Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Picking up shortly after the events of Crown of Midnight, the third instalment in the Throne of Glass series finds Celaena in Wendlyn, now aware of her past and with a new enemy--her ruthless aunt Maeve who has sent her best servant Rowan to test her magical abilities. And the relationship between Celaena and Rowan certainly isn't friendly. Meanwhile, back at the castle, Chaol is preparing his own graceful exit from the castle, but one of the King's guards has a few surprises in store. Dorian is falling in love with a very unlikely lady, who has a secret of her own. And we also meet a new character and a new story arc, Manon a witch who is part of a coven who will serve the king.
Packed with characters, a little romance, this one branches out a bit further than the two previous novels in the series, introducing new concepts and characters, though it can feel overlong in places. (Manon, for example felt like a distraction, though I suspect that she will become pivotal to the series later on.) It takes a while for the plot to come together, though the ending is satisfying enough, and steers readers well toward the next instalment in the series. I would be interested to see how this one compares to Sarah J Maas' other big series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, which many other readers seem to be raving about.
Oh, and expect to love the explanation behind the title.
Overall, a solid read, but perhaps a little overlong.