Friday, August 22, 2014

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Every now and then a publisher sends me a book I wasn't expecting and it totally makes my day. So was the case when Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas from Bloomsbury showed up at my door. Then I realized it was book three in a series, so I went out and bought the first two because I can't stand reading a series out of order. So FYI, the first two books are Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. Heir of Fire is set to be released on September 2nd.

The Story-
Celaena Sardothien is on the path to finding out about the Vord and the Wyrd Keys from Maeve the fairy queen. She has travelled across the ocean only to be stuck outside the walls of the fairy kingdom and forced to prove her worth among half fey. At this way station she trains with Rowan, an ice fairy set to watch over her. She needs to unlock her true fairy powers that have been hidden since her childhood, before the queen will see her.

Meanwhile, back at the castle, Dorian is learning about his own hidden powers through the help of a healer named Sorscha. He also uncovers the truths that Calaena had already learned, about the evil of the king, his ways of controling people and the wyrdkeys. To protect prince Dorian, Chaol secretly begins meeting with Aedion, Calaena's cousin and once betrothed. Aedion is a pawn in the king's game, but has outside allies that will help Chaol learn more about the King's savage magic.

Hidden in the mountains the king is building an army of witches and wyverns, his bid to control all the lands finally coming into place.

My Thoughts- (Spoilers)
I've enjoyed all three books and eagerly delved into this one. I was excited to see Celaena finally use her magic powers, because the reader knows there is some sort of greatness within her. I love her kick-butt character and magic just adds to her awesomeness. I ate up all scenes between Calaena and Rowan. This assassin seems to fall in love easily despite her toughness. I liked that Rowan was the ice to her fire.

The difference between this book and the first two is location. In book three Celaena is off searching for Queen Maeve and leaves Chaol and Dorian behind to their own adventures. Then there are the witches in the mountains. There are several chapters about them that I skimmed over just wanting to get back to the main story. I actually was upset every time the author took me away from the main story line. After the first two books I was mostly focused on Calaena and Dorian.

The ending threw me for a small loop, because Maeve was a let down. After all the time Calaena takes to earn her way to the Queen, we don't really get any answers. However, Calaena gets Rowan, so that is a good twist. The reader is left with Calaena returning to where she came from, the castle, looking for the wyrdkeys just as before. The part that had me itching for the next book is Dorian. We end the story with him in the power of his father and I can't wait to see what happens. This is a full- on action packed series full of magic and intrigue and I'm really enjoying the ongoing story. 4 stars!

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