Friday 13 March 2015

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

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?

Warning: spoilers for previous books.

After the cliff hanger at the end of book 2, I was ready to jump right into Heir of Fire. We catch up with Celaena outside the castle, as she has left the city to pursue answers of her own. Namely, how to destroy the King and stop him from using the Wyrdkeys. 

There was a very different feel to this one, as they are all split up - Dorian is hiding a powerful secret, Chaol is trying to protect Celaena from afar and Celaena has found some help in old magic. Celaena spent most of the book training to bring out and control her Fae abilities with Rowan. He was a tough one to get to know; he was, understandably, thick skinned and incredibly tough on Celaena when she was afraid of her magic but once they started to trust each other, a bond was formed, one that I think will help Celaena no end in the next book. 

We also see Manon and her bloodthirsty clan of witches train on wyverns (a.k.a dragons!) for the King's army. It took a while to see why we were following her story but it was fascinating to hear things from a different perspective, one so far removed from the rules of court, and of course to see first hand some of what the King apparently has planned.

Even though it had a different feel, this book was equally as thrilling as the first two. It was full of heart-quickening action and a couple of terrifying moments, plus some swoon-worthy adorable-ness; basically it had everything and I want the next book! Now please!

Published 11th September 2014 by Bloomsbury.

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