Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire

 

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?

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I apologize in advance if this review seems vague or if I start to ramble–this book has shattered me almost as many times as Celaena’s been broken, and I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

 

It’s hard to form words right now.

 

This entire storyline exceeded every imagining I had for it. I would never have thought that this would be how the plot would develop, but it was so rich with new information and you get to see more of the story through new characters’ eyes that enhances just how epic a tale this is. It reminds me of Harry Potter, in a way.

 

I mean, I am a die-hard Potterhead. And reading the HP books was more than a journey, more than an adventure–it was an experience that took me so far out of myself and threw me so far into that world, that in a way the story became real for me. I was a part of it. Those characters are some of my dearest friends, and I feel connected with their fates on a level that I would with a corporeal person.

 

That’s how I feel about the characters in the Throne of Glass series, and that’s how I feel about myself when I’m reading these books.

 

And that is one of the hardest and most impressive things a writer can accomplish, in my mind.

 

And there is so much meat to this story, it’s incredible! I can’t help but to keep thinking of all the back stories that are so essential and complex and I wonder at how a person could have dreamed up this world. The intricacy of this tale is not lost on me, and Heir of Fire does not disappoint.

 

I am in awe of this book!

 

 And just when I actually believed that it was going to end on a high note, after all the turmoil and strife spilling out of this book, my feels were 

 

COMPLETELY OBLITERATED.

 

And Celaena! She is a character with so many surprises and so much depth–just when I think I understand her she reveals another sliver of herself and her past and I’m BLOWN AWAY. And with how much she’s forced to grow and all she has to withstand and awful circumstances she has to thrive in! She is strong and wild and fierce and broken and lost and

 

she is a

 

f  o  r  c  e  .

 

Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of Dorian and Chaol to be heard from, and not all of it is as bright and shiny as I’d hoped. I’ll have to wait until I’m a tad more composed before sifting through my emotions in regards to these two, because holy hell.

 

I have loved every book in this series even more than the one that preceded it, and it’s going to be difficult having to wait until the next installment. Sarah J. Maas, you are a Goddess of Writing–I am in complete awe of you and I thank you for sharing your stories with the rest of us mere mortals.

 

 

 

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Rating: 5

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Heir of Fire

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 My Pick:

 

Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire
By Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: September 2

 

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?

 

 

Do you know how OVERJOYED I am that this is over 500 pages long?! Um, BEYOND STOKED!!!! If you haven’t started the Throne of Glass series, I am telling you this because we are friends and I care about your well-being and happiness–

 

G O.  R E A D.  I T.

 

It is absolutely, without a doubt one of my all-time FAVORITE series, ever. So am I Waiting on this book? Freaking yes I am.

 

 

What book are you waiting for?

Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in YA

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Okay, so I went pretty general on this one. Mostly because I love these books so much that I REALLY want to write post about them, because HELLO they deserve it. Also, my Top Ten are all series because I can’t pick only one book out of the whole bushel. That’s not to say I don’t love my stand-alone, I do have so very many that I LOVE! I just feel more connected to characters when I’m with them for longer–our friendships have more time to bloom into something lasting, so that when I reopen their stories’ pages I feel as if I’m home.

AND, know that though I do know how to count, I simply can’t cut any of these from my list;)

 

 

The Mortal Instruments/
The Infernal Devices

City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass City of Fallen Angels City of Lost Souls City of Heavenly Fire

Clockwork Angel Clockwork Prince Clockwork Princess

Okay, honesty moment: so when people ask me what these books are about and I try to describe them, it ends up sounding like books they wouldn’t particularly want to read because I suck. But don’t let my lack of convincing description deter you! Let my COMPLETE FANGIRL STATUS raaaaving about these books be enough for you to pop them open, because these are right up there with Harry Potter in how much I love them. (As close to Harry Potter as any series can get;))

 

 

The Iron Fey

The Iron King The Iron Daughter The Iron Queen The Iron Knight The Iron Legends

The Lost Prince The Iron Traitor

You know, I never knew I could love faeries so much, but these books are soooooo AMAZING! I was in Walmart after a closing shift at work, and, like always, I went to go look through the books. I saw the first two books in this series, read the back of the first and thought, I’m going to try these out, they sound especially cool. Boy was I right! I mean, Puck and Ash? I LOVE THEM. I love Ash but Puck is SO funny! Meghan can have the one and I can have the other, yeah?;) Oh, and then there’s Grim the cait sith and you just HAVE to read these books!

 

 

Vampire Academy/
Bloodlines

Vampire Academy Frostbite Shadow Kiss Blood Promise Spirit Bound Last Sacrifice

Bloodlines The Golden Lily The Indigo Spell The Fiery Heart

You want some swoon-worthy books? Try these on for size!;) Really though, Richelle Mead does vampires right! People always ask me which books I like better, VA or Bloodlines? And I can never give an answer to one or the other, because I love them BOTH.

 

 

Shatter Me

Shatter Me Destroy Me Unravel Me Fracture Me Ignite Me

Can we just take a moment to stare at the utter gorgeousness that is these covers?

*drools*

And to think, the stunning quality of these covers have nothing on the beautiful, flowing prose with which Tahereh delivers these stories. Her style is one of a kind and I LOVE it! Also, the MC has wicked awesome kill-with-a-single-touch powers, so you get some pret-ty cool sci-fi along with the dystopian.

 

 

 

Divergent

Divergent Insurgent Allegiant

I was hooked on Divergent from the very first moment. I had it on my TBR and I was off at college when I got a birthday package from my friends, where inside I found my very own copy of Divergent (also, a fully prepared and frosted chocolate cake)!

 

 

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Mockingjay

The Christmas after Mockingjay was released, one of my friends gifted me the box set of these three booklings. I mean, I’d heard about this book called The Hunger Games, but I had no clue what it was about (embarrassing). So I started with the first and ended up on a two-day book binge where I completely devoured them. My friend and I found some pretty awesome fan fiction that helped us to cope with a particular loss at the end of Mockingjay, and I don’t read fan fiction for just any book;)

 

 

The Lunar Chronicles

Cinder Scarlet Cress

I only JUST started this series in, oh, January? And it’s entirely my own fault! I’ve seen Cinder on shelves since its publication, but for some reason I’m dumb I didn’t think it would be my kind of read. Um, WRONG YOU WERE, DANICA, wrong you were. Because these books are SO so so amazing.

 

 

Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass Crown of Midnight The Assassin's Blade

I can’t even describe to you how much I love this series. I BLEEPING LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!! I mean, Celaena is THE most wicked cool assassin. AND there’s MAGIC.

 

 

Razorland

Enclave Outpost Horde

ZOOOOMBIEEEEEESSS!!!!! Let me tell ya, I LOVE me some zombies–they never fail to entertain. But these books? Tops ALL other zombi-fied books I’ve read. Also, I was a blubbering mess upon finishing it. Soo there’s some enticement for you;)

 

 

Red Rising

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You guys. I just . . . as new as this book is, I bloodydamn LOVE IT! It’s the only singular book that made it on my list, so that tells you its status with me. Don’t get me wrong, it is part of a series, BUT it’s the first and only one out yet, so I haven’t had as much time with Darrow as I usually have with my favorite books’ characters. A new and lasting favorite, for sure;)

 

 

Harry Potter

Sorcerer's Stone Chamber of Secrets Prisoner of Azkaban Goblet of Fire Order of the Phoenix Half-Blood Prince Deathly Hallows

Just like how I eat my food, with this list I saved the best for last. I have my third grade teacher to thank for reading Sorcerer’s Stone aloud to our class. From that first page, I delved straight into Harry Potter and it was more than just another book–so much more. This story is my childhood, I lived it right alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione. I’m still living it with them, after all this time.
Always.

 

 

Crown of Midnight By Sarah J Maas

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Assassins AND magic? What more could you want out of a story? Here’s a summary from Goodreads, which will tell you about the plot of the story better than I ever could (and this is once again the second book in a series, so go forth and read Throne of Glass first!):

“After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes. Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?”

This book is so chalk full of information and thickening plot lines that you can’t help but devour all the meat you’re given. It keeps you on your toes about who you should trust, and what the king’s plans are and those of rebel groups. There’s just so much to find out, even up to the very last pages–who is Celaena, really? Not to mention all the action, blood and death that comes from an assassin heroine. Oh, AND the whole Celaena/Chaol/Dorian dynamic–that’s something to read for. Right as I finished and was left HANGING FROM A CLIFF at the ending, I screamed out loud because I am SO desperate to read the rest of Celaena’s story (which I sadly must wait for, considering CoM just came out last month). A killer 5/5 stars 😉

The Girl of Fire and Thorns By Rae Carson

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Yeah, I realize I’m a bit behind on this series, but better late than never, right? So there is one person every century who is chosen as the bearer of a Godstone and destined to fulfill some great, divine purpose. Elisa is the bearer and a princess, married off to the king of a neighboring country as a move in a looming war. But it seems everyone wants the Godstone she bears, and will go to any lengths in order to obtain it. Let me tell you, you’ll have your heart ripped out a handful of times while reading this story, but it is worth the heartache. Elisa begins the story as a frightened and uncertain sixteen-year-old girl, but grows and becomes infinitely stronger than even she could imagine. I was awake until four in the morning reading it because I could not put it down. It reminds me of the sort of world Graceling and Throne of Glass are set in, of sorts. And, of course, there is a magic unique to this story–the whole concept of the story is fresh and imaginative, really, and well worth the read. 5/5 stars 😉

Grave Mercy By Robin LaFevers

Okay, so I absolutely LOVE Young Adult books with an assassin heroine. Fans of Graceling and Throne of Glass will find this novel as thrilling and captivating as others in the realm of  hardcore young women doing what they have to in order to survive. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be like that? The story follows the life of seventeen-year-old Ismae Rienne in 1488 Brittany–sired by Death Himself, she spent three years in a convent learning all the various ways to kill a man. On one assignment she is placed among the high court, and as you can imagine, devious plots of treason abound. Add to the mix a man she can’t help but fall in love with (let’s be honest, anyone would fall for him if they were in the same situation) who she is assigned as a target, and this book rips your attention away from the real world and whisks you right into the heart of a conniving and traitorous one. Death abounds, and all the while you’re left trying to figure out who is the one behind it all. It really is a gripping and riveting read, and of course there is a love story woven in that I can’t help but grab onto and root for. A definite 5/5 stars. Oh, and did I mention that Grave Mercy is the first book in the His Fair Assassins Trilogy, and that the second book, Dark Triumph, is already out? You’re welcome 😉