Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.3 of 5 stars 71 ratings • 29 reviews • 107 shelved
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Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.3 of 5 stars 71 ratings • 29 reviews • 107 shelved
The third instalment to the global #1 bestselling series.

As the King of Adarlan's Assassin, Celaena Sardothien is bound to serve the tyrant who slaughtered her dear friend. But she has vowed to make him pay. The answers Celaena needs to destroy the king lie across the sea Wendlyn. And Chaol, Captain of the King's Guard, has put his future in jeopardy to send her there.

Yet as Celaena seeks her destiny in Wendlyn, a new threat 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 global #1 bestselling 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.
  • ISBN10 1619630664
  • ISBN13 9781619630666
  • Publish Date 2 September 2014
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country GB
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Imprint Bloomsbury YA
  • Format eBook
  • Pages 384
  • Language English


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pamela 4 of 5 stars
I couldn't decide if Heir of Fire was a 3-star book, or a 4-star one. I settled on 4-star just because I still really enjoyed reading it. It was a vastly different book to the ones that came before and felt very much like it was setting up for the series to go in a much more mature direction. Maas' writing is still absolutely excellent, but there were a lot more plot crutches, and a lot more filler in this book than in the previous ones, and I have to admit, it felt a little repetitive in places.

One of the things I want to mention as excellent, however, is the natural addition of close, loving, platonic friendships. I thought that Heir of Fire was going to move into toxic love territory, one of my most hated YA tropes, but thankfully it didn't do that which was a pleasant surprise. I also really liked Chaol's character development in this book as he came to terms with what it meant to be a true friend to someone and the fact that two of the main male protagonists can openly express their feelings.

There was a lot about Heir of Fire that was excellent. Gorgeous prose, fantastic world-building, real character growth and development (in most cases), and a more mature plot that was about the characters' personal growth. But it was let down by a lot of repetition, a host of poorly developed new characters that I just didn't really care about, and some obvious plot additions that served only to create a source of conflict for the ending.

I found that some of the world-building was inconsistent. The way Aelin/Celaena's back story was revealed was excellently done. It felt natural, made sense, and developed her character. But when we hear her aunt, Maeve's back story, it's literally an info-dump. Celaena just gives a speech, and we just have to trust that she worked it out, without it having happened naturally in the plot. I also wasn't entirely convinced by anyone's motivation for anything. I hope the remaining books in the series help to clear up the why's of the plot, because at the moment, it feels very much like things are just happening "because tension."

Manon Blackbeak was an exciting new addition to the story. I'm interested to see where her story leads, but I found her sections a bit of a challenge. Because of the POV shifts in Heir of Fire, it was sometimes difficult to engage with her story as there would be vast stretches of the novel in which she wasn't present. The coven tensions between the Ironteeth witches were a neat addition, but I found the animal cruelty and servitude a bit difficult to swallow, especially from a character that I think I'm meant to grow to like. Manon had better start treating her flower-loving, badass, abuse-surviving Wyvern with respect, is all I'm saying.

Ultimately, Heir of Fire was my least favourite in the series to read, but also the one with the most potential as far as series development is concerned. The end quarter more than made up for the slow, repetitive beginning, and I can absolutely see how things are going to start hotting up in Queen of Shadows.

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bgsbooks18 5 of 5 stars
I honestly really enjoyed this book and I for sure plan on reading the rest of this series. I really do Sarah J Maas and the way she writes.

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I never thought I'd be a Sarah J Maas fangirl. I read Throne of Glass and was underwhelmed. I read Crown of Midnight, and it was shockingly good, but I was suspicious that it was more due to certain plot elements rather than an overall love for the series itself. However after I discovered my love affair with A Court of Thorns and Roses, I decided it was time to give the Throne of Glass series another chance to wow me. And wow me it did. Heir of Fire was long and angsty, sure, but it was also the installment that broke down the characters to their very core and allowed me to fully empathize with them. It was, in one word, epic.

Heir of Fire is very much a bridge book, in the sense that it is much more about exploring the depths of Celaena's personality, peeling back the layers of her self-hatred and guilt, than it is about plot momentum. Embarking on a literal hero's journey, Celaena spends this book away from Dorian and Chaol, off in Wendlyn, facing the truth of her heritage, confronting her inadequacies and fears, and dealing with the memories of her past that she's repressed for the past decade. I adored this change of setting. I loved learning more about the Fae world that runs like a dangerous, mournful current under the evil King of Adarlan's reign. I love learning about the systems of oppression that exists between the Fae and demi-Fae, and how the political nuances exist in their world even in the face of extermination by the King. Until I discovered Sarah J Maas I thought it was impossible for me to like a book about Fae, but she entices the reader with the ancient, mysterious, and yet vulnerable qualities of the Fair Folk, and its impossible not to be drawn to their lore and hidden worlds.

There's no denying that Heir of Fire is a long read at over 500 pages, and much of that can be attributed to the introduction of several new POV characters (always a dicey occurrence in the middle of a series). Personally, I felt that Maas accomplished the task of weaving in the new characters to the narrative, and making them integral and integral to the plot. Aedion proved to be an important part of the story, as the only POV character who knows Celaena before she was Adarlan's most feared assassin, and brings a fresh perspective to Aelin. His devotion and commitment to her is really honorable and is probably what kept me reading whenever the narrative switched back to Chaol (who I'm sorry, is really just sort of boring in this book). Then there was Manon, whose chapters I expected to hate (because it deviated so much from the other things going on in the book) but whom I grew to love because her relationship with Abraxos was just SO heartwarming (and also those ironteeth witches are pretty badass). The only new character who didn't work for me as a reader was Sorscha, as she really rubbed off on me the wrong way (I found her to read sort of holier-than-thou and sanctimonious) and I felt like her relationship with Dorian was for plot convenience more than anything else. And then there's Rowan...

ROWAN. The only character who eclipses my love for him at the moment is TAMLIN from Maas' ACOTAR series. I love him. He is the one true bae. I didn't think it was possible that he'd grow on me, because he was so wicked and nasty at the beginning of the book and I thought to myself "I know what you're trying to do Maas, you're going to try to make me think he's a jerk and then slowly fall in love with him but it WON'T WORK." Well, I must eat my words because not only did it SO TOTALLY WORK but it runs deeper than him and Celaena being my one true Throne of Glass ship (bye, Chaol). I loved how Rowan was so layered, so ancient and tormented by what it means to be immortal and the multiple lifetimes worth of tragedies that one accumulates after living so long. Rowan and Celaena really were mirror images to one another, one young and one very, very old, and there bond grows into something so much deeper than a potential romantic pairing by the end of the book. Rowan and Celaena, in my opinion, epitomize the idea of a soul mate, wherein you are inescapable tethered to a person through a deep, unyielding understanding of that person's self regardless of if you're lovers or even friends. I love that Maas was able to show such a strong connection outside of a standard romance story line although I WILL THROW EVERY PART OF MY BEING HOPING THIS SHIP SAILS.

While this book brings about so many new character and elements to the series, it also circles back to plot points from much earlier on and ties their significance into Celaena's-Aelin's- existence even more strongly. What really resonated for me as a reader was the reflection on Celaena's time at Endovier, how it haunts her not by reliving her own pain, but by forcing her to ruminate on the torture and slaughter of so many others that she witnessed. How those stuck in the salt mines drive her more than anything else, and the shame and pride she carries in her ruined back as a sign that if anything ever motivates her to ascend to her throne, it will be the helpless soles in Endovier, rather than a sense of duty or pride or birthright or even her people. It's powerful and painful and beautiful all at once.

"...I also think you like to suffer. You collect scars because you want proof that you are paying for whatever sins you have 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 some burning hell? You're hoping for hell- because how could you face them in the Afterworld? Better to suffer, to be damned for eternity..."-375

Overall: Heir of Fire is a long read that focuses on character development and the introduction of new players to the plot, but what it lacks in quick paced action in more than makes up for in gut-wrenching feels and insight into Aelin's past. Even with this being a more insightful installment of the series, there's still momentum, such as watching Aelin develop her affinity for fire and an epic battle at the conclusion of the novel. Heir of Fire is the kind of book I needed to fully become invested in this series, and I'm so glad it's taking its time in developing across multiple books so I can soak in the nuances of this fantasy world, as new elements are introduced at every turn in Heir of Fire. It's immediately onto Queen of Shadows for me!This review was originally posted on Girl in the Pages

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Ashley 5 of 5 stars
Second read: October 2017 / 5 stars

WOW! I enjoyed this so much more the second time around. I think for two major reasons:

1) The first time I read this, there was like a year between reading Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire. The second time I read this, I read Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire all back to back. I think not having a year long gap between CoM and HoF allowed me to enjoy HoF so much more. I was firmly in the zone of this series, if that makes sense. I wonder if I didn't enjoy it as much the first time because I'd forgotten details and just wasn't totally in the right frame of mind.

2) I think knowing what to expect helped me enjoy certain parts of the book. The first time I read it, I hated Manon's chapters. I just had zero interest in them. But the second time I knew they were there and tried to be more open minded about them. I gave them more of a chance and read them more carefully. I think I ended up really loving them as a result of that.

First read: May 2014 / 2.5 stars

This completely BREAKS MY HEART!!

Above all, I thought Heir of Fire was boring. :( The book was 569 pages long and for AT LEAST 400 of those pages I was bored out of my mind. Nothing was happening, just a lot of training, waiting, plotting, waiting, more training, etc.

Then, to make it worse (for me—maybe not you) there was ZERO romance. The romance was one of the things I loved most about Crown of Midnight.

Those first 400-450 pages were like a 2 star read for me. I started out kind of liking it, but I think that's mostly because I was waiting for it to get good and I so desperately wanted and EXPECTED to like it, so that made me kind of like it. But then that "pretending" fell apart and I realized just how bored I was.

Then, towards the end, things finally did pick up a bit and it was more like a 3.5 star read (maybe with glimpses of 4 stars here and there).

I'm so disappointed! :( I feel like I read this book wrong because WHY DIDN'T I LOVE IT?!?!

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pigpen_reads 4 of 5 stars
This had a very slow start. So much so, I had to put it down for a few months.
Once I got halfway through, it really picked up. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

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Rinn 5 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

Are you looking for a magical fantasy series that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, wishing you could somehow teleport yourself to this fantasy land and live out your days frolicking with various mythological beings?

This is not that series.

Instead, it is a series that will draw you in, have you turning page after page long after you probably should have stopped for the night, cheering on Celaena, hoping that X and Y get together – and then it will tear your heart out and stomp on it.

When I first started Throne of Glass, I had high expectations that it most definitely lived up to, but I never expected to get so emotionally evolved. With Heir of Fire, I was more invested than ever and that meant that every little bad thing that happened actually hurt. The way that Celaena’s responses to grief were written were both wonderful and heart-breaking – I could feel her pain, her utter hopelessness. It’s not often that a book really grips me emotionally; I mean sure quite a few books have made me cry, but this was something else. Certain moments just left me with a hollow feeling in my stomach, a disbelief that they’d actually just transpired.

From the very beginning of Heir of Fire, Celaena was tougher than ever, and after the past two books it was no surprise that she was so much more bloodthirsty. I don’t want to describe my favourite scene because there will be some major spoilers in there, but my respect and love for Celaena as a character pretty much skyrocketed at that point, and with no other way to put it – she was a MAJOR badass. And with even more of Celaena’s history opened up to the reader, you can’t help but love this fierce warrior of a girl, with her determination and loyalty.

But it’s not just Celaena who is in the spotlight this time. I loved that we got to see the different points of view of Chaol and Dorian, as well as Manon – who I can’t wait to learn more about, especially to see how her story weaves into the bigger picture. Like Celaena, she was violent and determined, but in a huge contrast also brutal and vicious. I felt her chapters also gave the book more of a fantasy element than the previous two books.

It is books like Heir of Fire that remind me just why I love the fantasy genre. With some truly beautiful prose, heartbreaking moments as well as others that make you want to punch the air in triumph, Sarah J. Maas has done it again with this absolutely fantastic addition to the Throne of Glass series – and boy am I glad it’s not over yet.

Originally read and reviewed in September 2014 - re-read in May 2016.

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Katie King 3 of 5 stars
Not as good as Crown of Midnight. But I love Manon! Also, I got tired of hearing about Nehemia. I didn't feel like her and Celaena were actually that great of friends. Plus Rowan and Celaena were nowhere near Chaol and Celaena.

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Carpe Libra 4 of 5 stars
Erfgenaam van Vuur bevat wederom een goed verteld verhaal dat deze keer focust op persoonlijke groei en keuzes maken. Iets wat niet helemaal in mijn straatje ligt. Desondanks was dit nog steeds een heerlijk boek om te lezen, wat met de onthullingen en de enkele actiescenes. Liefhebbers van Sarah J. Maas raad ik dan ook ten zeerste aan om te lezen hoe het verhaal van Cel verder gaat!

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Ezrah 5 of 5 stars
This review first appeared on I Heart Romance & YA

Finally, the third book in the Throne of Glass series and it is just as devastating as Crown of Midnight! There are revelations and DEATHS and creatures – monsters! And I’m also talking about HUMAN monsters.

Devastating? AGAIN?

Well, the first half of Heir of Fire started out a little slow for my taste. Mostly because we are now given a few info dumps (that aren’t really info dumps because SJMaas is just BRILLIANT!) about Wendelin and the Fae. We also meet the mysterious Fae Prince Roan.

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