She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.
Celaena Sardothien 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. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page count: 562
*stares blankly in space trying to think a way of living life now after this book destroyed me*
I just don’t even know what can I say about this book. It’s like everything I try to say gets validated and discarded at the same time. It feels frustrating and I am still not going to cope with it any time soon.
It is always very hard for me to write reviews for the Throne of Glass books. I mean, it is somehow impossible. I thought Crown of Midnight was hard to write, but holy gods, I think this one beat it (
I don’t even want to think in how many ways the rest of the series is going to murder me).
The action moves on, of course. Everything becomes tenser and even more complicated than before, there are new threats and new characters to behold and every major character of the book comes with their own gravitational system.
Aelin Galathynius is the major star of the book, no surprise there. She’s back at it. She is ready to rise from the ashes and claim her people’s freedom back from the monster the King of Adarlan is.
The horrors that just happen to pass through this ass of a king’s mind are becoming so full of hate and thirst for the evil that it is almost unbelievable. Reading through some of his actions, I couldn’t actually grasp what just happened because I couldn’t comprehend it as being actually real. He is ruthless. The lowest level of the abyss of hell is not enough punishment for his cruel deeds.
„It would not take a monster to destroy a monster – but light, light to drive out darkness.”
This is the conclusion Aelin has reached in order to fight the monster unleashed upon her world. And she will make sure that his darkness will be abolished once and for all. She’s the weapon to do it and she knows it.
A very important part of this book is Rowan Whitethorn, a Fae warrior prince who will initially seem the most obnoxious creature on earth, but until the end of this book, you’ll fall completely in love with him. His harshness and heart of stone are only the veils that cover Rowan’s true spirit – a gentle spirit; an honourable man with a true sense of loyalty.
„Loyalty is earned, not given.”
Another important part of the book is the apparition of Aelin’s long lost cousin, general Aedion Ashryver. His unshakable loyalty for his beloved cousin made him do atrocious things in the past ten years, but he still believes in Aelin’s return and is ready to sacrifice anything and everything to help her reign over her people, freeing them all, saving their lives.
And if you thought I was done with important parts, you’re awfully wrong. There is yet another very important part of the book and that is the magnificent appearance of the Ironteeth witch Manon Blackbeak. I don’t know how this happened, maybe I am the only one, maybe I am the one of the few, maybe the one of the many, but I love Manon. I really do love her character and her story and it makes me feel so attached to her knowing all the wicked things she and her coven went through in order to become these lethal creatures, heartless and soulless. Let’s give a sister the appreciation she deserves!
I am sorry to announce though that throughout the book the most boring of all characters had to be Chaol. I really am sorry, I actually skipped a couple of his chapters. Oops.
I really love Chaol and I wish only good things for him, but he is put in a very delicate situation and this situation makes him be presented the way he is in the book. As we say in Romanian, he is „calul de bătaie” and you’ll agree with me on that because that basically means that he’s the one to get all the beatings.
He is a good man and a true friend, selfless and loving. And those people are so hard to find that when you do find them, you just have to hold on and not let go.
Until the end of the book though, my heart got so warm with love for him and also for my pretty prince Dorian that I just couldn’t take it anymore. Don’t want to sound too much, but boy, Chaol and Dorian really turned out to be the real OTP of the whole book and I am living for it. As for Dorian in all this book I have only truthful love. My baby boy didn’t deserve what happened to him! (And since we’re here, Sorscha, Dorian’s healer and ‘friend’, was a pure angel and a true hero and you cannot change my mind).
As you already know (and if you don’t let me enlight you), I have a tendency to infiltrate some Romanianisms in my reviews. I know I am the only one in this whole wide world to make connections between a book I read and my language and culture but IT IS TRUE AND IT REALLY GOES RIGHT
in my heart.
This review is not an exception from that rule. Alas, I’ve found something in this book that just reminded me of a new Romanianism for you!
In Heir of Fire, there is a particular celebration going on on some point in Mistward and that one is called Beltane, which consists of bonfires being ignited at night for some brave people who are ready to jump across them for good luck and good lives. Here in Romania, we have this very same tradition (minus the music and the food, we only get sweets while attending). Our celebration is called Focul lui Sumendru, a Romanian tradition who is two thousand years old and it pretty much is the same as Beltane, but as in book Beltane is held in spring, our Foc is held in autumn, in order to keep the autumn steady as long as it can, to belate the harsh winter. It is also thought that the shepherds play a game in this night when they can foresee how the winter is going to be. Pretty interesting concept, right? I think it is very impressive every single year. But if you’re not Romanian, please do not try it at home, folks!
Okay, now that I’ve also opened the celebration discussion and also closed it I would very much like to mention that it is very imperious (if you allow me to say so) that you do not read this book in public! It gets very emotional and if you are like me, then it is a very complicated job to contain yourself while reading it.
Seriously, my face almost cracked while trying to repress a very unladylike word from getting out from my throat.
It is a masterpiece and so, but it gets really personal at parts. But that only means it is really, really good. And this is why books like this (really, really good) get to be epic. And, alas, this book has the epic note of an epic read, being full of scars and mends.
„You collect scars because you want proof that you are paying for whatever sins you’ve committed.”