“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”
Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.
Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
I finished this book today, July 23rd 2015 at work. I don’t even know what to say haha but I will try my best to let you know how I feel because this damn book man.
First thing, I love this series. I’ve given every single book a 5 star rating and its easy one of my favorite YA Fantasy series. I love the characters and the world that Sarah J. Maas has created for us. With that said lets talk about this book because THIS DAMN BOOK.
This book started out really slow but it was definitely necessary for the story to carry on. What really differs this book from the rest of the books in the series is that the other books center around romance and action while this book deals with the deeper stuff, such like, betrayal, confidence, mourning, rebellion, heritage, loyalty and other things. Everything that happened happened for a reason and brought back feelings from The Assassin’s Blade & Crown of Midnight. Sarah J Maas is so meticulous about her writing and is truly in a league of her own. The tone of the book was much darker too. Maas has set this series on a much darker (and awesome) road than most YA series (even fantasy novels) tend to go, and I applaud her for it.
The character development in this series is fantastic. Each of our characters has his/her own obstacles that must be overcome; they all have their own journeys.
We see a totally different side of Celaena in Heir of Fire. We’re used to the cocky, confident, invincible assassin. In this book we see the vulnerable, defeated, self-loathing side of her. In the end though she comes out more fierce and determined than before, a magic-wielding queen ready to take back what’s rightfully hers.
Chaol struggles to decide where his loyalties lie and how he feels about Celaena and the discoveries he made in Crown of Midnight. CHAOL WESTFALL SHOULD BE PROTECTED AT ALL COST. If you do not know by now I love him haha. Dorian struggles to conceal his magic and stand up to his father. Both characters come so far in this book. They sacrifice so much and in the end they make the tough decisions where this is no turning back.
We are introduced to new characters and I was so hesitant at first but totally worth getting to know. So, we new characters we get the new POV of Rowan, the fae prince and warrior who teaches Celaena how to control her magic. Aedion, the fierce general and Celaena’s cousin. Manon, ferocious heir to the Blackbeak witch coven.
All of the characters in this book are so complex and well developed. The secondary characters are just as descriptive as well (SORSCHA MY LOVE).
Im sure most of you who have read this book are asking me. WHO DO YOU SHIP NOW THAT ROWAN WAS INTRODUCED?! Well people…
CHAOL WESTFALL FOREVER AND ALWAYS #CHAOLAENA
I don’t and can’t ship Rowan and Celaena, but I think they make great team and are great friends. Rowan is very devoted just like Chaol but to some extent I feel like Chaol knows Celaena on a more emotional and deeper sense. Rowan is so fiercely devoted and smart and honest. I didn’t like him at first but he got to my good side eventually.
This world is so big and full of history that you want to learn more about it. We learn about Erilea and what really happened to Celaena ten years ago. It was at times so overwhelming because my baby went through all of that by herself.
Romance in this book was not an option. There are some heartache moments for our dearest Chaolaena and a bit of romance, but there are much more important things brewing in Erilea and Wendlyn. This series is past the silly romance, it’s moved on to the important stuff like defeating a diabolical king, bringing back magic, freeing the enslaved, and so on.
As I said before, this book is so much more dark and character driven. The books just get better and better and can’t wait for Queen of Shadows! (September 1st, 2015).