A while ago, I reviewed both Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. They were the first two books in the Throne of Glass series and because the second one was actually really good, I decided to continue with the series. The third book in the series is called Heir of Fire. It once again revolves around Celaena Sarthodien and her newfound identity. Unsurprisingly, it also involves fire. I wonder why in YA novels, so many people have the power to control fire. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a cool power. However, there are cooler powers. Anyway, that is not the point of this review. The question is, is Heir of Fire worth reading or should you just skip this one? Let’s take a look.
What is it about?
Taken from Goodreads:
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?
Lots of filler and a little bit of excitement
Heir of Fire is once again a book that has cost us a decent amount of trees. This is not a problem if the pages were used wisely and actually contributed to the story. To be honest, most of the story is filler. Celaena spends a lot of time being sad and broken and training to use her powers. The way Maas portrays the PTSD of the character is inspiring. The story’s way of describing the character’s healing is good and believable. When she finally overcomes her struggles, it’s a powerful moment.
That said, all the endless training is getting a bit dull at some point. Okay, we get it. It takes a while before she is comfortable enough to reach into that well within her. But it wasn’t really necessary to have her train to no avail for so many scenes. Of course it was also a way to show her growing relationship with new arrival Rowan. It just made the beginning of the book a struggle to get through.
While the first two book had me rooting for Chaol and Dorian, this book didn’t give them that much of an exciting arc. There was a lot of plotting and planning, but that was about it. All the exciting stuff happened in the last part of the book. I have to say, that final part was very good. Before I knew it, I was up until 2 AM to finish the book because it was so exciting. The thing is, it took too many pages to get to that point, while that wasn’t necessary at all.
A POV which I could not care less about was that of Manon, the Blackbeak witch. Whenever her chapters came around, I found myself hoping it would not be too long so that I would be able to get to the good stuff sooner. I believe she is going to be a major character in upcoming books, so I am not necessarily looking forward to that.
Basically the only story line I found truly fascinating was that of Celaena and Rowan, minus all the training sessions. We want monsters! Action! We want her to take down the king! Huzzah! I hope the other books will have more of that.
Heir of Fire is not a bad book by any means. It just wastes too much time on the unimportant stuff without making it exciting enough. The ending was great but the struggle to get there was too long. I will continue this series but I hope it will get more exciting from now on.