Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. MaasHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
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Pages: 565
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 2nd 2014

Celaena 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. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

As I make my way through Empire of Storms, it’s getting harder to not bring in aspects of the later books into this review for Heir of Fire. Once again, if you haven’t read the series there are spoilers so read with caution. I’ve switched to bullet points for easy of reading this review (and writing of it for me).

Heir of Fire is pure set up for the remaining books in the series. We meet a host of new characters, we see a few new lands and we get a much more involved backstory for where this series is headed.

On ward to my notes and insights about Heir of Fire!

  • Maas must have realized just how little information we were given about this world. All of her world building and nefarious plans come to a head in this book. I felt like I finally understood where Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight were headed. I shouldn’t have to wait three books deep to understand the larger arc to this story and these characters.
  • Again with the relationship-centric story! We all know she is ending up with the Fae price, Rowan. It’s so fucking obvious. I’m a little sick of this.
  • Chaol’s descent wasn’t all that compelling. I’m still not interested in whatever leftover story Maas has for him. The fallout with Celaena spoke volumes about what she plans to do with his character – which is nothing.
  • Dorian’s story was almost just as pathetic as Chaol’s. Seriously? You give him a love interest, that appears almost out of no where and really only helps trigger his magic before she is killed? I just that was a waste of every chapter that could have been making him a little less pathetic and mooney over Celaena being sent to Wendlyn.
  • The Vlag reveal was just about the only thing I was okay with in terms of overall pacing for three books in.
  • Having read ACoTaR prior to this, I can see the similarities between Rowan and the other Fae characters. I honestly had no idea that this series also included Fae characters so I was a bit surprised. Rowan is just too predictable thus far. The whole blood oath and story about his “mate” (didn’t believe that story line for a second – Celaena/Aelin is definitely his mate – you can’t fool me Maas) was just “typical” at this point.
  • The pace for this is painfully slow. Granted it didn’t take me long to plow through this it still took almost too long for things to get going.
  • Not interested in Aedion and his story on any level.
  • Though the romance was toned down significantly from the previous two books – but still a central force in this series.

As of now I’m almost halfway through Empire of Storms and I’m feeling really frustrated with the characters and the course of this story. I’ll read the sixth book, due out in 2018, but I can already guess how I’ll feel about it. I can’t remember a time when I’ve been so disappointed in a highly recommended fantasy series. You can probably call me a traditionalist when it comes to what I expect out of a fantasy series, and Throne of Glass is fantasy-lite for those that want the shallow relationships and quick action with a plot that suffers from so many missed opportunities. I know that this is Maas’ first series, and after reading ACoTaR, I know she’s matured in the ways of plot and character development, but I can’t help but be flabbergasted that this mess came first.

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