BOOK REVIEW: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
I found that Heir of Fire was fantastically written. It’s different to the first two books in the series as we get to hear the story from other perspectives as well as Celaena, Chaol and Dorian. We’re introduced to three new characters: Manon Blackbeak, heir of the Blackbeak coven; Rowan Whitethorn, a Fae prince and warrior; and Aedion Ashryver, cousin of Celaena.
At first I wasn’t too excited to read Manon’s chapters and then something must have just clicked because now I absolutely love her and the other witches. They’re ruthless, brutal and heartless—literally.
Rowan has a brilliant character development in the book. He goes from a harsh and fairly unlikable character to growing to care for Celaena and the two are eventually able to see each other as friends.
That’s another point that made Heir of Fire such a great book for me—it was heavily focused on friendships, touching very little on romance. Maas could have taken the easy way out and created a romantic relationship between Celaena and Rowan from the get go.
I absolutely love Celaena’s progression in learning to summon, use and control her Fae powers. However, I found that in this book Celaena is less herself, taking a step back from the tough and strong female character she’s previously been in the series. There are moments in the book where she’s weak, not just in a physical sense, and requires the support of other characters to snap her out of whatever funk she’s gotten herself into. In saying that, I find that this step back from her original character makes Celaena more human and relatable. I find that she also develops. She’s slowly coming into her own, maturing and beginning to really accept and take on her responsibilities.
I can’t wait to get started on Queen of Shadows.