Author: Sarah J Maas
Title: Heir of Fire
Genre(s): Fantasy; Young adult; Romance
Utterly gripping chapter of Celaena's journey that will leave you wanting more
This series truly gets better with each installment. This makes me feel both ecstatic and sad because I cannot wait to start diving into the next book AND I will be incredibly sorrowful once I am done reading the series. Thankfully, books are meant to be read more than once ;)
In Heir of Fire readers get the chance to see Celaena during one of her most vulnerable times. Her future, as well as the future of her kingdom is hanging on by a thread that feels as though it will be cut at any moment. Celaena travels to a new place where she encounters an ancient Fae warrior who helps her to harness and better understand her power. During this process, her deepest fears are exposed not only to herself, but to the one training her. She works day in and day out to prevent those fears from taking control of her. However, there are many moments when they become too strong and she falls weak to their impact. It was captivating to read about her change in character from the spicy, audacious, and mouthy young woman we are used to from the previous installments. She is truly teetering on the edge of self-implosion during Heir of Fire, which makes it an incredibly emotional read. There were countless times when I (quite literally) started talking to her out loud, telling her to be strong and to conquer her fears. As I was doing that I realized how truly invested I became in not only Celaena, but all of the characters in this series. Sarah really knows how to make the characters relatable despite it being a fantasy.
This installment also comes with the introduction to many new characters, all who play a vital role in the story and add depth and new dynamics to the plot. The Fae warrior, Rowan, is by far my favorite addition. He reflects Calaena's grit, strength, and perseverance making them the perfect dueling couple. His hatred for her and her portrayed weaknesses is unmatched and he definitely conveys his distaste for her during their grueling training sessions. However, as time goes on and her fears are played out, he learns to admire her strength and ability to pull herself from darkness.
Usually at this point in a series, I tend to become bored because plots often become lackluster and they tend to lose the original adventure. That being said, Sarah certainly knows how to continue the excitement from one book to the next because I find myself enjoying the later installments even more than the original. This hardly ever happens for me. Several subplots are introduced throughout Heir of Fire, all of which contained a new adventure for various characters. I cannot express my love for this series enough. If you are looking for a fantasy series slam packed with character intrigue and development, reasonable twists and turns, perfectly executed plot, and awesome scene descriptions then I would recommend picking this one up!
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.
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