review: heir of fire by sarah j maas

Published: September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genres & Keywords: fantasy, romance, young adult
Rating: ★★★★★
Works From Author: Throne of Glass series, A Court of Thorns and Roses series

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“Once all that is done,” she said, smiling faintly at her wyvern, “you and I are going to learn how to fly. And then we’ll stain the kingdom red.”


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

My heart is racing. I don’t even know how to put into words how incredibly epic Heir of Fire was. This series continues to blow my mind, time and time again. You could feel everything. The pain, heartbreak, betrayal, kinship . . . *starts tearing up because it was so good*

So the first step of her stupid, foolish plan had been simple: seek out Maeve, get answers about how to destroy the Wyrdkeys, and then return to Adarlan.

So much happens in Heir of Fire, there’s so much action and development, that’s it’s hard to whip up a summary. Nothing is the same. Not from book 2 to book 3 and definitely not from book 1 to book 3. And that’s what makes this series so good. It’s constantly evolving and keeps you invested in the story.

There was nothing left in her, not really. Only ash and an abyss and the unbreakable vow that she’d carved into her flesh, to the friend who had seen her for what she truly was.

Celaena Sardothien is left empty and broken after the death of her dear friend. She tries to run away from her pain, responsibilities, and past.

. . . as the days wore on, she found it suddenly very difficult to bring herself to care about anything at all. Whatever determination, whatever rage, whatever anything she’d felt upon leaving Adarlan ha ebbed away, devoured by the nothingness that now gnawed at her.

Celaena is such a badass. Can I be her?! Even when going through her existential crisis she still managed to be kickass. She needs to teach me her ways.

Celaena Sardothien, arrogant and brave and skilled, Celaena who did not know fear or despair, Celaena who was a weapon honed by Death.

I don’t know how she isn’t dying. Everything she’s been through, everything that has been thrown at her, would have shattered a weaker person. But she keeps getting up, keeps surprising us. Her resolve to do what’s right, to fight against oppression, is inspiring.

When Celaena got back, when she returned as she’d sworn she would . . . Then they would set about changing the world together.

It didn’t come to my attention until now but Dorian Havilliard didn’t leave much of an impression on me in this book. Not in a bad way, though. I was just so caught up with the other characters and their storyline that I kind of neglected Dorian. He does have some really awesome moments, ones where I stood by cheering him on like a proud mother hen, but I didn’t focus on him as much as I did in the other two books.

“As for Celaena,” he said again, “you do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or friend.”

Oh, Chaol Westfall, I expected more from you. He had a lot of internal demons to fight. Was he doing the right thing? Who’s side should he choose? Could he really love all of Caleana?
He was so dazed lost and confused (sorry, I just had to throw in a little Zeppelin reference for you all). His relationship with Dorian continued to suffer because he couldn’t trust, his love for Caleana became more convoluted because he couldn’t accept parts of her . . . it wasn’t ’till the very end where we some some positive growth from him.

“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love. Just as you cannot pick which parts of me you accept.”

In Heir of Fire we were introduced to some AMMMAAAZZINGGGGG side characters. I want to read a ten book series on all of them, that’s how much I love them.


Rowan Whitethorn was probably my favorite. He’s one of those characters that takes a while to warm up to. He doesn’t offer trust or affection easily. It’s something you have to work for, but once you’re in, you’re in. Celaena couldn’t have found a more wonderful character to connect to. Their relationship isn’t romantic or sexual. It’s something that goes deeper than friendship, a bond between two broken people that vow to make the world right again. Because they are stronger together than apart.


Dorian finds a new love interest in Sorscha. I’m not on Team Dorian *ducks as eggs are thrown my way* but I selfishly wasn’t ready for him to move on from Celaena. Yes, yes, I’m a terrible person. However, I really love him and what he strives to be, so I was eventually happy that he found someone to confide in and love. It pains me so much to write that. This makes no sense if you haven’t read the book but OH MY GOD WHY WHY WHY?!

*composes self*

“All I want,” he snarled, “is for my people to be free and my queen restored to her throne.”
“They burned the antler throne, Aedion. There is no throne for her.”
“Then I’ll build one myself from the bones of our enemies.”

It’s so easy to fall in love with Aedion Ashryver. His dedication to his people, his kingdom, and his queen is commendable. They way he fights to protect those he loves and how he would lay down his life for his queen is heartwarming.

Manon had been born soulless, her grandmother said. Soulless and heartless, as a Blackbeak ought to be. She was wicked right down to the marrow of her bones.

Manon Blackbeak was another badass character. She ruthless and cold . . . but with just enough mercy to have you pause for a second. She’s going to be a really interesting character to watch develop.


There we some scenes that gave me chills. It’s impossible not to root for these characters, especially Caleana. She’s grown into such a strong character. You know she’s going to be unstoppable. And she will need every bit of strength and courage to face what is to come. Because a shitstorm it will be.

So, yeah. MUST. READ.




2 thoughts on “review: heir of fire by sarah j maas

  1. I completely agree with you about Chaol! He just seemed to dwell on his problems rather than making any changes! He could have been really interesting in this book, but I felt he was just so tedious until the end. I also found Rowan so well-developed and intriguing. Your reviews are amazing by the way! The use of quotes in the writing really helped me get a feel for the book! I am currently considering reading Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) so when/if you write a review I will really appreciate it,as it will help me decide! 😄

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