Monday, August 11, 2014

(Early review) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 384
Published: September 11, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Review Copy: Yes

Why did I want this book?
I'm in love with the Throne of Glass series and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one! I'm so happy, that I got a digital ARC!
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? This third novel in the Throne of Glass sequence, from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, is packed with more heart-stopping action, devastating drama and swoonsome romance, and introduces some fierce new heroines to love and hate.

My version has the UK cover and I like this one very much. The colors work very well together unlike the US hardcover version. The cover image is way to green in my opinion.

I won't say anything relating to the title because I am not so sure anymore how far the second book goes and I don't want to post any spoilers. But it fits the story!

Writing style:
Oh well, I like Sarah J. Maas writing style. It is fascinating and even helps you to get through lengths. I dislike high-fantasy-novels and always appreciated, that this story was as realistic as it could be, but this will change now. We will meet creepy creatures and way more magic than in the first two books. It worked very well for me, except for the part with all the traveling and training... Unfortunately, we have a lot of this in Heir of Fire and I had to force myself to read through this parts. Everything else was just great!

Celaena feels lonely and blames herself because her friend Nehemia got murdered. Now she is traveling on her own to keep her promise, she gave Nehemia. Step by step she leans more about herself and is on the edge. When she meets Rowan, a Fae-prince, her facade begins to crumble.
Okay, Rowan is hot and fascinating because he is so grumpy and strong. But this makes him very predictable, then of douse he isn't the asshole he tries to be.
This time, the book reminded me a lot of Gome of Thrones. Why? Because there are way to many characters ...
Chaol starts meeting Aedion, Celaenas Cousin and neglect Dorian a lot. In the first book, I thought there friendship would be unbreakable but the really have to master a lot of challenges. Btw, Aedion was a very interesting character. He es bold and funny. Sometimes I was surprised, that he didn't get executed. Unbelievable ...
Also Dorian has to master his own problems because he can't control his magic. Surprisingly he gets help from a young girl. Sorscha is a healer at the kings castle. And yes, there will be some romance between them.
Enough characters? Oh no, I am not done by now. We still have Manon. She is a villain since she works for the king. But there were some moments, when I wasn't so sure about her intentions. We'll see, where this is going.

There are a lot of high-fantasy-elements in this book.

Stuck in my Head:
“If they stoppend to consider what it would be like if it would be there family, their village, being enslaved or murdered? How many would stand if they knew what power their prince possessed – if their prince rose up to fight with us?”
What I didn't like:
All the training and traveling, especially at the beginning drove me crazy!

Quick and dirty:
A brilliant series! Great and extraordinary characters, but this time, there where some lengths during the story. Nothing that bothered me too much, but enough to only rate the book with four stars. The author proofed with her first two books, that she can do better! Nevertheless, it is a great read and you can look forward to the release date while I am waiting for the 4. book!

Thank you to ... 
... Bloomsbury UK, who gave me this review copy in exchange of a honest review!

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