Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Posted November 13, 2015 by Annie in Reviews / 5 Comments

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire
by Sarah J. Maas

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: September 2nd 2014
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's
Pages: 562
Format: eBook
 

“So if you’ve been curious about trying this series but have been hesitant because you don’t read YA often, I would more likely recommend this to older readers than young teens.”
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In the third book of the Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas picks up where the last book ended. Celaena has discovered a shocking truth that has altered the course of her existence. Now she travels alone and is picked up by Fae warrior, Rowan to train her for her future destiny. As all this happens, her character continues to show growth.

Many new characters and some familiar faces are present as well, adding a multiple layers to this already complex storyline. This is why I do not suggest reading this series out of order.

Maas’ writing is very mature for YA that it even makes me wonder why it’s marketed this way in the first place. Even though I’ve read other YA Fantasy series such as Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING series and Melina Marchetta’s FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, Maas’ writing seems more advanced. Also, I think some of the themes explored in this series are more suitable for older audiences. So if you’ve been curious about trying this series but have been hesitant because you don’t read YA often, I would more likely recommend this to older readers than young teens.

One thing I will say about this series is that it’s easy to see the plot progression in each book. I feel like nothing ever really happens in the first half of the book, only to have all the action, the twists and turns hit you in the last 150 pages or so. This is nice, if only the other first 400 pages weren’t so slow-going. I really struggle with the beginning but I keep at it because I know the end has some interesting things. However, that might be an issue if you’re impatient and don’t enjoy wordy sentences that seem to go over the same details again and again. So while the journey may be epic, it does require some patience.

Maas does, however, have a unique talent of creating some interesting characters. There are a few in this book that she presents in the beginning as being one way, but as the book progresses, their characters start to shift and as you learn more about them, some of your opinions of them may change. I’m a big fan of this because it keeps things interesting and it kind of reminds me of Game of Thrones a bit too!

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About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

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Thanks Annie I have my eye on this series

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If you try it, let me know what you think Timitra! Enjoy!

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Thanks for the review.

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Oh I sooo enjoyed this book! I had the slow progression problem with queen of shadows…I agree with recommending this series to older teens or those really in to fantasy would like this book

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Glad I am not alone, Elizabeth!!!