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Anonymous 25 days ago
Love the story and the characters. Gives you just enough to make the world believable while still leaving enough mystery that makes you loyal to a series. High recommend the series as it just continues to get better with each book. Do yourself a favor a start reading this now you won't regret it!!
Angelized_1st 3 months ago
Celaena Sardothien returns to her kin in Sarah J. Maas’ Heir of Fire. When we last saw Celaena, she was sailing off to find answers on how to defeat the King of Adarlan. For the first time Celaena is separated from her friends Chaol and Dorian, and must figure out the Wyrdkeys while dealing with her grief. The story is told from the POVs of the three main characters, but we also meet some new characters. Dorian befriends Sorcha, a healer in the palace. Celaena’s cousin, Aedion, makes an appearance as one of the King’s generals. Along the way we also meet a fae warrior named Rowan, who works for Celaena’s aunt Maeve. There are others we also meet, but these three of characters seem to be very important to the story as we go forward towards the fourth novel. I really enjoyed the plot. Each of the three main characters, as well as the three new secondary characters, saw major growth over the course of the book. As Celaena prepares to battle the King, she will probably have some people on her side that can help lead her to victory. I hope. The way this series twists and turns, how it will end may not be the way I expect. Like the previous two books, Heir of Fire left me speechless on more than one occasion. Sarah J. Maas has crafted an addictive series that is hard to put down. I’m so into the books, that I’m loath to begin Queen of Shadows for the simple reason of having to wait until 2016 for book 5. One thing I didn’t particularly enjoy was Celaena’s self-doubt. She’s always been such a strong character, so it was hard for me to see her acting weak. Yet, it was for the best. After everything that has happened to her, Celaena was bound to have a crisis of faith and identity. By going through this, I believe it’s made her stronger. Now she can accomplish what she was meant to. Or… she could die gruesomely. Neither would surprise me.
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In Heir of Fire, we are introduced to a large roster of characters, learn more about Erilea, and experience Wendlyn for the first time. I loved the multiple POV’s and the fact there was a lot more character development going on – as the reader, we could feel the emotion and depth. The third instalment of the “Throne of Glass” series is longer than the first two, but this only pushed it to be my favourite of the three. One of my new favourite characters is Manon Blackbeak, an Ironteeth witch. Calaena is my ultimate favourite, but I wasn’t heartbroken when the POV switched to Manon. Through Manon, I was able to learn more about the witches, so much so that now I see them as an almost separate species from the humans of Erilea. Beforehand, I had always thought of them as humans with a longer lifespan and a taste for blood. Furthermore, Manon could always take me by surprise. When we first learn of her, she’s hidden herself in a closet from three male intruders in her house. I knew she was a witch, but she played the role of scared and innocent so well I thought she was a Crochan – the ‘good’ witch. Another surprise was taking on Abraxos and not Titus as her Wyvern. I did not see this coming until the very last moment. I found Calaena and Manon to be very similar, in that they seem to be two sides of the same coin. Manon more easily embraces and enjoys darkness, but both view goodness as this unknown entity – suspicious yet tempting. Calaena wants to do good more than Manon, but doesn’t always feel she deserves it like her dear friend Nehemia. This book was great for showing where the plot might be heading in the upcoming sequels. While it wrapped up the problems from the first three books, it seemed in return to open up more serious problems for the next three. I think one of the most important ones was how the King of Adarlan played a role right from the beginning – particularly his connection to the deaths of Calaena’s parents. The author provides so much detail that I feel more comfortable predicting how things will go down in the sequels. Overall, Heir of Fire is filled with multiple locations and in-depth characters, fitting the part of epic fantasy. Throne of Glass intrigued me enough to continue with the series, but this book has proven the world of Sarah J. Maas is beautiful and breathtaking. I have easily fallen in love! I cannot wait for the 4th book and hope it follows Heir of Fire – multiple POV’s and a deeper exploration into the world of Erilea.