Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
I’d give it 10 stars if I could, but 5 out of 5 stars for now 🙂
“You didn’t need a weapon at all when you were born one.”
This is one of the best books I’ve read all year.
Heir of Fire begins with Celeana drunk and mistaken for a vagrant in a distant land. She is approached by the fae warrior Rowan, who is sworn to her Aunt Maeve, and they journey together to her realm to meet with her. In order for Celeana to obtain the secrets of the Wyrdmarks from Maeve, she must train with Rowan and prove herself worthy of entering Doranelle, where she will find the knowledge she seeks.
Rowan and Celeana clash instantly. Rowan believes Celeana to be nothing but a spoiled, royal brat (which we all know is the furthest thing from the truth) and Celeana sees Rowan as a judgmental tyrant. Training together tests both of their boundary’s and limits, physically and mentally.
Darkness lurks in the woods surrounding where they train, and the two encounter many types of monsters over time. But nothing can prepare them for what is to come…
“It would not take a monster to destroy a monster – but light, light to drive out darkness.”
The first book in this series was very much a young adult fantasy book. The second book introduced a lasting political plot and the groundwork for the overall evil to come. This book, oh this book. I don’t really even see it as a “young adult fantasy” book. Heir of Fire was so much more than that, and it read like an adult fantasy book to me. There were so many complex themes, emotions and issues that are not usually present in ya fantasy, and Sarah J. Maas did an incredible job writing this book.
“These days, I am very glad to be a mortal, and to only have to endure this life once. These days, I don’t envy you at all.”
It was her turn to stare toward the horizon. “I used to wish I had a chance to see it all- and hated that I never would.”
The theme of this book was very much self-acceptance.
Celeana must come to accept her past and her heritage.
Chaol must come to accept that the King he serves is an unjust ruler.
Dorian must come to accept the magic within him.
I loved the characters, the world-building, the plot, the adventures, pretty much everything this book had to offer. And the most surprising part, this book had little to no romance in it, and I still loved it! (That’s almost unheard of from me).
Despite there being no romance, there seem to be 4 men who Celeana could end up with. FOUR!
-Chaol: her ex-lover who still pines for her and regrets the choices he made that led to their end. Chaol believes Celeana to hate him, yet he risks his own life and betrays his King who he serves to help keep her alive. (And I felt so freaking bad for him the entire time. I have a soft spot for Chaol).
-Dorian: I’m still listing him as a contender because there are 3 more books in the series, so we will never know. It would be nice if he got a chance at Celeana.
-Rowan: Their relationship was strictly friends in this book, but it has the possibility to turn into something more. The connection the two have runs deep.
-Aedion- Celeana’s very distant cousin and childhood friend, who she has not seen in years and yet he is still loyal to her. I suspect he has feelings for her…
My favorite part of the book was the character development between Rowan and Celeana. Their relationship is not one that can be defined by words, but only with feelings. Both know what it is to be enslaved in one form or another, and their connection is spectacular. I really hope their is more about the two of them in the books to come.
“You collect scars because you want proof that you are paying for whatever sins you’ve committed. And I know this because I’ve been doing the same damn thing for two hundred years. Tell me, do you think you will go to some blessed Afterworld, or do you expect a burning hell? You’re hoping for hell–because how could you face them in the Afterworld? Better to suffer, to be damned for eternity.”
I would say my least favorite part of the book was the witch plot. To be honest, I did a giant reader NO-NO and began skimming and then skipping those chapters. My rating of the book does not include those parts because I didn’t really read them, as I had a hard time trying to care about those characters.
….So now I guess I can twiddle my thumbs until the next three books. After this book, I have faith that Sarah J. Maas will deliver something incredible in the next three volumes. I am so happy to be on this journey.
“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”