Title: Heir of Fire
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
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.
The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Timesbestselling Crown of Midnight.
This is the third installment of the Throne of Glass series, and it was as brilliant as the last two books. I couldn’t read it fast enough, it was completely addicting! If you haven’t seen my other reviews for the first two books, you can find them here:
**Warning: I would NOT read this review unless you have read the previous two books, as this post spoils the ending of the last book. If you would like to avoid any spoilers, please scroll towards the bottom of the review and look for the “End of Spoilers” Heading**
Something that I absolutely adore about this series is how layered it is, and how diverse the world S.J.M. created is. There is a lot of plot twists and unexpected additions in every book thus far, and I feel like that is a mark of an excellent writer.
This third book starts off with Celaena drunk and wandering the streets of Wendlyn, sent there under the guise of fulfilling the king of Adarlans orders. She is filled with anger, denial and grief about all that has happened in the previous book – the loss of her friend, her lover and her somewhat normal life AS Celaena. She has a secret she has been struggling with for years, and was revealed to her ex-lover Chaol in the last book.
That secreat is that her true name is not Celaena – it is Aelin Ashryver Whitethorn Galathynius, the lost Queen of Terresan. She is a powerful half fae endowed with fire magic so powerful that people everywhere feared her long before she became Celaena. By leaving Adarlan and entering Wendlyn, where the land has magic, Aelin is able to shift between her human and Fae form, as well as use her magic, though she has no idea how to control it after years of it being supressed. She is desperate to live up to a vow she made but she feels lost and has no idea where to start. Eventually the Queen of Doranelle, Queen Maeve, finds Aelin and promises to help her – only after she’s learned to harnass and control her magic.
The majority of the book deals with the aftermath of Aelin’s past while she learns what it means to be not only a magic wielder, but to embrace who she is and her destiny. It also gives us a glimpse back into Adarlan during this time through Chaol and Dorian’s eyes as the both also decide who they want to be and where their loyalties belong.
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The writing of all three of these books thus far has been transformative and exquisite. The plot is always action packed and meaningul, making the book completely addictive. S.J.M. also introduces new characters that practically spring out of the book, they feel so alive and have such diverse personalities. I literally could not put the book down, I stayed up all night reading it was so good. I’ve barely even touched on the main factors of the book or even the series as a whole, but I would highly recommend it to people looking for an addicting fantasy series.
I gave this book a 5/5 and have already devoured the next several books in the series, so keep an eye out for my future reviews.