Heir of Fire by SJ Maas is the third book in the Throne of Glass series that continues on with the adventure of Celaena Sardothien. I couldn’t take too many notes because I was so absorbed with reading the book.
Seeing Dorian, Chaol and Celaena apart as characters was a fresh insight into their lives. Their characters grew even more in this book which was absolutely enjoyable and it makes you wonder how they’re going to change in the next one.
Celaena starts her journey in the land of Faeries which was a very interesting aspect of the book because now she can use her powers but because she hasn’t used them in so long it’s difficult and frustrating for her to access, control and manifest her magic. I loved the introduction of Rowan who is a Warrior Fae and so scrumptious ( Sarah has a knack for writing the hottest male fictional characters ever). Seeing them transition from always butting heads to becoming bonded was, to say the least, a journey that was to be relished in every way.
In addition to Rowan, we got a glimpse of Maeve, her aunt who came off as arrogant, abusive and very powerful. There wasn’t much to get a better idea of her but hopefully there will be more in the coming books.
The Ironteeth got a lot of coverage in this book and played a critical role in plot revelation. We follow Manon, the heir to the Blackbeak clan as she and her sisters along with the Bluebloods and Yellowlegs clans fight for the supermen title of Wingleader. Each heir from the clans is eligible and must train for a battle in the White Fang mountains to determine the victor who will lead them all to the Wastes and reclaim their land from the Crochan witches. This was a very gripping part of the story as well that played a big part in the King’s plan. The depictions were so beautiful and to see this part of it come to life would be stunning to say the least.
Chaol finds an unlikely alliance with Aedion Ashryver, the King’s general and leader of the Bane and also Aelin Ashryver’s cousin. These sections were fairly dry with very little drama except for the end which was crucial for the next book. Chaol became less important and almost unlikeable in the book which was very surprising. I hope he’ll get a lot more important later in the story.
Dorian on the other hand, had a lot of change happen to him. He changed from the whiny heartbroken boy into a strong young Prince and fell in love again. His story feels a bit Game of Thrones-y but a much more watered down version. With the ending Sarah gave, he’s going to be a whole lot more than just a heartbroken little princeling.
All in all, this book is an emotional roller coaster rise. There’s a lot of pain and a lot of suffering balanced out by happy and tender moments but sometimes the sad just outweighs the joy. It’s a good deal traumatising but not wrecking completely. It’s perfect. I gave it 5/5 stars.
Pick up the series if you’re interested or intrigued by the story. The fourth book, a Queen of Shadows will be released this October. The cover is so beautiful there’s no reason for you to not read the series.