Release Date: September 11th 2014.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…
The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?
ALL THE STARS!!!
Words cannot express how brilliant this book was, but since this is a review I guess I’ll have to try.
Each book in this series so far has been amazing, and I have loved each one, but Maas has really outdone herself with this one.
My mind is reeling so much from the ending that it’s hard to focus on the rest of the book, but again, I’ll try.
This is a big book – and I love big books so I was so happy – my copy is 562 pages, and for a lot of this Celaena is finding herself, which was a very important step she needed to take in order to fulfill her destiny. Celaena was brilliant in this book. I loved her, loved her character development. And oh my gosh, I had no idea how powerful she really was!
*This will be slightly spoilery for the other books in the series but I will try to avoid spoilers for this book.*
Celaena has been sent to Wendlyn to assassinate the royal family. She is intercepted by a fae warrior named Rowan and taken to see the Fae Queen, Maeve. She asks Maeve to tell her where she can find the wyrdkeys so she can stop the King of Adarlan. Maeve agrees to help her if she agrees to be trained by Rowan. Celaena agrees and stays in a place called Mistward, a protected home for half breeds that still has magic. Rowan trains Celaena to use her magic. He is a harsh teacher and brings her to her breaking point. She must confront her past to face her future and we finally get to learn the whole of her past and how she got to be the way she is.
There was a great cast of new characters in this book and Rowan was just one of them. He came across brutish to me at first, but as he slowly helped Celaena take control of her power, he grew on me, and then something happened that I never expected – I half wished for Celaena and Rowan to get together. As a huge Chaol fan I am now pretty torn. I’m not ready to fully let go of Chaol, but if something were to happen to him (I hope it doesn’t) I wouldn’t mind Rowan stepping up.
Chaol has his own things to figure out in this book. He becomes more involved with the rebels and must work out where his true loyalties lie. In this installment we see just how truly innocent the young captain is. One thing for certain is that he will do anything for Celaena.
Dorian’s story line was so unexpected and so awesome, but I don’t want to ruin anything for you so I won’t go into the details. I can’t believe how things ended for him – I did not see that coming. I loved Dorian more in this book than I did in the others.
I can’t end this review without mentioning Manon. Manon is a witch, and it is through her we get to learn more about the witch clans. She would be considered evil, or at least on the side of evil, so I never thought I would sympathise with her, but her story was just so interesting and she had real depth that brought her to life. I am worried what the future will hold for her in the other books.
I cannot wait for book 4 and I am so, so glad this is a 6 book series. I need more of these awesome characters now!
Heir of Fire was amazing. It blew my mind. A truly epic fantasy from a master storyteller. This book will draw you in, hold you captivated and leave you breathless. I highly recommend it.
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