Heir of Fire
Updated: Jul 13, 2021
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
"Celaena 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. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?"
Heir of Fire is the third installment in Sarah J. Maas' YA fantasy series Throne of Glass.
As with most books, my enjoyment of this came down to the characters.
Let's start with Celaena, shall we? In this book, we are fresh off from an experience that has clearly traumatized her to the point where she has kind of lost herself. Here's the thing with this, not to say that she can't be traumatized to the level that is being displayed, but I found the correlation between Celaena's reaction and her relationship with Nehemia was missing something. From what was shown in the previous books, I felt like they didn't interact enough on-page to create such a close bond and although the death of a friend will be traumatic, I think that the resulting trauma from her death did not correlate with how little of their friendship we actually see in the books.
Let's not even get into the fact that Nehemia, the only POC in this series (I think), wasn't a character but a catalyst.
Moving on to Rowan, I'm not too thrilled about him. He's just as much of an 'alpha male' as Rhys but Rowan is kind of brutal while Rhys was at least charming. His character introduction is not a good start for what will eventually lead to a new relationship.
Another new perspective we get in the book is Sorscha, and it was one that didn't really need to be there. I get that she's there in order for Dorian's character to develop and for him to have someone to confide in, but you could have replaced her with anyone and I wouldn't have noticed the difference. I just don't care about her POV and would have been fine with her just being in Dorian's POV.
Otherwise, the story was great as always.