Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
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?
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Publishes in US: September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: YA fantasy
Source:  Bloomsbury via Netgalley
Series? Yes. Throne of Glass #3
my review of #1 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
#2 Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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    I wanted to read Heir of Fire because I really enjoyed the first two and really wanted to know what would happen with Celaena next. I love her with Chaol, but I also liked the scenes with her and Dorian so I am a bit torn there. I miss Nehemiah right along with C and am very wary of her chasing revenge and what that will take her into. 

    We meet some new characters in this one as well as getting a different look at some old faves. I don't remember the last books being 3rd POV but it works for this one because of how it is tying so many things together. Although we don't stay exclusively with C in this one, I tolerated the other views because it gave me insight into what is going on with Chaol and Dorian while she is off. 

    Even though I skimmed a recap on Recaptains, I was still a bit lost. There was some really good and naturally incorporated recap in the first part, but I am just a little scatterbrained (okay, you got me, its a LOT) so I have a hard time with recall. It did effect my reading experience a bit for the first 10% or so and then I just kinda forgot or filled in pieces enough to really be immersed into the story. I admit though the witch POV in this one wasn't exactly my thing, but I did come to like her especially when the Abraxos wyvern plot came into play. 

    Rowan. Wow, Rowan. He infuriated me at first, just as he did Celeana who others call Aelin because of the whopper that was the end of Crown. But as the layers came back some while he was working with her, I came to like him more and more. There was some chemistry at times between them I though and then other times it was more like brother sister bickering but also the connection. So, speaking of this... I think that Dorian is out of the picture based on the ending of last book, and I am totally not sure about her and Chaol because of the ending of Crown again, but as much as she thought of him, I would say that he's still in the running. So it is a love square, or I guess a triangle again, since we're not sure about Rowan if he's more of a bro or possible love interest. I hope that this is solved, but another part is kind of savoring the build up. 

    A lot happened in this one, throwing more monkey wrenches into the plot but other things are starting to come together. Though I know this is only the third book out of 6 possibly 7, so that would account for some of the moving parts that are setting up instead of giving us revelation or answers just yet. 

    And holy explosive ending. So much happened, some of which left my mouth dropped to the floor and other that made me want to cheer because of the character growth and how they started to stand up for themselves, or begin to see the light about certain events and their responsibilities. I will be continuing this series and can't wait to read more. Hopefully with a bit more recap next time, lol. 
   

Bottom Line: A bit harder in beginning to get into, but fell for Celeana plus other characters again.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Could you put loyalties to your own people against those you grow to love?
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39 comments:

  1. Oh, they're definitely all 3rd POV. Yep, I've heard that HoF has a ton of POVs. Recaptains is just the most wonderful thing ;) I hear that people who ship Chaol and Celaena are now shipping Rowan and Celaena too, so it's definitely a tirangle in the eyes and minds of the readers. Yay for a great ending :D I hope you enjoy the next one even more :)

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  2. Great review Brandi! My review is up later in the week.
    I loved Rowan! He is such a great character and I am glad we will get to see more of him. I am curious as to who C is going to hook up with in the end, because it kind of is in the air. Fab review!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  3. I really need to read this series. I have the 2 first books but I neet to get into them.

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  4. Wonderful Review! I still haven't gotten to the second book! I'm very curious about the ending and all the new characters. Hopefully I can get to the second book soon! I just enjoy this series so much!

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  5. Ahh, this is why I'm reading them altogether, I need to with Fantasy otherwise I just don't remember anything about the world, haha. AND I'M READING THRONE OF GLASS NOW SO YESSSSSSSSSSSS. Seriously, can't wait to get into it properly, I've only read around 80 pages so far, but loving Celaena :)

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  6. Yours is the 3rd blog I've visited this morning that's featuring a review of this book. I think y'all are trying to tell me something. LOL I think I might just read this trilogy just to experience the ending that everyone is raving about. Fab review!

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  7. Okay I have to admit I only just skimmed your review because I was too scared to read it. I've been wary of reviews for this one since it's on of my most anticipated reads for this year. Yeah, talk about pressure Lol! Great review :)

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  8. I'm super excited to read this but also terrified. I tend to forget a lot of stuff too.

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  9. For some reason, this was too much drama for me and I waited to finish book 2 because I figured it was a trilogy. Obviously I was wrong. No idea when I'll read it.

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  10. I am looking forward to this one. I have it coming up next week. I wish though that there was more recap, my memory is a bit fuzzy.

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  11. Another series I should try one day

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  12. I haven't read the first one yet. I want to read them all. Glad you did enjoy this one overall.

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  13. Yeesh. I'm not too enthused about everything you've just mentioned. I think I'll wait for the book next to Heir before I jump into this series.

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  14. Review twins! I struggled with the new characters and setting, but I agree that the end was .... whoa!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  15. I adore this, and loved Rowan, this had a high fantasy feel, which for me took it to a whole new level and gads..I cried in that scene towards the end..bucket, just buckets.

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  16. I am procrastinating reading this, I don't know what. i'm like that over my most anticipated book, I think that's why I love suspense so much because I love the tease and the build up. Thanks for reassuring me that I won't be wasting my time in reading this.

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  17. I hate when I forget important details and feel lost. It's hard when you have a complex world and definitely causes disconnect. I'm glad you liked this, though!

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  18. I really enjoyed this one and I so so so came to love Rowan. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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  19. I know, I can't wait to see how it plays out.

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  20. Recaptains is nice but they don't have everything.

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  21. Def not a waste of time, just hard getting used to so many new POV

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  22. You're telling me, right to the heart

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  23. Woot! All worth it.... And I ended up liking the witch even though their way of life is pretty twisted

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  24. It was good. didn't mean to sound negative. just a few issues

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  25. It is really good, it hooked me pretty quickly

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  26. I read this: http://recaptains.blogspot.com/search/label/Sarah%20J.%20Maas%3A%20Throne%20of%20Glass


    and it did help some

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  27. I totally see where you're coming from... I think its a 6 book deal

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  28. http://recaptains.blogspot.com/search/label/Sarah%20J.%20Maas%3A%20Throne%20of%20Glass



    That helped me to get my head a little more in the game

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  29. LOL. Sometimes it is nice to go in without trying to listen to the hype or the people who didn't like it. It will calm down soon

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  30. Heh. I think we all just schedule close to the release date and then poof. But yes, a good read

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  31. Oh gosh, I wish that I could stop asking for first books and just wait until all are out and binge read

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  32. The second was good, but I too had some hesitation for some reason, I guess just afraid it would be sophmore 2nd book

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  33. Rowan is a lot of fun, and yes, the expectation and suspense of who she'll be with driving me up the wall

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  34. I tried to only see him as a brotherly trainer, but from all the reviews, he def is in the ring.


    I couldn't remember having that many

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  35. I think I need to steer clear of this series. It sounds like too much going on for me lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  36. I haven't read the review due to not wanting to ruin the prior books for myself. But I see this book popping up everywhere! It can only mean one thing - I should be reading it by now ;)

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  37. I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for sharing your review :)

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  38. It's so hard though, haha. Like with the Bloodlines series, it was easy in the beginning, since I didn't want to let go of VA quite yet, but now with only one book to go I'm just HURRY UP. :(

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