“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”
Title: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult,
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published: September 2nd, 2014
Rating: 5 STARS
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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?
!!!This review included spoilers!!!
With Heir of Fire, Sarah takes us to a new land, a new world and new adventures. Celaena, or should I better call her Aelin, has sailed to Wendlyn in order to kill the King and his heir but Celaena wouldn’t be Celaena if she hadn’t a mind of her own.
Instead of following the king’s order she’s going her own way, after all she is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen and she can do as she pleases.
We get to know her past. We get to know what happened to her parents and how they were killed and how she fled and ended up in Adarlan and in Arobynn’s hands. Going back into her past rips open a lot of wounds and bring the suffering back. There was a reason why she has been hiding her true identity these past 10 years.
But Celaena is not only in Wendlyn to follow the Kings rule, but also to find the answer about the Wyrdmarks that hold the power to kill the King of Adarlan. That information knows her great-grand-aunt, and a queen of Doranelle, Maeve who is the Fae-Queen. But in order to be taken to the queen she first has to train her magic with Rowan who is taking her to Mistward for that. Rowan Whitethorn is not only a Fae warrior, he’s also very handsome and hot!
“Tall, broad-shouldered, every inch of him seemingly corded with muscle, he was a male blooded power.”
Waking her magic is not as easy as it sounds. Celaena hasn’t used it in many years and it’s physically and mentally exhausting and painful for her. Rowan is intransigent and keeps pushing her to her limits. She’s definitely not treated nicely and he seems like a total ass, but he also has his reasons for it. At some point she succeeds and then she’s burning.
I really like how the relationship between them develops. They are friends and still so much more. It’s nice to see how much they learn to care for each other despite the pain both suffered. Of course none of those stubborn heads would admit that per se.
“I claim you, Rowan Whitethorn. I don’t care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend.”
Many things happen in Adarlan too. There are many new characters so let me shortly list:
- Sorscha – healer and new love interest of Dorian. You can see this right from the beginning
- Aedion – Prince of Wendlyn and Aelin Galathynius’s cousin
- Manon Blackbeak – an Iron Witch.
Chaol is more or less joining a rebel group that works against the king and to free magic while Dorian is trying to stifle his own and hide it from his father. Sorscha is helping him with that and it seems that she’s so much more than just a healer.
The Iron Witches and all the others are just super creepy, but I really did enjoy these chapters, too. Duke Perrington tries to rise some kind of dark army and is using the Witches for that.
So many good and so many bad things are happening in this book and it’s really hard to remember all but one thing for sure: shit is going down. Celaena is as bad-ass as always, she has to fight against evil monsters and learns that there are more…hundreds….thousands of them to fight. But she will not give up. She will not rest until they are all dead and especially one special monster: the Kind of Adarlan and she wants to take back what belongs to her: the throne.
“She was Aelin Ashryver Galathynius – and she would not be afraid”
Also, the ending with Dorian kills me. Why…how…my poor little heart!
But I promise you, Queen of Shadows is worth all the wait. The Review for it will be online during the weekend!