Friday, December 29, 2017

Heir of Fire Review (Throne of Glass #3)

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
By: Sarah J. Maas

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?

I try to avoid reading reviews of a book if I know that I am going to be reading it. I don't want other people's opinions to colour mine in any way. However, I did not own this installment of the Throne of Glass series before reading the first two and my curiosity got the best of me in the time that passed between reading the second and third installments. I read a few reviews on Goodreads and was surprised at some of the poorer reviews. They said that this was the most boring book of the series thus far and they did not enjoy it as much as the first two. If you have read my reviews of the first two books you'll know that I enjoyed them immensely, so I was reluctant to begin this book as I thought it might negatively impact my opinion of the series and make me hesitant to keep going with the rest of the books. If you've already read this book and you're not reading this review I have no doubt that you're thinking 'this girl is an idiot' and you're right. I was definitely being idiotic. After reading the negative reviews and the book, I respectfully disagree with those reviewers; this was, in my opinion, the best book of the series thus far. 

Heir of Fire is the largest book in the series and as such it's also the most action packed. There were three separate stories happening throughout the book and they remained separate through to the end, which I loved. It adds to the anticipation of the next novel; will any of the three story lines intertwine? Will the characters finally meet? What is the purpose of the witch covens the author introduced? Which side will they ultimately be on? 

I think the most impressive part of this book for me was the witch chapters. Typically if there is a standalone story line that doesn't involve the books main character in any way I get bored of it very quickly. No matter how it comes together in the end I always hate the time I feel I waste on things that have nothing to do with the books main plot line and are essentially irrelevant until the very end. I did not ever have that feeling of boredom with this particular story though. The new characters that the author created for this plot and the adventures and trials they endured were engrossing and I found myself looking forward to their chapters. I loved that even with a smaller story than that of Celaena the main character of the witch chapters, Manon, underwent a dramatic character growth that we will hopefully see the repercussions of in the following installments. 

I had a hard time with Celaena's character for the first half of the book as she had gone through some devastating losses in the last book and in this book her character seemed damaged almost beyond repair. She was certainly not the strong, independent character that we had become accustomed to from the first couple of novels. It made it that much more rewarding when at the end of the book Celaena is on her way to becoming stronger and more powerful than the reader could have been prepared for. The author created such a sense of hope in the end of the book that I am dying to get the fourth book to know what happens next. Sarah J. Maas certainly knows how to keep her readers wanting more. 

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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