Title: Heir of Fire (2014)
Series: Throne of Glass – Book 3
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 562 pages
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…
The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king–for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?
Heir of Fire is really lengthy and it also feels really lengthy–that’s not a good thing. When I read a lengthy book that doesn’t have enough to keep me engaged, I skim it until I find a part interesting enough to hold my attention. With this book, I skimmed most of Celaena’s parts and really only paid attention to Chaol’s and Dorian’s–their lives were more interesting, with more at stake.
Maas introduced several different POV characters in this book, most notably Manon, a witch, and Sorscha, a healer who works in the castle. Both characters have agendas of their own, interweaved into a complex web that is Erilea and beyond. Through them, Maas tried to provide a more nuanced view of the world and the people who inhabit it.
It could have been amazing, but personally these parts were tediously boring to me–the plot could be so much faster and more intriguing without all these different perspectives slowing us down. I also didn’t feel like it was absolutely necessary for me to trudge through all these different plotlines, but maybe I’ll understand why in Queen of Shadows?
I’m also not sure what I want to say about Celaena that I haven’t already said in my previous two reviews. With each book, her character annoyed me more and more. Don’t get me wrong: I appreciate that she’s ‘different’ from the YA heroines that we usually get, but she is such a special snowflake, it actually irritates me. I feel like with every new thing we discover about her, the more ~tragic~ and ~unique~ she becomes, and it just keeps getting pushed in my face. Am I the only one who feels this way?
She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.
I won’t go too deep into why I find the Rowan/Celaena pairing problematic, but I will say that they give me Twilight vibes, which is not very good. I can see why people love him and think he’s perfect for her, I really do, but the age difference bothers me and probably always will–exactly like Edward and Bella’s relationship.
Maas really relied on throwing shock factor after shock factor in Heir of Fire, and admittedly, she does it extremely well. If nothing else, I actually still cared about the world she built and the characters she created–which is why I am still reading Queen of Shadows… I think. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment? 😛
Overall, Heir of Fire is a step down from Crown of Midnight. The story is slowing down, the characters are bogged down by descriptions and thoughts–it’s tedious and sluggish, and there’s so much angst.