heir of fire – sarah j maas | review + discussion

20617636Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Published September 11th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance

links: Goodreads | *Book Depository – Paperback/Hardcover

rating: ★★★★★


Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

Currently, Heir of Fire is my favourite book in the series. The world has expanded, new interesting characters were introduced and shocking secrets were brought to light. The experience reading the third book was incredible. Sarah J Maas really improved on her world and character building. I got so emotional one too many times.

Celaena is learning to accept her past, present and future. Her character growth was raw and realistic. She’s trying to come to terms with being both Aelin and Celaena. The memories that has been haunting Celaena was agonising. Learning about her past was fascinating yet horrifying.

For most part of the book, Celaena was under Rowan’s watch. Rowan was relentless while training her but the last 200 or so pages of the book showed how worth it the training were. Rowan has been living for centuries and, like Celaena, his past had been laced with scars. They were both healing in their own ways, unknowingly, with the help from one another.

Manon is one of my favourite characters. She is one of a kind, a unique badass. Despite her status as the heir of the Blackbeak clan, I found myself cheering for her.

Chaol is a mess. He kept making blunders and bad decisions, and he totally went against what he had been believing in. For Dorian, it is a confusing time. He felt betrayed and ignored by Chaol, and scared of his powers and his father. Honestly, I wasn’t invested in whatever they were doing this entire time unless it was something to do with Aedion.

I was apprehensive going into Heir of Fire but it was haunting, powerful and magical. This rollercoaster ride will not disappoint you.


it makes me so exasperated at how the characters don’t want to tell each other important secret things just to “protect” the other person. i think all of you would be better off knowing everything. you’re bound to screw things up or get things mixed up because your goals or whatsoever aren’t aligned.

i prayed so hard that aideon is a good person AND HE IS. and this “more than” feeling IS IT THE MATING BOND?!

celaena killing baba yellowlegs is going to come back and bite her in the ass. i’m not looking forward to it.

Maeve ran a moon-white finger down the owl’s head. “I wish you to become who you were born to be. To become queen.”

poor celaena. she’ll never truly be free. she was bounded to arobynn (disgusting piece of shit #1), and then the king (disgusting piece of shit #2) and her status as a heir to the throne. ugh

“At least you’ve already learned one lesson.” When she cocked her head, he said, “The people you love are just weapons that will be used against you.”

true but why so pessimistic?

“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!”

OH GOd. i feel terrible for her.

that moment that dorian found out about celaena’s true identity and that chaol knew but didn’t want to tell him… that betrayal he felt… WAS PAINFUL

Manon rubbed her eyes. “Is it not fresh enough?”
He moved to sniff some white-and-yellow flowers.
A nightmare. This was a nightmare. “You can’t really like flowers.”
Again the dark eyes shifted to her. Blinked once. I most certainly do, he seemed to say.

I LOVE ABRAXOS. i was so proud when it finally flew! when iskra whipped it, i was soooo livid.
"Because I am lost," she whispered onto the earth. "And I do not know the way."

ROWAN HAD A MATE, AND AN UNBORN BABY. HE DOESN’T DESERVE THIS!!! i wanted rowan’s mate to be celaena. but it feels like it’s going to be aedion at this point of time.

And he knew, deep down, that she had not blinked at his magic but rather understood that burden, and that fear. She had not walked away or wished him to be anything but what he was. I’ll come back for you.

well, i sort of think that dorian’s being too harsh on chaol. celaena understood dorian because she has magic too, and she is a heir. but chaol is only human. he doesn’t have the magic. i think he should be wary about whatever power dorian suddenly seemed to have. however, i did think that it was silly of chaol to be scared of dorian especially because they have such a long friendship already.

“At least if you’re going to hell,” he said, the vibrations in this chest rumbling against her, “then we’ll be there together.”

i can’t believe the king ordered ALL the slaves in Calaculla and Endoiver to be killed. this is fucking madness.

He didn’t back away again as she approached and said with every ember left in her shredded heart, “I claim you, Rowan Whitethorn. I don’t care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend.”

for once i really want her to be with someone, THEY BECAME FRIENDS (AND CARRANAM). fudge!!! i really like them together. more than i’ve ever of her with dorian or chaol.

“Wear it, and know that you are loved, Fireheart – that you are safe, and it is the strength of this” – she placed a hand on her heart – that matters. Wherever you go, Aelin,” she whispered, “no matter how far, this will lead you home.”

i still can’t believe that the third wyrdkey was THE FREAKING AMULET. wwhhhhatttt. and it was taken away by arobynn. WHY IS HE STILL ALIVE.

She said, “It might take a while, but if – when I reclaim may kingdom, the demi-Fae will always have a home there. And you two – and Malakai – will have a place in my household, should you wish it. As my friends.”

i love celaena

It was a message to the world. Aelin was a warrior, able to fight with blade and magic. And she was done with hiding.

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

the scene when she lit the whole city on fire (without burning its people) was AMAZING. i loved to see how much her powers advanced. she couldn’t even start a proper fire or aim it properly when she first met rowan. NOW she can control it and spread it far.

“I do. Until my last breath, and the world beyond. To whatever end.”

so damn touching! rowan finally got free from maeve but he deemed celaena worthy to the point he wanted to be bounded by blood with her. OMG. MY FEELINGS. why can’t rowan and her be mates, i like them together so much.

celaena tattooing stories of her parents, lady marion and her people, sam and nehemia were too much for my heart. my emotions.

although i don’t care about the blueblood heir, i felt so much for keelie. she sacrificed herself for her rider.

i knew sorscha isn’t going to last long in the series but didn’t expect her to be killed just like that. seeing dorian breakdown in front of her corpse was upsetting but i had expected her death.

Chaol had drawn his line – and Dorian was on his side of it. Chaol had called him his king.
So revealing his power to his father did not frighten him.
No, to save his friend, dying did not scare him one bit.

MY HEART. goodness. but they seriously know how to reconcile at a bad timing.


“… I will call in every favour, 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.” She put her arms around him – a promise.

She was Aelin Ashryver Galathynius - and she would not be afraid.

I’m afraid for dorian. F M L .

THAT’S IT FOR HEIR OF FIRE! I’m taking a while to reach Queen of Shadows because it’s HUGE, and so it’ll take even longer for me to finish the series but I’m excited!!!


*I’m a Book Depository Affiliate! I get a tiny commission that supports my blogging journey.

3 thoughts on “heir of fire – sarah j maas | review + discussion”

  1. yay! glad you enjoyed it! i didn’t care for manon in this one at first but she really grew on me. i can’t wait to reread this someday with added perspective.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s