Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on September 11th 2014
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can't bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back...
The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king - for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?
We are three novels into the Throne of Glass series and Maas continues to craft a riveting story. This is my favourite installment in the series so far. Heir of Fire brings a lot of new stuff to the table. New characters, places, species, beasts and magic lore are pulled into play. The atmosphere of impending war is greatly increased by the expanse of space this story covers, our lead characters are all over the map and it’s great. There are three main plot threads in this book (or four if you count Dorian’s journey as separate to Chaol’s). We have Celaena and Rowan in one plot thread as they take up residence not far from the Fae heartland, Chaol and Aedion in Adarlan in another, and finally Manon and Abraxos’s story in the mountains. We get introduced to a lot of new characters this time round and I loved all of them in different ways, although it admittedly took a while for me to warm to Manon but by the end I was enthralled by her too.
Manon is an ironteeth witch. She is cold, heartless and incredibly driven when we first meet her. Her part of the story isn’t too closely tied with that of the other two plot threads, but is very relevant to the overall scheme of things. This book is more of a setup for her character than anything else. She develops a heck of a lot during this book, she’s definitely a different woman by the end in a way that I think will make her future reactions to events a tad unpredictable, at least in the eyes of her fellow witches. I’m very intrigued to see how Maas will weave her into the overarching story in future books.
Celaena’s plot thread is for the most part is about training. She’s very emotionally broken at the start of the book but before she knows it Rowan, Fae warrior extraordinaire and professional grumpy pants (at times), scrapes her off the streets and takes her to Maeve. Maeve basically says ‘train with my warrior and when you’re good enough to come to my castle I’ll give you some info that will help you save the world’. Celaena goes on a harsh journey to find her strength again, and when she’s back she’s ten times stronger than she was before. We even get some flashbacks to Celaena’s childhood, I especially enjoyed the Anastasia feel of these scenes. I love Celaena more with every installment in this series.
But what about this new Rowan character? Well, I grew to love Rowan during Celaena’s sections. I wasn’t sure what to make of his harsh attitude and behaviour at first. He can be stoic and quiet, but also rough and loyal. It was his loyalty to what he believes in that won me over. He reminded me a lot of my puppy (she loves me like mad but she can be a bit rough sometimes). The thing about Fae is that they are animalistic in nature. The way people smell affects how they treat them and they are not afraid to bite each other to prove a point, for example. Getting to understand Fae helped me understand Rowan better. The way the Fae and demi-Fae live and interact definitely offers a big change of pace from the court we spent so much time around in the previous two books.
The other new character that really stood out for me is Aedion. He’s introduced as the King’s pet Wolf of the North, and he bears a striking resemblance to Celaena. Aedion and his political machinations were at times my favourite parts of the novel. He interacts with Chaol and Dorian back in Adarlan in interesting ways. I imagine he will prove pretty integral in future installments, if terrible things don’t happen to him before he can leave his mark. There’s no doubt about it that Aedion plays a very dangerous game during the course of Heir of Fire.
Chaol and Dorian also live life on the edge in their own way, although they do so rather separately from each other for the most part. Chaol is finding it hard to adapt to the new status quo. He doesn’t have the clarity of mind to be able to stand up and say THIS is what I personally believe in at the beginning of the book. He’s a bit of a lost puppy but he does still manage to be useful, so that’s something. I think the fourth Throne of Glass book will be the one where he truly grows up. Dorian meanwhile has already grown up. I respected him a lot as a person in this book. I do have to say though that certain things involving his story-line kind of killed me inside. I may have almost wept.
This book is the ‘REALLY BAD THINGS ARE BREWING’ book of the series. We get hints and samples of what is to come while our characters are busily leveling themselves up to handle the future.
I kind of regret not waiting for this series to be finished before reading it because I NEED to know what happens next. I’m not sure if I can handle the ending of Heir of Fire. There are so many things to be sorted out in the next few books and I’m not certain they will all be resolved in a happy way. That’s part of the awesomeness of this series: things get gritty, dirty and dangerous. Maas never backs away from showing the cruelties of life under a tyrant.
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