Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

October 6, 2014 Review 48 ★★★★★

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 565
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Young Adult
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?

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


 Damn. These books just keep getting better and better. If Throne of Glass continues this trend, I’m not sure if I can take another three books. I’m not sure if I can even write a coherent review of this book, especially since so many people have already sung its praises way better than I can.

But I shall try, starting with this:

Alise’s Emotional Journey Through Heir of Fire Via Popcorn Gifs From Around The Interwebs

Watching Everyone be Badass | Introduction of Rowan

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Things Start Going South | Shit Hits the Fan

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Le Sad Things Happen


HEIR OF FIRE is the third book in the Throne of Glass series. It is a book you really just have to read and experience for yourself, as it is an incredibly hard book to review. In a class all of its own, it easily surpasses a huge majority of young adult books I’ve read and gives new meaning to the genre.

“Because I am lost,” she whispered onto the earth. “And I do not know the way.”

Celaena Sardothien has had a rough go of it lately, (most of her life) but she is determined to fulfill her oath and avenge her friend’s death. To do so, she has to face her heritage and accept her power.

We are introduced to many new characters in this installment, but we also learn a lot more about familiar ones. Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol go through an enormous bout of character development, and completely different sides of them are revealed.

“The people you love are just weapons that will be used against you.”

Rowan (I’m sure you’ve all heard of him by now), is a “freaking badass,” as my co-blogger puts it, and he has a huge role  in cracking open Celaena. He is tough on her, and she needs it. Because of him, we learn so much more about Celaena as she opens up to him, telling him things she couldn’t even tell herself. The feels from these two, I swear. Whether you think they should have a romantic relationship or not, everyone should be able to agree that they have an excellent dynamic.

Chaol and Dorian are still in Adarlan, but we are still able to see what’s been going on with them due to the story’s multiple POVs. I found their storyline to be just as engaging and interesting as Celaena’s, especially towards the end when everything begins to come together and CRAZY THINGS HAPPEN.

Speaking of the multiple POVs, we are also introduced to Aedion Ashryver and Manon Blackbeak who are so awesome in their own right. I can’t wait to see the direction their characters take; they have so much potential and I love reading from their perspectives and watching them grow.

Overall, HEIR OF FIRE is a near perfect book that is just so EPIC you can’t talk about it all in a review. Guess you’ll have to read it for yourself!

Rating Report
Overall: 5

48 Responses to “Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas”

    • Alise

      Yeah I actually really think you would like it! :) When you do get around to it you must tell me what you think :)
      Of course, happy you noticed :D

  1. Chiara@ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    YAAAAAY for Heir of Fire. It is SO CLOSE to being my favourite of the series, but that title still goes to The Assassin’s Blade, simply because that’s the one that really made me fall head over heels in love with this series (where I simply liked it before).

    Your GIF reactions are perfect, haha XD

    And I absolutely agree with the character development in regards to Celaena. She grew SO MUCH, but with the perfect pacing and the perfect everything. I was just like: WOAH (and thank you, Rowan, because he had such a huge hand in it all).

    I am more than a little in love with Aedion and I seriously CANNOT WAIT to read more of him!
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    • Alise

      YES! Actually that’s a really good point, that one was crazy emotional. Glad it made you like the series more :D

      Thank you! :DD

      She really did, it’s so nice to see how there are so many different sides to her and watch her accept them all. Right? Go, Rowan!

      Yeah, seriously. I really like him (all the characters, really) but I want him to see Aelin again so bad! (trying to avoid spoilers here haha)

  2. Kirsty-Marie

    The feels! I just AHFSJFIRFN. Now the wait for the next one is impossible, and exactly, look at the standard so far, it is seriously going to be epic. The new characters though <3 you can't not adore them. You know, I don't think I'd be that bothered if Celaena and Rowan do get together that way, though I don't really see it in them, and I do have hope for Chaolaena EVEN WITH THAT ENDING. I really want to read them all over again now, haha.
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    • Alise

      Right?! I seriously can not wait, it’s so exciting! I’m really happy there is going to be at least three more books (although I’m scared too haha) Right? For so many new ones being introduced I love them all so much. I think it would be pretty awesome for them to be a romantic couple but you are right, I see them more as a Knight and Queen relationship, le sad face. They’d be epic together though. Realistically, I still like Chaolaena too :) SAME

    • Alise

      I don’t know, must be because you’re busy growing an entire human being, no big deal ;) But yeah, this is a pretty impressive YA fantasy, the books get better and better with each installment. Hope you like it whenever you get around to reading it!

        • Alise

          I can only imagine! That’s rough, my cousin is about six months right now and going through the same thing. I think she bought one of those really long body pillows and that helped, not sure what else though :/ Hope you get some sleep!

    • Alise

      Never! I would read anything she writes! Aw, sorry to hear that. Maybe you’ll like the next one better? :)

      Thank you :D

  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    YEAH BABY – 5-stars right across the board! *cheers* I definitely know what you mean, it’s hard (impossible) to find the right words to review this one, there is simply too much awesomeness and feels to be had! We can’t all be as skilled as Miss SJM after all ;-D That first quote you highlighted of Celaena gave me chills and threatened to bring back ALL THE FEELS and reduce me to tears *sniff* This series just keeps getting more and more brilliant and like you, I worry how we will EVER survive the next three books O.O All I can say is Celaena has my heart for life. Along with Chaol, Dorian (OMFG THAT ENDING), Rowan, Manon, Abraxos & Aedion. Fantastic review ^^ ♥
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews recently posted…Review: The Dream Thieves

    • Alise

      Whoop, whoop! Nothing less! Right? So hard to review and talk about everything. I wish asdfghjkl would be acceptable but alas. Aha, so true :P I absolutely love that quote, it made me tear up too! That and the “You left me. I have no one else left.” Or something to that effect

  4. Andreea

    Wow, already the third book in this series. I haven’t even read the first one because as I told you once, I couldn’t get into it. Maybe I will pick it up someday. I tend to do that a lot. And then these books become favorites of mine. I’m so weird.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I remember that! I do hope you try again sometime, they really do just keep on getting better and better. Nah, that’s happened to me before too :)

  5. Tanja

    My poor book has finally been dispatched today!!! I’m over the moon now and I’ll be staking my postman for this one. I love it that it’s even better than the previous one which was amazing IMO. Great review and I love the gifs! :)
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    • Alise

      Yay! I really liked the second one as well but this one is on an entirely different level! So good. Can”t wait to read what you think of it! Thank you :)

  6. Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    Haha great review, that happened to me too XD This book broke my heart and then mended it together at the end. “She was the heir of ash and fire and she would bow to no one.” HECK YEAH!! BOOK #4 WHERE ARE YOU???? Lovely review <3

    • Alise

      Welcome! That was always my goal :)

      You really do! Some people have mixed opinions on the first book so I’d be very curious to see what you think of it!

  7. Romi Foster

    This is a really excellent review, Alise! Top stars! I thought your popcorn reactions were on the spot every time (though I admit I did crack up at the Rowan related one), and this is, I believe, a book you and I feel basically the same about. I adored the dynamic Celaena and Rowan had, it was so strong and I liked that it took a good long time for each to feel like they could even begin to trust the other. I mean, sure it happened all in one book, but it didn’t feel rushed at all. The pacing is so, so good.
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    • Alise

      Aha, thank you! :D Rowan is so awesome. Same, they really are so great together, I can’t wait to see how that dynamic progresses. YES. Right? It’s so strange, it doesn’t feel like one book at all.

    • Alise

      Thank you! Yeah, it’s really great, almost like it’s going the opposite and just getting better. I’m really impressed with it.

    • Alise

      Haha, thanks! I love my food gifs. And food in general ;)
      Yes! I was worried there would be some hate for him at first but it looks like everyone definitely likes his character.

  8. Daphne

    First of all…your blog. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and I can’t get enough of the cool looking font! As for the book, I agree with you on everything! Heir of Fire was so freaking epic. I didn’t even think that it was possible for this series to get any better. At the moment, I’m not completely sure if Rowan is a new love interest or not, but I’m leaning towards not. To be honest, I think they just have a mutual respect for one another and love each other as friends, nothing more.
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    • Alise

      Thank you! That is very nice.
      Yeah, that’s what the majority think about Ronan as well, they definitely share a bond but it’s more of a respect and such like you mentioned. Although I would not be against a romance between the two ;)

  9. Mishma @ As the page turns

    I am actually kinda really scared to read this book.All the hype and talk of epicness is intimidating.
    And what scared me most is that a lot of readers have stopped shipping Celaena and Chaol after this book, and as I consider them as one of my OTPs, it’s quite sad for me to hear that popular opinion:(
    But still, I hope I’ll be able to forget all of them and take up this book one day.

    P.S-New follower, by the way.
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    • Alise

      I know what you mean, I’ve read so many raving reviews and was worried it wouldn’t meet my expectations. I think you will be pleasantly surprised though :)

      And no worries! My co-blogger’s OTP is Chaol/Celaena as well and is still a die hard fan of them together :D I also still enjoy them together. There isn’t anything that really goes directly against them in this book, there is just an introduction of a new character a lot of people fell in love with.


  10. Anna

    I love this book! So glad you finally got to read it and put up a review!
    I’ve had to put my blog on a semi-hiatus because it’s my last semester at university and I just don’t have the time to blog at the moment. Great review as usual and I will keep trying to check your posts as often as I can! :D
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  11. Alise

    I KNOW.
    I KNOW.
    You like them too? :D
    Oh, okay! I know what you mean, and I’m only in my second year. Sounds stressful, good luck with everything :) Thanks for making time to stop by!

  12. Ellen B

    So glad you liked this one! I agree — the third book set up such an epic scope for the remainder of the series. Rowan is badass and Manon is a boss. I can’t wait to see how their journeys continue.

    Awesome review!
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