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Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire is the third book of Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and published by Bloomsbury in the year 2014. If you have not read the first two books you may find some spoilers here. I have reviewed both of its prequels if you haven't read them please do.

(Again, major spoilers ahead! If you have not read the previous ones. Please skip to the next para.) A lot of things happened at the end of the second book, Crown of Midnight. Devastated by the death of her best friend Celena sets out on the path to destroy the ultimate evil, the King of Adarlan, and keep the promise made to Nehemia but for this, she needs some questions answered. Chaol realizing who Celena truly is, sacrifices his future to send Celena to Wedlyn to keep her safe. Celena on arrival in Wendlyn is summoned to Maeve, the immortal queen. Queen Maeve promises her the answers to all her questions but she has a condition. To fulfill this demand she has to go through all the things she runs from, revive all the memories she suppressed all these years, and worst of all accept what she truly is, a queen.

Heir of Fire promises an epic journey, the journey of Celena from being an assassin to a queen. But for me, I never saw a cold-blooded assassin in Celena who could kill anyone just because she was paid to do so. She was always portrayed as a kind person and didn't kill anyone for the wrong reasons. So for me, there was no major character development for Celena. This is not a problem specific to this book only, I have this issue with the whole series. That doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy the Wendlyn episode. From her training with Rowan, flashes of her past to the last battle everything was on point. Dorian and Chaol shinned in this book. The way Dorian dealt with his magic and Chaol came to terms with the realities of his two closest friends Celena and Dorian are to be treasured. There are two major character additions in this book, Rowan Whitehorn and Manon Blackbeak. I couldn't connect to either character much but hopefully, as the series goes on I will start liking them.

Now you may think I'm being too harsh on this and maybe I am. But I loved the previous book Crown of Midnight so much that I had huge expectations from it and I feel it fell short though only by a margin. But that doesn't mean I hated it. I actually enjoyed it a lot. The story was engaging, full of new elements and drama. The set up was in Wedlyn which was fresh and interesting to read about. Maas did a great job of expressing the emotions and turmoils of the characters. As usual, the ending left me craving for more. Pick it up, readers. ASAP!

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

Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire


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