Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Date Released: 2014
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Summary: “Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena 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?” – Goodreads
I stood in line for nearly 2 hours to purchase this book, and I’m glad to say that it was well worth it!
The characters, most of them new ones, are to die for. Between the new cast in Rifthold, the new world and characters and creatures in Wendelyn, and the covens in the Ferian Gap, there’s a rich selection to choose from, all with backbones and stories and secrets of their own. Speaking of the covens, initially I wasn’t a huge fan of the Manon storyline. I had difficulty understanding its relevance and direction, but it eventually won me over in a big way once the relationship with Abraxos entered. This book has no lack of strong women, that’s for sure.
Celaena is great as always, powerful and regaining her spark that for so long has threatened to go out. I really like her dynamic with Rowan, and her potential dynamic with Aedion once they’re reunited. (BE STILL, MY HEART).
Once you finally get to the action in this book, it goes hard. It never leaves you wanting, but never annoyingly overwhelms either. I can only think of one fight in the entire 600 pages that was too long for my liking, which, for a book with a lot of fights, is great. This book strikes just the right balance.
The writing is wonderful as always, powerful and clear while still retaining a poetic flow. I do feel though that things in the first couple hundred pages took a bit long to get moving, but once they did, the book stopped for no one. And that’s not even to mention the innumerable well-crafted plot twists! I will say that I quite literally screaming once or twice while reading.
All in all, Heir of Fire earns itself a solid 4.5 out of 5 for rich characters, quality writing and pace, and surprises of intrigue you’ll never see coming. And after all, how much more could you want?