Caution: There may be slight spoilers since this is the third book in a seires.
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?
First, this is not the last book. I repeat, this is NOT the last book. Apparently, this is not a trilogy. I don’t know why I expected it to be; I don’t know why my assumptions were wrong. This fact alone will save you the turmoil and disappointment of turning the final page of this 565-page behemoth.
I was not prepared for Heir of Fire. This book is in a completely different realm than the rest of this series. Don’t get me wrong. This is a great change, exhibiting Maas as a mature fantasy writer in contrast to her earlier work. This book has a different feel – it’s more high fantasy, the alternating chapters from various characters, old and new, reminding me of George R.R. Martin’s style. I found myself in a tumultuous place every time I finished a chapter, because just like a Game of Thrones book, I had preferences and certain chapters I preferred not to read causing my reading experience to be a roller coaster ride. With that said, this book was fantastic. It just wasn’t what I was expecting from Maas.
After accepting the fact that this book would be different, I feel in love with the new character, Rowan. I loved the journey Celaena was forced to undertake, the battles she had to fight and obstacles she had to overcome. It was painful at times and Celaena’s inner turmoil even brought me to tears at one point. This book is less adventure and more about Celaena coming into who she is meant to be.
Now I didn’t say no adventure! There is plenty of action in this book as Celaena fights foes, big and small. She is still a badass fighter and throughout the novel, once she comes into her own, she kicks some serious ass.
I ended up really liking this book, despite my confusion early on. I was heartbroken to find there was yet to be any resolutions on the plight of Celaena and her kingdom. However, that just means another book to anticipate. The next book is still untitled but scheduled for release in September 2015. We’ll have to wait and see.
STARS: 5 out of 5