Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA high fantasy
Length: VERY LONG. Okay. 565 pages.
Published by: Bloomsbury
Source: RECEIVED FROM THE WONDERFUL BLOOMSBURY PEOPLE FOR REVIEW. Sorry, I’ll stop with the caps. Okay, no, I probably won’t.
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
******WARNING****** May contain spoilers for the first two books in the series.
Okay, so I’m going to give my reactions to this book in gifs, because I can’t think of any other way.
Me starting this book:
I was kind of extremely nervous about starting this book. I was kind of disappointed with Throne of Glass, after all. WHAT IF IT DIDN’T LIVE UP TO MY EXPECTATIONS?
Me when I couldn’t stop reading this book:
Seriously. I couldn’t put it down. My emotions were all over the place. Really happy and then just really, really engaged. Serious Face on.
Me when I realised how much MORE MAGIC there was compared to the others:
This book is just CHOCK-FULL of magic. It’s everywhere. Lots of magics. And I loved it!! I mean, my favourite series is Harry Potter, after all. How could I not like magic?
Me when Celaena was in any way sad or upset because of something Rowan did:
ROWAN, YOU DO NOT BE MEAN TO MY CELAENA. YOU HEAR ME??
Me when the action just KEPT COMING:
It doesn’t stop. Not even for a moment. NEVER. It just keeps on going.
Okay, I’ll admit…me when Manon Blackbeak’s chapters came around:
I got a bit bored with Manon’s chapters. I mean, the ENDING of it was awesome, but I think it could have done with less of her – many of her narration was not that important to the story. And it’s a VERY long book. Might have done it good to prune some back.
Me when THAT ENDING. Just…no!!! How could you, Sarah J. Maas??
“It’s a gift.”
Said every writer whenever they torture us. Heir of Fire, you need to go sit in the corner for a while.
So let me sum up a bit.
This was a diverse, multi-layered, complex addition to the series. It featured fantastic new characters like Rowan, Sorscha and Manon. It showed us a Celaena who was broken but who was still managing to carry on despite everything. It had magic. It had wyverns which are PRACTICALLY DRAGONS, and that’s awesome. It had Fae.
The only part I DIDN’T like was the pacing. It was a bit slow in some parts, thanks in part to Manon. Who was AWESOME in some parts, but…a little boring in others.
Overall, though, I cannot wait for the rest of the series.
And yesterday I borrowed The Assassin’s Blade, so I am prepared for my heart to be ripped to shreds.