Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak, but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth… a truth about her heritage that could change her life – and her future – forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength not only to fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed. The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this third book in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass Series.”
Review: Heir of Fire was by far my least favorite novel in the Throne of Glass series. While the final third of the book convinced me that I should at least give the fourth book a try, I spent the majority of this novel being bored to tears. The plot moves at a crawl for most of the book, and the few redeeming qualities (namely, Manon’s storyline) don’t actually become all that redeeming until the end of the book. The relationship between Celaena and her grumpy overseer, Rowan, is tedious. Everything that is going on in the castle in Celaena’s absence is similarly boring. I was completely unable to invest myself in the Chaol/Dorian/Aedion drama and thought the trajectory of Dorian’s new love interest was laughable. As the book progressed, I found myself growing more and more interested in Manon’s storyline and less and less interested in everyone else’s. I think Manon is one of the first truly multifaceted characters Maas has introduced and I look forward to seeing how she develops over the course of the fourth novel. Altogether, Heir of Fire was a pretty slow and unenjoyable read.