BOOK REVIEW | HEIR OF FIRE, SARAH J. MAAS

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Title: Heir Of Fire

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series Number: 3

Publication Date: September 2, 2014.

Genres: Young Adult, High Fantasy

Where I received the book: I bought this book from the Book Depository.

Star rating: ★★★★★

A summary:

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien 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. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

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Heir of Fire is an amazing book in this series. I think I liked it more than the others. A lot of new characters are introduced throughout the novel; along with new concepts and ideas. Despite the size of this book, I managed to sift through it quite quickly, loving every second of it. Action packed and filled with amazing character development. If you haven’t read this book yet, I 100% recommend you do so!

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Heir Of Fire is definitely my favourite book in this series. I can’t get over how fantasticly amazingit is. Every second, every word. I was hooked from start to end. I don’t think I’ve read a better book, to be honest.

So, one of my favourite things in Heir Of Fire is the introduction of many, many new characters. One of my favourites being Manon. Her storyline was fantastic. I didn’t like her at first. I didn’t even like the whole witch-y plot. Personally, it didn’t start picking up until Abraxos attacked Titus. The entire wyvern thing was so good and well written. I’m not going to lie here, when Abraxos was first introduced and described, I imagined him as Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon. I didn’t even know wyverns were a type of dragon thing until I googled it. When Abraxos showed so much bravery and courage it really hit something in me. I don’t know what it was, but I felt for him so much. And when Manon decided she wanted him to be hers, I was so happy.

Over the course of Heir Of Fire, we discover a lot about Manon, along with all the other witches. I absolutely loved the way Manon started out as one of those “I’m the most evil in all the land” type characters. But in the end, after spending so much time with Abraxos, she’s become kind of soft. Don’t tell her I said that. I think it’s so good for her. Manon became so closely connected with Abraxos that he softened her. She even saved Petrah, which goes against all witch-y things. This goes along with the quote from the Crochan witch said:

“We pity you, each and every one of you. For what you do to your children. They are not born evil. But you force them to kill and hurt and hate until there is nothing left inside them—of you … They have made you into monsters. Made, Manon. And we feel sorry for you.”

Another thing I loved about Heir Of Fire is Celaena. Or Aelin. I love how Celaena isn’t particularly strong with her Fae-ness at the beginning. She isn’t comfortable with it because of her childhood, she never really got the training she needed. Instead she hid from it, kept it a secret, and never touched it again. When she meets Rowan, and she’s forced to go into this place that she has no desire to, she slowly becomes more and more comfortable with herself. She grows as a person and as a character. She learns to control her abilities and even used them against the Valg princes. She nearly burns herself out in order to save these people, when she would’ve previously let them die than use her ability to save them.

I completely disagree with the Rowan/Aelin relationship. I’m not going to sugar coat it or slightly bring up the topic, but I hated it. They start off as two people who can’t stand each other. You know, this is cool. No problem. Many friendships start this way in books. I mean look at Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson books, they didn’t like each other at first. But unlike Celaena’s relationship with Chaol, which slowly progressed over multiple books, Rowan and Aelin happened over two sentences. They didn’t like each other — she nearly burns herself out — he see’s her scars and suddenly finds this new-found liking for her??? Over the course of less than a paragraph?? That’s not right. A relationship should progress steadily over a book. If anything, I feel like Rowan felt bad for her, or felt sorry even, for what’d happened to her. I didn’t get the impression that he actually was beginning to form a friendship with her. It felt fake to me, there was no proper development. In the end (hell, even in the beginning) I shipped Rowan and Celaena/Aelin as brotp. They have this cool platonic relationship, and I would hate, hate if it became anything more than platonic.

Okay, so Rowan. I really like Rowan as a character. He’s come so far since the beginning of Heir of Fire. He was somewhat of a dick at the start (but so was Celaena, so what can you do, right?), but he changed and stopped holding so much bad. As a reader, I felt I learned so much about him – his past, wife, child. Everything about him made so much sense. However, I every time I see Rowan and Celaena together at the start of the book, I can’t stop thinking of all those abusive relationships. The guy beats the girl and makes her feel like shit, but in the end it’s okay because he’s hot and it makes her a stronger person? How ’bout no. How about you don’t mentally and physically abuse the girl because it promotes domestic violence and the male dominated patriarchy that we live in. I know they don’t have a sexual relationship, but the ideas and concepts still apply. For those who don’t believe me, there are parts of the book where he’d beat her up, but she could barely put in a hit. Celaena would turn up to the kitchens grumpy, tired, stressed out, and bruised from the beatings she’s taken.

 

One sad thing after another; Chaol. For some reason, everyone hates Chaol. Half the fandom is divided into who likes Chaol and who likes Rowan. Apparently it’s not possible to like both characters, but whatever. I’m both happy and sad with Chaol’s character development through this novel. I dislike how Celaena is still pissed as shit at him – he did nothing wrong. He’s becoming some sort of a bad guy – not in the sense of the King, but bad enough that half the main characters don’t like him. Dorian doesn’t like him as much. Celaena doesn’t. All because he’s not comfortable with magic. Should I remind you, that he was raised to think that magic is bad? He was raised to become the Captain of the guard, to serve and protect the King. Of course he’s had this mindset that makes it difficult for him to suddenly change the way he’s been thinking for the entirety of his life! One thing I loved was in the end when he told Dorian that he loved him. This is a big point to make, because Dorian has magic, and it goes against the blind loyalty he has to the King by saying he loves someone with magic when it’s been banned and outlawed. He then proceeded to flee and officially become a rebel.

Dorian, poor Dorian. I really, really like how his character progressed throughout the book. I liked how he met Sorscha and they became a thing. I love their relationship. I think it was well built. From the moment I met her, I figured something was up, but I dismissed all thoughts when I saw how happy she made Dorian. How she was helping him to control his magic and all that. Those are the best relationships, in my opinion. Somewhere in the middle, his character became a little shit and boring to follow, but after the Sorscha thing, it became so cute and I was happy that he was happy. I WAS SO GUTTED WHEN THE THING WITH THE THING AND THE OTHER THING AND SORSCHA WHAT GET YO HEAD BACK ON GURL DORIAN NEEDS YOU. Sigh.

One sad thing after another, the collar thing. I don’t even fully understand the whole scene (like, I understand it enough to know what was going on but shh). I can’t believe Dorian’s own father would do that to him. And one day Celaena’s going to have to fight him or something. And can you imagine when Chaol finds out? I’m so mad.

Annddd one of my favourite character arcs in the entire novel: Aedion! He was this dude who went around killing his own people because the King asked him to, and he liked to party and I can totally imagine him being a fuckboy like damn. Sorry.

When Aedion was all “Yeah man I like to drink, and kill my own people! You can call me a kinslayer, it’s the job description”. I genuinely disliked him so much, I didn’t want to believe an asshole could be related to Celaena, however distantly. But then you find out he’s working with the rebels! He doesn’t even go to his own parties? Damn, I bet those things are expensive to host, and you’re not even there! I love the passion and dedication he as for Aelin, how ten years later and he’s still fighting for her. I can’t wait for their reunion. It’ll be so amazing. I can imagine Aedion being just like every other fangirl/boy meeting their idol.

I felt so sad after the flashback scenes with Marion. I feel like it made a lot of sense as to why Celaena went off the wall when Nehemia was murdered. It was so upsetting. In the brief few moments that we got to know Marion, I felt this connection to her. I cried when she died/sacrificed herself for Celaena (whereas I didn’t cry when Nehemia died).

I honestly can’t wait for Queen of Shadows. I’m so excited. This series is the greatest thing to happen to YA and fantasy.

 

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