“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”
― Sarah J. Maas,
Book: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
I’ve been waiting (and dragging) to read the third book in the Throne of Glass series: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. At first the book pace didn’t work for me. I had to force myself to keep reading it until I was finally in the right rhythm.
Heir of Fire was a long book, and one of the downsides was that not much happens until the second part of the book. I’m an objective reader and though I do enjoy some mystery and anticipation, when the story drags for too long, I tend to steer away from it. (Pretty Little Liars comes to mind).
So we begin the book with Celeana already in Verase (Wendlyn), and we learn she hasn’t done much besides getting drunk and starting fights. She is broken by Nehemia’s death and Chaol’s “betrayal.” I say “betrayal” because I’m still not sure she should feel so betrayed the way she does. Yes, if he told her about the threat she might have doubled up the defenses and protected Nehemia, but still he was kidnapped the night it happened, and she would still go after him and save him, and Nehemia would still die. For me, the reasons for her anger aren’t strong enough.
Moving on, she basically hates the world and herself. Don’t get me wrong, I love stories about being broken and mending yourself together, but she is in another level of that. At some point I just wanted to slap her and scream “pull yourself together woman!”
But allas, we learn about her true powers and the history of what happened the night her parents died. Towards the end of the book, things finally get steamy and that’s when I started flipping the pages.
I didn’t like the multiple POVs because it was just too many to keep up. In some chapters the author mixes up POVs and we don’t know exactly whose line of thought we are following. Also, for me it was a bucket of cold water because every time I was finally invested in a character’s POV, it switched to another.
With all that being said, I did enjoy the story (though it could be shorter and more direct), and I will keep reading the series because I have to find out what happens. (though it may take a while).
The world building is beautifully crafted as always, and I applaud the writer for her imagination.
Have you read the Heir of Fire? What were your thoughts on it?