Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Date: 11th September 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

This series is incredible and it has gotten better with every book I have read. It’s been a while since I loved a series as much as this and I am so passionate about the characters and their world. I just can’t get enough! Heir of Fire is the best so far because it was tense, fast paced and I was hooked. As this is the third book in the series there will be some spoilers below so if you haven’t read the others, don’t read anymore.

Heir of Fire picks up with Celaena arriving in Wendlyn to carry out the task the King had set her, to steal military plans from the Kingdom. Going against his orders, she hides out until she meets the mysterious Fae Prince, Rowan Whitethorn, who takes her to see Queen Maeve, who can give her the answers that she seeks. But first, she must master her gifts with the help of Rowan. Together they travel to Mistborn, where the Demi-Fae live and they begin a gruelling training regime. All the while a darkness is growing in the mountains where the Ironteeth witches are gathering to help the King of Adarlan. Back in Rifthold Chaol is working with the rebels to come up with ways to help Dorian control his magic and how they can restore it to the land.

There is so much that goes on in this book that it’s hard to know where to start (and it isn’t exactly a small book either). I’m going to start off by saying that I loved the multiple POVs in this book and it was so easy to keep track of everyone’s story. My favourite, by far, was learning about Manon Blackbeak and the wyverns that had been created. I can’t even begin to explain how incredible it was to learn of their history (especially after being introduced to the Yellowlegs clan in Crown of Midnight) and Manon was one of the most badass characters I’ve seen in a while. There is definitely more than meets the eye with her and I’m excited to see where her story leads her (also, Abraxos is amazing and I got Toothless vibes).

The character growth, especially for Celaena, was amazing and learning about her past helped us to understand why she acted the way she did. I was almost crying at some parts because it was so emotional and I think it all comes down to the fact that Maas has created a character that we can all connect with in some way. The shock of finding out that she was Aelin, heir to the throne of Terrasen, stuck with me at the beginning of the novel and it was fascinating to read her interactions at Mistward and the struggles she faced regaining her power.

We were introduced to so many new characters in this novel and they all had their own voice that was distinct and unique. While Rowan seemed to be a bit of an arse in the beginning (he was just a little bit harsh to Celaena), we later grew to understand him and in the end I could feel him becoming one of my favourites. We also met Aedion, the General of one of the King’s armies, who was helping Chaol uncover the secrets of how the magic in Adarlan disappeared and how they could indeed get it back. He, too, was a bit of an arse, but in the end it all made sense and I was rooting for him, for them all really.

Dorian managed to meet someone, a healer named Sorscha, who made him happy and I couldn’t help but smile when I read his POV, although that ending had me gasping because I did not expect a thing! It was heart breaking and left me wanting to know what would happen to all my favourite characters. The last few chapters sent me spiralling and I just know that Queen of Shadows is going to start with a bang. Also, I really, really want the King to die because he’s so evil and it’s infuriating. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this strongly about an antagonist and once again, it’s all down to Maas’ writing ability.

I could go on and on about how amazing this book is and it wouldn’t do it justice. The writing is incredible as always and the world building was fantastic. We learned so much more and I could vividly picture it all. There was action, darkness, drama, romance and heartache. This book made me feel everything and I just love it. How could I not give it 5 stars?

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WWW Wednesday

This is my first time taking part in WWW Wednesday and I’m excited to start something new. WWW Wednesday was originally hosted byΒ A Daily Rhythm, and was taken over byΒ Taking on a World of Words.

I’m going to start by saying that I have way too many books I want to read and it’s getting difficult choosing which ones I’m going to read next. I’ve come up with a good plan of how I will manage to read more and that is to read two books at once. One will be a physical book and the other will be on my Kindle (I like to read at night and it’s easier with the Kindle). It’s going well so far, although I will finish my current Kindle read quickly as it’s a novella.

So without further ado…

What Are You Currently Reading?

The Young Queens by Kendare Blake (E-book)

I pre-ordered this a little while ago and as I loved Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne so much, I knew I had to buy this. So far I’m about 40% of the way through and I’m really enjoying it. It’s great to get a bit more of a backstory of when the girls were born, what their mother was like and how they are growing up within the homes of their foster families. I’m flying through it and wouldn’t be surprised if I finished it tonight.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (paperback)

This series just blows me away every time I read it. I might even go as far as to say that it will become my favourite (that spot is currently held my The Vampire Academy series) and I am loving the third instalment. So far I have loved how it switched from the different POVs and I am particularly liking learning about the Ironteeth witches (badass or what). I’m over a third of the way through (these books really get big, don’t they?) and hopefully I can finish it at the weekend.

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

Keeper

I finished Keeper by Kim Chance a few days ago and overall I really enjoyed it. I found it different to read from the POV of a 16/17 year old girl and to me, it seemed immature at times, but Chance perfectly captured her voice. The story was great, with a few twists here and there, and I was thoroughly entertained. You can read my review here.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

Well, here’s a funny story. In my mind I had planned to read Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings as I pre-ordered it on Amazon. Now, I pre-ordered it with The Hazel Wood, which doesn’t come out until February. Yesterday I received an email saying that Zenith would be delivered to me on the 14th of February. FEBRUARY! So I was super confused and annoyed, and then I realised it’s because I went for free delivery which groups your items into as few packages as possible. Safe to say I was very annoyed that I am going to have to wait an extra month.

So instead, I have decided that my next E-book read will be The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton which I received from NetGalley. As soon as I read the synopsis I knew it was something I’d like. And as for paperbacks, I am going to choose The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell, which I received for Christmas from my dad.

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What books are you currently reading or have just finished? I’d love to know.

Review: One Dark Throne

One Dark Throne

Title: One Dark Throne

Author: Kendare Blake

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Year: 2017

Wow. I think starting this review with that one word is a great start because this book was incredible. As soon as I finished Three Dark Crowns I dived straight into the sequel and I loved it so much more than the first (if that was even possible). The UK cover is, once again, better than the US and beautiful, with the sisters abilities wrapping around the sword.

The second instalment picks up where the first left off and Kendare Blake doesn’t keep us waiting. The action begins practically straight away. Compared to the first book, the pace is a lot quicker and not once did I feel like I was plodding through the chapters. The plot was so much darker than the first too, something that I was hoping for more of in the sequel. I got just what I wanted, with the sisters plotting each others’ demise and evil schemes falling into place. Katharine definitely shone in that department (but we always knew she was harsher than the other two from the first book alone).

In terms of character development, it was greatly improved with this book and I felt a connection with some that I didn’t care for in the first book. My favourite sister from the first book, Arsinoe, is still the one I relate to and love the most, and she definitely got her chance to shine. Mirabella grew on me, slightly redeeming herself for some of her actions in the first book, and I couldn’t help but root for her too. I even felt sorry for Katharine (which isn’t easy when she’s one of the most evil in the book). And in a story where two out of the three sisters has to die? It makes it very complicated when I care about two of them. I still couldn’t make my mind up about who I wanted to be Queen. In a perfect world none of them would die and they could live happily ever after with the people they love. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that happy endings exist in Fennbirn.

The relationships between character were put to test throughout the book and the romantic ones in particular felt much more genuine this time round. My personal favourite has to be Arsinoe and Billy who had such a sweet friendship that was natural and made me smile when reading. I can’t not mention Jules, the kind of friend to Arsinoe that I would love to have for myself. She is strong, protective and her story definitely took a few turns along the way.

Having gotten used to the POV that Blake uses in the first book, I found it a lot easier to keep track of all the characters and the events taking place. It flowed so perfectly and there was no stopping with this book. The tension kept building, the story growing more complicated. There is violence, blood shed and so much emotion. Especially towards the end of the book. You can’t predict where this story will go and there were twists that I didn’t expect at all. I am beyond excited for the third one. I just hate that I have to wait until next year.

It is so hard to review this book without giving too much away and spoiling it, but it is definitely one of my favourite reads of the year so far. I am going to give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.