Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)
Celaena 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. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) Details

TitleHeir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 2nd, 2014
PublisherBloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN-139781619630659
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) Review

  • Andreea Pop
    January 1, 1970
    "Enemy. Lover.Queen." Heir of Fire is undoubtedly one of the best books I've ever read. It certainly will be my favorite book of the year. It is gloriously long and kept me occupied for an entire day (night hours included) making me crave to find out more, but also stop reading so that the book won't end just yet.You think you know Celaena from reading the first two books, right? Oh, but you're so so wrong. In this book we see her more than broken, relentlessly blaming herself for the fates and "Enemy. Lover.Queen." Heir of Fire is undoubtedly one of the best books I've ever read. It certainly will be my favorite book of the year. It is gloriously long and kept me occupied for an entire day (night hours included) making me crave to find out more, but also stop reading so that the book won't end just yet.You think you know Celaena from reading the first two books, right? Oh, but you're so so wrong. In this book we see her more than broken, relentlessly blaming herself for the fates and deaths of her beloved ones. She takes down her every shield, leaving nothing behind to shed her emptiness threatening to shatter her from the inside out. I believe this was her turning point, the true crossroad in her life, making her see, accept and embrace all that pain, regret and self-loathing she carefully kept hidden inside her soul, etched into her dire and gruesome memories. “You collect scars because you want proof that you are paying for whatever sins you've committed. And I know this because I've been doing the same damn thing for two hundred years. Tell me, do you think you will go to some blessed Afterworld, or do you expect a burning hell? You're hoping for hell--because how could you face them in the Afterworld?” And gods, what memories and past. We are able to witness how she became Celaena Sardothien, how her life changed forever on that fateful night ten years ago. But by facing all that sorrow and darkness, she's making a stand. She's slowly becoming a queen, one more powerful and deadlier that you could ever imagine.Her character development is phenomenal, because through her new experiences she is stronger, wiser and more determined. Her fierceness was awe-inspiring and I loved that she's still the same stubborn, snarky and brave young woman, maybe with her ego a little bruised. She's not proud of who she's become, abandoning her kingdom and not fighting for rebuilding it for the past ten years, but she's ready to throw herself into battle to win back her land. To say that she's badass would be an understatement. Celaena makes the transition from assassin to queen with the help of Rowan, a Fae Prince and my favorite new addition to the series. Not that he is so eager to help, but in order to find answers about the Wyrdkeys and how to destroy them, she has to be worthy of entering Doranelle, the land where Queen Maeve awaits her to answer her questions. May I shout something? I LOVE ROWAN WHITETHORN. In the beginning, he's infuriatingly patient and stubborn, brooding and secretive. But when he opens up? And when he actually smiles?!? Laughs?? Scrap me off the floor cause I am hyperventilating. “Gods, he was brilliant. Cunning and wicked and brilliant.Even when he beat the hell out of her. Every. Damn. Day.” He's an alpha-male in all his glory, with the kickass moves that would bring Celaena's to shame. He's scary and intense, protective and defying, caring, but lethal when it comes to his enemies. Rowan is the no-nonsense type and I was glad there is finally someone who doesn't put up with Celaena's bullshit. She throws a verbal punch? He throws one that will leave her with a black eye for the entire week. But they develop a friendship and something so important on the intimate level (not talking about romance) that it will warm your heart to realize that our girl finally has someone to fully rely on. No secrets, no barriers, no judging left between them. They would die for each other, kill for each other, fight for each other. And when they work together, as a pair, as a team, they're astounding and terrifying. “I claim you, Rowan Whitethorn. I don't care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend.” Dorian Havilliard is the same swoon-worthy, sentimental, humble (yet a bit arrogant as well) young prince. He will win your heart regardless of the "team" you're in, because in the end he stands up to his father in a glorious way that had me cheering for him. He is way more mature, weary of everyone and everything and you can see him becoming a true worthy king right before your eyes. A lot of heartbreak and despair was in store for him and I guarantee it will all leave you in a pile of overwhelming feels. In addition to his wonderful character development, Dorian is moving on from Celaena. And I'm not sure I like who he's moving on with. Heck, I don't like that he's actually moving on. Makes the whole Dorian/Celaena shipping a bit harder. But truth be told now, as much as I was against his new lady Sorscha, I was glad he got a little happiness and support to fight his growing loneliness, worries and magic. And you want to know why? Because freaking Chaol Westfall pretty much abandoned his friend when he needed him the most.Yeah, you read that right. Dedicated, loyal, selfless Chaol was so unable to make up his damn mind that I was uncounsciously pulling my hair. I was very much irritated with him until the very end when he came to his senses. In the aftermath of Crown of Midnight, his friendship with Dorian is left in shambles and things don't get prettier in this book. They grow estranged, but I'll give it to the captain that he has only the prince's safety and freedom in interest. But keeping secrets, judging, not being able to accept Celaena's and Dorian's powers -- all these things make me wonder if he has any shot left at our heroine's heart, because whereas Celaena would always pick him, Aelin would not. “As for Celaena,” he said again, “ you do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.” We meet awesome warrior Aedion Ashryver, Celaena's cousin and childhood best friend. He's all deadly smiles, muscles and wild behavior. Aedion is daring, clever and doesn't give a rat's ass about anyone but himself. Or so they say. But he's dead set on taking down the King of Adarlan from the inside. When he finds out Aelin is alive, he makes it clear that he would move mountains in order to see his true queen back in Terrasen. He's loyal, determined, skilled and I hope he reunites with Celaena sooner rather than later, because he is in a pretty bad place at the end of the book. "A cry went up from the witches, save for the Thirteen—¬who stayed cool and quiet. They did not need to cheer, for they ¬were immortal and infinite and gloriously, wonderfully deadly.” Another addition to the newbie characters is Manon Blackbeak, heir of the Blackbeak coven of the Ironteeth witches and leader of the Thirteen. The witches play a big role in the King's newest and darkest plans by being the riders of the wyverns he has created and Manon wants nothing more than to lead them into battle as Wing Leader. She wants to prove herself and although she is a bloodthirsty, wicked creature, I completely loved her. She's by no means a villain, just a different kind of heroine, firm and unyielding, with great ambition. Her encounters and silent dialogues with Abraxos cracked me up, because in that moments you could glimpse (besides the wyvern's total awesomeness) how Manon starts believing there's a chance she has a heart and soul and that her grandmother's rules might not be the best to follow. “Witches didn't need blood to survive, but humans didn't need wine, either.” The King of Adarlan is still the biggest bastard I've had the (dis)pleasure of reading. I loathe the guy with every fiber of my being. He is wicked to the core, manipulative and selfish to no end. No, not just selfish, but greedy. Greedy for everything and anything, exactly like a monster. And what he did at the end, to my poor baby Dorian, made me wish that once Celaena comes back -- because she will come back -- she won't kill him. Oh no, I want her to keep him locked in a basement, to visit him everyday and torture him until he breaks, only to do it all over again the next day, because killing him would be too much of a mercy for the deeds he has done. The other secondary characters were very well developed: the Ironteeth witches, Ren Allsbrook, Emrys, Luca and Maeve -- they were a testimony to SJM's awesome writing skills. And I might add that for me the writing style was slightly different. Improved. Better. More realistic, if you wish. There was a certain ease with which she used words that enchanted you completely. Plus, the swearing. I don't mind it one bit, but am I the only one that noticed it appeared more often than in the first two books? Matured characters, matured world, matured language, I guess. The atmosphere is darker and the pace is thrilling, allowing you to breath for a bit before another near-death encounter or epic battle starts. The world-building was another winner, as we were able to see Wendlyn, Doranelle, the Ferien Gap and Adarlan again. We learn about the past, we meet Queen Maeve (who's quite a manipulative bitch), we run from terrifying creatures and we accompany Celaena as she masters her powers. There isn't so much romance in the air, besides Dorian's plotline, because it's the last thing in our character's mind. And honestly, I don't really know who Celaena is going to end up with. Chaol still has issues with her and Dorian is currently viewing her as his friend, but things could still drastically change since there are 3 more books. It seems that even Aedion, her cousin, might have a shot since he wouldn't deny anything his queen would ask of him. And then there's Rowan who I'm not sure will actually have a romantic involvement with Aelin, but it's worth hoping for -- they would be unstoppable. “He would not apologize for today, or yesterday, or for any of it. And she would not ask him to, not now that she understood that in the weeks she had been looking at him it had been like gazing at a reflection. No wonder she had loathed him.” In terms of plot, you could say it's action-driven, but I beg to differ: the character development plays a part as big as the twists and turns and fights. It sure keeps you at the edge of your seat, courtesy of Sarah J. Mass' amazing writing, and makes you shudder at some new evil creatures or at the violence, but I basically view Heir of Fire as Celaena's healing journey, one necessary to fully accept her legacy. “So you’d save another land, but not yours. Why can’t your friend save her own kingdom?”“Because she is dead!” She screamed the last word so loudly it burned in her throat. “Because she is dead, and I am left with my worthless life!” The Throne of Glass series slowly becomes a younger version of Game of Thrones (with less deaths, but keep in mind that there are worse fates than death...) and I couldn't be happier. With the same complexity, a gut-wrenching intensity and an amazing world, Heir of Fire brings out the big guns: twists, emotional punches, tearjerkers and amazing characters, not to mention the wonderfully built world. It's definitely the best one from the series yet and a total game-changer, so don't be surprised if it will keep you enthralled from start to finish. Fantasy to its finest, a story with heroes and monsters, Fae and humans, life and death. Read it the second it hits shelves, cause you won't be disappointed (unless you're the type that can't stomach the idea of enduring another year for the next book and to whom I recommend waiting a bit longer, because there is one hell of a cliff-hanger).If you're looking for anything ToG related then check out this Throne of Glass fansite.ENJOY!<3
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  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    This is going to be a book that I will constantly be thinking about until I'm able to get my hands on the next book. It was incredible and I'm so happy with the way this story is evolving. NOW GIVE ME QUEEN OF SHADOWS. (full video review coming soooooon)
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  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure what to say about Heir of Fire. Perhaps I don't need to say anything beyond: it took me months to read it. And I am the kind of crazy passionate reader that finishes good books in a day or two. It's been a while since a book took me longer than a week to read.So basically:I liked but had issues with Throne of Glass.I absolutely LOVED Crown of Midnight.But this book... this book was so... bloody... sloooooowwwwwww.I wanted to DNF it so bad. I kept moving it between my "currently read I'm not sure what to say about Heir of Fire. Perhaps I don't need to say anything beyond: it took me months to read it. And I am the kind of crazy passionate reader that finishes good books in a day or two. It's been a while since a book took me longer than a week to read.So basically:I liked but had issues with Throne of Glass.I absolutely LOVED Crown of Midnight.But this book... this book was so... bloody... sloooooowwwwwww.I wanted to DNF it so bad. I kept moving it between my "currently reading" and "on hold" shelves. I kept wondering if I could possibly just skip the last two thirds of this book and somehow pick the story up in next installment (I was informed that I could not). I have invested so much time and love in this series and these characters that I simply had to make myself finish... but holy shit, it was such a struggle.The majority of this book?So Maas tries to experiment with a bit of something different here and it neither a) works, nor b) fills me with much confidence for the state of the rest of the series. I'm seeing the way this whole thing is going...Book one was fantasy-lite with a simplistic plot, filled with characters lacking in any real development to distinguish them from others in the genre, but it was fast-paced, sugary entertainment. Book two cranked it up several notches; here the characters became more fleshed out and nuanced, the plot was equally engaging but more complex and clever, and there was way more badassery. No complaints at all. And then we arrive at book three. Heir of Fire feels like an attempt to be more sophisticated. It is well-written, contains several stories told through constantly changing POVs, and it is more than a hundred pages longer. And it is far far slower. Maas sacrifices everything deliciously fast-paced and compelling about her series in the first half so we can be introduced to a whole new cast of characters we don't care about, be taken through different (all boring) perspectives, and emerge feeling like we've read an extremely long filler book.Dorian's new romance only served to remind me why I found him unbearably boring in the first book. Celaena - now in Wendlyn - meets a whole set of new people who failed to make any kind of impression on me. Even Chaol - whom I absolutely loved in both other books - lost his charm somewhere amid his own boring plot line. And just when I thought I might be starting to get invested in one of the stories, the chapter would end and I would leave the story of interest for at least fifty pages, guaranteeing that I would no longer care when we finally returned.The most annoying thing about this book is how it wasn't even consistently slow. We'd get tiny little tidbits of awesome that would last a mere two or three pages and I would sit up a bit straighter and think "This is it. Finally we're getting to the good stuff..." until I realised it was just a false alarm and the story was still boring. If I'm to give credit where it's due, I will say that I like the way Maas portrays friendships and makes them as important - if not more important - than the romantic relationships. It's an area of YA so often neglected and I find it especially refreshing to see a platonic relationship between young male and female characters crafted so well.I will be reading the next book just because I have to give it a shot, but my expectations have been significantly lowered.Blog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr
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  • Rachel (APCB Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Initial Reaction: Holy crap. I can't breathe. Oh my god. That was epic. WHERE IS BOOK #4?? Read the full review at A Perfection Called Books**This review contains spoilers from previous Throne of Glass books As I'm sure you all know by now, I am obsessed with the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. I was ecstatic when Bloomsbury sent me an ARC! Picking up not long after the heart-wrenching end of Crown of Midnight, Sarah J Maas dazzles and entrances readers once more with a phenomenal third Initial Reaction: Holy crap. I can't breathe. Oh my god. That was epic. WHERE IS BOOK #4?? Read the full review at A Perfection Called Books**This review contains spoilers from previous Throne of Glass books As I'm sure you all know by now, I am obsessed with the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. I was ecstatic when Bloomsbury sent me an ARC! Picking up not long after the heart-wrenching end of Crown of Midnight, Sarah J Maas dazzles and entrances readers once more with a phenomenal third book filled with magic, character growth, sacrifice, rebellion and more.“I wish you to become who you ­were born to be. To become queen.”Heir of Fire has most definitely made my list of best books of 2014. This book is quite different from the others in the series. I liked it a bit less than the other two, but it was so different it's hard to compare them. The other books center around romance and action while this book deals with the deeper stuff: betrayal, confidence, mourning, rebellion, heritage, loyalty... This book is huge. It was a bit cumbersome to hold, but the content was great! The beginning was a bit slow but eventually picked up. Everything written was absolutely necessary to carry the story though, so I didn't mind. The attention to detail was amazing. Everything was there for a reason, there were connections to the other books all over the place! It brought back all the feels from The Assassin's Blade & Crown of Midnight. Sarah J Maas is so meticulous about her writing and is truly in a league of her own. The tone of the book was much darker too. Maas has set this series on a much darker (and awesome) road than most YA series (even fantasy novels) tend to go, and I applaud her for it. The high fantasy aspect of this book was amped up. There was magic and wyverns and fae! I loved it all. This series reminds me of a YA version of Game of Thrones a bit... Less sex and deaths though. The world-building was fantastic. Everything was so clearly described. I could see it all playing out in my mind. The character development in this series is fantastic. Each of our characters has his/her own obstacles that must be overcome; they all have their own journeys. “Because I am lost," she whispered onto the earth. "And I do not know the way.”We see a totally different side of Celaena in Heir of Fire. We're used to the cocky, confident, invincible assassin. In this book we see the vulnerable, defeated, self-loathing side of her. In the end though she comes out more fierce and determined than before, a magic-wielding queen ready to take back what's rightfully hers. “As for Celaena," he said again, "you do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.” Chaol struggles to decide where his loyalties lie and how he feels about Celaena and the discoveries he made in Crown of Midnight. I'll admit, Chaol annoyed me so much in this book. He redeems himself in the end though. Dorian struggles to conceal his magic and stand up to his father. Both characters come so far in this book. They sacrifice so much and in the end they make the tough decisions where this is no turning back. There are quite a few new characters introduced in this book: Rowan, the fae prince and warrior who teaches Celaena how to control her magic. Aedion, the fierce general and Celaena's cousin. Manon, ferocious heir to the Blackbeak witch coven. All of the characters in this book are so complex and well developed. The secondary characters are just as descriptive as well. I ALMOST ship Rowan and Celaena, but I think they're more of a team. He's so fiercely devoted and smart and honest and awesome!! Aedion is so loyal and amazing. Manon is okay, she's a bit too blood-thirsty... With new characters come more points of view. Overall I liked the various perspectives because the plot needed all sides of the story to make sense. Sometimes though I felt that some scenes were quite unnecessary and long and dragging. We learn so many things about Erilea and what happened to Celaena ten years ago. It's all quite mind-blowing and a bit overwhelming. We also learn more about the King's nefarious actions. We see connections all over the place from the various books! Maas has been spreading the crumbs throughout the series until BAM you read Heir of Fire, and it all comes together!! The wyrdstones. The tower. The rings. The disappearances. The crumbled note. The rebels. Baba Yellowlegs. Everything happens for a reason and contributes to the story in some way. “The people you love are just weapons that will be used against you.” Romance was not a big part of this novel. There are some heartache moments for our dearest Chaolaena and a bit of romance, but there are much more important things brewing in Erilea and Wendlyn. This series is past the silly romance, it's moved on to the important stuff like defeating a diabolical king, bringing back magic, freeing the enslaved, and so on. As I said before, this book starts off a bit slow. Stick with it though, if you liked the other books you'll love this one as well. The ending is horrific yet amazing at the same time. The rebellion is forming, and we readers are kept wanting more. “He would see that world reborn, even if it took his last breath. Even if he had no name now, no position or title save Oath-Breaker, Traitor, Liar.” Heir of Fire is yet another amazing installment of the Throne of Glass series. WHERE IS BOOK #4????“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.” Pre-Reading Hyped Review: (view spoiler)[ Oh Captain... I'm waiting ;) 6/21I am getting a physical ARC copy of HEIR OF FIRE. I AM SO EXCITED.4/24 SJMaas has confirmed that her book is 565 MAGNIFICENT PAGES!! Look at this beautiful cover!!My reaction to seeing this cover:To the designers of this cover I must say: 2/5 THE PAGE LENGTH HAS BEEN CHANGED. Heir of Fire is 530 GLORIOUS PAGES LONG 1/24 There is a release date: September 2nd, 2014 There is a page length: 384 pages My reaction to these two new details ^^: 1/17 THERE IS A TITLE!!!!!!! "HEIR OF FIRE" My reaction to the ending of Crown of Midnight: MY HOPES/REQUIREMENTS/NEEDS FOR "HEIR OF FIRE": Chaolaena <3 Romance and Action: Overall book: Ending remarks: (hide spoiler)]
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  • Christine Riccio
    January 1, 1970
    SO GOOD. THIS SERIES. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Here's my full blown booktalk discusison with all the theories and thoughts: http://youtu.be/yRCCFlvBeu8
  • Lyanna (I need a Herondale in life)
    January 1, 1970
    Oh god.OH GODI just finished this and I cannot -- my thoughts are -- no I can't think straight.There are so many hot guys in this book that it should be illegal.My over-hormonal body cannot take reading about these characters while knowing that I cannot have ANY OF THEM.There's Dorian charming the ever-loving hell out of me:There's Aedion walking into our lives like:Then there's Rowan: like hot damn [inhales]small note: Who else was reminded of Prince Ash from the Iron Fey series when reading a Oh god.OH GODI just finished this and I cannot -- my thoughts are -- no I can't think straight.There are so many hot guys in this book that it should be illegal.My over-hormonal body cannot take reading about these characters while knowing that I cannot have ANY OF THEM.There's Dorian charming the ever-loving hell out of me:There's Aedion walking into our lives like:Then there's Rowan: like hot damn [inhales]small note: Who else was reminded of Prince Ash from the Iron Fey series when reading about Rowan?!?!?!?!?!Did you notice something? Yeah? No? I didn't mention Chaol. Well that's because he was such an annoying, indecisive, self-righteous prick!I just wanted to:Dear Chaol,Full review to come.For updates and news on everything Throne of Glass,Visit the Throne of Glass fansite!
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  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    January 1, 1970
    ”She has no hope, Prince. She has no hope left in her heart. Help her. If not for her sake, then at least for what she represents – what she could offer all of us, you included.”“And what is that?” he dared ask.Emrys met his gaze unflinchingly as he whispered, “A better world.”First of all: YES, the rumour is true! This series really gets better and better with each and every single book! ;-)Just thought I’d let you know! *lol*To be honest, after “Crown of Midnight” all I hoped for was that “Hei ”She has no hope, Prince. She has no hope left in her heart. Help her. If not for her sake, then at least for what she represents – what she could offer all of us, you included.”“And what is that?” he dared ask.Emrys met his gaze unflinchingly as he whispered, “A better world.”First of all: YES, the rumour is true! This series really gets better and better with each and every single book! ;-)Just thought I’d let you know! *lol*To be honest, after “Crown of Midnight” all I hoped for was that “Heir of Fire” would be able to keep the pace. And tell you what? It actually exceeded my, admittedly, already high expectations! Yes, Sarah! You did an amazing job with this one! I was hooked right from the beginning and I didn’t want to stop to read this damn book!!!I loved this book, I loved it so freaking much! It was so, so, so, so, SOOO, good!!! And I was happy with it, I was SO happy with it!UNTIL… UNTIL the last 20 pages hit me!! ARGH!!! T_TI thought I’d be able to write about “Heir of Fire” without getting all too emotional but as it seems all my plans and good intentions just went out of the window. I can’t write about this book without getting emotional! I just can’t! It was too much!! That ending was too much!!! WHY? WHY THE FREAKIDY FREAKING HELL, SARAH!!!!???? How could you do this to me??!!HOW?!I LOVE THIS BOOK!BUT I HATE THIS ENDING SO MUCH!I hate it,I love it, I hate that I love it, I love that I hate it! ADSFJKLMNÖ ADKFASLDFJASDKFASDK!*throws book against the wall* *a second time* *for good measure*Okay, I think I’m ready to continue now. *takes deep breath and collects herself*All right! Let’s do this!Just like with “Crown of Midnight” I won’t waste your time by writing about the plot. It’s way too complex to explain it without any spoilers and because of that, I guess it might be best if I just go for another round of “Keyword Boggle”! It was so much fun the last time around, wasn’t it? ;-PSo here I go: Celaena, Dorian, Chaol, Rowan, Aelin, Manon, Abraxos, Sorscha, The King, magic, faeries, witches, darkness, fire, ice, wind, a kitchen, a healer, an apartment, blood, murder, and let’s not forget about the black stones. XDI guess by now you could write your own book! *lol*We’re still speaking about Sarah’s book though, so I’ll head directly into the characters section and won’t keep you in suspense any longer. The characters: Do I still have to say it? Yes? Okay! Beware of my characters section because it’s known as the spoilery spoiler section of my reviews! Don’t read on, close your eyes, eat an ice, please think twice, I’m not nice, my reviews have spice. And spoilers, lots of spoilers, but you already know that or you wouldn’t have continued to read that bad rhyme! ;-P Celaena:”So you’d save another land, but not yours. Why can’t your friend save her own kingdom?”“Because she is dead!” She screamed the last word so loudly it burned in her throat. “Because she is dead, and I am left with my worthless life!”*sighs deeply* Oh, Celaena! How much pain does this poor girl have to endure? It hurt to read about her feelings after Nehemia’s death, it hurt to read how much she ached and wished she could have been someone else. That she could have saved her friend. That Nehemia would live instead of her. That Chaol would have trusted her. That he would have told her… Oh boy, Celaena’s heart was a black void of desperation and pain that only seemed to get worse before it even got a chance to get better. In the end it did get better though and I’m so happy about that! She finally found her inner strength and she accepted her heritage! Which is awesome, because I really can’t wait for her to kick some ass! *lol* Heaven knows the King’s behind is already a formidable target and please Sarah if there is any justice in your world you’ll let him burn for what he did!!! You’ll let him suffer for all the pain he caused!!! I can’t wait to see Celaena’s power unleashed! Guess the palace is going to be “hot stuff” soon! ;-P”He had chosen the king. Even though he’d claimed he loved her, he still loyally served that monster. Maybe she had been a fool for letting him in, for dreaming of a world where she could ignore the fact that he was captain to the man who had shattered her life again and again.””No, all she could see were the slaves she’d left behind, the ashy mountains and those mass graves they dug every day, the faces of her people, who had worked beside her – her people whom she had left behind. Whom she had let herself forget, had let suffer; who had prayed for salvation, holding out hope that someone, anyone would remember them.She had abandoned them – and she had been too late.””She would not let that light go out. She would fill the world with it, with her light – her gift. She would light up the darkness, so brightly that all who were lost or wounded or broken would find their way to it, a beacon for those who still dwelled in that abyss. It would not take a monster to destroy a monster – but light, light to drive out darkness.She was not afraid.”Chaol:”He was afraid of what they would do to his kingdom. Because this was still his kingdom. He was working for Dorian, not Aelin – not Aedion. And he didn’t know where all of this put him.”YESH! I know it was a long and hard way for Chaol but as it seems he’s finally on the right track! I loved that he began to question everything. He was so insecure and hurt that he had no other choice than to face his outlook on things and in the end this eventually forced him to see behind the kings carefully kept façade. Which is awesome, because I know deep down within him Chaol is a very good man!!! He was just completely oblivious to the fact that the served a monster! Still, I’m glad he decided for Dorian and I swear if Celaena and Chaol don’t do anything about this damn ending, I’m going to riot!!!! CHAOL you gotta help your Prince and rightful king!!!! ”I will not turn my back on my kingdom or my prince,” Chaol snapped. “I will not fight in your army and slaughter my people. And I will not break my vow to my father.” His honor might very well be all he would have left after the end of this.Aedion was quiet long enough that Chaol got up to leave. But then the general said, “What would you have given – just to see her again?”Chaol couldn’t turn around as he said, “It doesn’t matter now.”Chaol kept his sword drawn. “I will not go to Anielle,” he growled. “And I will not serve you a moment longer. There is one true king in this room – there always has been. And he is not sitting on that throne.”Dorian:”Once Dorian might have already said something about it. But having magic, getting drawn into whatever mess Celaena was in, seeing that other world in the secret tunnels … all of that had changed everything. The best he could do these days was maintain a low profile – to keep his father or anyone else from looking too long in his direction.”WHY SARAH??!! WHYYYYY? *breaks down and sobs* Why do you have to use him as a human punching bag? Dorian is so decent and compassionate; he doesn’t deserve to be broken!!! First you hurt him by finding out about Chaol’s and Celaena’s secret, then you kill off his girlfriend and in the end you even let him be forced into the Kings slavery!!?? LIKE SERIOUSLY!!?? WTFH!!?? WTF!!?? I CAN’T WITH THIS ENDING!!! I JUST CAN’T!!! HE SUFFERED ENOUGH!!! I don’t even want to know what is going to happen now that he’s wearing this freaking collar! He saved Chaol’s life! GODDAMNIT!!! GIVE MY BOY A BREAK!!! Sarah, I swear it here and now if Dorian isn’t saved by the end of book 4 I won’t continue to read this series. I just won’t! I know it’s the author’s right and decision to kill off characters or to make them suffer as they please, but I just can’t take it anymore. Dorian is my cutiepie and cinnamon roll and I think my heart hurts enough! I survived 3 books of ACOTAR watching how my precious Lucien went through hell and I just can’t take this anymore. Lucien never got his happily ever after and it still hurts!!! So no, sorry but no! If Dorian isn’t at least halfway alright after “Queen of Shadows” then I’m quitting this series! Period! I made up my mind! There was so much potential to give Dorian’s character a chance to evolve and to be awesome and interesting! So much raw magic that could have been used, but all that happened was that Sorscha died and Dorian sacrificed himself for Chaol. I’m pissed, I’m majorly pissed! And coming from me that means a lot! So yeah, this wrong is better set right or I’m quitting! I’m serious and I mean it! This said: #TeamDorian forever and for always!!! <333”He’d been a fool once, swearing he would tear the world apart for Celaena. A boy in love with a wildfire – or believing he was in love with one.””Because you’re not really scared of those things, are you? No – it’s what they represent. The change. But let me tell you,” Dorian breathed, his magic flickering and then subsiding in a flash of pain, “things have already changed. And changed because of you. I have magic – there is no undoing that, not getting rid of it. And as for Celaena …” He clamped down on the power that surged as he imagined – for the first time, he realized – what it was to be her. “As for Celaena,” he said again, “you do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.””We’re all risking something.” There was so little of the friend he’d grown up with. The prince glanced at his pocket watch. “I need to go.” Dorian stalked to the stairs, and there was no fear in his face, no doubt, as he said, “You gave me the truth today, so I’ll share mine: even if it meant us being friends again, I don’t think I would want to go back to how it was before – who I was before. And this …” He jerked his chin towards the scattered crystals and the bowl of water. “I think this is a good change, too. Don’t fear it.”Aedion Ashryver:”Handsome was a light way of describing what Aedion was. Overwhelming was more like it. Towering and heavily muscled, Aedion was every inch the warrior rumor claimed him to be.”I like Aedion! I like him a lot!!! He’s such a tortured soul and he tried everything possible in order to protect his people! He was an intriguing new character and I can’t wait to see more of him. I really liked his interactions with Dorian because they were so much fun! *lol* Those two have a lot of potential to become close friends, but I guess the ending of this book kind of nullified that possibility. Still, I want Aedion’s noble and brave soul to be rescued as well and I don’t even want to know what the king is going to do with him. T_T I hope Aelin returns soon because her boys definitely need her right now! Poor Aedion, he waited for so long!!! And if I’m already at it! He saved Chaol’s ass too, so Chaol better get his groove on! He needs to make plans to save him as well! XD”Cousin – that had been his most beloved title. Cousin, kin, protector. Those were the secret names he harboured deep within, the names he whispered to himself when the northern wind was shrieking through the Staghorns.””Aelin would come back from Wendlyn, no matter what the captain believed. Aelin would come back, and when she did … With every breath, Aedion felt that lingering scent wrapping tighter around his heart and soul. When she came back, he was never letting her go.””All you monsters can burn in hell. Because my queen is coming – and she will spike you to the walls of your godsdamned castle. And I can’t wait to help her gut you like the pig you are.” He spat at the king’s feet, right on top of the fake ring that had stopped bouncing.Rowan:”She noticed then that his arms were bandaged, and more bandages across his broad chest peeked up from beneath his shirt. She’d burned him again. And yet he had held on to her – had run all the way here and not let go once.”The fierce, broody and intense warrior! I like him even though I have to admit that his abilities as a teacher kind of lack experience. *lol* Still, he’s a decent fae and despite the way he acted at the beginning of the book his heart actually seems to be in the right place. I loved that he took care of Celaena once he realised why she’s so broken and I suppose their fight at the beginning was kind of necessary. They both needed to let off some steam. XD I genuinely hope we’ll see more of him in the next book, because I feel like there is so much more to tell! ;-)”How – how did you come back from that kind of loss?”“I didn’t. For a long while I couldn’t. I think I’m still … not back. I might never be.”She nodded, lips pressed tight, and glanced toward the window. “But maybe,” he said, quietly enough that she looked at him again. He didn’t smile, but his eyes were inquisitive. “Maybe we could find the way back together.”Manon:Silent as death, Manon slid up behind him. The fool didn’t even know she was there until she brought her mouth close to his ear and whispered, “Wrong kind of witch.”I’M IN LOVE WITH MANON BLACKBEAK!!! This woman is so savage and fierce! I love it! *lol* As it seems for once my prayers were answered! I got more of the iron teeth witches and I loved every single chapter! XD Manon is so damn amazing! I just couldn’t get enough of her and followed her storyline closely. Truth be told, I just want to lean back and watch how her and Abraxos change the world. Haha! I disliked Manon’s grandmother a lot though and even though she became Wing Leader I’m pretty sure there will be some major estrangement in the future. Still, I loved Manon’s connection with Asterin and her Thirteen and I really hope they’ll always be at her side. Maybe Petrah will join them one day? Idk! I truly hope she’ll be fine some day because I really liked her too. >_<”You’re mine,” Manon said to him.The wyvern blinked at her, Titus’s blood still dripping from his cracked and broken teeth, and Manon had the feeling that he had come to the same decision. Perhaps he had known long before tonight, and his fight with Titus hadn’t been so much about survival as it had been a challenge to claim her. As his rider. As his mistress. As his.””And Manon, because no one was watching, because she did not care, flung out her arms as well and savoured the freefall, the wind now a song in her ears, in her shriveled heart.””You touch him again,” Manon said, “and I’ll drink the marrow from your bones.”The friendships & ships:Chaol & Dorian:He met Dorian’s gaze. There was nothing kind in it. But Dorian said, “I’m trying, Chaol.”Trying, because Chaol’s not consulting him on the plan to get Celaena out of Adarlan had been a breach of trust, and one that shamed him, though Dorian could never know that, either. “I know.”Oh, those two broke my heart! I really wanted them to solve their problems and then this damn ending came along!!! ARGH! They need a chance to fix all this! Sarah give them a chance, please!? They deserve it! And OMG Chaol told Dorian that he loves him!!! Way too late but he did it!!! <33 I just want my two boys to be happy and friends again. *sobs* They both suffered enough in those last two books, they really deserve some peace!!! And to take away their chance to make amends!! So mean, Sarah! So, so mean!!! >_<”You think I’d run to my father?” The words were barely more than a strangled whisper as the temperature plummeted.Chaol stepped forward, putting himself between Aedion and Dorian, his palms exposed. Placating. “I can’t afford to guess – to hope. Even with you.””You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love.” He pitied Chaol, he realized. His heart hurt for his friend, for all that Chaol had surely been realizing these past few months. “Just as you cannot pick which parts of me you accept.””He looked at his friend, perhaps for the last time, and said what he had always known, from the moment they’d met, when he’d understood that the prince was his brother in soul. “I love you.” Dorian merely nodded, eyes still blazing, and lifted his hands again towards his father. Brother. Friend. King.Sorscha & Dorian:”She usually talked like this when she was nervous. Which, Dorian had noticed with some satisfaction, was when he came near. And not in a bad way – if he’d sensed that she was truly uncomfortable, he’d have kept his distance. This was more … flustered. He liked flustered.”I suppose their relationship was doomed right from the beginning but I still would have liked it to work out. They were so sweet together, but I can’t shake the feeling that I missed some major parts of their plot. I really wish Sarah would have given us more of them because to me their entire storyline felt kinda rushed. Still, I was glad Sorscha helped Dorian to hide his magic and her being a spy was such an unexpected plot twist. >_< It really killed me when the King ordered her death and I can’t even describe how much Dorian’s pain hurt me! T_T I’m still not over this… probably I’ll never be!”Yes,” he breathed, and kissed her. It was fast – but her face was flushed, and her eyes wide as he pulled back. His own eyes were wide, gods be damned, and he was still rubbing his thumb against her soft cheek. Still contemplating going back for more, because that hadn’t been nearly enough.”Celaena & Rowan:”Why don’t you just bite me again?”“Why don’t I give you the lashing you deserve?”He looked so dead set on it that she blinked. “If you ever take a whip to me, I will skin you alive.”Oh, ho ho! Those two!! So much passion, so much pain! They were quite a sight to behold! *lol* I loved how their initial animosity turned into a solid friendship and I was so glad Celaena finally told someone about her past! This was so damn necessary and I’m glad Rowan was there to listen to her troubles and fears! <3 I’m sure they’ll become lovers in the future, but as it seems Sarah just wants to torture us a little bit more. ;-P After all she’s good at that, torture seems to be her middle name! XD Bet the J. is just a fib! Haha!”It was a selfish wish, and a fool’s hope.” She read the rest of it in his eyes. But it came true. “Dangerous, for a prince of ice and wind to pray to the Fire-Bringer,” she managed to say.Rowan shrugged, a secret smile on his face as he wiped away the tear that escaped down her cheek. “For some reason, Mala likes me, and agreed that you and I make a formidable pair.”Okay, I think I ranted enough now. *lol* So yeah, I hope I’ll get my hands on “Queen of Shadows” soon and that my precious Gem will continue this journey with me! I even wrote nice things about Chaol!! That’s got to count! ;-P
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  • Steph Sinclair
    January 1, 1970
    Reasons why I didn't like this book:- It was dull as dirt- It was waaaaaaaay too long- I was so tired of the angst, no matter how justified it was- Rowan is overrated. There, I said it.- I fell asleep listening to the audiobook over 15 times. 7 alone for the last 10%.- The chapters with the witches felt SO POINTLESS. (BTW, the king outlawed magic, but witches are okay? dafuq? Oh well, I don't care.)- I feel like each book follows the same plot: Celena trains. Celena fights with cute guy. Mysteri Reasons why I didn't like this book:- It was dull as dirt- It was waaaaaaaay too long- I was so tired of the angst, no matter how justified it was- Rowan is overrated. There, I said it.- I fell asleep listening to the audiobook over 15 times. 7 alone for the last 10%.- The chapters with the witches felt SO POINTLESS. (BTW, the king outlawed magic, but witches are okay? dafuq? Oh well, I don't care.)- I feel like each book follows the same plot: Celena trains. Celena fights with cute guy. Mysterious monster is killing people. Celena kills monster. Fin.UGH. I CAN'T.
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  • Zoë
    January 1, 1970
    BEAUTIFUL. JUST SO DANG BEAUTIFUL.I loved the new characters (except Sorscha) and it was just a wonderful book. ESPECIALLY BECAUSE OF MANON. AND ROWAN. AND CELAENA (duh).Now where's my copy of Queen of Shadows?
  • Khurram
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant. Sarah J Maas is becoming my favourite author. Her writing style is engaging, engrossing, intelligent, and easy to follow. Her imagination and storytelling are amazing. This story is a lot slower than the Crown of Midnight; it concentrates more on the character development.At the end of the last book we learned not only who Celaena Sardothien really is but also what she really is. Her relationship with Chaol is in tatters. Having "suggested" to the king to send her on a mission for her Brilliant. Sarah J Maas is becoming my favourite author. Her writing style is engaging, engrossing, intelligent, and easy to follow. Her imagination and storytelling are amazing. This story is a lot slower than the Crown of Midnight; it concentrates more on the character development.At the end of the last book we learned not only who Celaena Sardothien really is but also what she really is. Her relationship with Chaol is in tatters. Having "suggested" to the king to send her on a mission for her own protection, and cutting Prince Dorian out of the loop, Chaol is in no man’s land. Distancing himself from Dorian, for Dorian own protection, he starts to do his job notices some irregularities with a certain high ranking general. This forces Chaol to make some decisions of his own, how long can a good honourable man serve a tyrant like the King of Aldarlan and his many atrocities.Dorian is more alone then he has ever been, but he does manage to find solace. Finding company is not really difficult for a handsome prince, but who can he trust. This is triply difficult as he has to not only keep his own actives which his father will not approve of secret, his friends secrets, and most of all his magic.We are also introduced the Iron Teeth Witch Clans and especially Manon Blackbeak. Meanwhile Celaena detours from her mission and pursues her own agenda. Meeting forgotten and powerful relatives. Before she is allowed to get the answers she wants she must claim her heritage (her powers). She must learn to control them and master them all the while putting he shattered life and her past. I really like the way she has to train and relearn everything. Just because you are in a stronger body does not mean you can control it especially in a fight situation.Great story, very character driven and impossible to put down. I kept thinking I will just read one more chapter, and flicked a few pages and thought ok I will stop at the next section break, or that's a short chapter might as well finish it. Suddenly half quarter of the book was gone. Despite being 550+ pages the book just flies by. It sets up the next book excellently including a confrontation I have been begging for since the first e-novel.
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  • Ben Alderson
    January 1, 1970
    THERE IS LITERALLY NOTHING BETTER THEN THE PROGRESSION OF THIS SERIES.. THIS MIGHT BE MY FAVOURITE ONE SO FAR!
  • Wendy Darling
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 bloody, beautiful starsThe adrenaline, the heartbreak, and the sweeping epicness of this story just slay me. What the hell am I supposed to do now? *weeps piteously*Also, I imagine Manon smiling calmly as she rips out your heart. :D
  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Ohmygosh. The Maas-ter has done it again She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one. This one was so freaking good. Honestly, when was the last time that the third book in a series was just as good as the first?Celaena - deadly, battered and broken - is sent to a neighboring kingdom. She must find a way to destroy the wyrdkeys to save the kingdom (and possibly the world) from the rule of a corrupt kingdom. And then I am going to rattle the stars. Manon - ruthless, discipli Ohmygosh. The Maas-ter has done it again She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one. This one was so freaking good. Honestly, when was the last time that the third book in a series was just as good as the first?Celaena - deadly, battered and broken - is sent to a neighboring kingdom. She must find a way to destroy the wyrdkeys to save the kingdom (and possibly the world) from the rule of a corrupt kingdom. And then I am going to rattle the stars. Manon - ruthless, disciplined and wicked - is of the blackbeak witches. She's sent to join the corrupt king's army as a wyvern rider and manages to raise hell while doing it. There were few sounds she enjoyed more than the groans of dying men, but the wind was one of them. Chaol and Dorian - prim, proper and honestly bit boring - must deal with their ever-collapsing kingdom. From mass murder to magic mayhem, this year is going to the ultimate make-or-break for them. He would see that world reborn, even if it took his last breath. Even if he had no name now, no position or title save Oath-Breaker, Traitor, Liar. Sarah J Maas manages to weave these three unique storylines together in such an unforgettable way. I could hardly read this one fast enough. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next!P.s. Young Celaena is possibly my fave character ever. Her dearest friends are characters in books. Blog | Instagram
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  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    January 1, 1970
    *Reread January 2016*Reread to refresh my memory because wow I forgot everything. This is my least favourite of the series so far, but I still loved it. I just found it to be a very informational, plot advancing book with not a lot actually happening, but I will be doing a video review for it soon so stay tuned for that!*Originally read May 2015*I need Queen of Shadows now please
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Re-Read on Audio! I'm loving these re-reads on audio, they make the world come to life. That is if you have a great narrator and Elizabeth Evans rocks it out on these books. It took me forever to listen to this one. I walked the room, colored, looked at pictures. Lol, now I have to move on to the next book after I listen to It, which will take six months! But, still loving it! It was awesome to hear Manon in action action and everyone else! Holy crow! www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.comI AM IN Re-Read on Audio! I'm loving these re-reads on audio, they make the world come to life. That is if you have a great narrator and Elizabeth Evans rocks it out on these books. It took me forever to listen to this one. I walked the room, colored, looked at pictures. Lol, now I have to move on to the next book after I listen to It, which will take six months! But, still loving it! It was awesome to hear Manon in action action and everyone else! Holy crow! www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.comI AM IN LOVE WITH ROWAN WHITETHORNRowan is the absolute best hero I have read in a long time. He's Fae and he's hot and he takes no prisoners. He is bad to the bone and then some! He can shift into a beautiful hawk. He has a lot more magic than that though. Celaena Sardothien...Aelin Ashryver Galathynius..Fireheart... Heir of two mighty bloodlines, protector of a once-glorious people, and Queen of Terrasen! Celaena is being trained by Rowan, they have a hate-hate relationship...in the beginning. Then when Rowan finds out more about Celaena and her life he starts to like her, feels protective of her. It's is awesome, they are awesome and I'm hoping they are going to be mates!! Rowan trains Celaena in her magic, she has fun magic, she's not called fireheart for nothing. She can burn everything! I have to be truthful and say I didn't care anything about what was going on with Chaol or Dorian. And I definitely didn't care about Manon. Their stories were nothing compared to Rowan and Celaena. I just wanted to read about them. I loved learning all about Celaena's back story. I mean she has a lot going on now. She so much more than what people think. She's still bad to the bone, just even more so. The full five stars I'm giving this book is for Rowan and Celaena, nothing else. They just rocked my world and that's all their is too it. I have no idea what everyone else was doing, to a certain extent anyway. There are some evil things going on in the world of the Fae and other places and it's up to Rowan and Celaena to put a stop to it. I Love them! I think I said that a few times :) On to the next!! They better get together in the next book. They were born to be mates. I'm going to throw something if they don't! Just know it!
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  • Cait • A Page with a View
    January 1, 1970
    Fireheart – why do you cry? “Because I am lost,” she whispered onto the earth. “And I do not know the way.”This is seriously one of the most emotional books I've ever read. I'm going through this series for the fourth time and need to rewrite this whole fangirling review in some attempt to explain how amazing Maas is… (There might be a minor spoiler with how I refer to Celaena in the next sentence, buuuut I'm not sure how anyone's avoided that by this point): this is the book where it’s kind of Fireheart – why do you cry? “Because I am lost,” she whispered onto the earth. “And I do not know the way.”This is seriously one of the most emotional books I've ever read. I'm going through this series for the fourth time and need to rewrite this whole fangirling review in some attempt to explain how amazing Maas is… (There might be a minor spoiler with how I refer to Celaena in the next sentence, buuuut I'm not sure how anyone's avoided that by this point): this is the book where it’s kind of confusing whether I should call her Celaena or Aelin because she’s both, yet neither.The series has always been about Celaena’s journey for me, so this is definitely my favorite Throne of Glass book. This is the point where she faces her past, tries to forgive herself, and finally accepts herself as Aelin. She completely breaks apart, finds herself at rock bottom, and rebuilds herself into a new person. Her character growth is brutally raw and just incredibly & painfully realistic. My personality is COMPLETELY different from hers, yet I have never connected with a character this much. You can actually feel her despair, isolation, grief, and guilt. The whole story is an emotional rollercoaster and is still one of the few books that can make me legitimately tear up (that whole "get up" scene towards the end... omg). Celaena spends most of the book training with Rowan, who’s also trying to heal in his own way. (The way that Feyre & Rhys helped each other recover from Under the Mountain kind of parallels Aelin & Rowan’s journey). They're both broken but figure it out together: ”Someone who might – who did understand what it was like to be crippled at your very core, someone who was still climbing inch by inch out of that abyss. Perhaps they would never get out of it, perhaps they would never be whole again, but…“Together she said, and took his outstretched hand. And somewhere far and deep inside her, an ember began to glow. All of her character growth in this book is beyond impressive and SO well executed. The last 20% of this book is intense, but the rest of it moves at a slightly slower pace (which still totally works). So the second and fourth books are a lot more action-packed, but I think this third book REALLY gives the series the character growth and substance it needs in order to be so powerful.Side note: I feel like characters usually need to break and seriously remake themselves in order to be as strong as Aelin ends up being. Otherwise it's just some hollow facade. (And "badass assassin" is not Celaena's whole identity or personality... it's a persona she adopted in order to survive. She is more than that front. Complex characters are possible).Manon is my favorite character in this series, so I might also love this book because she's finally introduced. But the characters I initially thought I wanted to see more of, like Chaol and Dorian, weren’t terribly interesting in this book. Dorian mostly tried to find ways to hide his magic and wound up in increasingly worse situations. Chaol sat in a lot of different chairs in different locations. Aedion walked a lot… they pondered stuff. Their stories were fine but mostly a lot of preparing for the next book.I really don't understand how people say Chaol's out of character in this book, though. He's in a confusing place and his entire identity is in question since he can no longer stand by everything he swore to defend. I actually don't think anyone's out of character here because people grow & change with life’s events and Maas does a great job of showing that. Especially with Aelin: "She didn't know what she needed... If she felt like admitting it, she actually didn't have the faintest clue who the hell she was anymore. All she knew was that whatever and whoever climbed out of that abyss of despair and grief would not be the same person who had plummeted in. And maybe that was a good thing." Oh, and my favorite part of this book is actually the setting of Mistward. Is it horrible that I'm a tiny bit hopeful that the last book will go back there...
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  • Emma Giordano
    January 1, 1970
    I definitely enjoyed this book more the second time around! It still is not my favorite in the series, but I'm SUPER glad I gave it another shot. What's funny is, the first time I read Heir of Fire, I skipped over many of Manon's chapters because I just wanted to read about Celaena, but this time, I was more bored with her chapters and was WAYYY more invested in Manon's!As Heir of Fire is what stopped me from continuing the series back in 2014, I am definitely more motivated now! I think I'm goi I definitely enjoyed this book more the second time around! It still is not my favorite in the series, but I'm SUPER glad I gave it another shot. What's funny is, the first time I read Heir of Fire, I skipped over many of Manon's chapters because I just wanted to read about Celaena, but this time, I was more bored with her chapters and was WAYYY more invested in Manon's!As Heir of Fire is what stopped me from continuing the series back in 2014, I am definitely more motivated now! I think I'm going to take a short break because this book was a LOT to listen to, but I am 100% planning on finishing this series in the near future.
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  • Regan
    January 1, 1970
    This was everything.
  • Elisabeth Wheatley
    January 1, 1970
    A year? I have to wait another year? I can only hope that I live that long and don't die of anguish first.And Celanea and Chaol had BETTER get back together in this one or There. Will. Be. BLOOD.
  • Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky, and B*tchy ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    3 - 3.5 StarsMaybe I will review this later, maybe I won’t...Regardless. The most important thing you need to know about my totally non important thoughts on this book is this: Helloooooooo Rowan.Hubba hubba.Other than that, some parts moved like a ship through mud; but in the end, I really loved seeing our protagonist come into her own here. I live for special powers, yo. But really...Hubba hubba, ROWAN.
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  • Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
    January 1, 1970
    I dont think you fuckers realize how fecking amazing this book is “So she steeled herself. “I have never told anyone this story. No one in the world knows it. But it’s mine,” she said, blinking past the burning in her eyes, “and it’s time for me to tell it.” This series is either a love or hate for most but either way you have to admit how brilliant the writing is. Celaena/Aelin our heroine, broken and exhausted by life “You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love. You do not have th I dont think you fuckers realize how fecking amazing this book is “So she steeled herself. “I have never told anyone this story. No one in the world knows it. But it’s mine,” she said, blinking past the burning in her eyes, “and it’s time for me to tell it.” This series is either a love or hate for most but either way you have to admit how brilliant the writing is. Celaena/Aelin our heroine, broken and exhausted by life “You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love. You do not have the right to wish she were not what she is.” But she learns to embrace her powers and contol them. Sometimes it takes a monster to fight a monster. “Perhaps they would never get out of it, perhaps they would never be whole again, but … “Together,” she said, and took his outstretched hand.And somewhere far and deep inside her, an ember began to glow.” And in general Aelin’s story is just fucking amazing and complex and intricate and everything has meaning and comes together and this world is just awesome “She told him of the years in Rifthold, of stealing Asterion horses and racing across the desert, of dancing until dawn with courtesans and thieves and all the beautiful, wicked creatures in the world. “ Aelin is so much more developed and with her every move you lover her more. Her story has become so much more than a simple assassin trying to buy her freedom, but a powerful queen willing to fight for everyone’s freedom....once she masters her powers “She was not its slave. She was no one’s slave anymore. And if Rowan threw one more damned dagger at her face— He did.” That firebreathing bitch. And of course I fell in love with Rowan “Wipe that smarmy, lying smile off your face.” His voice was as dead as his eyes, but it had a razor-sharp bite behind it.She kept her smarmy, lying smile. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” And even Rowan found out that she is so much more than the deadly insane assassin persona she showed to the world for so many years. And really how could he judge, the fucking fey assassin for fucking queen Maeve “At least if you’re going to hell,” he said, the vibrations in his chest rumbling against her, “then we’ll be there together.”“I feel bad for the dark god already.” And the training scenes were hilarious. She didnt just suddenly master the epic power of fire but had to learn to control it and fucked up quite a bit to be honest “But each morning brought something new, something harder and different and miserable. Gods, he was brilliant. Cunning and wicked and brilliant.Even when he beat the hell out of her. Every. Damn. Day.” She began the story as Celaena: assassin of Adarlan beytrayed by loved Chaol, manipulated by Nehemia and scared of her own power and destiny. She ended the story as Aelin Ashryver Galathynius “She was as much a queen as Maeve. She was the sovereign of a strong people and a mighty kingdom. She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.” And it all comes together with my favorite quote from the first book “I will call in every favor, every debt owed to Celaena Sardothien, to my parents, to my bloodline. And then…” She looked toward the sea, toward home. “And then I am going to rattle the stars.”
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  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    January 1, 1970
    8/21/15 - Revised:The only thing from my original review that needs amending is now that I'm not rushing, rushing to know ALL THE THINGS, the early POV changes no longer seem jarring and/or disruptive. Patience . . . Not my virtue. #selfawarenessFTWSO instead I will enumerate all the reasons why I think Chaol is an idiot manboy who doesn't deserve Celaena, and why I do NOT think he's her mate: (view spoiler)[1. Dorian had been right about Celaena—about Chaol resenting her darkness and abilities 8/21/15 - Revised:The only thing from my original review that needs amending is now that I'm not rushing, rushing to know ALL THE THINGS, the early POV changes no longer seem jarring and/or disruptive. Patience . . . Not my virtue. #selfawarenessFTWSO instead I will enumerate all the reasons why I think Chaol is an idiot manboy who doesn't deserve Celaena, and why I do NOT think he's her mate: (view spoiler)[1. Dorian had been right about Celaena—about Chaol resenting her darkness and abilities and true identity, but . . . it hadn’t changed how he felt.And he doesn't mean it hadn't changed that he loved Celaena, he means that his acknowledgement of Dorian's assessment doesn't change his resentment. He RESENTS Celaena for being Celaena.2. "Until then, the fact remains, Captain, that you have not picked a side because you are still a boy, and you are still afraid. Not of losing innocent lives, but of losing whatever dream it is you’re clinging to. Your prince has moved on, my queen has moved on. But you have not."I hate indecision. LOATHE, in fact. Throughout this entire book Chaol knows how evil King is. Knows that Celaena, the woman he supposedly LOVES, is the rightful heir to a kingdom destroyed by King, still subjugated by King ten years later. Knows that his best friend since childhood will be killed or worse should King discover his newly manifested magic. Knows that King SLAUGHTERED thousands of innocent slaves in work camps, and still he refuses to join the fight against him. Thinks he can just run along home to his pretty silver lake and stay out of it.*flares nostrils* You disgust me, Chaol.3. “You once told me that when you find your mate, you can’t stomach the idea of hurting them physically. Once you’re mated, you’d sooner harm yourself.” “Yes; why?” “I tried to kill him. I mauled his face, then held a dagger over his heart because I thought he was responsible for Nehemia’s death. I would have done it if someone hadn’t stopped me. If Chaol—if he’d truly been my mate, I wouldn’t have been able to do that, would I?” He was silent for a long while. “You hadn’t been in your Fae form for ten years, so perhaps your instincts weren’t even able to take hold. Sometimes, mates can be together intimately before the actual bond snaps into place.” “It’s a useless hope to cling to, anyway.” “Do you want the truth?”She tucked her chin into her tunic and closed her eyes. “Not tonight.”The first part is pretty self-explainitory. If Chaol was her mate, she would've rather died than hurt him. Clearly, this is not the case. The first couple times I looked this over, I thought it was fairly ambiguous, but now, I'm not so sure:". . . perhaps your instincts weren’t even able to take hold."Except she has spent LOTS o' time in her Fae form since then, once before she departed for Wendlyn. If Chaol was her mate, she'd know it. They'd be on the equivalent of a break, but that wouldn't change the bond."Sometimes, mates can be together intimately before the actual bond snaps into place."Except they were intimate and the bond still didn't form.And before you can start shaking your fists at me, YES, I concede it's also possible that all of this could mean the bond won't form until after they've been intimate again, now that Celaena is reacquainted with her Faeness, but, sorry, it feels much more likely that they just aren't mates.4. Part of him still could not fathom what she’d done to Narrok, the battle cry she’d issued from across the sea. He could not accept that part of her, so bloodthirsty and unyielding. Even as Celaena, it had been hard to swallow at times, and he had tried to look past it . . . Eff you, dude. Eff youuuuuu.He knew they were monsters. He knew they were vile creatures made by King, but he can't fathom that Celaena killed their asses? And that makes her "bloodthirsty and unyielding"?Well . . . perhaps, YOU, sir, could stand to be a bit more bloodthirsty and unyielding. *mutters* Pansy-ass, fence-sitting jackhole . . . 5. She had awoken this morning and slipped the amethyst ring off her finger. It had felt like a blessed release, a final shadow lifted from her heart.Yeah, sorry . . . deciding to turn your mate lose wouldn't feel like a "blessed release," if you were able to do it at all. (hide spoiler)]Reviewed by: Rabid Reads4.5 starsHEIR OF FIRE begins with Celaena lazing about on a rooftop in Wendlyn's capital city, drinking cheap wine (that she stole) from a jug, and feeling sorry for herself.Actually, she wasn't drinking it. She was looking for it, and when she found it, it was empty (having already been drunk). Shortly thereafter, she gets mistaken for a vagrant . . .By a vagrant. *snorts*But as hilarious as that was, for the first 15-20% of the book, I thought we were getting ToG's version of HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.If you haven't read HARRY POTTER, book 5 was filled with teenage ANGST and wallowing and self-pity, and as much as I appreciated Rowling writing the book accurately in terms of Harry's state of development, it was still my least favorite book in the series.Fortunately, it didn't take long to see that Celaena wasn't wallowing . . . she was . . . trying to cope.The depth of her sorrow and regret . . . (<------it HURTS).Maas communicates Celaena's anguish so deftly that you can see her, hear her, feel her agony.But Celaena has never been one to sit around and twiddle her thumbs, feeling sorry for herself. She pushes the things that hurt her to the side. She ignores them, and focuses on the task at hand.And that works fairly well for her . . . until it doesn't . . .I think a lot of us can relate to that tendency. I see myself in her ostrich-like avoidance tactics, and I know firsthand that no matter how hard you try not to think about something, there will always be seemingly innocuous things that act as triggers . . . triggers that send you spiraling into the depths of despair, b/c you have refused to deal with the things that lay heavy on your soul: "Because she is dead!" She screamed the last word so loudly that it burned in her throat. "Because she is dead, and I am left with my worthless life!" Have you ever screamed like that? Screamed so loudly out of fury and despair that it feels like the lining of your throat is being eaten away by the acid that consumes you?Celaena has . . . and bearing witness to it almost makes you feel like you have too.So we have Celaena desperately trying to control her magic, desperate for answers about the wyrdkeys, desperate not to look too closely at the guilt that surrounds her like a fog.And then we have Rowan Whitethorn . . . Rowan Whitethorn is a world-class jackhole. He's verbally abusive, he has resting bitch face, and he is pissed about being ordered to "babysit" Celaena.But as with Celaena, there is more to Rowan than the obvious. He is nursing his own hurts, and also like Celaena, he uses emotional distance to protect himself from further injury. Their similarities allow them to understand each other: “You collect scars because you want proof that you are paying for whatever sins you've committed. And I know this because I've been doing the same damn thing for two hundred years. Tell me, do you think you will go to some blessed Afterworld, or do you expect a burning hell? You're hoping for hell--because how could you face them in the Afterworld? Better to suffer, to be damned for eternity and--”  But Rowan isn't the only new character we meet in HEIR OF FIRE.I don't know if any of you are Sarah J. Maas fangirls like I am, but I've been stalking her on Pinterest since before THRONE OF GLASS was released. If you stalk her too, then you've been looking forward to meeting Manon Blackbeak as much as I have. Manon Blackbeak, heir of the Blackbeak Witch-Clan. Manon Blackbeark, who wears the scarlet cloak of the teenaged Crochan witch who was her first kill. Manon Blackbeak who says things like: "It would be nice--really damn nice--to peel off the Yellowlegs heir's face one day." Clearly Manon is more than just a surprisingly pretty face--she is clever and determined and ruthless . . . I'm fairly certain that she and Celaena would have been friends in another life.The last important character we meet in HEIR OF FIRE is Aedion Ashryver, Celaena's cousin and childhood friend. Briefly mentioned in CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, we learned that he grew up to be one of Adarlan's fiercest generals. And perhaps that is the reason we haven't heard more about him before now. As discussed, Celaena is a master at avoiding painful subjects, and a beloved friend who is perhaps the only surviving member of her family (on the continent), who rains terror on the remnants of Terrasen at the King's command would certainly qualify as "painful."But once again, Maas gives us a character with depth, and Aedion almost immediately shows himself to be fiercely loyal to Celaena: "All I want," he snarled, "is for my people to be free and my queen restored to her throne.""They burned the antler throne, Aedion. There is no throne for her.""Then I'll build one myself from the bones of our enemies." As much as I hated Celaena's separation from the characters we all know and love, I loved the new characters too much for it impact my overall reading experience. I LOVE THIS BOOK.My only issue was the POV changes in the first several chapters. They occurred frequently, sometimes lasting only 4 or 5 pages at a time, and the result felt choppy and disjointed. So if that's a problem for you as well, don't give up--it gets better, I promise.And just b/c I can't help myself . . . this isn't a spoiler exactly, b/c if you haven't read HEIR OF FIRE yet, it won't make sense to you. It's a pin I found on SJM's THRONE OF GLASS board that inspired one of my favorite scenes from the book. The pics of Rowan, etc. are also SJM pins and hyperlinked back to the originals, as is this one:(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]THRONE OF GLASS remains my favorite YA series, and in HEIR OF FIRE, Sarah J. Maas proves that she has staying power. She continues to create places we long to visit and characters that I'm not entirely convinced aren't real. Surely, given the depth of emotion Maas is able draw out of her readers, they must exist somewhere. Or maybe Maas is just a true artist who makes us feel and believe and that is enough.Pre-review:And once again, SJM has kicked ASS. RTC closer to release date.My other reviews for this series: The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) Untitled (Throne of Glass, #5)
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    "She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one."I know that this seems to be everyone's least favorite ToG installment, but I personally thought it was the strongest I've read (so far). Going into this series at such a late date meant I was aware of all the major spoilers before reading them, and I was truly ok with this; I like being prepared and knowing when my heart can finally focus on a coupling that may last for awhile. But seriously, I was thinking she would have a new lov "She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one."I know that this seems to be everyone's least favorite ToG installment, but I personally thought it was the strongest I've read (so far). Going into this series at such a late date meant I was aware of all the major spoilers before reading them, and I was truly ok with this; I like being prepared and knowing when my heart can finally focus on a coupling that may last for awhile. But seriously, I was thinking she would have a new love interest in every single book there for awhile. I tried picking this one up months ago and set it aside after 130 pages because I was stressed with other stuff and a bit overwhelmed by the 90 different POVs that were ever-changing. I still stand by my original thoughts that the first 150 pages of this book are pretty slow and dull, but after the action started kicking in I was hooked. "...Her beloved dead. No longer would they be locked away in her heart. No longer would she be ashamed."I enjoyed HoF more than the previous two books for many reasons; we finally get out of that drafty castle, we start to receive some answers to a good deal of the vague plot details involving the rebel causes, and we see some major growth in Celaena fulfilling her destiny. I love how messy the dialogue and interactions were at times; once we got past the initial repetitive sparring between Rowan and Celaena, the narrative fell into a more natural flow and I was able to get lost in the story. I've seen a lot of talk about how the series changes at this point because it's about when SJM began writing ACOTAR, and we do see a lot of similarities in the personalities and actions of the characters of both worlds, so I guess it makes sense that this was the first book that really feels like the start of the series. I keep feeling like everything up until this book was just "prologue" and "backstory"; this novel is where we buckle down and take off and stop chasing our tail in circles. Also, many more BA fight scenes here. Can we just talk about the real reason we read this book-Manon Blackbeak? Sister stole the show; she is quite possibly my favorite character of the series and I could read entire books just about her and from her perspective. I was completely engrossed in the sections featuring The Thirteen and everything revolving around such. Again, while I know where the major plot sections are going, I can't wait to see how the little details unfold along the way. I would say I highly recommend this for those who have been struggling with the series up until now, but 1) I'm pretty much the last person to read this and 2) I'm in the minority so I'm just weird I guess. Hoping to pick up the next one soon now that my ToG momentum is back!
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  • Mitchii
    January 1, 1970
    Heir of Fire left me a bit conflicted. I’m a big fan of the first two books even though I admitted how fussy I am with this genre. But this series proved me wrong—twice. Now, in the mood to read it, I braced myself with expectation based on my previous experiences. But it came to a point where all these development stirred clear from what I know of the series.If anything else, this third installment was without a shadow of doubt a set-up. Sure, there are tons of things that needed to develop did Heir of Fire left me a bit conflicted. I’m a big fan of the first two books even though I admitted how fussy I am with this genre. But this series proved me wrong—twice. Now, in the mood to read it, I braced myself with expectation based on my previous experiences. But it came to a point where all these development stirred clear from what I know of the series.If anything else, this third installment was without a shadow of doubt a set-up. Sure, there are tons of things that needed to develop did develop. Revelations were deemed to unfold, unfolded; but all those things changed my entire perspective of the story. Like the first two books were nothing but an introduction albeit a long one and we were now in this place where it actually started. In which is not entirely terrible. But I came to love all the things that happened in the first two and to see them changed didn’t sit well too much with me. At least at the beginning.Now that I have let the nit-pick parts admitted, let me emphasized on this new journey. Celeana might have great bloodline(s) running through her veins and looks like from there things are getting harder and harder for her. But not without new companions. I didn’t embrace them fully at first. There are quite few additions to the story and one that standout for me (all thanks to Celeana at one point did appreciate what a fine specimen her new companion is) was Rowan. Ok, as a big Chaol fanatic that I am I saw him at the beginning a threat. No, not in ship war kind of thing but of my own opinion. He made me feel like treading on tightrope whether he’ll win me or not. But he did. I’m inclined to love character that has loyalty (which at first had me questioning why) to the female MC (ala Hak from 暁のヨナ or Obi from 赤髪の白雪姫).So where were the two main men before? This is not solely Celeana’s journey for sure, those two have problems of their own. Chaol was little…confusing for most parts (which was why I’m bit disappointed) but if it means for his character growth then I’m all for it. But my man Dorian is fighting back. I love the attitude, keep that up! And well, I smell potential romance for him? Well, I’m glad for him (was there really something solid happened more than flirting? I beg to differ.).Going back to what I mentioned earlier, it was a set-up. After reeling everything in, pounded it in my head plenty of times; it actually made sense. And if I were honest that last line about Celeana’s true identity is bound to leave a big tremor! Hopefully something I can fully comprehend and like this time (optimism FTW).3.5/5Originally published at The Aeropapers.Pre-reading comment:Update: 01/18/14: We have a title, people. HEIR OF FIRE! Sounds really bad-ass!!! Still here for the Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall.
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  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    im running out of ways to praise the masterpiece that is SJM storytelling. she tends to be simple in her writing, but a rawness and vibrancy comes through in that simplicity, which makes the story easy to devour. and this third instalment is no exception; if anything, its even better! i loved learning more about celaenas past (which i have been desperate for since book one) and i enjoyed seeing chaol develop as a character. if i could change anything about this book, however, it would have been im running out of ways to praise the masterpiece that is SJM storytelling. she tends to be simple in her writing, but a rawness and vibrancy comes through in that simplicity, which makes the story easy to devour. and this third instalment is no exception; if anything, its even better! i loved learning more about celaenas past (which i have been desperate for since book one) and i enjoyed seeing chaol develop as a character. if i could change anything about this book, however, it would have been to not separate the main characters. i hate it when the plot of a book allows for a separation because i spend the entire book waiting forever for everyone to be reunited again. so i am very much looking forward to that reunion in the next book! 4 stars
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  • ☆♥☆Kotyonok꧁꧂
    January 1, 1970
    "After a long, torturous and miserable battle with the great beast known as "Heir of Fire", in the deepest parts of the cemetery...""....Kotyonok was laid to rest. Finally. Peacefully....BUT THEN....A HEARTBEAT LATER....""She arose, prowling in all her potato and triggering glory, to tell the tale of the beast that had slayed her, of the long fight.......taking a deep breath, in the most eloquent of words...she purred:"THIS FUCKING SUCKED. THE WRITING SUCKED, CELAENA/AELINW HATEVER HER NAME IS S "After a long, torturous and miserable battle with the great beast known as "Heir of Fire", in the deepest parts of the cemetery...""....Kotyonok was laid to rest. Finally. Peacefully....BUT THEN....A HEARTBEAT LATER....""She arose, prowling in all her potato and triggering glory, to tell the tale of the beast that had slayed her, of the long fight.......taking a deep breath, in the most eloquent of words...she purred:"THIS FUCKING SUCKED. THE WRITING SUCKED, CELAENA/AELINW HATEVER HER NAME IS SUCKED, THEY ALL SUCKED OKY? THE BOOKS DID NOT GET BETTER I NEVER EVER EVER WANT TO HEAR "oh kotyonok you have to read on, it's not fair to judge the first book only (that makes no fucking sense fyi why should i read books 234 to like book 1, but it's my own damn fault listened and i died) AGAIN, THIS WAS PREDICTABLE AND ANNOYING AND STUPID.CELAENA GOES FROM PERFECT....TO EVEN MORE PERFECT!!WEJFBFIPQNH;VNG'N'GWNVSNCBQE;GVND"This one is going to be fun.So let's get started. Review: I just get really mad and rant in this I have no idea where to start, or how to organize my thoughts, so I'll just go in chronological order by the book--because that's how my notes are spread out in it.I want to address the fans real quick--if you loved this book, if you loved this series--AWESOME. Some of my friends love these books, some hate them, and I couldn't care less. I don't unfriend people for the books they read. And I don't go stalking 1 star reviews of books I loved SO PLEASE don't come at me with "you're wrong, you suck"--this is my review, how I feel, and I'd like that to be respected. If you love this book so much--go talk about it and defend it in your own review space...because this is my review space and I'm talking about what I want to talk about. Now. As for the book. The biggest thing I can think to say is that Celaena is not an assassin . This story would be exactly the same had she just been a great fighter--I don't see why she's called an assassin--she hasn't actually ASSASSINATED ANYONE AT ALL. Now I know what you're thinking--"but kotyonok she DID kill people!" Yes, and that's my point--she killed them, she didn't assassinate them. An assassin, by definition, is: a murderer, especially one who kills a politically prominent person for fanatical or monetary reasons. THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN IN THESE BOOKS--the only people she kills are for revenge for the death of Nehemia (and Baba Yellowlegs so she doesn't expose her and Dorian). CELAENA IS ONLY AN ASSASSIN IN NAME. AND IT IRRITATES ME TO NO END THAT SHE IS DESCRIBED AS A "BADASS ASSASSIN"--SHE'S NOT! SHE'S NOT A BADASS AND SHE'S NOT AN ASSASSIN! SHE'S ONLY THOSE THINGS IN NAME! "but Koty how is she not a badass?" BECAUSE SHE'S TOO FREAKING PERFECT--BADASS TO ME IS COOL AND COLLECTED BUT ROUGH AND TOUGH--CELAENA IS JUST A MARY SUE!SHE'S SOOOOOOO FUCKING PERFECT!Does she struggle in this book with her powers? Yes...and then after a like 2 months or something she's great at them and has arguably more power than MAEVE--A LEGENDARY FAERIE QUEEN. O_OBut I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's go through the book and I'll talk about all the shit that annoyed me--there's a lot. In the beginning, Celaena is drunk on a rooftop. She can't remember where she even put a wine bottle that she stashed a few hours ago (Maas 4). She's DRUNK. Fine right? And then we get out first taste of bullshit: "She knew the guards patrolling it by now—­had marked their faces and weapons, just as she had with the guards atop the high castle walls. She’d memorized their rotations, and how they opened the three massive gates that led into the castle" (Maas 5).SO THIS: IS ALSO THIS: ME:Then there's this line: "Like every guard in this kingdom, each was clad in light armor and bore a good number of weapons. Rumor claimed the Wendlynite soldiers ­were trained by the Fae to be ruthless and cunning and swift" (Maas 7).You know EVERY guard in the kingdom by now Celaena? EVERY SINGLE GUARD???I don't know if this is Celaena being an idiot or just that SJM doesn't know how to write and when not to use ABSOLUTES. Maybe a little of both."They certainly seemed a good deal more observant than the average Rifthold sentry—­even if they hadn’t yet noticed the assassin in their midst. But these days, Celaena knew the only threat she posed was to herself" (Maas 8). How would they notice? You look like anyone else Celaena--you're not holding a sign saying "ASSASSIN HERE, APPLAUSE". HOW WOULD THEY EVEN KNOW YOU'RE AN ASSASSIN--YOU HAVEN'T EVEN ASSASSINTAED ANYONE. And you're an assassin from a rivalry kingdom, sent to KILL, you ARE trying to be discreet (and you admit this!) So how can you say "oh they don't know it's me, ha fools!" when that's exactly what you want and need! THAT MAKES NO SENSE--THIS IS NOT A MOMENT TO BE ALL "OH IM SUCH A BADASS GETTING DRUNK ON ROOFTOPS AND NO ONE KNOWS IT'S ME HA!"--YOUR LOGIC MAKES NO SENSE!Me:THEN THERE'S THIS WEIRD LINE: "the brawl she’d provoked in last night’s taberna—­she’d kicked a man’s balls into his throat, and when he’d caught his breath, he’d been enraged, to say the least" (Maas 8).Wait. What? 😶 Did she kick him his balls? Is this supposed to be literal or metaphorical?Regardless, I doubt all he'd have to do was "catch his breath" after a blow like that. ....that's not how anatomy works SJM. THAT'S NOT HOW IT WORKS AT ALL.Me:THEN: "In the hours she’d spent figuring out the royal castle’s defenses, she’d debated how she’d find Maeve to learn about the keys. It had all been going smoothly, flawlessly, until . . ." (Maas 9)???????I dont think you watching guards from a rooftop for a few weeks means you know the castle's defenses...they probably have a bunch of defense plans, you're only seeing outside guard rotations, sweetie. SO AGAIN YOU'RE LOGIC MAKES NO SENSE--BECAUSE IT'S NOT EVEN LOGIC TO BEGIN WITH.AND AGAIN--YOU'RE DRUNK, SHE'S DRUNK PEOPLE--HOW WOULD SHE EVEN REMEMBER THIS STUFF?? AND HOW DD N ONE SEE HER LOUNGING ON A FUCKING ROOFTOP ALL DAY, IN PLAIN DAYLIGHT??THEN THERE WAS THE CONSTANT REPETITION OF WORDS "purred" "prowled" "miserable" "HEARTBEAT" (more on this one later).And then these random sentences thrown in that made no sense for the flow of a paragraph.For example: '“You’ll be disappointed to learn I’ve moved on from that sort of existence,” Dorian said.Aedion dug back into his meal. “More for me, then.”Chaol clenched his fists under the table. Celaena had not exactly been virtuous in the past ten years, but she’d never killed a natural-­born citizen of Terrasen. Had refused to, actually. And Aedion had always been a gods-­damned bastard, but now . . . Did he know what he wore on his finger? Did he know that despite his arrogance, his defiance and insolence, the king could make him bend to his will whenever he pleased? He ­couldn’t warn Aedion, not without potentially getting himself and everyone he cared about killed should Aedion truly have allegiance to the king' (Maas 26).Chaol is thinking about how the ring has control over Aedion or not--but then he wonders about Celaena right in the middle?? THAT DOESN'T FLOW, IT'S OUT OF PLACE.WHO EDITED THIS.That was probably my biggest issue with this book--it's just poorly written. It's long and tries to be all epic and smart--BUT IT'S JUST NOT. IT'S PREDICTABLE AND LONG AND BADLY WRITTEN.AND THE CHARACTERS ARE JUST RECYCLED VERSIONS OF OTHER CHARACTERS.LIKE AEDION--he was basically Celaena, LIKE ROWAN--a recycled Dorian, LIKE MANON, another Celaena, OR SORCHSA...a very timid Nehemia.Celaena is so..childish in this. She has no character growth--it's her struggling to get control of her powers, then she master them and that's that. There's growth IN HER ABILITY, but no, not her character--she didn't mature, she didn't learn hard crippling moral lessons, she doesn't struggle with her past killings--she mainly struggles with Nehemia's death, which I found to be out of place--we didn't see much of her friendship with Nehemia, just like we didn't see much of Dorian and Chaol's friendship--I never bought it. From wither relationship, I WAS NEVER SOLD ON IT. It was always told NOT SHOWN.So I don't get it--Celaena spends more time crying over Nehmia than her actual parents--and I just didn't buy it. She makes these vulgar gestures, and makes these snide comments--she's just so PETTY--and Aedion is the same! He's supposed to be this badass general, but he trips Dorian in the gardens.SO THIS: IS ALSO THIS:ME: AND MY FAVORITE THING EVER--THE USAGE OF THE WORD HEARTBEAT. SO.MUCH.REPITITON.SO.MUCH.OF.IT."A Heartbeat later""In a heartbeat""For a heartbeat""In a heartbeat""a heartbeat later""heartbeat""heartbeat""In a heartbeat""Heartbeat"OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. IN EVERY CHARACTER'S POV--THAT'S ANOTHER THING, THERE WAS NO DIFFERENCE IN TONE OR ANYTHING WHEN ANOTHER CHARACTER HAD THEIR CHAPTER--WELL MAYBE EXCEPT SORCHSA AND CHAOL AND DORIAN, BUT OTHERWISE, IT SOUNDED THE SAME--WHICH MAKES SENSE SINCE CELAENA ADEION ROWANA ND MANON ARE ALL BASICALLY THE SAME CHARACTERBAD WRITINGTHE WORD HEARTBEAT WAS USED 37 TIMES. THE SAME PHRASING OVER AND OVER AND THE SAME CHARACTER INTERACTIONS--FOR EXAMPLE: Character 1: says something normalCharacter 2 (the Celaena-copy): says something snobby and rude for relatively no reason other than to be an alpha. Both men and women in this suffer from ALPHA SYNDROMEACCORDING TO SJM, BEING STRONG AND BADASS IS DEFINED BY 1. BEING RUDE AND 2. BEING ABLE TO FIGHT Does every character deemed strong have to be kind of rude and just a great fighter? Why is that representative of "strength"? I honestly don't understand--why can't strong be a sweet character that DOESNT know how to fight, but they treat people fairly and are wise?? There's all types of strength--the quiet kind, the logical kind, the nice kind...WHY DO "STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS" HAVE TO BE RUDE? WHY? WHY CANT THEY BE NICE? OR JUST-FILLED? OR WISE?THESE CHARACTERS ARE JUST RUDE AND BITCHY (view spoiler)[and of course the only nice character, Sorscha, had to die! (hide spoiler)]You know people attack SJM for diversity, which I think is dumb, let her write what she wants--why don't people talk about THE CHARACTER's PERSONALITIES--how the nice ones die and the shitty ones live?? That seems more important to me than the color of your skin. CHAOL IS JUST AND LOYAL AND STRONG. DORIAN IS JUST AND LOYAL AND STRONG AND GROWING INTO A TRULY FAIR KINGEVERYONE ELSE CAN GO SUCK IT.ADVHWVHNA;VLWN'SQLJBECSJLFBW;FNQW;OFAND NOW, FOR THIS LAST PART BECAUSE IM GETTING REALLY LAZY--THE BIG REVEAL.Something something Maeve just wanted Celaena to train so she could see the extent of her power because she's from Branon's line.So we spent 500+ pages for that?THAT.WHAT WAS THE PLOT IN THIS?I DON'T KNOW.IT'S JUST A FILLER BOOK.500 PAGES OF A FILLER STORY.OH And we got to see young Celaena!Young Celaena:Older Celaena: AND APPARENTLY CELAENA, AFTER A MERE FEW MONTHS OF TRAINING, IS STRONGER THAN MAEVE.MAEVE IS A CENTURIES OLD LEGENDARY FAERIE QUEENAND IM SUPPOSED TO JUST BELIEVE CELAENA IS SUDDENLY STRONGER THAN HER? AFTER A FEW MONTHS? CELAENA, THE GIRL WHO IS THE WORLD'S GREATEST ASSASSIN, YET SHE GETS SNUCK UP UPON TIME AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN, WHO WORRIES ABOUT HER FIGURE AND WANTS TO GVEHESELF SOME MORE "SHAPE" BEFORE SHE GOES TRAINING TO DEFEAT AN EVIL KING, THAT GIRL IS STRONGER THAN MAEVE????????????SO THIS:IS STRONGER THAN THIS: A LEGENDARY FAE QUEEN. AND CELAENA IS STRONGER THAN HER. SHE THREATENS MAEVEFREAKING MMAAEEVVVEEEE AND MAEVE JUST LETS IT GOMAEVE DOESNT EVEN TRY TO FIGHT BACKMAEVE JUST LETS CELAENA DO WHATEVER SHE WANTSMAEVE--SHE HAS CENTURIES OF TRICKERY AND SURVIVAL, BUT APPARENTLY SHE TURNS INTO A SACK OF USELESS POTATOES IN FRONT OF THE "ALL-POWERFUL" CELAENA. ME:SJM: "Heartbeat."Me:SJM: "...in a heartbeat?"Me: I HATED THIS (as if that wasn't obvious). BAD WRITING. POOR CHARACTERS. BAD WRITING. PREDICTABLE. LONG. BORING. BORING. BORING. BAD WRITING. WHO EDITED THIS????? I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT IM CUTTING THIS SHORT.BECAUSE IM LAZY. AND I DONT WANT TO TALK ABUT THIS SHIT ANYMORE.IM JUST YELLING NOW. WHY AM I YELLING IN CAPS LOCK??!??! WOW THIS ESCALATED QUICKLY. ....Now the question is will I read the next book--well I have the next book. So yeah I will, just because I spent money on it. BUTIF i hate that book, then that's the end if the road for me. That's it.I did what the fans said. I tried to go on with this series even though I didn't like book 1........."Celaena gets better, she actually acts like an assassin," they said. "The books get better, the writing gets better, just keep reading," they said.-----------____________----------
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  • Yonaily
    January 1, 1970
    “Once upon a time,” she said to him, to the world, to herself, “in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom.... very much.” So, we're back to book one. Throne of Glass was good, but it was obvious that the book was the first in a series, because you all noticed the inconsistensies and flaws. Now we're talking about a third installment and, after how awesomely flawless Crown of Midnight was, I was expecting Heir of Fire to be just as good. I'm gonna sta “Once upon a time,” she said to him, to the world, to herself, “in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom.... very much.” So, we're back to book one. Throne of Glass was good, but it was obvious that the book was the first in a series, because you all noticed the inconsistensies and flaws. Now we're talking about a third installment and, after how awesomely flawless Crown of Midnight was, I was expecting Heir of Fire to be just as good. I'm gonna start with Dorian. In book one his relationship with Celaena ended for the sake of character development. Then, in Crown of Midnight his character does more than just be around his father's castle, and it's all to find himself a purpuse: magic. So, I thought that in this installment Dorian would try to learn how to control magic so his father wouldn't find out that little secret about his heir. But that didn't happen. Why? Sorscha. She was obviously a plot device reserved for the shocking ending of the book, but the way Sarah J. Maas ignored all that happened to Dorian in Crown of Midnight KILLED ME. He went back to the same yound bored prince who's tired of council meetings we met in the first book, and all because of a romantic subplot. Strike one.Sorscha is a servant--healer--of the castle and has been conveniently hidden with a cape of invisibility until now. I would have bought that had SJM added at least one POV of her in the past books. She is mentioned near the end of book two, but it isn't until this one that we get to know her. One small detail that doesn't make sense is how she reacts when finding out Dorian can summon magic. It all happens as an accident, but she doesn't get surprised or shocked as you would expect. Instead she so eagerly proposes to help the Prince find a way to control and hid his power from others. Another thing is that Sorscha is secretly in love with the Prince (who knew!), and he ends up falling for her. Their relationship was cliché. Tedious. Their chapters made me want to go to sleep, to be honest. A new romance at this point didn't make sense since Dorian should have been focused on magic. Dorian was heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Sorscha was the daughter of two dead immigrants from a village in Fenharrow that had been burned to ash—a village that no one would ever remember.But that didn’t stop her from loving him, as she still did, invisible and secret, ever since she’d first laid eyes on him six years ago. Seriously, Sarah? Chaol, oh Chaol. My precious cinnamon roll (yes, I just said that) has proved, once again, why he's my ultimate favorite character in this series. I just adore his character development and how much he's changed and learned since I met him in book one. But if there's something that bothers me is how much hate he gets. Chaol can't even breathe without getting blamed for Nehemia's death. I wish SJMAAS would stop using that argument on him because 1) that wasn't under his control, and 2) Nehemia practically killed herself. It was not his fault that Nehemia died, not when the princess had orchestrated everything. Yet he had kept information from her. He had chosen the king. Even though he’d claimed he loved her, he still loyally served that monster. Maybe she had been a fool for letting him in, for dreaming of a world where she could ignore the fact that he was captain to the man who had shattered her life again and again. CHAOL DIDN'T KILL NEHEMIA 2k15 “I have magic—there is no undoing that, no getting rid of it. And as for Celaena....” He clamped down on the power that surged as he imagined—for the first time, he realized—what it was to be her. “As for Celaena,” he said again, “you do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.” Anyway, his character arc has a very significant role in Heir of Fire. I liked how he started questioning everything he had been taught to believe about the King and his Kingdom. Chaol's somehow still loyal to Adarlan, but now his friends are much more important to him. That is why he sent Celaena away to Wendlyn and doesn't want to know anything about Dorian's powers. He wants them to be protected, but some people mistake that as if he doesn't accept them, which doesn't make any sense. Everything he has done is because he cares about them. Chaol has nothing left. He literally threw everything away by sending Celaena to where her relatives were. And trust me, if he didn't accept them as some say, he would have gone straight to the King to tell him about Celaena's true nature and Dorian's powers. And they would be dead already. But in this book he becomes a traitor to the King by working with Aedion Ashryver BECAUSE HE CARES. He has always cared about Celaena and Dorian and he never, ever, gets the credit he deserves. So I'm here to defend him no matter what.#CHAOLWESTFALLDEFENSESQUADCelaena's chapters were definitely the most interesting aspect of this book. She arrived to Wendlyn full of hopelessness given the death of her best friend, and we get to explore her past more deeply. But it was hard to see her this way, because the assassin we all grew to love was showing a different and vulnerable side we are not used to. And I have to say that I have a love-hate relationship with this new Celaena. To become who she really is--embrace her real identity--she needed to reach bottom. And hell if she doesn't. So, Heir of Fire was more like a healing process for her. Celaena went back to her roots, faced her demons, found herself a new alley and now she is stronger than ever. Now, Rowan. Once in a while I come across a very strong and capable and sexy as hell male character who looks insanely handsome and gets the attention of all the readers. He's precious and beautiful and badass and blah blah blah, but lacks of personality. That is Rowan Whitethorn. I get it--I get why everybody adores him. However, he's more like that poster of your favorite guy from your favorite boyband that you put on your wall (never been there, actually). You wake up every morning and see him right there, looking at you, looking sexy af. But he's not real--he's just a poster. Empty piece of paper. (Yes, I just called Rowan empty.) And can we talk about how problematic Rowan actually is? He treated Celaena like sh**. He punched her and make her believe it was all her fault. He told her she was a coward who whould be better off dead. And worse... Lashing out at Rowan like that, saying the things she did, trying to fight with him... She’d deserved that punch. More than deserved it. If she was being honest with herself, she was barely passable as a human being these days. She fingered her split lip and winced. NO. FUCKING. WAY.But after all that, when he watches the scars Celaena will forever carry on her back as a reminder of her year in Endovier, he has te audacity to feel guilty. Sorry but you're already doomed to the "never in this life" list, boy. Rowan saves her and, by the end of the book, he kind of sort of belongs to her. I don't want to believe something will happen between those two. I hope not because they both insisted on that everything about them was platonic. But just in case. “I claim you, Rowan Whitethorn. I don’t care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend.” friend. Friend. FRIEND. It was a damn good thing Rowan had no interest in her, either, because she knew she was stupid and reckless enough to consider whether moving on in the physical sense might solve the problem of Chaol. There was nothing romantic about sharing a bed with Rowan, and they kept to their own sides. #NEVERFORGETRowan is not the only new character in this book. Manon Blackbeak is one of the Blackbeak Witches, heir and leader of The Thirteen. I loved reading her chapters, although they could get tedious sometimes. She's fearless and cold-blooded and I like that about a character. I can see a infinity of escenarios for her, particularly now that she has Abraxos. What a lovely and highly-lethal pair. Reading about them was like watching How to Train you Dragon. Manon herself reminded me of Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones because of her pale hair and her dragon companion. So I wish SJM were a little more careful with those details. But I adore Manon anyway. “You are one of the Thirteen,” she said to him. “From now until the Darkness cleaves us apart. You are mine, and I am yours. Let’s show them why.” Let's talk about this shocking finale. SJM's has a very compelling and captivating writing, which helps out a lot given the fact that I'm a sucker for YA High Fantasy (I've said this like a million times). And it worked perfectly in those last hundred pages of the book. Those moments were action-packed and got me chewing my nails. And the feels--oh the feels. He looked at his friend, perhaps for the last time, and said what he had always known, from the moment they’d met, when he’d understood that the prince was his brother in soul. “I love you.” He’d known, since the moment he figured out who she was, that while Celaena would always pick him, Aelin would not. I AM NOT CRYING. I AM PERFECTLY FINE. I. AM. FINE. OK. Now what I didn't like.1) Aedion, who's creepy and boring and too possessive over Aelin. I don't like him. At all.Strike two.2) Some plot-holes here and there. The most obvious one was Celaena spending several months training in Wendlyn with Rowan. She could have easily escaped for all the watch the King of Adarlan put on her. It doesn't add up since she's his fucking employee. You would think The King would like to keep an eye on his Assassin. But no one cared about bringing that up. Along with Dorian's awful character arc and the huge romance subplot, those were my issues with this novel, which kept me from rating it more that three stars.
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  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    January 1, 1970
    Updated** 8/17... after rereading - I am STILL floored but I have so much more to say this time around. (Also check out Cait's review because it says everything I was trying to say and more.)Wow this was a difficult review to write because this book was 100% emotional for me.I'm gonna get a little opinionated first, then I *promise* to get more lighthearted ;) ;) AND I promise to spare you of my SJM speech but you can read it in my other reviews.One of the biggest complaints that I've seen about Updated** 8/17... after rereading - I am STILL floored but I have so much more to say this time around. (Also check out Cait's review because it says everything I was trying to say and more.)Wow this was a difficult review to write because this book was 100% emotional for me.I'm gonna get a little opinionated first, then I *promise* to get more lighthearted ;) ;) AND I promise to spare you of my SJM speech but you can read it in my other reviews.One of the biggest complaints that I've seen about this book is the fact that Celaena, our resident heroine and badass extraordinaire, is no longer herself. (Literally, I've read like 10 reviews today alone complaining about this.) So here it is... here is why I agree and disagree, and why I love this series so much. YES. Celaena is BROKEN for a good chunk of this book. Why is this so unacceptable? Is it supposedly because she is supposed to be all strong and mighty and a perfect heroine? Guess what. You can be strong and still end up broken. And you know what? Maybe you are brought back to a place of power and healing... only to be brought back to a state of shambles... before you become whole again. This is realistic... and it was realistic in my own life. So I'll say this.. anyone who knows what it is like to be strong, passionate, full of hope, and then has found themselves in a position of pain to where it hurts to get back up again... I think you'll relate to this story. “Because she is dead!" She screamed the last word so loudly it burned in her throat. "Because she is dead, and I am left with my worthless life!” Yes, it is hard to swallow watching a beloved character to be in a state of complete wreckage. I'm so thankful that SJM decided to share this part of Aelin's journey. I honestly did not connect with her that much until this book. Sure she was fun to read about before- but this book hit it home for me. We get so much insight to her past... why she was running - everything. It is completely and utterly heart breaking.This is probably the line where I really lost it emotionally.. because she lost it emotionally. "Fireheart, why do you cry?" "Because I am lost and I do not know the way." But- this is also a story of beautiful hope, and of finding the willpower to get back up. A story of choosing the hope of a future instead of remaining in the guilt and defeat of your past. AAAND not to mention.. how much true friends can help you back on your feet. “It was a long story, and sometimes she grew quiet and cried - and during those times he leaned over to wipe away her tears.” So while I totally agree that this is entertainment and not to be taken too seriously- I can't help but nod to Sarah for showing a realistic character arc in a character we love so deeply. And you know what? Celaena has now moved on from being a broken, hurting, cowardly assassin who ultimately looks out for herself - to Aelin; a woman dedicated to her people - willing to sacrifice everything about herself to give them a home again. Someone willing to fight for something other than herself. OOOOOK ok ok... now onto some fun....ENTER ROWAN. Oh ladies, we love to hate him, and then love to love him. This guy is a serious piece of work... but I can't help but adore him. He is every bit as broken as Celaena is, though he shows it in a different way. But how freaking beautiful is it when they connect to each other... understand each other? Bloody brilliant. He was EXACTLY what she needed... and did anyone take notice that he was the first one to call her Aelin (aside from Maeve) and Fireheart? Also- HOW are people comparing him to Tamlin?? That kinda enrages me because it couldn't be farther from the truth. I'm not going to argue this in this review-but you can read a nice long detailed comparison HERE - I highly recommend it. Oh, hi... MANON...So I gotta be honest. I kinda skimmed her parts. I know, I know. Terrible of me. I just got so hooked on Aelin's story.... so I promise to go back and reread these. So I can't write an accurate review or even any feelings towards this storyline because I just wasn't into it. I did end up loving her in the fourth book though! I'm just not into the whole witches thing. Though I gotta say- freaking Abraxos is the best- so much personality.. I LOVE HIM. CHAOL... Our dearest and most adorbs (albiet ever scowling) Captian of the Guard -- who deserves a serious hug...My heart just breaks for him. I adore Chaol. Sarah has done something that she does best with him too.. she's ripped him up a bit. He made bad decisions in the past (LIKE WE HUMANS DO...). But if I can give you any bit of hope... his story is not a lost cause. He's just trying to sort everything out- everything he believed in was shattered. DORIAN...Puh lease.. Like I could ever forget about you.Oh sweet Dorian. The poor guy gets the crap end of the stick EVERY TIME but still chooses to be his good and honorable self. That being said, his story isn't *quite* as interesting in this book... but just you wait and see what SJM is building for him. He's SO freaking cool in book 4.... you guys... I can't even. THE LAST 30% OF THIS BOOK Oh hell yes. How freaking clever and awesome was that?!? Want a hint at what the 4th book, "Queen of Shadows" is like? It's 10000% like this. Action packed, clever. Totally badass. So get excited.My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Read originally 9/14Re read 8/15Re read 3/17First off does anyone else think that the covers for book two and three should have been switch? Maybe it’s just me.Either way I’m really loving the covers for this whole series so far. but to the point... I will say that I didn’t like this book as much as book two, mainly because this book had so much “setting up” to it that will be important later on and I was really hoping for some more badassassin like there was in the second novel, but there reall Read originally 9/14Re read 8/15Re read 3/17First off does anyone else think that the covers for book two and three should have been switch? Maybe it’s just me.Either way I’m really loving the covers for this whole series so far. but to the point... I will say that I didn’t like this book as much as book two, mainly because this book had so much “setting up” to it that will be important later on and I was really hoping for some more badassassin like there was in the second novel, but there really wasn’t a lot of that going on. The one big thing this book had going for it was its ending…( OMG WHOOSH!!!! THAT ENDING!!!! BOOK FOUR IS GOING TO BE CRAZY!!! )I read so many reviews where people were saying “oh the first half of this book is like a 2 compared to the second half which is like a 5 star” , and I think people were right. The first half of this book was like pulling teeth. It was brutally slow!!! The main thing it had going for it was there were some really amazing new characters introduced (Rowan has me thinking Chaol who? <33333). The second half of this book is amazing. Sarah Maas finally starts unleashing a ton of Celeana’s back story and you are really starting to understand why she is the way she is. There is even someone from her family introduced which I really enjoyed (not really a spoiler because it’s really obvious). There are a lot of twist towards the end of the book which totally made suffering through the first half worth it. (AGAIN THE ENDING OMG!!!!)Add: There were so many moments in this book that I forgot. So many amazing, gut wrenching, heart warming, stunning moments that I just simply forgot. How did I not remember how much I loved this book. So glad I’m re reading this series.
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  • Serena (The Book Comedian)
    January 1, 1970
    **EDIT: FINAL REVIEW BELOW9/3/13I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE FEELIN' ABOUT THAT CROWN OF MIDNIGHT ENDINGprobably something like this:Just kill me, KILL MEEEEHHH!!Oh wait I'm already dead, I died when I read that ending-*Crown Of Midnight Review:http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...*follow for more reviews :)-----------------------------------------------------------------9/28/14THE ANTICPATION HAS BEEN REAL. THE TIME IS NOW. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE HEIR OF FIRE REVIEW IS HERE. Did you feel how dramat **EDIT: FINAL REVIEW BELOW9/3/13I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE FEELIN' ABOUT THAT CROWN OF MIDNIGHT ENDINGprobably something like this:Just kill me, KILL MEEEEHHH!!Oh wait I'm already dead, I died when I read that ending-*Crown Of Midnight Review:http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...*follow for more reviews :)-----------------------------------------------------------------9/28/14THE ANTICPATION HAS BEEN REAL. THE TIME IS NOW. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE HEIR OF FIRE REVIEW IS HERE. Did you feel how dramatic that was? I had all that thought out before I even finished the book hehehe.Wow so the above review was something I wrote a year ago, it's so weird how fast time flies by #bittersweet. So I wanted to read and review this before it was published but I had so much going on that I didn't have time to finish this intense read, and when I say intense I mean SERIOUSLY INTENSE. I feel like I took a drug and went to another dimension for a couple of months LOLThere have been many of times when the interestingness of a series noticeably diminishes with every book that is released until the plot is downright going no where; Which is why I thought it was incredible how fresh this 3rd book was (I even think it's better than the 2nd book!!). At first I did not like the idea of Celaena going away from Chaol and Dorian (as you can tell by the gif from my first review lol) but I soon realized that that was what kept the book alive, the new place, experience, and people she was meeting, it was all so brand-new.SO SPEAKING OF CHAOL AND DORIAN. I did not think I would be okay with Celaena being with anyone other than those two BUT I WAS WRONG, and if you thought this third book would finally narrow down who she's going to be with well then YOU ARE ALSO WRONG. Not only does this book not narrow down who she's going to be with but it also adds in two other boys into the mix, so now we have 4 boys and 1 Celaena...LOL. Choal's mindset is basically "I love her with all my life but I don't like how she's a cold blooded killer...:(" and I'm just like yeayeayea she's an assassin SO JUST LOVE ALL OF HER OR GET OVER HER.When Rowan was first introduced in the book I was like no no no but by the end of the book I was like YES YES YES. Except the author seemed pretty adamant on letting us know that they're just REALLY good friends...WUTSUP WITH THAT, that better be changing in the next book >.>OKAY NOW DORIAN. GOING FOR ANOTHER GIRL ALREADY?? girll wut. girl whyy. I secretly think Sorscha was a rebound and I also was secretly happy when I knew that that relationship wasn't going anywhere anymore if you know what I mean. (view spoiler)[since she you know, got her head chopped off and everything lol (hide spoiler)]Aedion, he's basically passionate and loyal as hell even though he has not been able to see Celaena since they were children, not even by the end of this book so we'll have to see what happens in the next book. Nothing wrong with some distant cousin love right?SO that pretty much concludes this review, I know my review was mainly about the characters and the love interests but that is actually just one aspect of the book, I mean it is almost 600 pages after all; I don't want to ruin the story for you but I can tell you it was definitely EPIC. See you again for the next book in another year!!P.S. there were so many POVs; just thinking off the top of my head there was at least 7, which doesn't sound like a good thing but it actually contributed to the excitement and freshness. :)Untitled (Throne of Glass #4) Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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