Book Review: Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Heir of Fire (2014)
Series: Throne of Glass – Book 3
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 562 pages
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Goodreads Description

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?

Review

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.

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Book Review: Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Crown of Midnight (2013)
Series: Throne of Glass – Book 2
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 418 pages
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads Description

Crowned by Evil. Bound by Duty. Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

Review

Before I start, I should mention that I gave Throne of Glass a one-star rating mainly because Celaena annoyed me to death. I found her extremely unbelievable as an assassin and utterly vain, and the romance (apparently one of the main selling points for most people) rather lacking as neither of the love interest, well, interested me. I picked up Crown of Midnight because other bloggers told me it’s much better.

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Book Review: Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Throne of Glass (2012)
Series: Throne of Glass – Book 1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 404 pages
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Review: In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is serving a life sentence for being an assassin. This was until the Crown Prince offers her a deal: if she fights for him in a tournament to the death and serves his kingdom for a certain period of time, she will be free.

Unfortunately, I must be one of those very rare people who didn’t find this book ~*TOTALLY AMAZING*~ (all caps). I think the reason for my relatively low rating (and by that I mean low in comparison to the ones I’ve seen in the blogosphere) is the characterisation of the main character. This review is going to read more like a rant at some parts, so please bear with me.

Before starting Throne of Glass, I was already afraid that Celaena was going to be a Mary Sue, and I wasn’t wrong—she ticked off many of the characteristics of one, including but not limited to:

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