A Spoiler-Free Book Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

A Spoiler-Free Book Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

It took me longer to finish this book than I’d like to admit. My grad school classes started back in September and I jumped on board that gravy train hard, but things finally started to slow down a little over the past two weeks so I was really able to get in some quality time with my books and OH MY GOD I am still so obsessed with the world that Sarah J. Maas has created within these novels. Heir of Fire was no exception to the rule that states I will love every S.J. Maas book I read. Here’s what Celaena looks like when I picture her:

Fan art I found on the line – I assure you, this is not something I would ever have the capacity to create

Celaena Sardothien is such a fucking badass. It is so hard for me to wrap my mind around the idea that she is literally a teenager. I cannot fathom having experienced everything she has gone thru in he life up to this point, and I guess that’s part of what makes her such a badass. I have to say, though, she inspired me to start getting my shit together with my fitness goals, and I’ve been back to working out regularly for a while because I tell myself, “Celaena would do it, don’t be a wiener.”

Again – not my art. Just Calaena as I see her in my head after the battle with the Valg.

There is just so much character and plot development going on in this story. I love who Celaena is molding into. I love watching her grow and mature as a character. I love that she’s not stagnant. I love watching Dorian’s and Chaol’s relationship develop. I fucking LOVED the introduction of Aedion – would not ever have seen his plot twist coming, but maybe that’s just me. When I picture Aedion in my head, he looks like this:

Next to Aedion, though, my favorite new character that was introduced in this book was Rowan Whitethorn. OMFG. I just can’t with these Fae males in these books they are literally killing me. I love watching Aelin and Rowan’s relationship grow and develop over the course of the book (and that twist ending!!!). I’m so excited to see where the pair of them go in the next few books!

Rowan Whitethorn (not my art)

Honestly I could take-or-leave the subplot going on with the witches right now. I’m not super interested in anything they’re doing, although I do like Manon as a badass kind of female character. That’s probably my favorite part about these books – all the female characters kick ass on a regular basis. They don’t need their men to come rushing in to save them – they do perfectly well on their own. That was one of my only complaints about the ACOTAR series – Feyre consistently had the males rushing in to save her from her dumb decisions. Not that Aelin/Caleana doesn’t make dumb decisions (she does) but she figures out how to fix them on her own.

Friggin’ Rowan Whitethorn dude

But this is probably my favorite line from the whole book. The dynamic with Maeve was so fascinating. Imagine facing down and outright defying a queen as ancient and powerful and knowledgable as Maeve. I literally got chill bumps when I read this passage of the book, dog-eared the page, highlighted, the whole nine yards. “She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.” Ughhhhhh got chills again. So much love for this book and this quote.

 

Overall: 5/5 would recommend. Will definitely be completing the series and also buying the novella. NOW I NEED THE NEXT ACOTAR BOOK TO COME OUT COME ON SJ MAAS LET’S GOOOOOO.

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