Series: Throne of Glass #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Publication Date: September 11th 2014
Source: Netgalley [Publisher] & Bought
CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS
It's taken me forever to actually be able to write a review for Heir of Fire because I've been processing everything that happened during the book and I've been constantly re-reading parts of it as well.
Heir of Fire is on a completely different level from the first two books in the series. Everything about it just felt different. There was a lot more focus on Celaena's background and her past, and more about her magic. There's also a lot more focus on Dorian and Chaol's bond (which was missing from Crown of Midnight) and quite a few interesting new characters.
I've loved Celaena Sardothien since book 1, but my god did she go through some serious character development in Heir of Fire. Because we were focusing on Celaena as an individual without any romantic distractions (even though I missed Celaena & Chaol), we got to see her grow as a person. Learning about Celaena's past and finally getting to hear her back story was fascinating, but also heart-breaking. I found myself in tears more than once hearing about her life growing up with Arobynn Hamel. Celaena has such a tough childhood, but in Heir of Fire she starts to embrace her past instead of building a wall to keep it out. She grew into such an admirable, strong, powerful character and she's my all time favourite female character ever.
Chaol and Dorian's bond was another major part of Heir of Fire that I missed in Crown of Midnight because they were busy being jealous of each other. But in Heir of Fire, Dorian and Chaol begin to rely on each other again. Their friendship is one of my favourite parts of this series. No matter what comes between them, they will always look out for each other and have each other's backs. I really liked the we were given the chance to see Chaol on his own (no matter how much it broke me) because it allowed me to learn more about his character. Chaol is a fiercely loyal friend and we get to see a lot more of that in this book. Dorian had the biggest character development out of the two of them. Dorian has always been too terrified of his father to do anything, but he starts to grow a back bone in Heir of Fire and is even more determined to find a way to fight his father.
Rowan, Manon & Aedion are the three new main characters that were introduced in Heir of Fire. Aedion is the cousin of
Overall, Heir of Fire is the best book of the series so far and I think it's going to be pretty hard to top, but I'm sure Sarah J Maas will manage it. Heir of Fire is hands down the best book I've read this year, and nothing will be able to top it. The wait for book 4 is going to kill me.