Review | Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

heir of fireTitle: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy

Synopsis: Celaena Sardothien 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. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

Final Rating: 3green

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Check out my review for the other books in this series: Throne of GlassCrown of Midnight

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If anybody has been paying attention to my book reviews this year, they’d know that I love Sarah J. Maas. I love her writing, I love her characters, I love her world-building. She makes me weep with a broken heart, ugly laugh at the hilarity and the sass. Crown of Midnight made me fall hopelessly in love with a fictional character (*cough* Chaol Westfall *cough*) after a very long time, and her A Court of Thorns & Roses made me ship two characters (*cough* Feylin *cough*) so hard that I could barely keep my emotions under control. So when everyone kept telling me that Heir of Fire was the greatest piece of work Sarah J. Maas has put out into the world, my expectations were sky-high.

But nobody told me that Heir of Fire is the slowest of all of Maas’s work. Nobody told me that the new characters barely have a storyline. Nobody told me that the perspectives would jump around so much that I would get bored, that the story would end up feeling disjointed and sloppy. I am one of the few people who was not impressed with this book. And I am sorry, but I found myself wondering if the copy I had was – miraculously – an ARC, because I could not believe that someone as brilliant as Sarah J. Maas  could put forward this tome of a book where nothing happens. And trust me, it pains me to say this, but I had to drag myself to the end of the book because I love this series enough to not abandon it.

Slow books aren’t a problem, if they are done well. For me, a psychological thriller or a realistic contemporary is best if it’s slow. But a high-fantasy, YA read with an assassin as a main character? Where revolution is breaking out, and there’s Fae and magic and infinite bad-assery? No, a book like that cannot be slow; if it’s slow, it starts to feel like it’s unnecessarily dragging, and I do not like that.

None of the new characters impressed me. When Manon was first introduced, I was excited because she seemed clever, twisted, dark and I was looking forward to what she had to offer to the series. But, alas, all of her other chapters were putting me to sleep. She was doing nothing! She was training a pet, and this training was described to me in such excruciating detail right in the middle of the chapters where interesting stuff was going on! Not only was her plot-line incredibly dull, it also completely broke the flow of the other chapters! As for Rowan, I do not dislike him, but I don’t care for him either. The only new character I was interested in was Aedion.

Chaol is my love. He is the greatest male character I have read in a long time – complex, honorable, loyal, passionate, fierce yet confused, misguided, hesitant. But I was not invested in even Chaol’s chapters in this book, which is saying something. Dorian’s chapters were fun. Celaena’s chapters were repetitive – just endless training, getting nowhere, banter, training again.

The end was where the book picked up enough for me to bump it up from a two star rating to a three star one. The ending was fast-paced and shocking and edge-of-the-seat exciting. Maas packed all her action into the last thirty pages or so, and wow, it was wonderful. If only there was more of it throughout.

Overall, I was super disappointed with this one. I’ll definitely be reading the next books because I’m too invested in this series to not continue, but perhaps my expectations will be lower going into Queen of Shadows. 

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  • I think that this book was used more for development. Manon absolutely bored me, but I can’t wait to see her and Celaena first meet. I love Cahol as well, but in this book he was so frustrating since he wouldn’t pick a side until the very end! Now that Celaena has accepted her role as Queen, I am hoping that the series will kick it in to high gear in the next book.

    • I agree. I think this one was the bridge between the first part of the series and the second part, since SJM was building Celaena up to be ‘the’ queen. Even then, I felt it was much slower than it needed to be.

      I actually enjoyed Chaol’s indecision quite a lot. People seem to dislike him because of it, but it just added another layer to his character for me. You could really see how he struggled to reconcile his duty with what was right. :3

  • Aw, I just finished this a couple days ago and I really loved it, I can see what you mean with Celeana’s chapters being mostly training but I really loved it, it’s my favorite so far (:

    • I’m glad you liked it! I think the hype just brought it down for me. Went into it expecting it to be fast-paced and action-packed like Crown of Midnight was, and it just wasn’t what I was expecting, haha.

      • Yea, I understand, sometimes the hype can really ruin a book, and it’s hard to try and ignore it, that’s what happened with The Kiss of Deception for me, I did end up liking it the second time around but the first time I tried I couldn’t deal.

  • Wow! I’m actually quite shocked you didn’t like it. I felt it was more character developing than the others. I actually believe this one is my favorite of the three so far. Here’s to hoping you enjoy QoS 🙂

    • I think one of the reasons I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to was because I’ve grown very attached to the relationship dynamic between Chaol-Celaena-Dorian. Celaena didn’t interact with Chaol OR Dorian in this one, and Chaol and Dorian interacted very little. I think much of my resentment lies in the fact that I was missing the trio like crazy, haha. xD

      Hope I enjoy QoS too. :3

      • That is true! They took a back seat in this book. But if you want to put the blame on anyone you have to put it on Chaol. He told Celaena to go on the journeyin CoM. 😛

        • Chaol is my bby. Chaol is perfect *keeps Chaol safe 5ever* XD

  • I’m saddened to see you didn’t enjoy this book! I loved it so much, as I did with the first two. Granted, Crown of Midnight is my favourite because it was so action packed and amazing. But I loved Heir of Fire for its world building and character development which I believe compensates and goes well next to Crown of Midnight. I feel that Maas was really setting down the foundation for everything that is bound to happen in Queen of Shadows. Considering there are two more books after Queen of Shadows, I feel that we can’t have all the books being action packed and constantly on the move. I hope that you continue on with the series! Great review. xoxo

    • Yes, I agree that this was more of a bridge between the ‘first’ part of the series and the ‘second.’ I’ll definitely be continuing on with the series because I am well aware of what Maas can do. XD Thank you! x

  • It’s so interesting to read different opinions on this kind of book. I actually loved Manon. Every chapter I was hoping that it would be a chapter about her. It’s too bad you didn’t like the book much, but great review!

    • Thank you! I don’t have a problem with Manon, just that I felt she didn’t have much of a storyline. I definitely see her potential though, and I look forward to the point where she meets Celaena in QoS!

  • Nervous to read this now… *gulps nervously like in my favorite cartoon, Tom and Jerry…… slaps myself for being irrelevant* Anyway, at first I was confused because everyone, and I mean EVERYONE and their pet chihuahua loved this book. But I think I’m going to read it (I honestly have no idea why I’ve putting it off; this series is my favorite thing ever.) and decide for myself. I loved your review, loved every little thing about it. Stay beautiful.
    -Nikki

    • Ah, thank you, you wonderful girl. Don’t be nervous! I think you’ll be fine if you expect the right things. I expected it to be fast-paced and action-packed, and it wasn’t like that. Like I said, slow books aren’t a bad thing. As long as you’re aware of what you’ll get, I think you’ll love it. <3

      • Awe, shucks. Why thank you. I really hope I do. I would never want to be disappointed in Maas!
        -Nikki

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