August 23, 2014

E-ARC Review of Heir of Fire by S.J. Maas

Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Page Count: 565
Format: E-ARC
Genre: YA
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
I was beyond ecstatic when I was approved for an e-ARC of Heir of Fire by S.J. Maas on NetGalley however I had NOT started the series yet. I had always wanted to but didn't have the time, wanting to have all of the first three books before starting them I requested Heir of Fire. After blazing through Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight I was desperate for the story to continue. Thankfully, I had the e-ARC and immediately started it. Heir of Fire was beyond AMAZING and I loved EVERY single second of it. After finishing it I can definitely say that it is tied with Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch as my current favorite 2014 YA release.

The world-building was, as I've come to expect from S.J. Maas' books extremely good. While Crown of Midnight had the least of the series, Heir of Fire has the most thanks to a brand new country and scenes being explored. Wendlyn is described for the first time as well as the area where the witches are staying which is new as well. The settings are vividly described as usual and never stopped being interesting as the book kept on progressing. The inclusion of witches and other "creatures" made the settings even better and kept intriguing me. Heir of Fire continued the success of the previous two books in terms of world-building and even improved upon it.

The characters in Heir of Fire were AMAZING, I can't say this enough. Without them Heir of Fire wouldn't be nearly as good or enjoyable. Celaena continued to amaze me with her actions and through all the events she went through. After Crown of Midnight and her friends death she was devastated and emotionally spent with what seemed like no hope of recovering. Heir of Fire was definitely bumpy for her but slowly she started to improve, gaining control of her shift, magic, and facing her aunt. She gave new hope for the world and embraced the fact that she is a queen and needs to fight for her people. That's not to say everything went well for everyone though, Dorian suffered a deep loss and several things happened to Chaol. We also got to read about Celaena's cousin and I found him extremely interesting and wanted to see him finding Celaena again. All the various witches were enjoyable to read about as well, especially once the wyverns were added in. The characters of Heir of Fire were what made every single page worth reading, countless lives and countless events occurred throughout this book.

The sequel to Heir of Fire comes out in 2015 and already it is torture waiting for it, Heir of Fire hasn't even come out yet. I desperately hope that ARC's for it come out soon and when they do come out I manage to get one. Heir of Fire is perfect for people who like world-building, amazing characters, fantasy, or AMAZING books in general.

5/5 - AMAZING book

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