Monday, November 24, 2014

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

Heir of Fire is the third book in the Throne of Glass series (not counting the novella bind-up) by Sarah J. Maas. If you don't know what the series is, let me give you a synopsis of the first book (this is from goodreads): 

"After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom."

If that doesn't interest you, I can promise that the series takes way bigger problems than this, but you have to start small, you know? If you are looking for a solid fantasy series, this is for you. Now, if you've read Crown of Midnight, the second book, and haven't picked up this one, what are you waiting for? Do it. If I were to sum up this book in one word, it would be "epic". We get a much larger view of what's going around. With new characters, new perspectives, new lands, new creatures, and new revelations, this book sets us up for what seems to be an action-packed and emotion-filled heck of a journey for our main character, Celaena Sardothean.


Celaena's storyline: I really like Luca and the other demifaes in the fort. There was this really beautiful statement that perfectly sums up Celaena before she became baddas with her magic "But when she reached in, toward the place in her chest where that monster dwelled, she found only cobwebs and ashes." The flashbacks about her childhood was so sad... Especially since now we know their names, and I fell like that makes it worse. Rowan's backstory of his mate and how he was tortured was so horrible... I really like him as a mentor and friend, but I really hope it stays that way. I liked how Sarah made Celaena realize that she was starting to forget what Nehemia looked like no matter how much Nehemia meant to her, because I can wholly relate to this. I have started to forget how my life in Indonesia was before I moved here, and sometimes that realization just hits me hard. Her training and banters with Rowan, and just chemistry in general, was so awesome :D The things that general whatshisface was doing to the Faes were scary... And then we got the news of the merciless slaughter of the slaves in the two salt mines. This was the point in which I started tearing up. Her biggest dream was to free them :'( I hate the king. I hate the king and I an disgusted by him. The section where she fell through her personal abyss of darkness were so filled with horrors... Her meeting Maeve was interesting, to say the least. And also, her and Rowan bonding was awesomeness.

"She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one."

Dorian's storyline: I didn't really care about him and Sorscha, but I felt like it was a bit of an instalove. When she was killed, I was a bit indifferent, because she was nice and all, but I felt like Dorian got over Celaena way to fast and I feel like he's using her. Also, compared to the Celaena and Chaol, frankly, I felt like he was slacking. The other two are doing these awesome things to try to make the world a better place, and he stated the he "wanted nothing to do with them, not now that Sorscha was with him." What a great prince. (that was sarcasm , by the way) And he was so mean to Chaol! I mean look at this: "Dorian knew he was hurting him -knew it, and didn't quite care." I am though, worried about how he's going to live now that he's

"That was when they noticed that every musician on the stage was wearing mourning black. That was when they shut up. And when the conductor raised his arms, it was not a symphony that fi lled the cavernous space. It was the Song of Eyllwe. Then the Song of Fenharrow. And Melisande. And Terrasen. Each nation that had people in those labor camps. And finally, not for pomp or triumph, but to mourn what they had become, they played the Song of Adarlan. When the final note finished, the conductor turned to the crowd, the musicians standing with him. As one, they looked to the boxes, to all those jewels bought with the blood of a continent. And without a word, without a bow or another gesture, they walked off the stage. The next morning, by royal decree, the theater was shut down. No one saw those musicians or their conductor again."

Chaol's storyline: Right of the bat, I felt really bad because he's forced to choose between Dorian and Celaena. At first, I hated Aedion because of how much of a douchebag he seemed, but he was a really interesting character. Can I just say how much I HATE Chaol's dad. The thing is, I think Chaol is already on Celaena's side, he just doesn't want it to be true, I guess. But while I really really want them together, I do realize that Chaol will have to change or it won't work.

Why are you crying, Fireheart?...
"Because I am lost," she whispered onto the earth. "And I do not know the way.” 

Manon's storyline: Her POV was really fascinating, especially considering how long she's lived! The witch clans were so intriguing. Is it just me, or did Manon and Abraxax reminded me so much of the people from How to Train Your Dragon :D That mention of Ansel and the spidersilk merchant guy was very delighting to hear. And when Manon took the spidersilk, it was so reminiscent of Annabeth in the Mark of Athena. The pressure that her grandmother put on Manon was a very interesting aspect. I'm really interested in how she's going to convert to good (because we all know she is) since we've seen the glimpses of goodness in get, and I'm pretty darn excited for the next book.

"Three lines of text scrolled over her three largest scars, the story of her love and loss now written on her: one line for her parents and uncle; one line for Lady Marion; and one line for her court and her people. On the smaller, shorter scars, ­were the stories of Nehemia and of Sam. Her beloved dead. No longer would they be locked away in her heart. No longer would she be ashamed."

Overall, I thought that this book was a masterpiece. I think it's a tie between this and Crown of Midnight as my favorite because while I loved the epicness of the story, I missed the feel of Crown of Midnight. Do you guys have any predictions of what will happen in the next book? Why is it so far away.... I don't think we even have a title yet! I need it...

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