Heir of Fire (Review)

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

562 pages

Released on September 2nd, 2014

Borrowed from local library

Goodreads summary:

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.

I read Heir of Fire for the first time almost a year ago. Since I never reviewed it, I’m going to do that now having read the book for the second time. I’m actually glad I didn’t review it after only reading it once; the first time I read it I was so focused on Rowan’s character that I failed to notice how AMAZING Celaena’s character development is in just the span of that one novel.

One of my absolute favorite things about this novel is how emotionally intense it is. Since the other two novels don’t really focus the emotional and mental effects that Celaena’s experiences have had on her, it’s great to see this part of Celaena in such a raw and undiluted way. In this novel Celaena is broken and has to find the strength to piece herself back together bit by bit. She clearly suffers from depression, and even what seems to be PTSD. It’s also great to see her come to terms with who she truly is. Up until this point she has been spending her life running from her past, but in this novel she embraces her past and finds peace within herself. She recognizes that she has made mistakes, and she makes a promise to herself to go into the future with a goal of changing the world for the better this time. In my opinion, Celaena’s character development is the most beautiful and emotionally powerful character development that I’ve read about.

Maas also develops Dorian’s character in a way that makes me feel so proud of the person he has become. He is no longer a scared boy who can’t stand up to his father; Dorian finds his voice and uses it to fight for what he believes in. Other than that, this novel introduces some awesome new characters that you will be sure to fall in love with. *Cough* ROWAN *cough* *cough* MANON *cough*.

Lastly, I love that we see the power of having even one true friend. We’ve never seen Celaena really rely on anyone else, but in this novel she sees that sometimes true strength and bravery can be just accepting the help and support that you need. I enjoyed seeing Celaena both heal herself and help others heal as well.

And Celaena has some intense, hard-core, bada** fire powers. Just thought I’d drop that in there. LIKE SUPER INTENSE, GUYS. Okay, I have to control myself. *takes deep breath* BUT DID I MENTION HOW COOL LIKE I DON’T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND HOW AMAZING HER POWERS ARE?!?!

So far, Heir of Fire has been my favorite out of the first three ToG novels. Fingers crossed for Queen of Shadows!

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