Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Paranormal, YA
Series: Throne of Glass (#3)
Page Count: 562
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsberry
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?

“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”
I'm not going to lie; I actually had really high expectations for Heir of Fire and Heir of Fire met them, but in a different way. It was my least favourite book in comparison to the first two book of the series, but Heir of Fire is so different, it is practically impossible to compare to the other novels. There are so many elements in the novel that the first two books don't focus on, primarily the sacrifice and weaknesses.

In Heir of Fire, Celaena spends her time away from Rifthold, and because of that, romance was not a big aspect of the novel. There are times where we have those "mourning moments" for Chaol and Celaena, but eventually those feelings dissipated for me because oh god, there was ROWAN.  Let me just get into more detail about Rowan Whitethorn. 
“I claim you, Rowan Whitethorn. I don't care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend.”
Rowan is so awesome. He is a freaking awesome FAE warrior. He is hot. He is broken. He has faults. and he's not perfect (which makes him just perfect!). HE IS SO ADORABLE!! It was so cute to see Celaena and Rowan getting along together, and my favourite part was when Rowan saw Celaena's scars. I never expected Rowan to be so fierce and protective! I have officially switched to team Rowan, because let's face it:

Chaol was an ass in Heir of Fire. He wasn't there for Dorian when Dorian needed Chaol the most, and he didn't do anything admirable in the book, so gradually, he dulled to me, especially when Rowan came in. Until Chaolaena get back together, or IF they get back together, I'm on team Rowan. I know Rowan is more of a loyal friend to Celaena as opposed to a lover, but MAAS CREATES SO MANY HOT GUYS! Throughout the book where Rowan and Celaena started up I was literally dying for the Rowlaena parts ;)
“What are you doing?”
Emrys didn’t raise his voice as he said, “To that girl. What are you doing that makes her come in here with such emptiness in her eyes?”
“That’s none of your concern.”
Emrys pressed his lips into a tight line. “What do you see when you look at her, Prince?”
He didn’t know. These days, he didn’t know a damn thing. “That’s none of your concern, either.”
Emrys ran a hand over his weathered face. “I see her slipping away, bit by bit, because you shove her down when she so desperately needs someone to help her back up.”
The quote above is from my favourite part, where Celaena truly fell apart. I loved Heir of Fire because we are exposed to the weaker sides of our beloved characters, and we don't only see the sides of our characters that we want to see. We can so easily forget that we can't always see the hilarious, brave and loveable Celaena. Like in one of the quotes in Heir of Fire, even we as the readers can't pick and choose what parts of the characters to love, and Maas did an outstanding job at getting the message across in the third instalment to the Throne of Glass series.

As I said in the beginning, Heir of Fire is so different, especially the writing style. The writing became so much more descriptive and detailed, and it's noticeably differs from the first two books. Maas's writing really improves as she writes, each book's writing getting better and better, creating beautiful imagery of scenes.
“They have made you into monsters. Made Manon. And we feel sorry for you.

I found the parts that focused on Manon a little boring in the beginning, but as we progressed to the climax, things picked up and I started to really like Manon's story when the Witch Games happened. There was always something happening with the witches, and I loved the action during Manon's story. I can't wait to see when and how Manon and Celaena's path's cross in the next few books!

Sorcha's death. I was a bit glad that she died, which again, is utterly selfish of me, but I wanted Dorian to end up with someone more admirable, a girl who actually deserved it, not just some girl who got really lucky and was sought out by a prince. Dorian is the sweetest, most humblest guy who pulls on your heart strings no matter whether you're on Team Chaol or Rowan (or even Aedion, since cousin love is fine...right?). Dorian is just that kind of character, and he deserves a better queen than someone so perfect and innocent. That would be a fairytale and I am goddamn sick of fairytales.

Heir of Fire focused so much more on the dark magic, the malicious king, and rebellion against Erilea. We explore the world of Erilea in so much more depth and we learn so much more about the characters. It is a beautiful novel with so much meaning, redeeming one's self, and despite the fact that the book may have been a bit slow, it truly blossomed beautifully in the middle to the end. I'm dying for more Rowan!

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Olivia is a fangirl from Canada with too many book boyfriends who also adores sweets, drawing, and watching anime. She started off trying to write a full length novel, but some things are just easier said than done, so Olivia spends her days writing blog posts instead. That is, when she's not spending her free nights playing League.

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  1. I kind of skimmed past this review to avoid small details or spoilers. I am currently on page 345 of this book, and I also admit that I'm not loving it. The amount of information presented in this book was extremely difficult to keep up with. There were so many characters- and it didn't help that they didn't have any commonplace names- and sometimes I would wonder again who this person was when I came across a name quite often. I also felt that I couldn't get through this book. Maybe it's because of the monstrous size, but the plot wasn't as interesting as the CoM and ToG! My favorite of the three was CoM just because I really saw the development of Celaena's character the most. love all the quotes you chose, they were the perfect choices! Wait Rowlaena? Werent they distant relatives or something. I really wish Chaol wasn't too busy such a douche! So far I've been reading such horrible things and especially when he told u know who the thing about Celaena. I still love Chaol no matter what though!! What it confirmed of a fourth book though?

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

    1. I can definitely understand your thoughts, since that's what I exactly though about it in the beginning, but as I progressed, it got better for me. After I finished CoM and ToG, I was SOOO ready for the romance, but it turns out that they've moved on to important matters :(

      Anyways, I got over the book having minimal romance, so I guess I could say I forced myself JUST A TINY BIT to enjoy it, (which I ended up doing either way) but letting go of the romance aspect definitely isn't easy!

  2. I just finished rereading this and I love it even more! My favorite part was when Rowan saw Celaena's scars too - his reaction was exactly how I expected it to be and I had to put the book down so I could smile at the ceiling. My family member must think I'm crazy :D I just read The Assassin's Blade for the first time as well and now I understand all those references - it makes it so much better!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. OH MY GOSH I HAD THE SAME REACTION! I had a huge grin on my face the entire time that scene happened, and it was just PERFECT! I haven't read The Assassin's Blade yet, but it's on my shelf. I'm saving it for the break ;)

  3. My feature co-host and one of our followers have convinced me to start reading this series. I have the novella compilation, and the first two books ready to go on my Kindle when my ARC/review book situation calms down. :)

    1. Oohh! ARCs! I've heard that getting a lot of ARCs can be frustrating and hard to deal with at good luck :)

  4. I have heard so many good things about this series, yet not enough good reviews of the third book. I've been avoiding it for that reason. It's rough when you absolutely fall in love with a series, and one of the books disappoints you. Maybe I'll get around to this one day, but I'm not all that excited about it anymore! Great, detailed review girl (:
    Morrighan @ Elysian Fields

    1. We tend to get over it though and hope for the best in the next few coming books, but it's worth the pain! Hopefully it will get better!

  5. Completely off topic, but I LOVEEEE the new look you have for Fictionally Obsessed, Olivia!

    P.S. I haven't read the series. I do plan on reading Throne of Glass next year though... ;)

    1. Thanks Sophia! Still need to "personalize" it a bit more right now I know it's kind of plain :-\

  6. OMG I totally love your blog! I'm just starting my blog in English (I'm a Polish bookblogger for more than 2 years now).
    Vanilla Reads

    1. Thanks for visiting Agata and I'm glad you like it :D

  7. Your blog looks beautiful :) & thank you for putting this book on my radar now <3

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

  8. Oh no, you on Team Rowan too?? xD
    I know most people want him to be with Calaena but I just don't like that to happen. First, there will be a love triangle between Calaena, Rowan and Chaol. I will be so mad if there's going to be another love triangle! Second, I guess I'm that kind of person who's loyal to a character that I've known and stuck with since the start of the journey. Anyways, let's just hope that Sarah J.Maas will be able to crop an amazing continuation to an equally amazing book. :)

    1. Hahaha I kind of just know that Rowan and Celaena won't end up together though, since he's more of a friend than a lover, but I just like him ;) I usually stick with the loyal character from the start as well, but sometimes better characters just pop out from the book...

  9. I completely agree with you, Heir of Fire was amazing in it's own little way, although I am completely bias because I only love this for ROWAN... how can people not switch to him? He was just gorgeous!! I was dying for some romance between him and Celaena and although the seem to be friend that means he's single ;) so win, win haha. Why do all of Maas men have to be so great? Please tell me you've read ACOTAR, the guys are ridiculously swoon-worthy.
    Amazing review, it's made me so excited to re-read HoF before QoS! ;)
    Cody @ Literary-ly Obsessed

    1. OMG YES I'VE READ ACOTAR!!! The romance made me blush at time and it was so, so romantic. I really loved the whole world building and all, and I should probably write a review for it soon :) And I just love Rowan so much, but I feel like they're more of loyal friends than lovers, but I'm still rooting for him!! *swoons* I can't wait for QoS like OMG ONE WEEK!!!


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