Original Title: Heir of Fire
Year Published: 2014
Published by: Bloomsbury Childrens
Number of Pages: 562
First Sentence: “Gods, it was boiling in this useless excuse for a kingdom.”
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…
The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?
Holy crap this series is just soooo good!!!! I’m so very much in love with it and all the characters. I find myself reading them at a really slow pace, but that does not mean they aren’t fantastic. I think it’s my subconscious trying to make sure that I savour every single moment of these books.
The third book opens with Celaena badly dealing with what happened in book number two. We get an assassin that hardly cares about anything anymore and just want to sunbathe on rooftops and get drunk on cheap wine (sounds like my kind of summers). She has been so deeply wounded by her past and it has finally caught up with her and absolutely floored her. This book is all about rebuilding her and making her stronger. I loved it. I loved that Maas wasn’t afraid to show that Celaen wasn’t ok. She is hurt, confused and just can’t find it in herself to fight anymore. She still perseveres and that is something that makes her so amazing. She proves that it’s possible. We also get to learn about Celaenas past, which was fantastic.
How about our boys then? Both Chaol and Dorian try to deal with what has gone down recently in their lives and in true boy fashion they aren’t very good at it. They are also reeling from what went down in book two and some of the thruths that have been revealed. This was another character development that felt realistic and so very important.
Our new characters are absolutely amazing. Rowan, a fae and Celaenas new trainer, had me alternating between wanting to punch him in the face and cuddle him on the couch. What an adorable douchebag. I loved seeing the development of his and Celaenas relationship and how they navigated around each others scars (don’t worry, there is no romance here). Another adorable douchebag is Aedion, Celaenas cousin. He and Chaol form a great working relationship and through him we learn more about Celaenas past.
Someone who became my favourite, but whom I hated from the start, was Manon Blackbeak. She is a witch and a total badass. She is of course, being a witch and all, one of the antagonists, but it is of course more complicated than that. I look forward to seeing where Maas will take this character in future installments.
The plot in itself is good, but it’s not that action filled. I suppose you can argue that this book is a sort of filler. A lot of ground work is laid down in this one, but it’s necessary and it is still very entertaining. I loved seeing the development of the characters, revelations of their pasts and overall seeing how the plot thickens (hurr hurr). Filler or not, this was a great book!
Do I recommend it?
Holy crap, yes!