Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

Updated: Jan 24, 2021

Heir of Fire

by Sarah J Maas

Published by Bloomsbury

Book 3 in the Throne of Glass series

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?


Violent High-Fantasy Thrilling

Young Adult Emotional


Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas is the third book in the Throne of Glass series, and focuses on several key characters in the series, and some new ones. First, we have Celaena/Aelin, assassin, kings champion, but most importantly, the lost Queen of Terrasen. After giving Chaol the last puzzle piece to who she was, and us coming to find out who she is, book 2 has her leaving on a mission for the king, suggested by Chaol to get her to a safer place after finding out she is fae. When Celaena gets there, her severe depression of all she has lost keeps her from finishing her own tasks to bring down the King, until she is forced to face her biggest enemy: herself. Her adventure leads us to new character, Rowan, a very strong fae prince, who is forced to train Celaena to use her fae powers, so she can gain access to her aunts kingdom to get the answers she needs to defeat the king. While training, arguing and brawling with each other, and trying to figure out what is killing demi-fae nearby, Rowan and her develop a strong mutual understanding of one another. We also get POV's from Chaol, who is forced to decide what to do now that he knows that Celaena is Aelin, Dorian, who finds comfort and a bond with a young healer named Sorscha, Aedion Ashryver, a distant relative of Celaena, who was very close to her, and was meant to become her protector, but is now a general for the King after believing Aelin dead, and a new character, Manon Blackbeak, a witch, who's coven has been invited to fight in the kings army, as riders on wyrvens.

First of all. Oh. My. God. This book was INSANE! Heir of Fire was original, and thrilling, right to the end. Seriously, most of the book is amazing. I couldn't put it down.

I only had two problems. First, with Manon Blackbeak. Her whole story arc in this book must be set up for future books, but the amount of time spent with her character wasn't needed. It was boring, and took me out of the story. I also wasn't a fan of Dorian's story. While his arc ends on a cliffhanger, and was brutal, I felt like we didn't get anything but him and Sorscha sneaking around. It would have been nice to get some more story with him actually learning to control and use his magic. The characters arcs in Heir of Fire were pretty good, aside from Manon (at least in the end, Dorian finally stood against his father). The best arc, which was a long time coming, is Celaena ... now Aelin, now that she has finally faced her past and decided to embrace it.

Celaena/Aelin's character arc is the best one of the book, as it should be. Celaena starts off in a really bad place. She slowly pieces herself together, and finally faces the brutal violence of her past. Embracing who she truly is: Aelin, Queen of Terrason. Its a moment I have been waiting for since figuring out who she was. We also finally learn the details of what happened ten years ago, and everything Aelin's character in the past books clicked into place. One of the things I loved in this book was her relationship with Rowan. The animosity between the two of them was brutal in the beginning, but the growth of reluctant understanding and acceptance, to a strong friendship and bond was wonderful. I have a theory. Highlight the text if you don't mind a mild spoiler concerning Rowan's character background ------>I have this feeling that their mates. I don't know how, because Rowan was mated before and she died. Maybe in rare cases you can have more than one mate? I just have this inkling. The bond between them is strong, more strong than I think Carranam would be, (Carranam is a bond between two warriors. They fight better together). They sleep in the same bed, hold each other when the other is upset, hell, Aelin has no problem being naked around him. It just seems like something more ... and while I love Chaol, I think Rowan is the perfect fit for Aelin.<------ I think it's important to point out, that just like Aelin finally p