King’s Ransom: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

August 10, 2014 Review 31 ★★★★★

King’s Ransom: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 576
Release Date: September 11th 2014
Series: Throne of glass #3
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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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?

This third novel in the Throne of Glass sequence, from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, is packed with more heart-stopping action, devastating drama and swoonsome romance, and introduces some fierce new heroines to love and hate.

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.

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Major Selling Points:

Epic Series

Ask me to make a list of my favourite books/series/whatever and Throne of Glass will always  manage to find it’s way on there. This series has so much going for it, and I love every installment more than the last. The wait for each book it torturous but I know what I’m waiting for is of epic quality.

FANTASY. FANTASY EVERYWHERE.

These are high fantasy books and there are so many different fantasy elements packed into the pages it’s great. Wyverns, witches, a fascinating world, magic, fae, assassins, kings and queens, and so much more. It sort of sounds like it’s almost too much but it’s not.

Swashbuckling:


HEIR OF FIRE is a turning point book, for both the plot and the characters. There is a lot of plot and character development and at times it may seem a bit slow (but trust me when I say there’s still plenty of things going on to keep you more than interested). It’s setting the stage for some really epic stuff to come (THAT LAST 20% OH MY GOD). There’s more magic, more switching between characters as the story unravels in different parts of the world. The characters are forced to face their past, present, and furture. Fortunately  HEIR OF FIRE is not as sad as CROWN OF MIDNIGHT (my heart wouldn’t have taken it) but there’st still FEELS. You learn more about Celaena’s pasts, the kings plans (HOLY SHIT), and watch as beloved characters start questioning who and what they believe in and why and make you feel bloody proud of them.

Lingo:


This is the part I hate talking about with this series. Not because the writing is bad, but because I get so wrapped up in the story I forget to pay attention to how the words are strung together. And all I can give is praise. Sarah J Maas makes me love her characters, who are all complicated and amazing, her world, which sounds gorgeous and magical, and the plot, which continues to shock me. I think she’s earned her way onto my auto buy author list, and I can’t wait to see how her story telling improves with each book in the future.

Crew:

Because we got quite a few new characters I thought I’d talk about them instead of the usual trio! This decision is mostly based on the fact that I will probably be more likely to accidentally let something slip if I tried to talk about Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian because I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS and can talk about the new guys more objectively.

Rowan

Rowan is a freaking badass and I think you are all going to love him. A tough mentor and teacher, he’s quite closed off and mysterious. But his actions and past (once it’s revealed) quickly wins you over. He also has some amazing character development (all the characters do) and I cannot wait to see what Rowan becomes in future books.

Aedion Ashryver

Aedion is basically the male version of Celaena. Gorgeous, cocky as all hell (seriously, he’s more arrogant than THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE Celaena), and a brilliant fighter.  The first few chapters make you hate him. You don’t trust him one ounce. But my god he’s great to read about. And I can’t say more because ~spoilers~.

Manon Blackbeak

Manon is terrifying. Absolutely terrifying. And oh so fascinating. I’m very intrigued about her role in the novels, and am desperate to see the character growth she has yet to go through. She starts of barely human. She never shows “weak” feelings, is ruthless, doesn’t take any shit. But the glimpses… Manon is a very interesting character. And will no doubt become even more interesting and awesome as the series goes on.

Swoonability:

HEIR OF FIRE doesn’t really contain much romance. Characters are separated and plot development is definitely put first. For which I am grateful because the things that happen here are more important than romance, There’s time for feelings and squee worthy moments later when the characters defeat the villain and create a happier world for themselves XD. Two “relationships” do develop… sort of. One is a relationship I don’t really see anything romantic in. The characters become very close but not that type of close. Despite that this is going to be a couple a lot of people will ship (and I certainly see the appeal of such a ship, but don’t personally this couple myself).

The other one I won’t talk about too much because of an even higher risk of major plot spoilers. It’s a sweet relationship that we don’t glimpse too much of, but it develops really nicely on the side. The few chapters we glimpsed it in were such a nice break from some of the more serious plot development chapters and I wish we got to glimpse more of it.

Ships:

  • Chaol x Celaena
  • Aelin x Terrasen
  • Dorian x being a badass
  • Dorian x King (not with his father, silly. As in BEING THE KING HE NEEDS TO BE KING)
  • Erilea x Absence of the King of Adarlan
  • Book 4 x Badassery
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Rating Report
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Overall: 4.9

31 Responses to “King’s Ransom: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas”

    • Bec

      I think that chance for the two girls will come in later books. It’s going to be an encounter to remember. Definitely wanted more Chaol and stuff.

      CoM was amazing, and is still my favourite. But I loved this and I think the next few books are going to blow CoM out of the water.

  1. Fangirling Misses (Belle)

    I’ve heard rumors of Sorscha……*wails* My poor Doraena *sniffs*
    As much as I love the idea of Aedion in HoF, please tell me he doesn’t surpass Celaena’s badassery :/ Celaena must remain the badass of badasses in badassland XD *crosses fingers*
    Hahah I love your ships btw ;) Great review…..I’m literally binge reading HoF reviews till Sep!
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    • Bec

      Aedion and Celaena are both their own badasses. And you can never have too many badasses. There are so many different varieties.

      Thanks!

  2. Andreea

    I am glad you loved this sequel so much. Everyone seems to love this series. I guess I am the only one who still hasn’t read it. I tried reading the first book, but I couldn’t get into it.

    Anyway, awesome review!
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    • Bec

      I know a few people who rated Throne of Glass 2 stars but read Crown of Midnight and gave it 5 stars! So maybe give it another go? And it’s okay not to like it, not all books are for everyone :)

      Thanks!

  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Ok so, my review for this one still hasn’t gone up but I HAVE BEEN DYING to chat with my favorite bloggers about it :D GAH, this book murdered my feels but man I ADORED it, yes like you said: even better than the previous books. And I did NOT think that was possible. But man, this book has SO MUCH going for it. The new setting, Celaena tuning into her magic and getting major training, ROWAN was THE MAN ♥♥♥ the Fae in general, and I was glad we still got Chaol and Dorian’s POV cause I missed them and it was cool to see what was happening in our usual setting. I loved Aelin too, he really was like a male Celaena xD Manon was killer man, literally and figuratively. I adored getting to know her and those glimpses really tugged at the old feels. She’s terrible but addicting. I can’t wait to know more about EVERYONE, GAWD it’s STILL torture to not have more ToG!! Fantastic review ^^ ♥
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    • Bec

      I was lucky that I knew people who’d read it so I could go straight them and gush when I was finished!

      So many awesome things were going on. Every character was great. I don’t know how I’m going to survive waiting another year for more.

      Thanks :)

  4. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I really should stop trying to comment on HoF reviews; it mostly ends up being afkdl;ajfkl;sjfl *crying*

    BUT YES TO ALL OF THIS. I don’t ship “that” ship in *that* way (god, spoilers are so hard to avoid), but the connection is just *swoon* I mean, I wouldn’t say NO to it being *that* way, but the way it is right now is good enough for me. There’s more than *that* to make a relationship shippable. (I really feel like I’m speaking code right now *inspector gadget music playing*)

    I’m beyond excited to see more of Manon in the fourth book. At first I was like, who the heck is this and why is she taking page time away from Celaeana?? But then I got so attached to her character and I want to see her more!

    Dorian, of course, is the unexpected badass of the series. I can’t believe I used to hate him. SO MUCH SHAME UPON ME. I think we could actually retitle this book: “The Trio of Badassery, starring Celaena, Aedion, and Dorian.”
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    • Bec

      hahaha It is impossible to talk about this book withing ahsksjhfkasjdf-ing.

      It is a ship with a lot of connection and I can see the appeal. Oh, I can see it. But I can’t see anything out of it. I’d prefer them to stay close friends than develop anything romantic. I get your code ;)

      YES MORE MANON. She’s going to become an amazing character (even more amazing than she already is). Her development is just going to be phenomenal. That’s if it goes where I think it will…

      haha yes! But there is more than just those three that are badasses. Pretty much the entire cast is kick ass in their own way!

      Wait, YOU USED TO HATE DORIAN??? D: But he’s always been such a sweetheart. Actually, this probably has made what he did in HoF even more amazing and meaningful to you.

  5. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    I. Have. SO MUCH LOVE. For this book. ALSO–that gif you used for Manon is hysterical. I’m glad you loved it too. It got off to a bit of a rocky start for me with the uber quick POV changes, and I mistakenly thought Celaena was having a pity party for a few chapters, but it didn’t take long for this installment to maybe become my favorite. LOVE Rowan. LOVE Manon (and her dragon). I don’t think I saw enough of Aedion to love him too, but I’m definitely curious, and I definitely like him. Fabulous review!
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    • Bec

      It is so brilliant. All of the new characters are amazing, and the old characters grew so much. Cannot wait to see more of all of them in the next few books!

      Haha, I had to use that gif! Manon is terrifying (in the best way)

  6. Kirsty-Marie

    I NEED TO BUY THESE NOW, don’t I? I was going to wait for the series to be finished, but don’t think I can wait any longer, I want to be in on this fandom and do some shipping. I need to do some shipping. Plus, amazing characters and amazing character growth, definitely going to love them. Fantasy isn’t my favourite genre, but I think the series is just one everyone’s going to love, plus, badass covers are badass. :)
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    • Bec

      There’s going to be six books so you’d be waiting a looooong time. Better to get into them now ;) Even if you don’t normally like fantasy I think these are a nice introduction to the genre. Plus there’s the characters and all the other stuff to keep you entertained XD And yes, the covers need to be on everyone’s shelf!

  7. Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    Ahhh I’m so glad you enjoyed this as well! I just posted my review too xD I LOVE those ships. I totally ship Chaolaena, but some people are jumping ship to Rowan and Celaena. NO. The last 20% of the book was insane. I still can’t believe Sorscha… Book 4 is going to be EPIC. And eeek what Chaol did at the end!! HECK YES. The fantasy aspects were amazing, and the world building was fantastic. I adore this series, and Heir of Fire is definitely a favorite book of the year. Awesome review :)
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    • Bec

      So many amazing plot points and events! It’s already one of the best YA fantasy series I’ve read and it’s only going to get better from here :D

      Thanks!

    • Bec

      You are missing out on so much potential amazingness!! You know Christmas is coming up, and people need to gift you things ;)

  8. Tanja

    You just made me do a happy dance. I love this series so much that I never request ARCs but always wait till my copy arrives so I can hug it first. But really so awesome. I’m so glad that it continue to surprise. Great review, Bec :)
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    • Bec

      More Chaol x Celaena interaction would have been nice but I can see why that wasn’t possible. Hopefully books four :D OH THE FACE OFF I WON’T BE ABLE TO DEAL. I’ve been trying my best not to think about it because I’m so scared.

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      It’s such an amazing series. And you don’t have too long to wait now! I hope you love HoF when you get the chance to read it :D

    • Bec

      Skimming is what the gifs are mainly for XD Although I did my very best to avoid spoilers, I understand you wanting to know minimal things about it. I do the same thing.

      Do come and find me on some social media when you finish! You will need to gush and fangirl and freak out. I did.

  9. Romi Foster

    Ships!

    See, Bec, I told you that I’d come back and read this post after I’d read the novel, and you basically summed it up perfectly. I feel so similarly about Sarah J. Maas’s writing and the story and EVERYTHING. It is so wonderful being so intensely involved in a story like so many people seem to be in this series, and I’m glad you feel that same amazement and excitement that I feel over it, Bec! Also, the ending! Oh my. OHHH MY.
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    • Bec

      haha YES! It’s such an amazing series and I’m so excited/scared for all the future installments XD There’s some epic times ahead :)

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