Heir of Fire is the third book in the Throne of Glass series.
If you suddenly awoke this morning because of a loud painful sounding scream…it was because I finished Heir of Fire and it was a cliff hanger. Damn you Sarah J. Maas. Now I have to wait till September for Queen of Shadows.
I loved the first two books, just devoured them quickly and was super excited about Heir of Fire. It didn’t disappoint me. At all.
First of all, I’m going to assume you either read the first two books or spoilers aren’t a big deal in your world. Because you really have to read these in order. Just start on Monday and then by Friday you’ll be all caught up and ready for Heir of Fire to dig into that weekend.
If you got that sneaky feeling that something was amiss with Calaena, you weren’t far off.
In Crown of Midnight, we found out that she is part Fae. Not just any part Fae, but the big queen kind.
She’s the missing cool good queen. Which is still a closely held secret.
In Heir of Fire, she is sent to Wendlyn as the King’s Champion to kill the royal family. She, of course, isn’t going to do it. And instead drinks tons of wine and pretty much feels sorry for herself. This book showed a very different side of Calaena. At the beginning, she’s not the cocky, confident assassin we all knew and loved. She feels like she let everyone she ever cared about down and gives up. She spends her days lounging on rooftops getting buzzed. Until Rowan steps in. Rowan is full on Fae. And, he’s a grumpy one who is indebted to the reigning queen. Along with grumpy, he’s also an amazing accomplished strong warrior with rippling muscles. Its worth noting, this book had little romance. Even with rippling Fae muscles. And, I still loved it.
Rowan has been charged with training Calaena to shift into her Fae self, utilize her Fae powers and be a stronger fighter. If she can do these things, the queen will let her into her kingdom and answer her questions. All of her questions are focused on eliminating the evil king and freeing the territories. She’s made a promise to Nehemia and after wallowing in self doubt for a long time…she’s now determined to keep that promise.
I really enjoyed Rowan and Calaena.
They both had similar demons inside that they needed to work through. They changed through out the book, each showing vulnerability and strength. Until they parted. And that’s when I screamed because I need book four. During their training sessions a couple things happen. One is the presence of creepy powerful beings that feed on bad memories and are nearly indestructible. These beings are controlled by the evil King. Rowan and Calaean encounter them and see the evidence in dried out frozen corpses that appear around the region.
The second thing is the introduction of Manon the witch.
Manon is one of many witches called forward by the evil King to build an army that will ride on the Wyverns that the King is breeding for battle. Yup, he’s got a big old scary Wyvern farm. Manon is introduced in Heir of Fire and she’s bad to the bone. She drinks human blood, thinks nothing of killing, has a heart of stone. That whole bit. Until…she connects with a certain Wyvern and they bond. She starts to question if she doesn’t have some shred of humanity. She’s interesting. Really, all of the characters in Heir of Fire either evolve in some way, or in one case, become even worse then I previously thought.
Dorian is still the charming, smart, honest, hot prince. But, grows into his power.
There’s a bit of a love story with him as well. It does not end well. #Ouch
And Chaol was disappointing to me. Not that he was poorly written, I just wanted him to make up his mind, stand clearly on one side and do it soon. I wanted him to be stronger, more confident and fight for Calaena and her true identity. In the end, I don’t think I can be #TeamChaol. He needs to be a stronger man in the next book for me to consider him a contender again. Right now I’m all about Rowan, just not sure if he’ll always be the friend or move into Calaena’s heart as something else.
This series is one of the best I’ve read.
It’s a highlight of the year so far. I’m a big Game of Thrones fan and the Throne of Glass series reminds me very much of that, but MUCH lighter. It still has it’s share of gore but fits squarely in the YA category I love so much.
Heir of Fire gets an A.