Heir Of Fire
By Sarah J. Mass
Click here to read my review of the second book, Crown of Midnight.
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?
Summary from Goodreads.
I did not go into Heir of Fire with very high expectations, and it only just surpassed them. I found that all of the things that I did not enjoy in either Throne Of Glass or Crown Of Midnight were still present here. It just seemed to be a different setting, but the same problems. The only reason why I thought that Heir Of Fire was the best in the series so far for the moral lessons that I personally got from it.
Whilst I do not want to risk repeating myself from my review of the second book, I likes and dislikes will be very similar. I will try to not repeat exactly what I have said before.
Like in book 2, I loved Fleetfoot. Dogs are just amazing to me and nothing you can say will convince me otherwise. My main complaint is that she seemed to be forgotten about for 99% of this, then Mass mentions her at the end so that the reader knows that she has not been forgotten. Unlike the second book however, their was no real mention of the Wyrdmarks in this. Whilst other developments around what is going on magically occurs, I feel like these Wyrdmarks are of vital importance in what is to come and yet everyone just seems to have forgotten that they exist.
My two main grips with the previous book were still present, love triangles and predictable plot-twists; and I now have another to add in, too many POV’s. Whilst this time the love triangle was not so balently obvious, it was still present (and that does not even count the overlying love for Sam that Celaena still fells). Also the ‘plot-twists’ were very predictable and I constantly had a very good idea as to how things were to play out. As to the POV’s, wow their seemed to be a ridiculous amount of POV character in Heir Of Fire. I believe that their are a minimum of 6. Whilst having that many POV character can work for some stories (Game Of Thrones), the way that Maas utilises them makes me wonder if she gets bored about writing one character then just switches to another in the same room.
The main thing that makes Heir Of Fire better than the rest is the moral message that I got. Celaena must overcome her biggest hurdle that she ever has, or ever will face, herself. She has to learn to control her fear and not let that control her. Whilst at times she has glimpses of that, generally when the lives of others are at stake and she does not have time to be fearful, being able to admit that you are scared but putting that behind you is something that greatly resounded with me. Although I could be really nitpick and say that it seems like she ends up not being fearful at all by the end, which in my opinion is completely realistic as our fear and our ability to overcome it is more powerful that just not being scared. I think that I may stick to Green Lanterns Rebirth for my dose of not letting you fear consume you and still being brave when any normal person would not be. To quote Ned Stark “The only time a man can be brave is when he is afraid.” – Goodreads.
So if you enjoyed the pervious 2 instalments, then Heir of Fire is more of the same.
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