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?
Sarah lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the California coastline with her husband.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Okay… honestly… how am I supposed to review this book? Sarah has run my emotions through the ringer and I don’t know what I’ll even do with myself until the next book arrives.
I’m going to do this a little different since 1)my copy of my book is in the hands of the ever lovely Corie and 2) I can’t tell you a single thing about the story because I’m not going to ruin it for anyone and 3) I haven’t done a gif filled review in a long long time and I want to do one now!
You all know that going into this book I was a little bit like this..
What with where we left our lovely Celaena, Chaol and Prince Dorian at the end of Crown of Midnight. So to say I was a little nervous on where our story would go from there would be an understatement… but Maas dives right back in and transports me to this amazing world from the get-go.
From page 1 we see a completely different Celaena… she’s broken and empty and blames herself for so much…
And then Rowan arrives on the scene
And I wanted to hate him… I really, really did. But holy shit…I ended up loving him for the exact reasons that Celaena did!
“Gods, he was brilliant. Cunning and wicked and brilliant.
Even when he beat the hell out of her. Every. Damn. Day.”
Rowan’s a Fae prince who is bound to Queen Maeve and in order to get Celaena into Doranelle he is the one to determine her worthiness. He will accept nothing but her best and is determined to make her give it. He’s brooding and quiet and strong but my god you guys… when he and Celaena find that bit of friendship….
“I claim you, Rowan Whitethorn. I don’t care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend.”
She totally made me cry.
But I still haven’t even touched on Dorian and Chaol yet… and their arcs in this book are so wonderfully done.
Dorian is finding a bit of happiness for himself with someone you would never have guessed. And for as much as I ship Celaena and Chaol, my heart broke that little tiny bit when she pushed Dorian away because I feared that their friendship would crash and burn. But surprisingly all the things that came out at the end of Crown of Midnight didn’t make his friendship with her waiver… instead, Chaol was the one who wasn’t sure where his feelings for Celaena now stood and Dorian is the one to put Chaol in his place.
“As for Celaena,” he said again, “ you do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.”
But we also have the start of a different aspect of the story in this installment… the Ironteeth Witches were an excellent addition to the story and I am excited to see where Maas takes that part of the story in the next book.
I have to admit of the books in the series so far, this was the hardest read … I don’t mean that in a bad way!! What I mean is that on an emotional level I was put through the ringer. This is so much darker than the previous books and understandably so. Celaena has to realize and come to terms with some very important aspects of her life, and the way Maas has developed her character… she has to hit that rock bottom before she can climb her way back up and holy crap is it painful.
I’m a die-hard Chaol & Celaena shipper – I will never be anything else, so that part of this story was also hard, especially after most of Crown of Midnight and while we didn’t see them together much here, their story development has me dying for more.
If I had to go with one overall gif for this review I think it would be…
Oh… and this… definitely this.
Thank you to Bloomsbury for giving this away at BEA this year… I would have stood in line for hours to get it. (Oh wait… nevermind. I DID!) Totally worth every second.
If you haven’t started this series yet, drop everything and get to it. This is definitely in my all-time favorites list for a reason!