Heir of Fire is the third book in the Throne of Glass series and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books.
When Chaol sent Ardolan’s Assassin to the land of Wendlyn, it was supposed to protect her. As Calaena plans to destroy the king from afar, the magic inside her threatens to take her as well. In this new land, magic is not so forgotten, even if it is hidden, and she must learn who she really is in order to protect the land and the people she loves.
I’ll confess, I can’t give you a very in depth review. I read Heir of Fire on holiday over 2 months ago, loved it and then didn’t write down a single word of thoughts. Except I know I loved it and… DRAGONS! I was expecting this to be a conclusion, for some reason I thought it was a trilogy (YA series assumption) but there’s another book due next year, A Court of Thorns and Roses.
This instalment sees Celaena’s story move away from Dorian and Chaol. Whilst a little disappointing not to see some resolution to their parting on bad terms, it meant Celaena got a whole load of development that had nothing to do with romance, but much more to do with magical powers. She really comes into her element in this one. The king has been a very naughty boy, and a lot of the back story is revealed as Calaena comes to realise how bad things have become in the kingdom.
Anyway, where do dragons come into it I hear you ask? There are witches (iron witches maybe, they had talons at least – I told you I’d forgotten details) who have historically ridden dragons into battle. There’s a lot of sniping and backstabbing between clans as it’s time to claim the best dragons once again. The best bit of this is a wonderful underdog (underdragon?) story that grabbed my heart and made me whiz through a storyline that had little to do with the characters I’d already met and fallen in love with.
It’s a long book by YA standards, but all this meant that I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t end so quickly. If you’re not a YA reader, don’t be put off at all, it’s such a complex world with engaging characters, filling a gap in the epic fantasy market. Fantastic characters, fantastic world-building and the story still feels fresh and new by book three. If you haven’t read Sarah J. Maas yet, go out and get a copy of Throne of Glass right now!
Heir of Fire is published by Bloomsbury and will be available in paperback and ebook editions from 11th September 2014. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review via NetGalley.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain.
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