29/08/2014

Review: Heir of Fire {Sarah J. Maas}



Written by Sarah J. Maas

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien's only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend. As the King's assassin, she's bound to serve him, but he will pay for what he has done. Celaena's only hope of destroying him lies in Wendlyn and so, sacrificing his future, the Captain of the King's Guard sends Celaena there. But her darkest demons lie in that same place, and if she faces them she will become Adarlan's biggest threat and the Captain's own toughest enemy. As Celaena learns of her destiny, she has to 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.
 Sarah J. Maas truly reached new levels of amazing with her ability to create sensationally fleshed-out characters. Everyone from our leading lady, down to side-characters who flitted in and out of the story, were well-developed, charismatic and fascinating.

Heir of Fire follows many different stories, yet all link together seamlessly, providing a book brimming with interlinking journeys that each add a new layer of depth.

From Ironteeth Manon's lust for revenge and thirst to return to her home; to Chaol's conflict between his honour and his loyalty; to Dorian's journey to become the man his father never wanted him to be; to Celaena's incredible transformation into the queen she was always destined to be. No character's development was neglected.

The way Celaena grows, matures and learns to accept herself and her destiny was flawless. From being so disgusted with herself and guilt-ridden over the deaths she has caused, to growing into a woman both powerful and confident in that power, made her more than worthy of leading her people into freedom. She may have been bad-ass before, but in this book she becomes so much more.

Dorian and Chaol's stories continue on in Celaena's absence, and their ending cemented them as my BROTP. Dorian was brilliant, because he started acting and thinking like a king, and becoming a man who could lead. His storyline with Sorscha was wonderfully sweet and helped to show how much he has grown.

Chaol was amazing as usual, particularly in the final moments of the book (where I fist-pumped). He was torn between the person Celaena was and who he wanted her to be; the person Dorian was and who he wanted him to be; what he was lead to believe his kingdom was and what it had really come to be. 

I got frustrated with him at so many points, because I wanted him to just accept things, but I still loved him because he was always helping the people he loved, risking everything, even though he didn't know what to think or feel. And can I be the first person to suggest an Aedion and Chaol ship? Because they were reluctantly bromancing and I loved it.

Speaking of, Aedion was a great addition and carried on the bad-assery of his lineage. I also really enjoyed Rowan's character. Though I wanted to punch him for being so harsh, he really helped shape Celaena into the person she needed to be. I enjoyed their friendship and hope it stays as a friendship, because that's what they both need.


The world-building was also immense. Maas has a lot of talents, but the true pleasure of her writing is in the details. The way she crafts a world so vast and takes the time to paint each detail so vividly, really is a wonder. Outside of Adarlan we get to see so much more of this universe, including the past kingdoms and the glorious nature of magic. I loved how much further the lore was explored and how dangerous and powerful magic was.

  For such a long book, this ended all too soon. Everything in Heir of Fire drained me emotionally and that ending just wrecked, shattered and destroyed me. I actually cried. That's how much this story messed with my feels! Each book in this wonderful series truly does get better and better. I didn't think anything could surpass Crown of Midnight, but this was a sensational addition to the series and is definitely one of the best fantasy stories I've ever read.


"Hope. You cannot steal it, no matter how many you rip from their homes and enslave. And you cannot break it, no matter how many you murder" 


Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart
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28 comments:

  1. I pre-ordered the UK edition, hope to get it soon even though it doesn't release until September 11th! So excited!!

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    1. You will fall in love with it (and cry your heart out too!)

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  2. it was really emotional but I loved how Celeana grew and some of the new POV even though it was a bit overwhelming to me at first.
    Love the new look by the way

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    1. Celaena grew immensely in this! I couldn't believe the level of character development :D

      (And thank you <3)

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  3. Yay! I loved this, I love the whole series but it really does seem like it just gets better and better as it goes.

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    1. 100%! Each book just seems to surpass the previous and I don't know how Maas keeps doing it. WITCHCRAFT ;)

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  4. Okay, I REALLY need to start this series I suppose. I mean, I love great world building and fleshed out characters, so I clearly want to read this! Off to add to my TBR! Great review :)

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    1. Oh you do, you do! It's one of my all-time favourite series (and that's not a title I give out to just any book lol). Honestly, you'll become addicted!

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  5. Ahh I am so excited about reading this one! It sounds really promising and I cannot wait to get back into Celaena's world.

    Lovely review! <33

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    1. It's my favourite so-far by an absolute mile. Wasn't sure I'd enjoy the multiple POVs and such, but WOW did Maas pull it all off well!

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  6. I didn't quite like this as much as you did, but I still liked it quite a bit. So glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much! I completely agree that this was so emotionally draining! Like you said, the new characters were awesome (Rowan and Aedion!) and the characters from the previous books definitely got a LOT more development! Thanks for sharing and, as always, BRILLIANT review Allie! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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    1. Rowan and Aedion were my fave. Particularly Aedion. He and Chaol need to have an official bromance ship name. Caedion? Hmmmm *strokes moustache*

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  7. I can't wait to continue this series :) And I'm so happy you loved the characters (AND YESSS CHAOL IS FANTASTIC). I've heard that he's a little frustrating in this novel, but I don't care. I love him. Yay that you liked Rowan. I hear there's a new ship in town *glares at all ships other than Chaol and Celaena* :D So happy you enjoyed, love!

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    1. Chaol is always fantastic and always will be. But yeah, he was frustrating, but that's just because he wanted to be loyal to everyone, bless him. Trust me, he FULLY redeemed himself in the end and was just beyond amazing.

      I'm not shipping Rowan and Celaena at ALL. I saw their relationship as very platonic and if it evolves into anything more, I'm gonna be disappointed because it's just unnecessary. Plus, the age thing. I know it's fantasy but Rowan is a gazillion years old. So it's a little gross ;P

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  8. I honestly don't know how we can be expected to wait till next year for the next one! Maas is a genius, her books are just amazing and they never disappoint. This has turned into my new favourite series, I just can't get enough of it.

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    1. I KNOW. A year is too long. We should petition Maas to give it to us now ;)

      I can't get enough either. I read the first book and liked it, but had no idea what I was getting myself into by reading the second book. Now I'm completely obsessed haha

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  9. Wow, that's great you loved this one so much. It's not normally a book I would pick up, but I keep reading good things so I'm so curious.

    -lauren

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    1. Give it a go, Lauren! I wasn't sure it was my cup of tea at all, but picked up the first book because Lily recommended it. SO glad I did, because now I'm beyond addicted to it!

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  10. I'm currently reading this one right now and I'm liking it so far, but I don't really like Sorscha and Dorian's romance for some reason. It just felt so random... I skip their parts >_< But the rest of the book are awesome. I like Aedion a lot - he's very complex and I am sooo looking forward to his and Celaena's meeting. At first, I was afraid my ship would sink since almost everybody has jumped into this Rowan x Celaena train, but I don't feel anything beyond indifference towards him so far so still a strong chaol x Celaena shipper here! :P

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Oh really? I thought those aprts were adorable, and it was nice to see that Dorian had moved on. I think the relationship showed a different side to his charcater, which I appreciated :D

      Yes, Aedion is awesome! Everyone is fangirling over Rowan and, though I liked him, he has nothing on Aedion!
      And I definitely don't ship Rowan & Celaena as anything other than a friendship. It'd feel contrived if they got romantic. I'm a deifnite Chaol & Celaena shipper too! :D

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  11. Omg omg omg *squeals* Your review has left me dying and I literally cannot wait until it's released! Why does time seem to be going by so slow :'( So glad that you enjoyed it and I'm so happy that Maas has continued to create another masterpiece! :)

    I've tagged you for the Harry Potter Spell Book Tag, I don't know if you've done it before but even if you haven't don't feel obliged to do it! :)

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    1. You think you're dying now, wait until you've read the book. YOU'LL BE DYING EVEN MORE WAITING FOR THE NEXT ONE. The ending was just . . . I can't even. Sarah J. Maas lives to torture us, I swear ;)

      (Thanks for the tag – I'll take a look. Never heard of that one before!)

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  12. My comment is going to be short and sweet since I finished this book less than 24 hours ago and i'm still trying to make sense of my feels.
    While nothing can ever compare to what the ending of CoM did to me this one exhausted me. The ending was just draining. I need the sequel!

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    1. RIGHT? That ending was . . . I can't even. With Dorian and everything? DEAR GOD, I NEED THE NEXT ONE

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  13. I was so sad when Dorian and Chaol weren't BFFs! The ending made me so happy (and the ending redeem Chaol for me, too b/c I was definitely getting a bit frustrated with him despite still totally loving him).
    And I'm all for joining you on the Aedion and Chaol ship!

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    1. I know, me too BUT YES THAT ENDING. It definitely redeemed Chaol and the bromance feels were just <33

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  14. Eeep, I'm so glad you liked this book!! I loved the character development too and the world-building. Chaol frustrated me so much too!! The bromance strain hurt my heart, but things were starting to get back on track near the end... Speaking of that end, WOW. Lovely review, Allie <3

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    1. The end more than made up for anything. But then, the ending also COMPLETELY DESTROYED ME. Lol!

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