Heir of Fire: Review

August 28, 2014 2014, 4.5 star books, fantasy, Kim 67 ★★★★½

Heir of Fire: ReviewHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Published by Bloomsbury on September 2, 2014
Genres: fantasy
Pages: 565 pages
Format: ARC
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four-half-stars
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?

Send help. Once again, the inimitable Sarah J. Maas has destroyed me.

Darker, more animalistic and complex, with a spate of awesome new characters, greater sense of magic, and ever expanding locations, this series has started to fully realize its potential as truly epic fantasy. At last, the world of Throne of Glass feels as though it’s living up to the promise of The Assassin’s Blade when it comes to the scale of the story.

This volume has a very different feel from its predecessors. The majority of the novel takes place outside of Rifthold, has Celaena separated from Dorian and Chaol, and features plots and locations that make the story fresh, new, and unpredictable. In many ways I can’t help but admire Maas for having the guts to to be true to her story when it’s so different from what readers have come to expect from previous books.

But there are key similarities that for sure identify this one as a Throne of Glass novel: betrayal, heart-stopping moments of tension and terror, shocking death, and the moments of deep emotional resonance I’ve come to associate so strongly with this series.

There is a maturity to Maas’ writing here that feels markedly different. Or maybe it’s because the characters themselves have all matured so much. This is a deeper and darker story. Crown of Midnight left us in such a dark place that this isn’t surprising. And Celaena begins this installment lower than she’s ever been. But holy wow is the character development in this book incredible. At last, Celaena is coming to terms with who she is, what that means, and whether she’ll be able to shoulder this responsibility. Our girl has already been through hell and back but her journey is far from over. I dare you to not be clapping in admiration by the time this book ends.

 It’s not just the growth of individual character’s that is so striking in this installment, though. Whereas the preceding volumes had a more romantic focus, Heir of Fire is all about strong friendship.

Chaol and Dorian have their own journey to pursue. After the events of CoM relations between the two are strained. Both have difficulty grappling with the incredible changes in their lives. This book actually features one of my favorite bromance moments of all time. When I think of how much this small moment can affect me even months after I read it, I’m reminded of how good Maas is at emotionally connecting the reader to her characters and their incredible story.

We have Rowan, the aloof, no-nonsense, often harsh Fae prince who is Celaena’s guide through Wendlyn. The journey Celaena goes on with Rowan in both the literal and emotional sense is astounding. We should all be so lucky to have a friend who can push us to our very limits when we need it but be there to catch a fall no matter what. These two make a truly impressive magical badass warrior team.

There are other new characters. Aedion Ashryver, the King’s (hunky) general in the North and cousin to Aelin Galathynius, is in Rifthold and ready to shake things up. Maybe get a little rebellion going? And oh man. If you love badass, bloodthirsty, utterly creeptastic characters (as I do) than you are going to love the hell out of Manon. She’s an Ironteeth witch. She rides a wyvern(!!!!). She’s ruthless. She would totally kill you and think nothing of it. And she plays an integral part in giving us an inside look at what the King is up to in the Ferian Gap.

There are plot threads that were subtly sewn in the first two books that come into fruition here. And looking back I just marvel at the skill and attention to detail in Maas’ writing and plotting. Here we have the perfect balance of questions answered to questions raised. The myth and magic of the mysteries of the Wyrdkeys becomes ever more fascinating, compelling, and horrifying.

So what held me back from the full five stars? I sorely, sorely missed the romance. Yep, that’s literally it. Everything else about this book is amazing. Excuse my spoiler freakout here for a second, though: View Spoiler »

The cliffhanger is mercifully nowhere near Crown of Midnight levels of agony. It still packs quite the wallop, though. In traditional Maas style, the ending comes with punch after emotional punch of action and heartbreak. I was alternately gasping in shock and horror in one moment, to pumping my fist into the air in triumph the next, to getting one final little twist to the heart View Spoiler » that will keep me in certain agony until Book 4.

There are very few series that reduce me to obsessive fangirlism but this one is right at the top of them. I finished with enough of a gaping void in my heart that I very much need to talk about it. After you’ve read this book do seek me out. I’m @KimReadsThings on Twitter. I can’t get enough of talking theories and headcanons. Please talk to me about this book. I’m utterly heartbroken.

An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.

 

 

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Exciting news alert!

I am beyond thrilled (and still pinching myself) to tell you that I’ll be moderating the Q&A panel at the Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, Tiffany Schmidt, and Elizabeth Norris author event at Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA on September 3rd at 7PM.

If you’re in the Philly area do come out! It promises to be a lot of fun! I hope I’ll see you there!

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67 Responses to “Heir of Fire: Review”

  1. Hayley

    I agree with you!
    Heir of fire is such a good book and so important in relation to the characters descovering who they are and what the future holds for them
    I think some of my favourite things with this book is:
    – The Rowan/Celaena relationship
    – Celaena and Dorian both being seen as a Queen and King
    – Celaena accepting her fate (clearly demonstrated through the “You could rattle the stars” in TOG and the “And then I am going to rattle the stars in HOF)

    Although, I didn’t mind the lack of romance tbh like I really want to see the Chaol/Celanea reunion and I am terrified for Dorian that is one of the things that has made this cliffhanger unbearable

  2. Alexa S.

    Dear Kim, I adore you and the way you full-on fangirl flail over the Throne of Glass series. Your review is quite lovely, and I enjoyed the little spoilers in it too (BECAUSE I FEEL THE SAME). But seriously, I love this series, these characters, this story and will happily gush and discuss it anytime. Love, Alexa ;)
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  3. Sarah J.

    So excited for this! I’m pretty sure it came out today, and as soon as my friend finishes the book and lets me borrow her copy, I’ll be able to read it for myself. I loved the first two books (they came highly recommended to me by aforementioned friend), and I can’t wait to see how it ends. I don’t think I’ll be able to handle it. YA authors have often ruined me emotionally with the last books in their trilogies. (See: the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu)

    Love the cover, too — Celaena looks badass as usual. Blurb is so enticing I think I might be drooling. I’ve been waiting for this book since Crown of Midnight came out, and I don’t think it’ll disappoint. Can’t wait! :D

  4. Kathy L.

    I can not wait for Heir of Fire! I am a bit worried that there is so little romance though because the romance is one of my favorite things in this series but hopefully I’ll be satisfied with the action and drama.

    • Kim

      Same here. I really love the romance in the series so much and it, unfortunately, did impact my feelings on this book. But, I mean, if that means “only” a 4.5 instead of a 5 it’s STILL an amazing book, you know? And I’ve seen plenty of shippers just as ardent as me give this the full 5. It’s still an incredible journey and you’re going to love it. Don’t be worried!
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  5. Carina Olsen

    Amazing review Kim :D I’m so glad you loved this book. <3 I have seen so many loving it already. But ack. I didn't finish book one :( Didn't like it :\ but I will try again, and I own all the books, so I'm crossing my fingers I'll like it more a second time. <3 because so many love these books. And you do too. And ack. I want to love them as well. Sigh. ANYWAY. I love your review :D Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3
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      • bethany

        SO I READ IT.
        AHHHHHGHHHHH. Hunted it down while on vacation (thank you Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia, ha!) and saved it for my 5 hour flight back to LA…. UGHHHH so gooooood!!!!!!! I re-read your review after and totally agree–the ONE missing thing was the romance, but to be fair, she did throw in a little teensy bit of that (albeit with another couple and UGH if I didn’t have a bad inkling about where that was going to go).

        Rowan WAS great. So many interesting friendships/partnerships and will be interesting to see how they all gather together to form a court later… but… where are all the awesome lady friends at?! I missed girlfriends in this one–Nehemia is obviously irreplaceable but still.

        Anddddd THE ENDING. I totally hear you on the punch after punch thing — I started pacing while reading around the bedroom (didn’t finish on the flight!) and my husband was like, what is WRONG with you!! ahahaha… OH MAN. Totally not the same type of throw-your-book-across-the-room cliffhanger as COM, but STILL. I love how the world/story/characters feel so PLANNED — even when you look at the map in the front of the book, the places and landmarks and lands were all in TOG’s map, but some didn’t come up til now… and others, I’m sure, in books 4-6. WEEE!
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        • Kim

          :D :D Im so glad you came back to talk to me about this!

          It’s just… *sigh* if the romance hadn’t been so perfect in COM I wouldn’t’ve missed it in HOF and this probably could have been a five star. I mean, this is an AMAZING book! I feel bad (I know thats ridiculous) giving it 4.5 but I did…I just missed it. And yeah, we do get a little bit of romance from that other couple but it couldn’t compete with the perfectness, epicness, and depth that is Chaolaena.

          Rowan is awesome! I love Rowan! I love that at its heart this is a book about friendship and how friends can shape our lives for the better. You’re so right, though. I missed the lady friends and I didn’t even realize it. It looks like this will be corrected somewhat in the next book as Sarah has said we will be seeing Elide Lochan. Also, she’s said somewhere (on the Pinterest board, I think I saw it) that Ansel will pop back up in the series at some point. Also also Lysandra will come back (Have you read the novellas? If not you need to!) at some point and I would love to see those two team up. I think it could be quite the lethal combo.

          The ending…when The Thing happens (and really there are two Things–do not talk to me about a certain ring. Do not.) my jaw was on the floor! AHHHH. I am so afraid of SJMaas endings now. When Im reading Book 4 I will probably start trembling in fear as I get to the final pages. It’s become clear to me as we go through this series that everything is meticulously and masterfully planned. It makes me so, so excited for her new series coming out next year. Can’t wait to see what else she has in store!
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          • bethany

            Oh that IS interesting! I did NOT consider how carefully Sarah was planning to introduce and then bring back characters, even from the novellas (which I read all in one sitting so basically they’re one book).

            I WAS suspicious of who Elide would be… and at one point was thinking maybe Sorscha also had some kind of hidden identity. Which she did, but not Elide. Ha.

            I’m pretty sure I’m going to re-read everything, every year before the next book is introduced… I did before HOF and it was SO much more fun because of that.

            And the ENDING ughhhhhh… I’m really convinced Chalolaena is *meant to be* despite all the awesome secondary male characters everywhere, but who knows… she loves leaving us hanging! :)
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            • Kim

              I did the same! I read the books + novellas again right before HOF and it was really great. I’m going to do the same soon with The Raven Boys! Cant wait.

              And I KNOW that Chaolaena is endgame. I have the utmost faith. They’re just too perfect and it was set up so epically. She really does love to leave us hanging but…I just have a lot of faith. From my considerable stalking (I found this comment on her Pinterest page, I think) I do know that she has a fan art of them hanging in her office and it is the only piece of TOG art she has. So…just saying. Also, whatever chapter in COM is THE chapter Chaolaena (you know the one after his birthday dinner :D )is her favorite chapter from that book. THIS IS FOR A REASON. We’ll keep sailing the good ship together, Bethany.
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              • bethany

                Woohooooooo! I still remember the moment that I found it was a SIX book series, I almost fainted from anticipation. I was expecting a trilogy but there was just SO MUCH going on that it *had* to be more!

                And THANK YOU for being a Sarah J Maas stalker and finding all this information out — it reinforces that our ship is the right ship.

                PS: Saw her this weekend at her LA stop and it was loooovelyyyyy. Should have planned for more time so that I could actually sit in the audience (all the seats were filled + a line around the store) but getting to hear her chat about the book and then see her interact with each of the 200+ people was pretty awesomeeee
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              • Diane

                You’ve made me feel so much better about Choalaena Kim, thank you! Finished book yesterday and felt so sick and depressed at how her emotions regarding removing the ring were described. :( Your comment has helped me heal and rally more faith.

                Celaena give your suffering man a hug and a kiss and tell him you love him already!

                Suffering, pure suffering.

  6. Leandra Wallace

    I think…that I have finally got to read this series! Find out what all this delicious readerly fuss is about. =)Plus, if I don’t read these, I think I’d probably have to have my Bad-ass Girl Character Lover’s card pulled. Because if those covers don’t say BAGC, I don’t know what does!
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  7. Larissa

    Eeeee! I need to get my hands on this one so badly. I adored Crown of Midnight and am so ready for more kick ass Celaena and that romance with Chaol omg.

    The fact this one showcases such growth and maturity in the writing is definitely a good sign for me. I can’t wait to read and discover how this story has grown through the new locations, characters and the writing itself. This story really does seem to be reaching such a complex/convoluted/expansive level and I’m so excited to discover its secrets. And, to think nothing could top Crown of Midnight I’m fully prepared to once again be astounded by Maas.

    I’m also intrigued by this one because it seems like the fantasy elements really take center stage along with the rebellion. I just love the sounds of underlying political tensions and I find everything about it fascinating ahhhh. The more darker tone this one has taken makes sense and I’m sure that it’ll have me gripped from the very beginning to that undoubtedly heart stopping ending that Maas is so talented at.

    I do love my romance, but I think I’ll survive with the fact that it doesn’t take center stage. It sounds to me that in this one we’ll see a lot more of Celaena personal journey and emotional turmoil, which is something I’m definitely okay with. Also the budding friendship and support between Celaena and this new Rowan character.

    Lovely review Kim <33 Can't wait to read this one and fangirl with you.
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    • Kim

      It’s out now! It’s out today! Get thy hands on a copy!

      Looking back, the setup for the series is incredible. I recently re-read ToG and there were many aspects of the weakest volume that I can actually appreciate more after having read HoF. So much complexity and expansion to the world in this installment and everything is only poised to get bigger and bigger. It’s astounding.

      This is the most magical book of the series, but it’s also the most internal. Nearly all of the growth is from emotional journeys. There are interesting political developments and the plot does move but it’s really all about the personal growth for Celaena in her plotline and Chaol in his. I can only hope this means good things for my ship!!!

      I think from now on no matter what I will always be gripping my book as I get to the end of a ToG story. The endings practically give whiplash of the heart with how much happens and so quickly! Ahhhh! You’re gonna love it. Can’t wait for you to read it!!
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  8. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Wow congrats on the great news about the panel, that is awesome news that you’ll be meeting the author in person! I read Heir of Fire and like you, I missed the romance so much. I wanted them all to be together. But the new characters were fantastic as well and I loved Rowan and Aedion. Great review Kim!

    • Kim

      Thank you so much, Jeann! I’m going out of my mind with excitement about the panel! :)

      And I knowwww. CoM had just-ugh, the perfect, perfect romantic build up and tension and payoff…and then all that heartbreak. This is a long series. I know I couldn’t’ve expected a reunion so soon but still. It hurts, man. At least there was a lot of distraction with all of the plot development and awesome new characters. I just need Book 4 yesterday, you know?

  9. Pili

    Oh my goodness Kim, this is the PERFECT review to make me want to run to the central post office or the airport itself and demand my parcel carrying my copy of this one, RIGHT THIS MOMENT!! Perfect completely spoiler free, with no details and still plenty of information to make me ache like mad to finally read it! Next week though… next week I will be tweeting at you like mad, I’m sureeee!!! Also thanks for the cliffhanger warning, I’m glad to hear it wasn’t as bad as Crown of Midnight’s!!
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    • Kim

      YOU COME TO ME WHEN YOU FINISH THIS BOOK AND WE WILL TALK ABOUT THINGS PILI. WE WILL TALK ABOUT MANY THINGS. The cliffhanger isn’t quite as bad but…maybe that’s just me since I only seem to care about Chaolaena. :\ Some, uh, pretty intense things do happen at the end there. Well, you’ll see.

      • Pili

        Does it make me a bad person that I might be thinking I don’t care how awful the cliffhanger is as long as is not awful for our ship?? Chaolena is okay by the end of the book (and Fleetfoot too!!) and I’ll be okay, I hope!

        OH MY GOODNESS, NOW I’M FREAKING OUT!! TELL ME THAT FLEETFOOT IS SAFE IN THIS BOOK!?!?!
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    • Kim

      Honestly, these books are just so immensely enjoyable and aren’t at all weighed down in that heavy way that fantasy can often be. All credit to Sarah’s writing. Give THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE a whirl. You’l be glad you did!

    • Kim

      Ahh! Thank *you* for reading! Nooo don’t click on the spoilers! Don’t worry, they’re just nonsense fangirling about my preferred ship. And you should be excited for the bromance because it is really, really touching. I wasn’t expecting to more affected by bromance than romance going into this book ha. I can’t wait for you to get to read this. It’s just a blast.

  10. Brenda

    I’ve heard good things about the series, where was it again? Oh yeah, here :) I really need to finish up some things so I can dive into it. Congrats on moderating the Q&A panel, sounds like it will be lots of fun.

    • Kim

      Haha of course you did. ;) This is THRONE OF GLASS championing central. Pleeeeease read them. You won’t regret it, I promise. And if you do you can come back and yell at me.

      And thank you! I can’t wait! It’s going to be an amazing time!

  11. Camille

    This review is fantastic! I’ve been sort of on the fence about starting this series. I’ve heard many good things about it, but I’ve been a bit wary to dive into high fantasy novels again after a couple of years on a dystopian binge. But this review made me think that maybe I could get into this series. It’s hard for me to find books that manage to get me so emotionally attached to the characters, but it seems like this one might be able to reach that spot in my heart.

    • Kim

      If there is just one epic fantasy series for you to read if you’ve been wary about fantasy this is the one! My friend Jamie (The Perpetual Page Turner) just read them and LOVED them and she’s usually a contemporary reader. You absolutely can get into this series. Start with THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE and then go onto THRONE OF GLASS. Pack tissues and prepare for your feels. These books are honestly those rare gems that really touch deep into your heart. Read them please! And then you can come back to me and we can cry together.

  12. Morgan

    Loved the review! And I like the bold sentences to get your points across, I’m trying to skim reviews so I don’t spoil absolutely anything for myself! Will have to go back and read it after I get my copy on Tuesday (5 MORE DAYS. Not like I’m counting or anything…) I’m really glad this series continue to get better and better, that’s so rare and awesome. And congrats on the panel! What an honor, I bet the event will be so much fun.
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    • Kim

      Ha well my reviews tend to get rather, er, lengthy (this one especially-eep!) so I try to help the pals out and bold for those who just want to skim. The review is pretty vague and spoiler free anyway, though! It *will* make a lot more sense* after you’ve read the book so do come back and feel free to chat with me about your feelings. YOU WILL HAVE A LOT OF THEM.

      And thank you so much! Yes, I’m still mind blown that Bloomsbury asked me to moderate the discussion. But very grateful! I’m sure it’ll be a blast (as soon as I swallow my nerves-eep!)

  13. Wendy Darling

    I cannot tell you how many times I have glanced at our calendar to double-check when this review was going up, hah. I’m sorry I’m so creepy and stalk you in such ways.

    It’s thanks to you that this fantastic series is in my life. Thanks to YOU. I had TOG for two years and somehow never got around to it, but your beautiful CROWN OF MIDNIGHT review convinced me I had to give it a chance–and holy crap, am I ever glad I trusted you! You know how stingy I am with my 5 stars, but COM and ASSASSIN’S BLADE were 5-starred without any hesitation at all. The thrills and emotion these books evoke are so rare, and I’m fascinated by the author’s clearly well-plotted longterm plan for this story. I love this series, and I love, love, love how passionate you are about it. I can’t wait to read HEIR OF FIRE so I can fangirl all over the place with you!

    So happy for you that you’re moderating Sarah’s panel with Susan, Liz, and Tiffany, too. All those ladies seem awesome, and you’re all going to have such an amazing time! <3 <3 <3

    • Kim

      Hee! You have no idea how pleased I am to know that I have ensured you turned into an obsessive like me. No apologies ever necessary!

      You know, honestly I’m just glad you loved these because I feel like I’ve now returned the favor a little bit. There are so many books I’ve read and loved because of your reviews or recommendations and it really, really means a lot to me that I could bring you to a series you now love so much. You have nooooo idea how nervous I was when you started reading the books! I was like “Omg, Wendy is going to hate them and then she’ll know I’m a phony reviewer with questionable tastes.” Haha. But then the opposite happened so yay! I knowwww. So many thrills! So many emotions! IIII am the one who truly cannot wait for you to HOF because I know how much you are going to LOVE it. You’re going to love Manon and how creepy and badass she is. And so many other things too. Hurry and get here Sept 2nd! Wendy needs to read this book!!!

      I still don’t understand how this panel moderation happened but okay! I’m just going with it. AHHHHHHHHHHHH.

    • Jehphg

      I loveeeeeeeeee your review KIM! (even if i am everything but chaolena) and i am really eager to read what you think about this one too Wendy!

  14. Liv_TheAbsentHistorian

    When the first book Throne of Glass came out, the mixed responses held me back from reading, but current responses that the series is strengthening definitely are making me reassess the situation to read this book, especially since I own it.
    I am sorry to hear you missed the romance, but I like the sound of the mc developing into her own and having strong friendships!
    Fabulous review.
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    • Kim

      No this series is so amazing you have no idea. Don’t let ToG weigh your opinion down! Start with THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE which is the collection of prequel novellas. Honestly, everything but ToG is HANDS DOWN AMAZING. And ToG I rated 3.5 which is not bad at all…it’s just not at the level of amazing the other books in the series are. Seriously. Read them. Go, go, go!

  15. Ellen B

    (I just read the bold parts of this review, as I’ve only read the first book in the series.) But, oh man, I seriously need to get my act together and just read the second book. I’ve been reading nothing but raves for book 2, and now for book 3, but I haven’t been able to get past chapter 2 in Crown of Midnight. I know! I feel defective!
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    • Kim

      You do, you do, you really do! Wendy just recently read them and was kicking herself that she hadn’t Maybe before you try going on with CoM go back and read the collection of prequel novellas, THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE. If you love them I have no doubt you’ll be primed and ready to jump into the CoM awesomeness. But even if you don’t end up liking them don’t feel defective! We all have what works and doesn’t work for us. Reading is such a personal and subjective thing, you know? No pressure at all to enjoy but do let me know what you end up thinking if you continue with the series!

  16. Faye D'Social Potato (@kawaiileena)

    Absolutely loved your review, Kim! I can sooo feel your enthusiasm for this book. I’m reading HoF right now with my co-blogger (we’re going to review it together! Wheeeee) and goodness, I just love the writing. It has definitely matured from CoM and ToG altogether, and I just love how beautiful she weaves the words altogether. she’s rising in the ranks for sure, and she’s almost as high as Marissa Meyer in my auto-buy list!
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    • Kim

      Ah thank you so much, Faye! I won’t say too much then since you’re still in the middle of it but my goodness is it a great book! And I agree with you 100%. CoM was already so amazing and the writing already so improved but Sarah just keeps getting better and better. Every book we get a more expansive world and greater characterization. I’m pretty much falling out of my seat with excitement for Book 4. Anyway, can’t wait to see what you end up making of this one!

  17. Nikki

    This is another series I’ve been wanting to read for a while but am waiting till the whole series is done so I can read them back to back like the addict I am :)

    • Kim

      Oh man. I totally understand that line of reasoning but you’re going to be waiting until 2017 to read these! There might even be a 7th book so 2018 then. Gasp gasp. Join us in the “agonized impatient waiting” crowd. The water’s warm!

  18. Brittany Todd

    I totally feel your pain. Sarah is a freakin unicorn. I’m going to the same signing in PA (EEEEPPP!) I can’t wait! I don’t get star struck easily but, I’m pretty damn excited. I hope I can meet you too *i love you blog Iand feel compelled to hug you* you review was written perfectly by the way but I’m way more team Dorian *sniffle sniffle*!! So excited to get the hardcover of this. I was phenomenal and if you ever need to my vent we could totally have a support group for this book.
    ❤️
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    • Kim

      Sarah is able to draw out my emotions like no other YA author at the moment. She is such a fav. And how exciting you’ll be at Children’s Book World! Please do say hi to me! I promise I’m very friendly and nice. :)

      And Team Dorian? *gasp* Say it isn’t so! :p Dude has had a crazy amount of character development in books 2 and 3. Mind blowing! And the ending…yes I can imagine how much more it hurt for you than for me. Eep. Well. We’ll cling to each other until Book 4 comes and we can get some answers. Gah. 3 more books of this torment!!

  19. ashley

    I am so HAPPY AND THRILLED that you’ll be moderating the panel. And proud. Which sounds weird, but I am! My heart is so full for you! (As if the cards I send you doesn’t already say this.)

    Also this line “Whereas the preceding volumes had a more romantic focus, Heir of Fire is all about strong friendship.” I agree with SO much. And that confused me for a bit, because I’m usually very, very, very into romance as you know, but there was something nice about reading about friendship and how friendship can be hard, but it can also be awesome and very worth it. That being said, I missed my ship, because of course I did.
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    • Kim

      I still can’t believe that it is a real thing in the real world that is actually happening! Ahhhhhh!

      I honestly did appreciate that this is a book the explores friendship-and all the ways it can be as nasty and difficult as a romantic relationship-even though I grumble so much about missing the romance. It’s just Celaena and Chaol are like the heart and soul of this series for me. When they’re not together I just really feel the absence. *sigh sigh* Well, we’ll see what Book 4 brings. I neeeeeeeeeeeeed it.

  20. Emily

    Great review! I concur on everything you said – this book ramps everything up. The scale of the book feels grander than before and what lies ahead for Celaena feels even bigger. This book broke my heart than glued the pieces back together. Then only way for it to fully heal is a Chaolaena!

    • Kim

      You a word there, Em, but I know you well enough to know that word is “reunion” and YES. This is the only way our hearts will truly ever heal. Until that time we have plenty of pins to pour over and scrutinize endlessly.

  21. kindlemom1

    I adore this series! So happy to see your review and to know that you loved it every bit as much as I did. I have seen a few people say they thought it was too slow but I didn’t, I loved all the different POVs and changes.
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    • Kim

      I mean, I understand the complaint. This is not a non-stop action packed book. However, this story is as much about the emotional journey as it is any sort of epic adventure. And I so enjoy watching the characters go through their struggles and journeys. It all comes down to personal preference, I guess. I don’t usually like a slower book like this but I love these characters so much it was honestly a joy. And I’m a big fan of multi-POVs anyway so no problem there!

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