Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Heir of Fire

Book: Heir of Fire
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Author: Sarah J. Maas

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?-Goodreads

Review: I had high hopes for this book but sadly I was disappointed. 

The Good
World Building: Celeana spends most of this book in a new land where she can hone her magic skills. I really enjoyed the mystical elements here, this made the book seem much more 'fantasy.' 

New Characters: I really enjoyed two of the new characters introduced. First up, Fae prince Rowan who is tasked with training Caleana from a magical standpoint. He was fantastic. He actually challenges Caleana physically and mentally (instead of just getting her back in shape, which is what Chaol did) and she opens up like she hasn't done in the previous books.  While the training sessions were overly long and drawn out, I enjoyed their dynamic more than any other her friends and I appreciate that this isn't a romantic pairing.  Next up,  Aelin's cousin Aedion who balances a lot of responsibilities in this book while remaining loyal to his roots. Can't wait to see how the story unfolds for both of these guys. 

The Bad: where to start...?
The Witch Storyline: We are introduced to a new character named Manon and she's going to be competing in some competition on these things that are essentially dragons. Boring, boring, boring. I skimmed these sections and still almost fell asleep. I literally could care less about her, but I'm sure she will play a big role in the next few books and hopefully she'll be more exciting. 

Chaol: He was insufferable in this book and really turned me off to him ever being a serious love interest for Celeana. However, my fear is since this is YA and Chaol and Celeana have already consummated their relationship, they are 'destined' to be together. Ugg. He is so boring and his inability to take a stand throughout this book until the very end was insufferable. 

Maeve: for someone who is such a bad ass..she was underwhelming. 

Overall, my biggest challenge with this book is that if felt like a chore to read it. It seemed like a filler book that was poorly edited. I'm hoping the next installment is much better. 

Grade: 2/5

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