Today I’m going to share my incoherent thoughts on Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, which is book three in the Throne of Glass series. This might be my most incoherent discussion post yet, but oh well! This is going to contain spoilers, so if you haven’t read up until this book in the series, I wouldn’t advise reading the post!
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?
After reading The Assassin’s Blade, I found myself struggling to be inspired to pick this book up. I think the novellas shifted me away from the story in a way, so I couldn’t get back into the story at first. But then once I did pick it I’d be sucked in, and then once I put it down I’d struggle to get back into it. It was a weird cycle of knowing I am going to be sucked into the story once I picked it up, but also not being inspired to pick it up.
Heir of Fire is really the shift in the series. The Throne of Glass series is really weird and strange as a whole, because while the first two books are essential, they are so wildly different from the rest of the series. Heir of Fire kind of acts like a book one even though it is a book three. Very strange, but weirdly refreshing. It was really well done.
Heir of Fire is also the book that multiple more perspectives are introduced. Manon being one of them. I really, really struggled with Manon the first time round, so much so that I think this is the point where I stopped being interested in the story. I couldn’t mesh with her character, and I felt like her character’s chapters were too drawn out and quite boring. I did struggle with her this time too. I know Sarah j Maas’ writing well enough to know that there’s always a point, but I did find myself wanting to skip through Manon’s chapters. Though I didn’t skip them, I did find them quite forgettable because I couldn’t mesh with her at all.
We also meet Rowan for the first time in this book. The first time I read this book, I felt forced upon his character. I was still upset about Chaol, I think. I felt he had much more of a natural introduction this time round, however. I had anticipated meeting him, so it softened the blow. I also could see the relationship between him and Aelin forming and developing. The first time round, I had lost interest so much, that I didn’t even notice the build up to their relationship – I think that just proves how much I really wasn’t into reading at that point in my life! I actually connected with him a lot more this time round too and I do look forward to seeing him in the novel.
While we are talking about Rowan, lets talk about his friends or the Cadre. I felt like we were supposed to dislike them or at least be wary of them. We don’t particularly get much of them, but from what I did see I actually liked? I got the sense that they’re just as trapped with Mauve as Rowan is. I’m really interested to see what happens with them next – particularly Lorcan and Gavriel.
Naturally, lets move on to Mauve. Mauve is rotten, isn’t she? When she came into the book at the end, I actually really enjoyed her scenes. I like that there are now two villains – well probably even more than that. There’s attacks coming from all sides. It really made me feel as helpless as Aelin, which was wonderful.
The blood oath between Mauve and the Cadre is pure evil. Going back to the helplessness of the situation – you really felt that with this bond; they just couldn’t do anything against it. It seemed to be hated by all of them. So when they broke the oath between Rowan and Mauve it was so relieving. Honestly, not sure what I think about him then instantly swearing the blood oath to Aelin; though I know it’s going to be a much better experience for Rowan.
Aelin really transformed from Celaena into Aelin in this book too. This character development was great and watching her break and then come back from the brink of death into a practicing Queen. It was wonderful to see her finally accept her heritage and master her magic. I can’t wait to see what mess she gets into in the other books.
We also meet Aedion in this novel. And I love him. I think he became one of my favourite characters. I think it is time to accept that I am a sucker for the characters Sarah J Maas that appear one way to the others, but are really putting on a show and have gone through a great deal of pain.
I found the relationship between Aedion and Chaol really strange – I don’t know why. Maybe it had to do with that he and Chaol were bonded Aelin/Celaena even though Aedion hadn’t seen her for years and Chaol and Celaena were not on the greatest of terms. Their unlikely friendship though was really interesting to watch pan out.
The rebel movement was also a great theme in this book, but with everything else going on, it seemed to get lost in the rest of the book for me. it was like a strong current running through the book, that was really easy to enjoy but then ignore. Through the rebel movement, we were introduced to so many characters, that I lost track. I did end up getting a bit confused with all of the names.
I really liked the romance between Sorscha and Dorian, but you just knew it was doomed from the start. I still don’t particularly enjoy Dorian’s character – I think I’m always going to see him as a side character, trying to be a main character. However, I liked his natural interactions with Sorscha. A part of me wishes we go to see more of her; but that might have been the point, we were left wanting more time and she died. When she was killed, it was horrible and brutal.
How her death ended up setting things into motion was honestly incredible – and exactly how a death should be used in a novel. Aedion being captured, a trap being set for Aelin, Chaol having to flee, the King putting a collar around his neck, and so much more – it was remarkable. It was such an incredible ending. This time I had to take a break from reading, because I was so blown away by the ending.
I think at this point in the series, I can happily say that I am enjoying it far more than I did the first time round. I’m so happy that this is my experience this time round and I can’t wait for the rest of the series.