Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

21 Jan

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 562
Read January 9, 2016 – January 21, 2016

I know I’m not the first one to talk about this book. Far from it. But I still think it warranted yet another review. The Throne of Glass series is one that I was very hesitant to pick up, and if you follow my blog, you know this already. It’s one of those series that’s been hyped into oblivion to the point where if you read it and don’t find it to be the second coming, you’ll likely be very disappointed.

Well, it’s not the second coming. This book is far from perfect, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it nonetheless. I think my biggest issue with this book (well, series as a whole) is the main character. I have trouble connecting with her. I can’t put my finger on why exactly. Everyone always refers to her as this badass character who should be revered as this awesome strong female lead. While I can’t deny she has potential as a strong main character, the term ‘badass’ doesn’t quite fit I don’t think. Sure, she’s skilled, but she’s also nineteen and can be rather egotistical. (Nothing against nineteen year olds, promise)

I think that’s why I enjoyed this book so much. This one in particular, along with the prequel novellas. In this book, Celaena is shown that no, she can’t be the most powerful thing out there without having to put a ton of work into it. She isn’t automatically better than her enemies in this book. In first two books, she had an upper hand over basically everyone due to this assassin background she had, everyone was constantly wowed by it, but not in this one. She’s no longer automatically the strongest or the fastest. She wants to be so, obviously, but she realizes she has to work for it. I feel like she went through a decent bit of character development in this one and I enjoyed seeing it.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this one was all the new characters, perspectives and world building that went on. Manon is introduced, who is a fascinating character (though I’m having trouble connecting with her too I’m afraid, regardless of the fact that I like her storyline). I like how small details from the novellas are tying into this book. I’m very happy I read them ahead of time. A big scheme is slowly unfolding and it had me reading this book like a storm. I will be definitely borrowing the next one soon, and I’m looking forward to actually being caught up with this thing and not having to worry about coming across spoilers.

So overall, I think this is a strong addition to the story. To me, it made it so much more than a YA fantasy romance-thing. It feels like it has depth now, and I really dig it.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars


Posted by on 01/21/2016 in Books, Review


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6 responses to “Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

  1. Kacie from A Bumble in Books

    01/22/2016 at 6:20 am

    I’m glad you liked it! I, however, did not. When it came to the Manon sections, I had to keep flipping back to previous Manon sections to remember who people were in relation to others. They were so far apart, it was hard to build a connection with them. I also struggled with the pace of this novel. I did like, though, that Celaena is not the best at everything she tries anymore. That’s what irked me about the first books.

    Great review! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • embuhlee

      01/23/2016 at 3:04 pm

      Yeah I’ve heard people either really like or really dislike Manon. I feel like the fanbase for this series split a lot after this book, haha.


  2. theorangutanlibrarian

    01/26/2016 at 5:08 pm

    Glad you liked this one- for me, this book totally cemented my love for the story- it just added so many layers and as you said, it proved YA can go beyond the whole romance theme πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • embuhlee

      01/26/2016 at 5:25 pm

      Yeah I agree. This one definitely made me a fan of the series. Before, I liked it, but wouldn’t have called myself a fan, if that makes sense. xD

      Liked by 1 person

      • theorangutanlibrarian

        01/26/2016 at 5:28 pm

        Yeah that definitely does- I really liked the second one, but the third just made me obsessed.

        Liked by 1 person


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