By: Celine | September 16, 2014 | (20) Comments

Discussion Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. MaasHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass, #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Magic, YA
Source: Bought it, Received in exchange for review
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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?

Discussion review by Melanie and Celine

*this review is spoiler-free*

Celine: Okay, so… Heir of Fire. I think this is going to be an interesting discussion because it’s pretty much the first time we’ve had differing opinions on a book! 😛

Melanie: Right? I did enjoy it overall, but when I look back and think about it, I didn’t love it that much. One of the main reasons being because it felt really boring for me. This book felt so much slower and the plot was set at a much slower pace. It took me about a week to read it–which says a lot because I rarely take that long to read a book.

Celine: I agree with you that Heir of Fire was much slower than the previous books, but I actually loved it. It allowed for so much character development! I definitely think Heir of Fire is the game changer in the series – that it’s a build-up for even more badass things to come. I can definitely see why some people aren’t happy with that – it definitely differs from the rest of the series. I absolutely loved it, though!

Melanie: I dunno, I like my series being consistent in terms of pacing. And because the first two instalments were quicker paced, that’s what I had expected here.

Celine: Oh and there’s one more thing I have to mention, and that is the writing style. Can I say gorgeous? I LOVED Maas’ writing and some sentences and paragraphs hit me hard. I don’t know if you feel the same, but I really loved the writing style and Heir of Fire definitely earned a spot on my ‘gorgeous prose’-shelf!

Melanie: I do agree that the writing is gorgeous and I would totally eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner if it were edible but sometimes it became something that slowed down the pace and movement in this book. I’ve never really had a big issue with it before, but here, the writing style felt a little hard to plough through.

Celine: That’s funny because it’s the opposite for me! I loved it, I couldn’t get enough. It was so hard to stop reading, haha. I did read slower than I normally do, but that was mostly to savour this book. Also YES I’d totally eat her prose (well, hers and Laini Taylor’s because come on – but I digress).

I also didn’t really mind that this book was slower because I loved Celaena’s slow journey, how lost and broken she was at the beginning and how completely badass by the end.

Melanie: It’s true that Maas gets a lot of character development done in here, I felt like I got to know Celaena so much more than the first two books combined!

Celine: Celaena grew SO much in this book. I loved it (but I’m going to say that about pretty much everything). There are also some new characters introduced in Heir of Fire, like Rowan, Aedion and Manon. I know some people didn’t like the inclusion of new POVs, but I (you guessed it!) love it.  But I would warn people still waiting to read this that there are new POVs and yes, they do slow down the book from time to time.

Melanie: The new characters were definitely interesting. I loved Rowan the most. His friendship with Celaena was perfect and exactly what she needed. Something that was no nonsense.

Celine: I looooved Rowan. His character was just perfect for Celaena – like you said, just what she needed.

Melanie: Ooh what are your thoughts on Aedion?

Celine: Aedion… I really liked him, but didn’t love him as much others seemed to. Still, I loved his attitude, his loyalty to Celaena and he could also be pretty funny! I’m curious to see what role he’s going to play in the next books.

What about you?

Melanie: Yeah same here, I’m really curious to see how he’ll end up in the upcoming instalments, and I like his personality–it’s refreshing.

Celine: Also, Manon is a freaking badass.

Melanie: Eeeeeeh Manon. I think this is my fangirling heart when I say that I felt like I was skimming her POV because I was waiting for my Chaolena. WHICH DIDNT EVEN HAPPEN. CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS FOR A MINUTE?

Celine: Okay, this is the part where I have to make a confession. Please don’t hate me, but… I never really shipped Chaolaena. *cue shock* I KNOW. IM SORRY. The thing is, it’s not that I didn’t like them together. I did. They fit each other well, and I enjoyed their romance. But I never really actively shipped them. And now, after Heir of Fire, I no longer want them to be together. The thing is, Celeana has grown, come into her own. Chaol has grown too, but in a different way. And I personally think they’ve grown apart in such a way they no longer fit together. But that’s just my humble opinion. Sorry I can’t scream with you about Chaolaena 😛

Melanie: YOU BREAK MY HEART, CELINE. *cries in betrayal*

Celine: I AM VERY SORRY, AS YOU KNOW. *offers some more ice cream*

Melanie: I MIGHT HAVE NOT FORGIVEN YOU IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE ICE CREAM.

Celine: But there IS ice cream! I’ll also throw some cookies and chocolate into the mix! *puppy dog eyes*

Melanie: OKAY YOU ARE 100% FORGIVEN.

NOW EXCUSE ME. I MUST GO AND EAT THIS FOOD.

~Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending Melanie a review copy and thank you money for allowing Celine to buy this book!~

Melanie

3.5 Stars

Celine

5 Stars

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20 Responses to Discussion Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

  1. Nara says:

    I have to say, I don’t ship Chaolaena either, after Heir of Fire. I did ship them in ToG/CoM though! But now a better candidate has appeared (and yeah, I get that there was this huge apparent emphasis on how their relationship is platonic and all that, but I SHIP WHAT I WANT :P)

    Heir of Fire is actually my favourite of the series so far- the character development was just incredible, and of course, the writing was amazing. I tend to read a lot of adult epic fantasies- where I expect there to be a slow-ish pace, so I’m used to and therefore totally fine with the speed of HoF 🙂
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    • Celine says:

      I KNOW EXACTLY WHO YOU MEAN AND I AGREE SO MUCH. I love him. Looooooove him. LET US SHIP THIS TOGETHER.

      HoF is my favourite too! I really feel like this one is the game changer 🙂

    • Melanie says:

      NARA YOU BREAK MY HEART. NO WORDS FOR YOU, NO WORDS. *sobs in corner*

      Oh that’s interesting to hear, I guess I was the odd one out this time. The fact that my Chaolena wasn’t here probably swayed my overall enjoyment a fair bit

  2. Awesome discussion,I totally loved this installment. As for the romance..I honestly could care less. I haven’t felt any of them yet. LOL
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  3. Tanja says:

    I’ve got a feeling like I’ll be like Celine here, as Sarah has some magic powers that make me love everything she writes. I still claim that she uses some kind of magic or something. I cannot wait to read Heir of Fire! Anyhow I’m glad you enjoyed it Mel as well. I love your review and I truly hope you’ll do more of these 😉
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    • Melanie says:

      Sarah is a pretty awesome author–she totally had me under her spell for CoM >.< And it's great to hear that you like our discussion reviews! We'll definitely have more coming.

  4. I’ve had this book tucked away month now and have happily tucked it away and resisted. I’m seeing how long I can go before I give in! But I loveeee reading discussions! (It gives such a nice flair to the normal “review”) I’m with Celine here though, I wasn’t too much of a Chaolaena fan to begin with *hides* (Sorry Mel!)
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  5. Zoe N. says:

    This is such an interesting discussion because you both have such different opinions of the book, so it’s interesting to see how they compare. 🙂 Unfortunately, in terms of enjoyment, I’m definitely on Team Mel in this case. (Sorry Celine!)

    I felt the pacing in this one was just…off (maybe because there were so many unnecessary POVs, so that slowed it down a bit? It might have been a bit more enjoyable if the POVs at least intertwined at some point). However, I do agree that this is primarily for the character development, and there is definitely some intense development here!

    And I’ll admit that I don’t really ship Chaolaena either. (*cries in shame*) 🙁 I just…don’t; but I can definitely see how so many readers do.

    Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review girls! <3
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    • Melanie says:

      AAAAAND another one has been tricked by Celine into saying that they don’t ship Chaolena. It’s okay though Zoe, I know deep down you love them with all your soul. YOU CANNOT DENY IT.

      Yeah, the pacing was defintely off and the POVs totally slowed it down because we kept switching here and there.

      Thanks Zoe <33

  6. WHAT?!! CELINE YOU DID NOT SHIP CHAOLENA?! YOU CRAZY PERSON. I CANNOT EVEN LOOK AT YOU RIGHT NOW.

    Except, well, I can because fjdaskflad to this book. I literally just finished it this morning and I am SO UNOKAY. *cries buckets of heartbroken tears* I loved it, but I thought Mannon’s POV was boring, and I do agree it was sooooo much slower. It was like the first books were more character focused, but this one was really plot focused.

    BUT THAT SCENE AT THE END WITH DORIAN AND CHAOL?!! THERE IS JUST SO MUCH ROOM TO SCREAM HERE. SO IF YOU NEED ME: I’LL BE SCREAMING.
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    • Celine says:

      SORRY!!!!

      I loved loved loved this, including Manon. I don’t know. I understand why people would be a bit “ehhh” about her but she won over my heart from the first time she ripped someone’s thrpat out with her iron teeth.

      ALSO THAT ENDING OH MY GOD LET’S SCREAM FOREVER OKAY!??

    • Melanie says:

      CAIIIIIIIIIIIIIT you have no idea how much I love you right now. So many people have said they actually don’t ship Chaolena and my heart has been pretty much shattered into infinite pieces.

  7. Stephanie B says:

    First of all… YOU DON’T SHIP CHAOLENA!? How dare you! I didn’t feel like the book was slow I just think it has a lot more going on. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Aedion. Rowan was perfect for Celaena and I’m SO GLAD he was able to go with her. I am interested in seeing how Chaol and Celaena fit together again. Personally, I feel like Chaol has a lot more growing before they can get together again, but I do think they can make it as a couple. But THAT ENDING. Don’t tell me it didn’t rip your heart and soul out and into little tiny pieces.
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    • Melanie says:

      Yes Aedion was such a great addition and created a fantastic dynamic between the characters. Chaol wasn’t as awesome in this book, but I am faithful to my ship 😀

  8. Tesni says:

    I am half way trough heir of fire and I’m loving it. I’m really enjoying all the povs but celaena is my favourite. I love Rowan, not yet got around to liking aedion. The Manon chapters are also great but I did take a few to get into her story. I’m enjoying learning more about the Fae and celaena. I’m reading it as slowly as I can as I don’t want it to end. I adore this series.

    • Melanie says:

      Ooh that’s great to hear! I agree, Celaena was my favourite POV as well. Probably the main one that had me intrigued, TBH. I wasn’t a fan of Manon, but many people love her so I’m glad you are too ^.^

  9. OMGG WHAT YOU DONT SHIP CHAOLENA? Then you must have been happy to have met Rowan then, that amazing warrior guy *drools* ANYWAY. I do agree it was slow at first but the writing was brilliant, as you guys said. I wasn’t a fan of Manon’s pov either, because it kind of felt random and rushed. Great review guys!
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    • Melanie says:

      I’m glad your on my side here, Jeann. Here, have some ice cream. *hands it to you* THANK YOU. Someone who also agrees with me about Manon! She was truly random though it was mentioned at the end of CoM but yeh, it was still random to have her POV. Thanks for stopping by, loverly <33

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