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!~
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