Also by this author: The Assassin's Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on September 2nd, 2014
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Adventure
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.
The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.
Yay, I have finally finished this book. I’ve been binge-reading the entire series this past month hoping to finish before Queen of Shadows came out. Which it did yesterday. And I finished Heir of Fire yesterday. So, yes, there was some overlap, but not that much!
Not going to lie. This book is probably my least favorite out of the previous two and the novella bind-up. The Assassin’s Blade still holds the #1 place in my heart. BUT that’s not saying this book wasn’t amazing. Because this book was still totally amazing and holds a strong four star rating in my books.
Let’s just start with what brought it down to 4 stars for me. Mostly it was just the Monan chapters. I just didn’t care for her at all. Like no sympathy, no anger, no happiness, no frustration. Just no emotion at all. Because she was this random new character who literally has no emotions herself. But these chapters in her perspective were interspersed throughout the novel, and whenever one came up I found myself zoning out. Because I didn’t want to read about her. I wanted to read about Chaol and Celaena and Rowan and Dorian and everyone else. Everyone I cared about. And I feel as if Monan is going to hold a more important role in the coming books–at least that’s how it seemed to be setting up for–so we’ll see. Maybe I’ll feel something for her in QoS.
But besides that, I loved this book. And parts were hard just because Chaol and Celaena were always apart. And I just want them to be together forever and ever and ever and ever. But I think this was a necessary thing for Maas to do. For Celaena and Chaol to do. They needed to be apart. It was too painful to even let themselves think about each other. So they didn’t. I’ve learned in this book that Celaena is queen of forcing herself not to think of painful things. Not just about Chaol, but about everything. We learn things about her that I had no idea she was hiding all this time…but these things make total sense to the story and what has happened in the past books.
One of the reasons I love series is because they intertwine and weave together so beautifully…if well-done. So many series lose their credibility in my eyes because one of the final books didn’t feel connected, didn’t feel planned throughout the other novels. But in the Throne of Glass series, I’m realizing that Maas must have had everything planned out. Everything weaves together with each other, revealing bits and pieces little by little. And it’s beautiful. And I’ve fallen in love with Maas’s writing because of it.
And, finally, going back to Celaena, I’ve seen such a transformation in her over the past few books…and I can’t even imagine what’s going to come in the last three. Honestly, I think more than anything else the Throne of Glass series is a six-book long story of Celaena’s growth as a person. And I haven’t read the last three, so I probably can’t say that for sure…but that’s just my thought now. I’ve seen her grow from the arrogant “I-am-the-world’s-best-assassin-try-and-fight-me” 16-year-old to the strong yet sometimes weak 19-year-old before me. The girl who now depends on others for her strength. Who can no longer do everything on her own. And that’s amazing.
So…”get up” and read Heir of Fire. [After you’ve read the book, you’ll get that reference].