Heir of Fire

Zoe N. | August 2, 2014 | Review

Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire

by Sarah J. Maas

Series: "Throne of Glass" #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: September 2, 2014
by Bloomsbury

two-half-stars

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Summary:

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?

Review:

There is so much hype around Sarah J Maas and so much love for her books, but for some reason I never enjoy her books as much as everyone else seems to. Heir of Fire is no exception.

If you remember, Crown of Midnight ends with Chaol sending Celaena to Wendelyn – the only place where there might be clues on how to defeat the tyrannical King of Adarlan, while learning some more about her own identity as a heir to a throne.

Throughout the course of the story, Heir of Fire is narrated by six people, and the narrations of three of those six people were completely unnecessary and added nothing to the story. Maybe if the narrators intertwined or had some kind of inner connection it would have been made sense for them all to narrate, but sadly they didn’t. The unnecessary narrations really made the story lag on for quite a bit, especially in the first half of the story.

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Because the story was so boring and slow-paced, I never was able to fully invest in the characters at an emotional level because I simply didn’t care about them.

All in all, I just wish the unnecessary POVs were eliminated to smooth out some of the pacing issues I had with it.

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two-half-stars

120 comments

  1. Is the giveaway international?

    I must admit that I skimmed through your review, because I want to know as little as possible about this book. I’ve found out that not-knowing things makes books more enjoyable 😀 I love that all the characters get more depth, because I already love them and I can’t get enough information about them 🙂

    1. For you Mel, sure it’s international! 😉 xD I look forward to seeing what you think of it; and I think your idea of going in blind is really smart for this one. Good luck with the giveaway! 😀

  2. I wasn’t a fan of Throne of Glass in the least but hearing all the positive reviews for Crown of Midnight had me wanting to give the series another try. Heir of Fire, though, seems to fall somewhere in-between the two and I’m not sure I want to dedicate time to this series when it isn’t as spectacular as others. I hope Book 4 re-captures the magic of Crown of Midnight–maybe then I’ll actually be on board for these books again! Glad you enjoyed this, Zoe, and fantastic review! 🙂

    1. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Throne of Glass either Keertana – it was a bit “meh” for me – but I feel like I liked Crown of Midnight a lot better; so I’m interested in seeing what you think since we always seem to have similar opinions on fantasy novels. 🙂 Thank you! <3

  3. Zoe…Zoe I couldn’t read your review. *breaks down sobbing* I saw the star rating and then I thought, “NO I CANNOT READ THIS BEFORE I HAVE READ THE BOOK.” So when I’m finished reading HoF I’ll come back. I just…I just want to love this book so so much and I’m very nervous to read it myself. I HAVE SHIPS THAT NEED SHIPPING, OKAY?

    1. WHAT?!?! Bad Cait, bad.

      Haha…just kidding. I forgive you and I completely understand. I look forward to seeing what you think of it. 🙂

  4. The fact that this book releases on my birthday should make it all kinds of awesome. I didn’t read your review because… well I haven’t actually read this series yet xD But…… I have all the books in the series except this one so I’m going to read it soon, yes?

    1. It releases on your birthday Marianne?! WOW! xD It’s like a special birthday present for you then…haha! 😉

      YOU HAVEN’T READ THE SERIES YET?!? What are you waiting for? Go, go! Immerse yourself in awesome! It’s absolutely fantastic, and I can’t wait to see what you think of it.

  5. You’re getting me so riled up to continue this series, Zoe! So far I’ve only read book one, but I have Crown of Midnight on my Kindle and am planning to read Heir of Fire with Faye right after! I really didn’t like Calaena in book one, but I have a huge feeling that I’ll start to love these books, since apparently this one has awesome characters, awesome world-building and an awesome ending!

    Great review, Zoe!

    1. Yeah! I’m glad to hear it Aimee! 😀 Crown of Midnight is loads better than Throne of Glass, so I’m interested in seeing what you think of it.

      (And if by awesome ending you mean terrible, heartbreaking ending? Then yes. That is true).

      Thank you!

  6. ARGHHHH

    When I finished Crown of Midnight, I legitimately had no idea what to feel until the 3rd book comes out!! Been looking forward to this for so long and well, maybe I should hold back those sky-high expectations? I’ve heard about the amazing new characters like Manson and Rowan, and also about how the action slows down in Heir of Fire… in any case, still very excited! Thank you for the review and giveaway 😀

    1. I know lots of bloggers who got ARCs of this liked it, so it might just be me? I’m not sure… It’s definitely more character-driven than Crown of Midnight and Throne of Glass though. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing what you think!

      Thank you for the lovely comment. 🙂

  7. omg . man , I was like super duper huper luper guper hyped and kinda (haha ) desperate to gather details on Heir of Fire so that I could harbor it in my obsessive mind till I got my claws into the book come September and I stumbled onto your blog and review through an accidental click and lag of my mouse pointer . and omg . I LOVED your review and it got me super psyched for the book and I have now bookmarked your blog ( cause I luuuurves it ! )

    1. Thank you Jess! 🙂 I’m glad I got you excited for the release. 🙂 And aww! Thank you! That means so much! Best of luck on the giveaway. xD

  8. There’s so much positivity in the review, and then I see that it only has 3.3 in the rating. Hmm.

    And I’m just going to enter your giveaway anyway even though I haven’t read Crown of Midnight. If I do win it, I guess I have incentive to carry on with this series!

    And to begin with, how did you even get an ARC of this? I know that it was limited!

    1. Haha! 3.5 stars is actually a pretty good rating for me! 😉
      And that sounds like a pretty good incentive to me! xD

      To be honest, I really don’t know! I emailed the publicity department with my request, but honestly I wasn’t expecting to get it since it’s such a hyped title, you know? But, by some miracle, it arrived! 😉

  9. While I thought Heir of Fire was amazing, I totally agree that the different povs made it a little less better than Crown of Midnight. I loved the character development here as usual, and some of the characters were amazing, I was just a bit unsure about Manon who didn’t have a strong role throughout the series.

    As always, lovely review Zoe!

    1. It was definitely a good book, but it just wasn’t…great, you know? I’m a bit concerned about Manon too. I would have probably liked her more if she overlapped with Celaena’s story somehow (joined the resistance or whatnot), but she seemed to be used for pagefill if nothing else, which is unfortunate.

      Thank you Jeann! <3

  10. Yes! You have no idea how happy I’m right now. The thing I love the most about this series are the characters and they seem even better in this one! I want it now. Too bad that the pacing wasn’t as good, but regardless I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

    Awesome review, Zoe 🙂

    1. If you love the characters in this series, I can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed Tanja. 🙂 The pacing was pretty much the book’s only fault, but despite that, it was still really entertaining and fun to read. 🙂 Thank you!

  11. I’ve only read the first book and I wasn’t much impressed with it. I heard it gets better with each book though, so I still plan on continuing on with the series. Great review, Zoe!

    1. Aww…I’m sorry you weren’t impressed with Throne of Glass Dea. 🙁 I agree that Crown of Midnight is much better though, so if you feel in a fantasy mood, definitely consider giving it a try. Thank you! <3

  12. Ahhhh. I can’t really wait for this book to come out! Crown of Midnight was absolutely fantastic and I just know this book is going to kick ass, too!

    Six narrators, you say? Hope that doesn’t make me like this any less! 😀

    1. If you liked Crown of Midnight, this will not disappoint Marga! xD I hope the unnecessary POVs don’t bother you like they did me! xD

  13. I looooooooooooooove this series so much!!! I can’t even stand it…that’s how much I love it. AAAAAAAAAAAAND while I love Chaol…Rowan was such a nice surprise!!! So far I have two major favorite series for 2014 and this is one of them!!! Fantastic review Zoe!

    1. I’m so glad you like it Cristina! 😀 I agree – Rowan was such a great surprise too. It really breaks the “guys and girls can’t be friends” nonsense that seems to take over YA at the moment. 😉 Thank you! <3

  14. Thanks soooooo much for this giveaway especially considering how it’s torturous for us common folk to wait till September 2nd 😛 thanks for opening your heart to us by giving heir of fire away 🙂

    1. OMG…can I just tell you how much I love this comment? <3 Haha! xD

      And no problem! I'm happy to give it away because there are so many people “common folk” ( 😉 ) who are absolutely going to love it.

  15. I wish I had this book so badly! Unfortunately Bloomsbury declined me 🙁 I guess I’ll just have to win this giveway then [;

    I was a little wary of the new characters, but I’m glad to see that they were introduced smoothly and fleshed out. I’m glad they’re more than static side characters, but characters who actually have a role in the plot other than being a plot device and have interesting relationships to the MC.

    I’m very intrigued to learn more about this world that Sarah has created! 😀 I love great world building and I find the world in the Throne of Glass series utterly fascinating. Can’t wait to see it explored more in Heir of Fire.

    The unnecessary POVs worries me /: It just bothers me that the same story could be told in a much better paced way with less characters. I like your idea of them interconnecting more, that would have been much better.

    Lovely review Zoe! (: I reallllllyy hope I win this giveaway [; hopefully luck will be on my side haha.

    1. Aww…poor Larissa! 🙁 *hugs* I know how you feel girlie! H

      Don’t be wary of them! I know it’s sometimes intimidating to be introduced to new characters when there are so many characters you already love in a series, but I can almost promise you that you’ll love the new characters as well.

      I think the pacing was what made the book really falter for me. I felt that some of them were just so unnecessary and didn’t contribute much to the story, you know? Like you said…it would have made sense if they interconnected at some point, but they didn’t, and it kind of left me with a sense of “What’s the point?”, you know? Hopefully you won’t have that problem though! xD

      Thank you Larissa! <3 Good luck with the giveaway! 😀

  16. First of all, thanks for stopping by my blog! Now I’ve discovered yours in all it’s awesomeness haha 🙂
    I haven’t read this installment yet, but I am SOOOOOO in love with this series! I absolutely love Chaol <3 I can't wait to read this book 🙂

    1. No problem Gina! And haha – thanks! 😉

      If you love Chaol, you will not be disappointed with this. I look forward to seeing what you think when you read it! 😀

  17. The more I think about it, I want to read Crown of Midnight so bad and I know what goes down in that book *glares at spoilers someone posted on GR* but I just can’t with all these ships and love interests. She literally has a new love inteest in every book and even if they’re not hinted at directly (*cough* Rowan *cough*) I don’t know if I can handle following the series and having my ship not be the endgame. So I will probably wait until they’re all out and then read them. If a decent ship comes out on top. Weird, but I just can’t handle being pulled in a hundred directions =/ Anyhow, YAYYYY!!!! I’m glad you adored the characters 🙂 I can’t wait to meet Sorsha and Rowan. Whoop to answers too! I can handle 3 narrations at nest and it’s so hard to follow more, but in fantasy books? I can.. deal. Depends. Sorry it made the pacing slow for you 🙁 HAHA. Sarah sure is good with feels 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed as a whole, Zoe! Great review, lovely 🙂

    1. *sighs* I’m sorry you got spoiled Siiri – that stinks! 🙁 But I think it’s still a great book even if you might have been tipped off a bit.

      And just to clarify…Rowan is not a love interest. 🙂 He’s merely Celaena’s friend (as of the end of the third book), but you never know what can happen in Books 4-6 with them.

      And Sarah is DEFINITELY amazing with characterization and feels! Gosh…that ending hurt! 🙁

      Thank you! <3

    1. No problem Bieke! 🙂 I don’t have many giveaways, so I thought it would be a nice treat to have an international one. 🙂 Thanks!

  18. Hmm, you know what?? Except for the narration, it actually looks perfect! I can’t wait to meet those new characters but, HA, still have to read book 2 and the prequels (I know I know…) Still, great review! Sorry you didn’t like it 5 stars much. And, WOOT giveaway!!! 😀 Thanks you girl!

    1. *sighs* The narration definitely ruined it a bit. 🙁 But despite that, it was still really good regardless. 🙂 AND YOU NEED TO READ THIS SERIES! C’mon Lola…what are you waiting for?!?

      Thank you! <3

  19. ZOE, I AM SO JEALOUS OF YOU RIGHT NOW OMG. I think I dislike you at this moment -_- (hehe)

    I love the sounds of all the new characters! I’ve read so many reviews that mention Rowan. I WANT TO READ ABOUT THEM GAH.

    We find out more about the king here? Love it. I’ve always wondered what made him into such an epic douche nozzle.

    Not too sure about this six-person narration though. That sounds like I’d end up missing the POVs of my favourites and getting a bit bored (I have the attention span of a small child).

    Awesome review, Zoe!

    1. I’ll just hide in my little corner here while you get over your jealousy…

      The new characters are incredible. You’ll love them! They’re all so interesting and layered – it’s awesome! And yes – we find out some backstory about the King. *duh duh duuuh*

      The narration was pretty much the book’s only fault. It wasn’t the fact that it was narrated by six people that bothered me necessarily, but the fact that three of those six narrations added absolutely nothing to the story. If they intertwined at some point, maybe I would have liked it more, but alas.

      Thank you! <3

  20. ZOE! Why do you have to review this? I couldn’t read the review because I want to go in blank so damn bad, but still, you reviewed it! I need this books so bad.
    I don’t know whether the giveaway is international, but I entered, if not: whoops. haha
    Thanks for the giveaway Zoe!

    1. I’M SORRY IRIS! *hides in corner* If I didn’t Bloomsbury would probably get mad at me though… xD

      And it’s international! 😀

      Thank you for the lovely comment Iris!

  21. SIX different MCs? That sounds a little excessive to me… I wasn’t planning on reading these books anyway, but that fact only further reinforces my decision. I’m glad that you were still able to see the positives though.

    1. Six different POVs actually. 😉 And yeah… it is a bit excessive and unnecessary. If they intertwined or met up at some point, I would have probably enjoyed it more, but unfortunately, they didn’t, and it all kind of felt pointless.

      I think you’d like this series though if you ever did decide to try it…it seems like something up your alley with all the fantasy aspects.

    1. I think this series as a whole would actually be right up your alley Melliane! 🙂 I’m interested in seeing what you think of them when / if you try them.

  22. OK, so first off Zoe I have to say I skimmed over your review, just in case. I’ve yet to start with this series and I’m dying to read them but I just can’t find the time. Anyway, I did read from you that Maas’ deliver in all fronts except the pacing and the multiple POVs. But how can one book have 6 POVs??? That’s a lot! I’ll be reading this series soon and you’ll be the first one to know. I really hope I’ll like it! 🙂

    1. YOU NEED TO READ THIS SERIES SARAH! This might not be one of my all-time favorites, but the series as a whole is really quite enjoyable. And I completely agree! 6 POVs is A LOT! It wouldn’t have bothered me very much initially, but I found 3 of the 6 POVs to add nothing to the story, and, ultimitely, I got pretty bored. 😐 Maybe if they intertwined or met up that would have helped? I’m not quite sure!

      I can’t wait to see what you think of it Sarah. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂

    1. I KNOW! WASN’T IT?!?! Gosh! I’m getting teary-eyed just thinking about it! [spoiler]Poor Dorian! Poor Sorsa! *cires*[/spoiler]

      Thank you! <3

  23. Honestly I liked this one a lot more than Crown of Midnight lol! It is sort of a filler book but it fleshed out the characters allll the more and I ADORE her characters sooo :3

    1. Nikki – Hmm! That’s a really interesting thought; I never thought about it that way; but now that you’ve mentioned it, it is quite a character study, and a wonderful one at that. Maybe when I have time I’ll reread it and focus more on the characters and see if I can get more out of it. 🙂 Thank you for your comment! 😀

  24. I’m a bit disappointed you didn’t rate it higher but I’m glad that it was still a good read. I am really looking forward to reading this one!

    1. It was definitely still a great read despite any minor flaws it might have had. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing what you think of it when you read it. 🙂

  25. I am so excited about this book! I can’t wait to get to know the new characters and explore new parts of this world.

    1. I’m glad you’re excited Kayla! 😀 I hope you end up enjoying it – especially the characters and the world-building. 😀 Good luck with the giveaway and thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  26. I literally JUST finished reading this half an hour ago. I was basically pacing myself over the weeks because I didn’t want it to end! I agree with your little dislike too, I thought some of the POVs definitely made the story drag, but I still enjoyed them somewhat.

    Sarah is just sooo talented, I’ve read the original FP draft so I was expecting the story to go a certain way, but BAM, she completely surprises me. Woo! So glad you enjoyed this overall Zoe xx

    1. It was really well done despite the POVs, right? 😀 I’m so glad I’m not the only one who felt that way about the writing.

      ISN’T SHE JUST?!?! (And you read the original FP draft?!? You never told me that!) Thank you Joy! Glad you enjoyed it too. 🙂

  27. Ha, that ending definitely hurt. I found this book the most torturous of the series so far, but I did love it overall. I agree that some of the POVs didn’t feel as relevant as the others though.

    I’m glad you liked it overall, Zoe, despite the minor issues! 🙂

    1. It definitely hurt a little. Ha! Who am I kidding? It was absolutely devastating!

      Its’ my least favorite in the series so far too, but it was still enjoyable despite the minor issues it had. I think if some of the POVs were eliminated – or intertwined – the pacing would have been SO MUCH better, you know? 🙂

      Thank you Sam! And you too! 😀

  28. Okay Zoe
    I didnt read your review but before you get upset offended I just want to put it out there that i’m ignoring all talk about this book until I have my hands on it and read it myself. Once i’m do e i shall tweet you and we shall discuss!!!!

    1. YOU DIDN’T?
      Haha…just kidding. I completely understand Lily. Sometimes it’s best to just go in blind – no reviews, no summary, nothing, you know? I look forward to seeing what you think when you finish it. Definitely Tweet me about it and we’ll discuss!

  29. I’ve been slack with the series, and just couldn’t get into book one. I’m putting it down to just not feeling it and determined to try again. Had to skim over a few sections mentioning the previous book, but apart from the crappy pacing, it sounds like this one wrapped up not too badly. Awesome review Zoe, will try picking the series up again.

    1. BAD KELLY. BAD. Haha…just kidding. Honestly, I’m surprised Cait hasn’t tortured you into reading it yet since she loves it so much. 😉 Just kidding! xD It was really well-done excluding the pacing though. Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on the series.

    1. Thank you Lauren. It’s a shame the pacing was a bit off, but the rest was good. I think you’d really like this series because I know fantasy is something you enjoy. 🙂

  30. Very excited about this book, even if it is not the best example of pacing. I just adore a strong female character, and I can’t get enough of that. Just re-read the first two books. So very very ready for the third (and fourth!)

  31. Uhhh, I’m super excited for this one now! I haven’t read it yet despite finishing Crown of Midnight not too long ago because I’m waiting for Aimee to finish it! We plan to buddy-read this one right before the release 😉 I’m glad to know that we get to have more depth to the other characters. I’m not just invested in Celaena’s story, but in Chaol’s and Dorian’s as well, and I’m just as excited for their journeys 😀

    1. C’mon Aimee! Hurry up! Haha…just kidding! But I hope you enjoy it when you read it! And I completely agree. This series isn’t just about Celaena. It’s about Chaol and Dorian too. 🙂

  32. I still need to finish Throne of Glass >.<

    I think I just didn't connect with the audiobook so I think I would have to switch to print and see if I'll get into it by reading instead of listening. I heard good things about this book though, just as much as I know everyone loved the series. That's why I'm giving it another shot. It might be my weird reading mood at that time. Lovely review, Zoe! <3

    1. I think you’ll really like it when / if you decide to give the print version a try. Sometimes audiobooks are just so distracting, you know? xD Definitely give it another shot – because it’s an absolutely wonderful series. Thank you! <3

  33. I really enjoyed Heir of Fire and found all the different points of view well done (although I was a bit impatient in the beginning to go back to what Celaena, Chaol and Dorian were doing! :D) I am glad you still really enjoyed this despite the issues you had – this series is getting stronger and stronger with the characters and world-building, it’s fantastic!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it Charlene! 🙂 I bet a lot of readers will like the multiple POVs, I just wasn’t one of those people. xD

      And yes! I completely agree! I’m so glad it’s not going downhill as the books go by; really impressive actually. 🙂

  34. Oh, gosh, I simply cannot wait to read this book!

    I was not a huge fan of Throne of Glass, in fact it was about a ~2 star read for me, but I persevered and read Crown of Midnight and really loved it (4 stars). So I really want to see where this one fits in the overall scheme of things.

    I am hearing so many things about Rowan, and I really want to meet him! I think Maas is particularly good at creating new characters and making you care for them in the blink of an eye.

    I definitely understand what you mean about unnecessary POVs, and I can kind of foresee that annoying me, as well. It was one of the things that impeded my enjoyment of Throne of Glass. I guess I shall have to read it and find out!

    1. I’m really glad to hear you persevered despite being a bit iffy on Throne of Glass. It definitely sounds like your perseverance paid off since you loved Crown of Midnight so much – haha! I look forward to seeing what you think about this one since your overall thoughts on the series have been all over the place. I wonder how you’ll feel about this one – especially sense you’re not a huge fan of multiple POVs! Definitely let me know!

      Rowan and all the other new characters are absolutely amazing. I agree – she creates such wonderful characters you can’t help but love!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  35. I have yet to actually get around to reading Sarah J. Maas books, I have the first one, but I heard mixed reviews, so I held off reading it, but I actually think that I might get around to reading it now because it sounds like I might like it and the series seems to be developing well.
    Great review! 🙂

    1. Liv! *gasps* You have no idea what you’re missing! 😀 I hope when you do give it a try that you end up liking it! Thank you! :heart:

  36. Nice review! I’m slightly wary about the pacing since I’ve heard other stuff about that, but I’m still looking forward to it. Another killer ending?!?!?!

    1. Thank you Riya! :smiley: The pacing was a bit disappointing, but other than that everything was pretty well-done. xD

      And yep! :sob:

    1. Yeah, the pacing was what really screwed it up, and it didn’t help that it was a pretty long book either!
      Haha! It definitely delivers there! 😉

  37. I skimmed your review because I haven’t read it yet and don’t want to know much, lol. I love the cover of this one the best though! Thanks so much for the giveaway. I’m a new follower to your blog 😀 if you wanna check mine out and follow back that’d be dandy

  38. Gaaahh, I really need to read Crown of Midnight soon! I remember reading Throne of Glass and absolutely loving it (even though Celaena had questionable assassination skills), and then everyone read CoM and said it was MUCH better than the first book. So the three stars you gave for Heir of Fire is a little disappointing, I have to admit. 🙁

    Yay for awesome characters! I’m always kind of wary of new characters in sequels because I’m afraid that the author might forget about the original characters, or that these new ones might become plot devices just to “spice things up” unnecessarily. So relieved that that wasn’t the case here. I really love that Sarah still finds the need to develop her older characters more, even in the third book!

    I’m really picky with anything to do with world-building – especially when it comes to fantasy and dystopian novels.” — Oh, gosh, same here. Thank goodness HoF passed the world-building test from a fellow world-building critic! Fantasy books have it tough in that there’re so many aspects they need to focus on and develop. That’s why I really admire authors who are able to pull them off so brilliantly.

    Nooooo, six narrators?! That’s a little excessive, if you ask me. I don’t even do well with two, most of the time. 🙁 I can see why that turned out to be the book’s downfall. Multiple POVs really distance the reader from the characters, and to hear that they weren’t even necessary here? Ugh. Just hoping I’ll be invested enough in this series to be able to push on reading, otherwise HoF is going to be yet another lackluster final book.

    That gif really cracked me up. Love how she says “I’m dying” while smiling. Exactly how I feel whenever I read a book and am drowning in feels. Fantastic review, Zoe! Glad that you were able to enjoy this one overall, despite some problems. Now I need to finish this series and see what all the fuss is about, too. 🙂

    1. I have to say that Crown of Midnight is absolutely pheonominal; but Heir of Fire? Not quite so much.

      That’s definitely not the case here! Maas uses and develops her characters well. (Although, some I did feel were a bit unnecessary!)

      Haha! It gets full marks from me! :100: World-building is something that is so critical yet often overlooked, but it definitely delivers.

      Honestly, it wasn’t the six narrators that bothered me. It was that some of those narrators were completely necessary, you know? Thus it didn’t earn the best marks from me in the pacing department…

      Haha! 😉 Thank you!

  39. I’m really excited for this book, but this review makes me a little nervous. I was so in love in the last book, maybe my expectations for this one are too high?

    1. Christine – I completely understand. I absolutely LOVED Crown of Midnight too, so this was a bit disappointing. However, I know a lot of other bloggers who reviewed this gave it high marks (most of them in the 4 or 5 star range), so maybe it was a “it’s me not you” situation?

      I’d still go into it with high expectations though!

  40. I love the way you set up your rating scale. I feel like my scale is always so objective based on my mood. I have only read Throne of Glass, but I can’t wait to continue on in the series. I have heard amazing things about Crown of Midnight and some slightly mixed reviews for this one!

    1. Thank you Dana. :blush: I used to do it that way, but I found it was so hard to compare books. I mean, I suppose you can say this is a really nice mathematical way to compare books that are completely different, you know? I mean, it’s so hard to compare books in different genres, but this really narrows it down and helps you understand. xD

      I have to admit that Crown of Midnight is tons better than Heir of Fire unfortunately, but it’s still a good read. 🙂

  41. I have to admit, I had to skim your review slightly. The Throne of Glass series is one of my favourites at the moment, and I want to go into this one knowing pretty much nothing. Crown of Midnight was brilliant, and I hope Heir of Fire continues that trend.

    I’m sad that Heir of Fire didn’t end up blowing you away like it has other people. I’m a bit worried about the pacing issues you mentioned, and very curious if those extra POVs are going to end up working for me!

    Lovely review, Zoe! <33

    1. I completely understand. Going in blind is always a great tactic. xD I really enjoyed Crown of Midnight, and I am glad to hear you did too, so I hope that Heir of Fire lives up to that for you. 🙂

      Thank you Celine! :heart: I am interested to see what you think about this and whether or not you like the pacing and POVs.

  42. Whoah. I just skimmed your review because I don’t know if there’s some mini spoilers. I still haven’t touched the first book so I’m being careful. I’m still entering the giveaway though. Because I’m greedy like that. HAHAHA. Thanks Zoe! You’re being generous!! 🙂

  43. I didn’t want to read your review because I haven’t actually started reading this series yet! I know, I know, WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH ME? It’s just that I don’t want to start it until I have all the books. I have THRONE OF GLASS on my shelf and really can’t wait to get into this series 😀 Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Literally have been dying for this one since the day crown of midnight was released! I was a little worried with the introduction of Manon because I really didn’t like the excerpt of her character that was released as I am more “all Calaena all the time” haha but still can’t wait!!!

  45. I just came across your blog. It’s lovely and I’m a new fan! Excited for this book and thank you for the giveaway!

  46. Brilliant review! I really enjoyed this one, but it was my least favourite of the whole series. It’s not a bad book but I did have a few issues with it. I also really didn’t like all the different narrators, I felt they were quite unnecessary and they started to really annoy me the more I was reading it.

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