Book Review & Discussion: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

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The Kingdom20613470 of Ash release date is less than a month away, and it’s high time that I’ve caught up on my Throne of Glass reviews. Luckily, this series (and this book specifically) is so easy for me to fangirl about because this book is where all the action and badass-ery begins!! 😱😍 

We’re introduced to a set of new characters that are half frustrating but also lovable? Our old characters embark on a journey of character development and adventure, and Sarah J Maas’s writing continues to intricately build a magical world unlike any other. ✨

Spoiler-free Summary: 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.

This book is a solid 4.5/5. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved it so much! Celaena/Aelin is one of my all-time favorite characters, and the Throne of Glass series definitely my favorite series this year. Be sure to check out my reviews for Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and The Assassin’s Blade if you haven’t yet! 🗡

If you’re interested in hearing more thoughts on this amazing book, I highly recommend reading Destiny’s review over at Howling Libraries. She puts all my feels into writing so much more eloquently than I can. Go check her out! 🙈

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

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Writing

I absolutely love how SJM slyly incorporated magic into this medieval-style world. 🌟 In the first book, we are presented with a Hunger Games meets The Bachelor storyline, and now, we see witches, wyverns, and how our favorite assassin is actually a lost faerie Queen. 👑 rawThe main reason why this book is a thousand times better than the first two is because all the little pieces start to tie together. The plot holes in Throne of Glass are filled, and references from different parts in the series are brought in.

Characters 

Celaena/Aelin. I love that we see a totally different side of Celaena in this book. Normally, we’re shown the cocky and confident assassin, but in this book, we see her slowly open up.🔥 Her secrets are revealed, simultaneously revealing her more vulnerable side. She gets beat up in this book (physically, mentally, and emotionally), but in the end, she comes out on top as the fierce and determined, fire-wielding queen and mastermind we know and can’t help but love. giphyRowan. I am such a sucker for the mean on the outside bad boy but is actually super sweet and caring and has a heart of gold. 😂😍 There were definitely scenes where I thought he was a donkey (AKA an ass) to Aelin, but he really redeemed himself by the end of the book.

Manon. She is such a badass, and I can’t wait for her and Aelin to meet because it will either be World War 3 or the greatest dynamic duo of all time. Even though she’s been raised in this competitive dark environment by her grandmother, we can see her caring, loyal side, especially with our puppy-dog wyvern, Abraxos (who I totally imagine as Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon). tenor.gifChaol. This boy is seriously going through an existential crisis debating between his love for Celaena/Aelin and his loyalty to the crown. He definitely improves by the end of this book, but I don’t have the same love for him as I did before.

Dorian. Ahhhhhh Our poor boy!! I will be the first to admit that I don’t love reading Dorian’s POV, but I was so devastated when Sorsha was killed and he was trapped with a Valg in his body. 😭 I seriously hope that he gets rescued, but I mean if he needs to be killed for the good of mankind I wouldn’t be too upset…🙊

Plot

Basically, our heroine was going through an intense boot camp training with Soldier Rowan. 🤷‍♀️FlusteredVastHammerheadbird

Romance

For Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, I was 100% on board with the Team Chaol ship, but after his involvement in Nehemia’s death, I can’t see how he and Celaena could ever be together again.💔 I was never on Team Dorian in the first place, so I can’t really root for that either…

I can definitely see the potential for a budding romance between Aelin and Rowan.😉 One of my favorite scenes in this book was when he saw the scars on her back and immediately felt protective. 😍 Another A+ scene was when Aelin freed Rowan from his bond with Maeve. giphy

In Conclusion 

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of me fangirling. Please read this series and fangirl with me! There’s so much excitement before the release of Kingdom of Ash, and I promise that this book does not disappoint. 😁 tumblr_nk69uy5xly1uosfcgo1_400

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HAVE YOU READ THE THRONE OF GLASS SERIES? WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HEIR OF FIRE? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS! 💕

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11 thoughts on “Book Review & Discussion: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

    • tiffany @ readbytiffany says:

      Aww thank you!! I’m really hoping to reread Queen of Shadows soon, so I can remember everything to write my review but alsooooo to get myself so hyped up for Kingdom of Ash!! I definitely think QoS is the book where so much falls together in terms of plot 🙂

      Thanks again for such kind words & supporting~

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  1. Justine @ Bookish Wisps says:

    Ohhh, I can see how much you loved Heir of Fire.

    And Tiffany I am going to fangirl with you. I have finished Queen of Fire and my post is scheduled to be… hehe. I ended up loving it more than HoF. And currently inhaling~reading EoS. It’s getting better and better 🤩🤩

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    • tiffany @ readbytiffany says:

      OMG I’m so excited for your post!! I’m going to reread Queen of Shadows soon, so I can’t wait. 🙂 Your heart is going to B R E A K after reading EoS, but it’s okay because KoA will be released soon and we can fangirl together ❤

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  2. Cailin @ Rose Petal Pages says:

    ksjfskdjfndsk Heir of Fire is my FAVORITE I love Rowan so much and the relationship that slowly develops between him and Celaena/Aelin is one of the best friendships I’ve read. And just the personal journey Celaena/Aelin goes through on her own is so powerful and emotional and written so well. Everything comes together in this book and I’m always just amazed at SJMs genius with every reread

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  3. Zoie says:

    It’s been about a year since I last read Heir of Fire, so thanks for the refresher! The shipping does change a lot and get crazy as the series goes along, doesn’t it? I’m still debating whether I should reread all the previous books before the release of Kingdom of Ash… but that would take me *forever* 😂 Anyways, great review, Tiffany!

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