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?
Heir of Fire is the third installation in the Throne of Glass series and it certainly doesn’t disapoint in any way. I’m always nervous as book series that I fall in love with progress because each new book adds a whole new judging criteria and a plethora of new emotions, which just gives them more room to fail. Sarah J. Maas certainly didn’t fall short in delivering this amazing addition. This series is definitely one of the ones you just can’t get enough of.
“Enemy. Lover. Queen.” – Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire
In Heir of Fire we are introduced to several new characters that will undoubtedly play vital roles in the remainder of the series, as well as getting an enormous amount of character development and growth for Celaena herself. We find Celaena more broken than we’ve ever seen her, and for a while there it was quite maddening. I understood why it was all happening, but I missed my heroine desperately. Let’s just say that the assassin everyone knows and loves definitely gets her swing back and adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to the mix as well. Unfortunately I think that’s all I can give away on Celaena without revealing pivotal parts of the plot – so I’ll keep quiet.
I definitely don’t want to reveal too much through this review since the book is still quite new – but… let’s at least meet the newest additions.
Rowan Whitehorn is a Fae warrior in Maeve’s court that helps Celaena transition from assassin to queen. He’s infuriating and stubborn – everything you would expect an alpha male to be. His lack of patience with Celaena’s bullshit is refreshing and it’s nice to meet someone who can finally dish everything back to her and isn’t out for the count in a fight. It’s impossible to not feel affection for Rowan as the story progresses because he’s everything Celaena needs. She finally has someone to rely on who won’t leave her. They will die for each other, kill for each other and fight for each other until whatever end – and as a pair they are lethal, astounding, and terrifying. By the way… Team Rowan.
Manon Blackbeack, heir of the Blackbeak coven of Ironteeth witches and the leader of the Thirteen is another new character we meet. The witches are pegged to play a big role in the King’s new plan and with this book we get a teasing glimpse of what’s to come. Manon isn’t a villain by any means, rather a little unorthodox and a different kind of heroine in her own rights. The witches are bloodthirsty and wicked but it’s hard to not develop a fondness for Manon and her Thirteen. As their story progresses we see Manon’s inner struggle with fighting against the way things have been forever, or whether or not the fact that she was born heartless and soulless is really true.
Aedion Ashryver is Celaena’s cousin and childhood best friend. He’s a fierce general for the King and secretly working against him the entire time. When Aedion finds out that Aelin is alive it sets everything in motion for the rebel forces that are left in Wendlyn. He makes it very clear that he would move mountains and do whatever it takes to bring back the true queen of Terrasen and at the end of the book we see that first hand.
“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.” – Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire
Again, I cannot stress how much I loved this book. As soon as I put it down I started planning strategically when the best point would be to start reading the series again, just so I could relive the experience. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve fallen in love with a slew of characters from a book like this (dare I say, Harry Potter?)… but I can’t help it. The fact that I have to wait another year or two for the next book makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry, but I will prevail! I think.