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Another Great Sequel | Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire is going to rock your world.

Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Title & Author: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass Book 3) by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – High Fantasy, Magic

Release Date: September 2, 2014

Series: Throne of Glass #3

Publisher: Bloomsbury

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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?”

Sequels Don’t Faze Maas

WARNING! This review may contain spoilers for previous books in the Throne of Glass series! You’ve been warned!!

In a world where sequels get boring, weird or nonsensical, Sarah J. Maas stands alone. This author is completely unfazed by sequels and all the possible problems they can present.

Heir of Fire is the third book in the Throne of Glass series (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight). There are still 3 more books to go for a total of 6 novels.

This book is on fire (cue the Alicia Keyes music). I was feeling a bit wary. This book is ginormous (565 pages), and I was worried because I knew things were going to change…But, I needn’t have worried at all.

The whole gang (Celaena, Chaol, Dorian) is featured in Heir of Fire, but they’re split it and on their own mini adventures. Plus, there are new interesting characters like Aedion, an arrogant general, Manon, a Blackbeak witch and Rowan, a Fae prince.

Each one of the characters listed above receives their own chapters with their point of view shared, which makes it nice because even though our favorites aren’t all together, you still get to check in with all of them throughout the story.

I loved that in this book, you really get to see more of Celaena’s past, which is MUCH more complex and different than you’re lead to believe. She’s got so many secrets, and as the story progresses, they all meet the light of day.

Celaena’s strong yet weak and courageous yet cowardly. I think she has to be one of one of my all-time favorite fantasy heroines. She seriously has it all.

Plus, Celaena experiments more with the magic she’s suppressed for so long, and it’s interesting to see her learn and grow and basically become a badass.

I think this book is absolutely fantastic, but I have to say that I think there was just the tiniest thing missing – especially when compared to the previous books. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but I think that because the storyline took such a dramatic turn, it was off-putting for awhile and it took me some time to get my bearings.

Not to mention that Maas will gut you. Just when you think things are starting to feel a little too perfect BAM! SURPRISE, FIENDS. Prepare yourself.

I’m so excited to see where Maas takes readers next. I mean, there’s TONS of magic and political machinations and evil baddies and ALL THE FANTASY THINGS. It’s just bursting with originality and excitement.


Maas has done it again. She’s written a book that matches its predecessors with its ease of reading, sense of adventure and exciting magic. I’m in love with Maas’ characters – new and old – and her ability to surprise and delight in literary ways I didn’t know existed. Heir of Fire is a must-read sequel of the year.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I’d like to edit this statement: “Celaena becomes a BIGGER badass” 😀 Celaena is queen, and now she’s queen-ier than ever!

    But yes – that ending totally gutted me. I think I missed a few parts in the last chapters just because I was freaking out so much that I was speed reading to find out what would happen.

  • I agree with so much of this, it’s a little like you read my mind. Lol! I’ve been such a fan since the first book (I scored it as an arc back in 2012) and with each book she really does break out something entirely new. I think what was so amazing for me, is that with each new element, while I might be shocked, it always felt exactly right. Right for the characters, right for the plot. It makes me so excited for what might be coming next!