Title- Heir of Fire.
Author- Sarah J. Maas.
Publish date- September, 2014.
RRP- $15.99 (AUD)
*Contains spoilers for the other books in the Throne of Glass series*
(A Brief) Synopsis:
Did you think Celaena would have it easy?
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for this review copy!
Image Credit: Bloomsbury.
What I thought:
I cannot believe quite how much I love this series. With every twist, be it amusing, intense, joyous or heartwrenching (the latter of which many are) I just get so involved in the story that very little else matters. Other stories, many of my projects faltering until I've finished.
The Throne of Glass novels are, for me, like an emotional sweeping machine, taking practically everything I've got and sucking it up. It's been a long time since I've felt so much for a single character as I do for Celaena, and for the others whose stories are simultaneously unfolding in their world, for te future of the world itself. Sarah J. Maas proves herself again and again, besting herself with each novel, proving she is willing to send her characters to dark places, willing to write them as much fear and horror as joy, and I respect her immensely for that.
I throughly enjoyed all of the varying POVs, and all the new characters, the levels added to the old, and I quite enjoyed seeing the Glass Palace without Celaena in it, though it only seems the more terrifying in her absence. Still, it is Celaea, raw from her soul shattering sorrow and departure, who remains outstanding above Manon and Dorian and Rowan and all the rest; she opens herself so brutally in this book that I felt it all, and she is in so much pain for so many things that I could hardly bare it, could hardly imagine how she did, that every moment I wanted to be there as she struggled on, rediscovering her fae half in fascinating, carefully written scenes.
There were so many passages filled with hope, joy, anguish or amusement, and yet I underlined non! Later I was glad, though, since this means I can do a reread (of the whole series) when Summer comes, and oh how I look forward to it.
There were no faults, nothing I could point to and wish away or altered; I took close on 80 pages to truly feel myself in the story, really there and feeling it all, but I still enjoyed those pages. Even the ending, which damn near ruined my Throne of Glass heart with it's power and majesty and horror, even that didn't leave me unhappy. Terrified, yes. But I'd not change it. I'm glad to know that there is risk for these people I adore, even as I hold back tears.
Rating: BIG EXPLOSION MIND BLOWN.
The best of all of them.