January 2, 2015

Wicked Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Published: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids UK
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Acquired: Paperback

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?

Well, how do I even start? Here's back story. I had no idea that this series has 6 books. I was so excited that I bought the UK editions of the three books. And I hate long distance relationships. And waiting. Like, waiting for the next book to come while your head is filled with conspiracy theories.


This is where we learn more about Celaena. She's actually a force to be reckoned with and the King of Adarlan should be scared for his sorry life. She went to Wendlyn to learn about the Wyrdkeys not knowing what dangers lies ahead.

Now, we meet Prince Rowan, personal guard of Maeve, Celaena's aunt. Rowan brings her to Maeve where she seeks out her knowledge of the Wyrdkeys but it comes with a price. Maeve wants to see Celaena's power. In order to accomplish that, she must train with Rowan.

It brings back memories with Chaol in the first book where they trained for the Tests to become the King's Champion. This is where things sort of get together-for lack of a better phrase. Celaena's flashbacks certainly help with understanding the world of the Fae.

Across the sea, Dorian's friendship with Chaol is hanging by a thread as secrets are revealed. I used to think of Dorian as a playboy and carefree. In this book, he mans up. He starts talking back to his abominable father. I  feel so sorry for both of them. Well, mostly for Chaol, because he's torn forever between duty to his King and his love for Celaena.

In the mountains, however, the witches are rising. Manon Blackbeak is the strongest witch of all the covens. All of the other covens were tasked by the King to train with wyverns in the upcoming war games in exchange for their former land. I got more attached to this story than with Celaena mainly because Manon is such a beautifully written character like Celaena.

Sarah J. Maas has done it again. Now, let me crawl back inside my cave and hibernate till book four comes out.

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). Starting in Spring 2015, her New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well. 

Sarah lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the California coastline with her husband.

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