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?
Heir of Fire left me a bit conflicted.
I’m a big fan of the first two books even though I admitted how fussy I am with this genre. But this series proved me wrong—twice. Now, in the mood to read it, I braced myself with expectation based on my previous experiences. But it came to a point where all these development stirred clear from what I know of the series.
If anything else, this third installment was without a shadow of doubt a set-up. Sure, there are tons of things that needed to develop did develop. Revelations were deemed to unfold, unfolded; but all those things changed my entire perspective of the story. Like the first two books were nothing but an introduction albeit a long one and we were now in this place where it actually started. In which is not entirely terrible. But I came to love all the things that happened in the first two and to see them changed didn’t sit well too much with me. At least at the beginning.
Now that I have let the nit-pick parts admitted, let me emphasized on this new journey. Celeana might have great bloodline(s) running through her veins and looks like from there things are getting harder and harder for her. But not without new companions. I didn’t embrace them fully at first. There are quite few additions to the story and one that standout for me (all thanks to Celeana at one point did appreciate what a fine specimen her new companion is) was Rowan. Ok, as a big Chaol fanatic that I am I saw him at the beginning a threat. No, not in ship war kind of thing but of my own opinion. He made me feel like treading on tightrope whether he’ll win me or not. But he did. I’m inclined to love character that has loyalty (which at first had me questioning why) to the female MC (ala Hak from 暁のヨナ or Obi from 赤髪の白雪姫).
So where were the two main men before? This is not solely Celeana’s journey for sure, those two have problems of their own. Chaol was little…confusing for most parts (which was why I’m bit disappointed) but if it means for his character growth then I’m all for it. But my man Dorian is fighting back. I love the attitude, keep that up! And well, I smell potential romance for him? Well, I’m glad for him (was there really something solid happened more than flirting? I beg to differ.).
Going back to what I mentioned earlier, it was a set-up. After reeling everything in, pounded it in my head plenty of times; it actually made sense. And if I were honest that last line about Celeana’s true identity is bound to leave a big tremor! Hopefully something I can fully comprehend and like this time (optimism FTW).
Preview Quote: “She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”