Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 11th September 2014
No. Pages: 562
Buy at: BookDepository
Warning: This review may contain spoilers for Throne of Glass
It’s taken me a long time to write my review for Heir of Fire, mainly because there’s a lot to cover and I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to say.
In Heir of Fire Celaena travels to another continent where she is forced to confront her past and we learn more about her heritage. Unlike in the previous installments we don’t see the badass cocky assassin, but a self-loathing, hopeless queen. It was refreshing to see this side of her – it gave the entire book a much more somber and dark tone than in the previous installments. Celaena does overcome it and emerges with a new steely determination to get back what is rightfully hers – which has me excited for the next installment.
Maas sacrifices some of her fast-paced, action-filled chapters for the sake of introducing us to some new faces. Manon Blackbeak is an irontooth witch and heir to the Blackbeak clan. I’m going to be honest and admit that Manon’s earlier chapters bored me. However, before I knew it I did like her story and her as a character.
Next we have Rowan, the arrogant fae warrior who is forced to train Celaena/Aelin. Rowan was awful to Aelin to begin with, but I have to admit I did like him (cocky asshole is kind of my guilty pleasure). I also really enjoyed how they eventually came to a mutual understanding and that they developed a very nice platonic relationship. One of the things I love about this series is how Maas values friendships as much as romantic relationships.
Aedion Ashryver is Aelin’s cousin and general in the King’s army. He’s perceived as a drunk and a womanizer but we soon learn there is more to him than meets the eye. He’s fiercely loyal to his cousin and his kingdom – traits I loved him for.
In Heir of Fire Chaol struggles between his loyalties to his kingdom and his love for Celaena. It’s nice to see how he’s grown as a character since the first book – he’s no longer the stoic captain of the guard but someone who’s struggling to protect those he loves.
And finally, lets talk about Dorian Havilliard – probably my favourite character in this entire series. He’s grown so much as a character over the course of this series. In Heir of Fire he’s struggling with his magic and trying to stand up to his father. He says and does some pretty selfless things in this book, and you can’t help but love him. Dorian does gain a new love interest in this book, and although it was cute at times it was kind of dull too.
Overall, Heir of Fire was a good book. Maas is clearly improving as a writer, her characters have more depth and the plot and world are far more complex than you would have guessed from the first book. We also learn more about the magic system, what’s stopping the magic in Erilea and we meet some cool creatures – which I really enjoyed.
Although Heir of Fire started off slow, it ended up being a heartbreaking and captivating read.