Monday, March 23, 2015

Review: Heir of Fire

Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 562
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description: 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?

Heir of Fire; how do I express my love for you?  Just knowing that this book was the last one in the series that is currently out right now made my heart hurt. I am so dramatic, I know. But seriously guys.  This series OWNS ME! It’s been a LONG time since I’ve fangirled this hard over a series.  It’s also been a long time since I’ve read a fantasy series that utterly impressed me (probably the Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini) as much as this one has.  Mark it on your TBRs now!

I want to start off by saying I did have a hard time reconciling the fact that Caleana was going to spend the entirety of this book away from Chaol and Adarlan in general.  She is sent to Wendlyn at the end of book two in the series, on a mission for the King of Adarlan himself.  I cried buckets during this scene in book two (not that any of you needed to know that) so I went into Heir of Fire begrudgingly.  I was NOT happy she was in Wendlyn.  Until I was.

Caleana’s true purpose for being in Wendlyn is done under the guise of her mission for the King of Adarlan.  She is really there to search for the location of the wyrdkeys before the King can get to them first.  Just saying it makes me want to swoon (ok maybe I did just a little), but it was Chaol’s idea to the King that he send Caleana to Wendlyn to begin with.  Although he makes up a mission as for why the King should send her there, Chaol is doing so to protect Caleana.  Another point for team Chaol! (not that he needs it; I’d choose him anyday!)

Now tell me this.  Have you ever been completely torn between two men in a series?  I mean, seriously torn?  I’m not just talking about love tropes here.  Because even then, I am always in favor of one of the characters over another, and I’m never truly indecisive on who I want the main character to end up with.  Then I read this book though, and I was presented with that dilemma!  Rowan is THE MAN.  Well, the Fae man technically!  You want to hate him initially, even though he is that perfect mix of dark/brooding/sassy/rude that of course you end up falling in love with, because, let’s face it, us girls always do.  As Caleana and Rowan spend more time together, Rowan opens up to her (even if only a little at first) and Caleana realizes he’s not what he seems.  When I was reading this, all I could think of was that Rowan is essentially the boy version of Caleana!  He’s had a REALLY rough past, and it’s hardened him over the years.  Also, being Fae means he has lived more years than most, so he’s seen a lot and held all this pain in him for quite some time. 

Have I mentioned the fact that Rowan’s bound to his Queen, Queen Maeve, after swearing an oath to her?  She also happens to be a cruel leader, and great aunt to Caleana.  So a lot of the pain that he’s been holding in, stems from serving under the Queen’s ruling.  For anyone who’s read Tithe or Ironside by Holly Black, this situation is extremely reminiscent of what Roiben goes through when he swore fealty to his queen.  What is it with the Fae and swearing loyalty to dark and evil leaders anyways?!

On the whole, Heir of Fire was another great book in this series.  By far one of my favorite aspects of it was that Caleana is finally getting to embrace her Fae nature, and learn more about her true self, one that we didn’t even know about until the end of book two.  As a big lover of the Fae/fairies/all things fantasy, this book really held my attention and impressed me.  In one of my other reviews I know I mentioned I wish I had started this series sooner, because it is so amazing, but I might have to take that back (just kidding!)  But the wait for the next book in the series might actually kill me!  Now I know what everyone else was going through all these years, when they had to wait for each book in this series to be released! This is terrible!  It reminds me of my adolescent years, spent waiting for each new Harry Potter book to be released, and fangirling in the meantime over what I think might happen in the next one.  Let the countdown for Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) begin!



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