TITLE: Heir of Fire

AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas

Rating: ★★★☆☆

PAGES: 565

PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA Childrens


GENRE(S): Fantasy

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas - The Contented ReaderCelaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.


This book has such a fan base surrounding it. There is so much love for the third Throne of Glass book. And yet, for some reason, I don’t quite understand it.

I really enjoyed Throne of Glass because I was swept up in the story and the characters. I quickly became addicted to this world and Maas’ writing. This only continued in Crown of Midnight. While it was a bit of a slower read, I still enjoyed it and found myself incredibly excited for the third instalment.

Let’s fast forward to reading Heir of Fire. I began the book on July 12th and didn’t finish it until August 8th. It almost took me a MONTH to read this book. This definitely sums up how I felt about this book.

First, let’s chat about what I did enjoy. The introduction of new characters in this book is probably the only thing I enjoyed about this book. I absolutely love Abraxos and I’m very curious and interested in Rowan. Both were interesting additions to the storyline and I am eager to read more about them. That said, I do think that Manon and Abraxos’ storyline was just way too much. It took over half the book and I didn’t feel like all of it was necessary.

To be quite honest, this book is a filler. I went into reading this book with excitement and came out disappointed. I’m sure this book is important to the storyline, I just feel it’s incredibly boring.

Considering that this book is over 500 pages long, not many interesting things happened. Sure, there are lots of events, and sequences. But, in the end it was a total letdown.

The hilarious thing is that this book left me wanting to continue with the series. I think because I enjoyed the first two books so much that I’m willing to continue. But, if the first two books were just ok to me, I think I would be stopping at Heir of Fire. I can only hope that the rest of the series does not follow in the same path. I want more action!

Overall, this one is not a favourite. Quite honestly, it’s my least favourite Sarah J. Maas book. I’m not entirely sure why so many people rave about it. But, I’m looking forward to continuing with Queen of Shadows. I’m hoping it redeems the series for me.

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

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About The Author

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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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  • YAASSSS!!! Thank you! I felt the exact same way!!!! I do realize that it was a kind of “coming into herself” book for our main character but I was SO BORED!!! It took me forever to finish and, like you, I still want to continue with the series. I have started the next book but have not gotten very far:(

  • This was the most boring book for me because I hated Rowan as a love interest and as a person

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