Saturday, February 7, 2015

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: September 2, 2014

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?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

There are a lot of things that I really like about the third book in Maas's Throne of Glass series. So let's start there.  At the end of the second book we learn who Celaena really is.  Well, if you are anything like me then that wasn't really a shocker.  But in Heir of Fire we get to learn a lot more about the rest of the world surrounding Adarlan.  This includes the ironteeth witches and the fae.  My favorite has to be the fae.  They are pretty awesome.

At the beginning of this book I felt truly bad for Chaol.  By the end I decided he was turning out to be a really bad-ass character that was only starting to show his glory.  Don't get me wrong, I like him as a character.  But I also think that in the first two books the relationships between Celaena and Dorian and Chaol were somewhat forced.  Dorian the joking prince, Chaol the soldier to the rescue.  She didn't really need either of them.  This is why I was so excited when we met Rowan.  I am not afraid to say it.  I love him as a character and I love how you see him grow and change even though he's already hundreds of years old.  I can't wait to see what happens with him in the next book.

The world Maas created is astounding.  Seeing more of it in Heir of Fire from wyverns to the valg.  We get a truly grotesque picture of how evil the king of Adarlan is.  This is a world I love to read about, but I would never want to live in it.

The one thing about this series that might put people off is the writing style.  I take no issues, but it is a very simple writing style making it great at around 7th great reading level.  But the content in the books seems to be meant for slightly older young adults.

So what do I think? I really liked this book.  Many fans of fantasy would probably enjoy the series so long as they don't mind complex dialogue.  It's an easy read, but it's also a pretty good one.  I definitely need to read the next to see how Celaena works to take over her throne.

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