Published on September 2, 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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?
The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.
Heir of Fire is what I consider a monster read. Packed with a number of smaller stories all tied into one, this massive book brought its A-game. Not only did a lot happen to move the story forward, even more acted as a set-up for the next installment (because how can there not be a fourth book after the events of this one?).
Celaena/Aelin is across the water in Wendlyn thanks to her friends and while she originally had a murderous plan afoot, it’s all been tossed aside. And that’s how Rowan Whitethorn finds her. The book follows her training under his tutelage as she explores her powers and faces evil on more than one front. The King of Adarlan might not be her only foe before her story is told.
Well, I mentioned another male so obviously it must be another love interest, right? I mean, I wouldn’t say you’re wrong. Through they don’t explicitly do anything, Rowan and Aelin form a bond that goes well beyond friendship. He is the ice to her fire, the calm to her storm. And you can sure as hell bet that I’m shipping these two until the end of time.
And yeah, she’s Aelin now though she hasn’t completely accepted that yet.
Though much of the focus is spent on Aelin’s time in Wendlyn, Maas doesn’t exclude Dorian and Chaol, moving in their views to introduce a rebellion much stronger than any of them expected. And Aedion, Aelin’s cousin. I think I’m going to like him. For all the rumors surrounding the warrior, he’s loyal to a fault.
He worked a bit with Chaol who has gotten on my last nerves. At one point Dorian tells him that he can’t just love some parts of a person (in reference to Celaena/Aelin) and damn straight. He needs to get over himself and decide whose side he’s on.
I cried a bit over Dorian. Of all the ones to suffer, his fate hurt the most this time around. You are a cruel, cruel woman, Maas.
A new character was introduced this time and finally we have witches! Manon Blackbeak is ruthless, cunning, and all together monstrous. This witch governs the most fearsome of the covens and she’s going to bring destrucion. Plus, they get to ride wyverns. Freakin’ wyverns. I want one. Actually, I want Manon’s Abraxos, the flower-sniffing baby. I’ll fight her for him (though with those iron teeth and nails, my chances of success are probably pretty slim).
So that’s a lot on the characters, but if you’ve read any of these books you know how much focus there is on them and their decisions driving the story forward so they’re worth noting. The story itself was less of a “let’s throw ALL the action at the reader” and more of a “what the hell is going on” mystery. I’d say a good bit of this book was building up for the next one which made it drag at times but also needed to be there. Usually this is when I see this type of book in a series, around the third or fourth title, so it wasn’t surprising. And I love the characters, the writing, the world, all of it, so it’s easy to acknowledge but forgive the pacing.
And with so much happening, I really need to stop reading these books after they’re released because I always end up sitting around, twiddling my thumbs, not sure what to do next. Obviously it’s hard to move on after reading a ToG book so gods help us all when the fourth installment is released.