Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publisher/Year: Bloomsbury USA 9/1/15
Length: 516 Pages
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Celaena Sardothien, heroine of the New York Times bestselling series, rises from the ashes to burn even brighter than before.
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?
Yes, it’s taken me quite a long time to finish this third installment and it wasn’t for lack of trying. Life gets in the way sometimes right? Anyway, this third piece of the story is AMAZING. Each book gets more intricate and more complex that there are sub stories in each.
What we have here is the continuation of Celaena’s story – now that she’s going to Wendlyn on assignment for the king, but at the push of Choal who wants to protect her now that he knows her secret. It works for Celaena because it gives her an opportunity to get away, wallow a bit (which she does quite well) and then to learn more about her past and the history behind the wyrdkeys in the hopes of solving the puzzle.
Celaena’s journey is a tough one. We see her have trouble coming to terms with everything – the death of her friend, the fact that Choal can’t be trusted yet she loves him, her relationship with Dorian. And the fact that she’s now forced to admit to everyone who she really is. Throughout this book, she comes into her own, learns how to own her power and how to control it, all through the help and tutoring of Rowan, a Fae prince who is tied to the Fae Queen Maeve through a blood oath. Their relationship is one that is a roller coaster as well, mentor/mentee, hated friends, and yet there’s something more i think. it’s too soon to tell way though.
There’s the side story of what’s going on back in Adarlan though with Choal and Dorian. They are at odds with each other, and the way that their friendship is being written shows that there’s still so much loyalty that trumps everything. Add in Aedion, one of the king’s best generals and Celaena’s cousin (although they haven’t connected yet), and you have an even more interesting story. He’s definitely in the kings pocket and causes us to take a pause to really understand his motivations and what side he’s playing and that all comes out in this story as well.
Then, enter an entirely new storyline of the witches. We met Baba Yellowlegs who Celaena killed in the last story – and now we have all 3 major covens in this story – all being summoned to help the king – yet what they are helping with, they don’t know what. I feel like the dynamic there is interesting since they were cursed at the same time that all the magic was taken from the continent, and i feel like once they are given the right information, the tides may turn in unexpected ways.
So all in all, you can see that there’s something amazing about how our author is able to weave these stories together. They are all happening parallel path, yet they all are woven into one another making it so complex and dynamic. I don’t know how she does it, and yet i can’t stop pushing myself to read more and more (even when i should be doing other things). So on that note, enjoy and i’m off to the next installment!!!