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Heir of Fire

Throne of Glass, Book 3
Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Throne of Glass, Book 3
Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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

©2014 Sarah J. Maas (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Not as good but had to listen

Not as good as the precious 2 books and I'm contemplating listening to the next one. There are new characters one that I like one that I dont care about so...I'll have to think about book 4

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Heir Of Fire

I fully expected to not like this book when I heard that Caelena and Chaol would not have any page time together. I mean, that sucks! But, I can kind of see why Maas would do that now. And I did not expect to like the witches/wyverns storyline, and I ended up loving it! So yeah, a pleasant surprise with this one.

Romance
Romance was not a big part of this novel. There are some heartache moments for our dearest Chaolaena and a bit of romance, but there are much more important things brewing in Erilea and Wendlyn. This series is past the silly romance, it's moved on to the important stuff like defeating a diabolical king, bringing back magic, freeing the enslaved, and so on.

Character Development
Not only did the characters we already know grow and evolve but Maas also seamlessly introduced a bunch of new characters as well while managing to keep their personalities and narrative voices distinct and equally interesting.The character development in this series is fantastic. Each of our characters has his/her own obstacles that must be overcome; they all have their own journeys.

Celaena
You think you know Celaena from reading the first two books, right? Oh, but you're so so wrong. Her character development is phenomenal, because through her new experiences she is stronger, wiser and more determined. Her fierceness was awe-inspiring and I loved that she's still the same stubborn, snarky and brave young woman, maybe with her ego a little bruised. In this book we see her more than broken, relentlessly blaming herself for the fates and deaths of her beloved ones. She takes down her every shield, leaving nothing behind to shed her emptiness threatening to shatter her from the inside out. I believe this was her turning point, the true crossroad in her life, making her see, accept and embrace all that pain, regret and self-loathing she carefully kept hidden inside her soul, etched into her dire and gruesome memories.And gods, what memories and past. We are able to witness how she became Celaena Sardothien, how her life changed forever on that fateful night ten years ago. But by facing all that sorrow and darkness, she's making a stand. She's slowly becoming a queen, one more powerful and deadlier that you could ever imagine.To say that she's badass would be an understatement.

Rowan
What did I think of Rowan Whitethorn? Well Just as Calaena, I hated him in the beginning. But soon I started to wonder whether the hatred between him and Calaena was similar to what Calaena and Chaol were going through in the beginning. R0wan’s an alpha-male in all his glory, with the kickass moves that would bring Celaena's to shame. He's scary and intense, protective and defying, caring, but lethal when it comes to his enemies. Rowan is the no-nonsense type and I was glad there is finally someone who doesn't put up with Celaena's bullshit. She throws a verbal punch? He throws one that will leave her with a black eye for the entire week. But they develop a friendship and something so important on the intimate level (not talking about romance) that it will warm your heart to realize that our girl finally has someone to fully rely on. No secrets, no barriers, no judging left between them. They would die for each other, kill for each other, fight for each other. And when they work together, as a pair, as a team, they're astounding and terrifying.Maas surprises us all and creates one of the best -parabatai worthy- friendships ever. Strong platonic relationships between members of opposite genders are so rare in YA that I was truly surprised when Rowan didn't become another point in Calaena's love triangle/square/whatever to replace Dorian. So please don't turn Rowan into Calaena's love interest!

Dorian
I was so happy that Dorian got to be happy in this novel. He managed to kind of come to terms with his magic and find a silver lining even though the world around him was going crazy. And his new romantic relationship was one of the cutest I've ever read about. Until everything went to hell in 2.5 seconds and everything got ripped away from him.

Sorsha
Sorsha was such a cute character but throughout the novel I was a bit annoyed that we didn't know more about her other than the fact that she was a healer and she had a crush on Dorian. And in the end we find out that's because she was a spy (what a plot twist!). And then before anything else is explained she is decapitated. Ha, classic, Maas!

The King of Adarlan
The King of Adarlan is still the biggest bastard I've had the (dis)pleasure of reading. I loathe the guy with every fiber of my being. He is wicked to the core, manipulative and selfish to no end. No, not just selfish, but greedy. Greedy for everything and anything, exactly like a monster. And what he did at the end, to my poor baby Dorian, made me wish that once Celaena comes back -- because she will come back -- she won't kill him. Oh no, I want her to keep him locked in a basement, to visit him everyday and torture him until he breaks, only to do it all over again the next day, because killing him would be too much of a mercy for the deeds he has done.

Aedion
I'm not quite sure what to make of Aedion... I started out by being 100% sure he was a spoiled brat that I was going to hate but I think he redeemed himself in the end. I found it very nobal that he covered for Chaol when it came down to the kings interrogation. I'm still a bit conflicted when it comes to him though…

Manon
Another addition to the newbie characters is Manon Blackbeak, heir of the Blackbeak coven of the Ironteeth witches and leader of the Thirteen. The witches play a big role in the King's newest and darkest plans by being the riders of the wyverns he has created and Manon wants nothing more than to lead them into battle as Wing Leader. She wants to prove herself and although she is a bloodthirsty, wicked creature, I completely loved her. She's by no means a villain, just a different kind of heroine, firm and unyielding, with great ambition. Her encounters and silent dialogues with Abraxos cracked me up, because in that moments you could glimpse (besides the wyvern's total awesomeness) how Manon starts believing there's a chance she has a heart and soul and that her grandmother's rules might not be the best to follow.Manon's arc was like the Hunger Games specially the War Games but it was fun flying around in an epic battle for the title :) .. I am excited to see how will her character effect the story later on .. moving on to the next book :D

Overall
The high fantasy aspect of this book was amped up. There was magic and wyverns and fae! I loved it all. This series reminds me of a YA version of Game of Thrones a bit... Less sex and deaths though. The world-building was fantastic. Everything was so clearly described. I could see it all playing out in my mind.I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in this memorable series.

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amazing

Randomly found this seieres one day, and fell in love with it, now on book 7.

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awesome

I thought it was awesome and it has me really sucked into the story ... I am trying to finish it !

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  • Jan
  • 2018-09-18

Captivating and Enchanting

This book had be Laughing, crying and at the edge of my seat, I can't believe how captivating this story is and how well it is written. #Audible1

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Loved it!

This book was well written and and kept me hooked from the start until the end. The narrator was great and gave the various characters just the right amounts of difference in their voices and tones. I can't wait until the next one in the series comes out, I will definitely be getting that audiobook too. #Audible1

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  • Jim
  • 2018-08-26

Necessary

A necessary part of the timeline for sure and still an overall excellent book yet not my personal favourite in the series so far. It does what I believe it's aimed at which is to move the story along and set up the next book in the series

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You can tell that it's good fantasy

The narrator was fantastic... Though the writer should really start constructing her sentences better. She tends to use "ands" like, "and fire and death and stone" a lot. Really, I love the story, but I grind my teeth when I hear parts with that sentence structure. Which tends to be quite frequent than it should be.

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Calaena, Chaol, Dorian, Rowan & Aidian

There are a lot more characters in this book that play integral parts in how everything is going to play out in this world. I found it so hard to put this book away so that I could get things done, even go to bed.

I can't wait to start the next novel in the series, Queen of Shadows. But first I need to get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. lol Then let the story start again. 😉

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i am really enjoying this series. great read,.

it was one of these books you cannot put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

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  • Adam Goudreault
  • 2016-08-29

Shocked

I first started listening to this series because i found it was suggested on a "books similar to Harry Potter" search I did. I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much.
The first book was good. It seemed a little cliche at first, and it felt like the narrator hadn't quite mastered her craft. And yet, I downloaded the second book immediately after I finished the first. The second was better. There were some palpable plot twists, more complex characters, and the boom wasn't afraid to get a little darker, which I loved.
But then, bam, this third novel hits you like a freight train. Intense, emotionally and psychologically gripping writing. And the narrator has really come into her own. She's like a different person!
Honestly, never thought I'd be recommending this series so strongly, but you should read it. I'm downloading the 4th one right now :)

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  • Striker
  • 2014-09-10

Amazing Story, Just What the Series Needed

If you have read the other books... This is the book you have been waiting for. Not only was it a great story in itself, but it also provides a lot of the back story about Celaena, including flashbacks from her childhood as princess and early use of magic. The book is full of Fay, Demi-Fay, monsters, LOTS of magic, battles, betrayals, and on, and on.

If you haven't already read the rest of the series, then you probably won't get nearly as much from this book as you would have if you started from the beginning. Even if you haven't though, you will certainly still appreciate it.

Celaena spends the entire book in Wendlyn, where she was sent at the end of the last book. She goes through a great deal of self discovery and understanding while learning how to use (and more importantly control) her magic under the direction of a bitter yet likeable warrior Fay. Although she fears the power she hasn't been able to access since childhood, she none-the-less rediscovers how powerful and unique her gifts are, and how valuable and necessary they will be in defeating the King.
Chaol and Dorian tell the story from back in Rifthold where both of them, despite being at odds, plot against the King in their own efforts. One of the new characters, a cousin to Celaena and general to the king, joins the two of them in an attempt to destroy the King's ability to suppress magic.
A new character also gives a perspective of the kings plans from elsewhere on the continent, in a very interesting independent story line. Even though this character is completely isolated from the others, I have a feeling she will become a major player in the next book.

Another thing I liked about the book was that is wasn't just told primarily from Celaena's point of view (as in the last two books), but all the characters get an equal share of the story. In many other book series, I find this annoying because I really only care about what is happening with the main character, but the other story lines are interesting enough that I was just as happy to hear from them.

Although this book is (unfortunately) just as much of a cliffhanger as the last was, it at least left off in a good place. I also finished feeling satisfied given all that that happened, all the new developments, and all of the new material.

With as great a story as this was, and another excellent performance by the narrator, this is without a doubt worth the credit I spent...

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  • Kaelah
  • 2014-10-26

Exactly Where the Series Needs to Go

Okay, so I am going to be 100% honest. I wasn't a huge fan of this series. I enjoyed the first book, but I felt like Maas focused too much on a possible love triangle than on this incrediblely awesome world she has created! It was also extremely frustrating that the characters didn't know what was going on like what "wyrds" were, and it seemed like we were never going to learn. Then the end of the second book happened...

I am absolutely thrilled with where this series is going. We are FINALLY getting some answers! I'm crazy about the world-building that is going on, and, yes, everything is starting to click together. I almost feel like re-listening to the first two now, so I can understand the hints at what is happening.

So, if you know me, you know what sets books apart from being "good" to "amazing" is character development. And, boy oh boy, did I get some character development. Let's break down by characters since it's a mixed POV:

1. Celaena
Poor Celaena. I will admit I really didn't care for her at first! I didn't find her arrogance charming. She seemed one-dimensional to me...Until now. She has so. much. depth. I loved learning about her past and why she is the way she is. I was a little weary that we, the listeners, were going to be bogged down by her despair (like in Mockingjay), but we weren't. Her fears are tangible, and it was thrilling to watch her become the woman she was born to be.
The training scenes were beautiful. The development of her magic was beautiful. Her friendship with Ronan was beautiful.


2. Ronan
I am always hesitant about the introduction of new males. Celanea was just coming out of a terrible break-up, and I truly did not want to have another book focusing on Celaena developing a new boyfriend. Ronan was not that. They had a wonderful friendship, where, if it developed into a romance, I would be completely fine. Ronan was broken, just as Celaena was. They healed each other. I'm still not over how beautiful there last couple scenes with Ronan were. My only complaint is that he probably won't be too prominent in the next book.

3. Manon
We are introduced to another new character...which, again, scary. But, Manon's POV ended up being my second favorite to listen to! She is a witch, but in a different clan than the only witch we have been introduced to - Baba Yellowlegs. She is a cruel creature that revels in violence. I've never read anything where you are hearing from a deeply mean person's perspective, so that was neat. Her development gave me chills. The witches are preparing for war, and they are given these creatures as their mounts. The mounts are supposed to be mindless killing, flying machines. However, Manon develops a relationship with her mount, Abraxos. Abraxos is a literal slave, and he shows Manon that she is a slave to her culture. I cannot wait to see where the series takes her - hopefully with an alliance with Celaena.

4. Dorian and Chaol
I didn't want to hear from these two. Is that bad? Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed them both in the past books. They just aren't as exciting as witches or fay. I'm sad for Dorian, and that is all I have to say on that front. Chaol was annoying. He could not chose a side; he felt like it was between Caleana and Dorian BUT THEY ARE ON THE SAME SIDE. That just annoyed me. Chaol ended up making his choice in the worst possible moment...I won't spoil it.

Overall:

Yes, I loved it. Yes, you will love it. Yes, you need to drop everything and listen immediately. You will laugh, and you will probably cry. It is worth it.

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  • omar conger
  • 2018-11-16

Overkill

OMG. Character development overkill. The amount of time spent developing the relationship between certain characters drove me crazy. This book could have been cut by a third... but that's just me. There was also development on a separate set of characters that never actually come to play in this book and that irritated me too. The author seemed to like making things confusing as hell when it comes to Salaena, specifically with giving her so many alias (4, I think?). The base story is still pretty cool and more magic is being used now. While it would seem that the next book is going to bring the direct conflict between Salaena and the King, I wouldnt be surpised if book 4 dwells on Salaena and her assassin story and getting the word key back.

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  • nope
  • 2018-11-14

jumps all over

the main plot is good, but the author jumps between 5 or so barely related plots

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  • irvy
  • 2017-02-18

big holes in character development

the writing was good but the characters had big holes.
the world's greatest assassin who is a virgin? she was physically abused by her master but he never had sex with her? she had no knowledge of the outdoors? I guess she only worked in the city and how did she travel between cities? the first book to the third book she increased the foul language.
a Captain of the Guard who had never killed despite working for the K ING of Blood?

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  • The Reading Date
  • 2014-09-15

Heir of Greatness

In the third installment of the Throne of Glass series, Heir of Fire, Celaena Sardothien embarks on a life-changing journey. New alliances are formed as tensions run high in the kingdoms.

Though I don’t usually have a lot of luck with fantasy series, I do enjoy this character-driven series quite a lot. Celaena’s a great heroine who has grown a lot over the course of the series. And the stakes keep getting higher for her. With the action moved to unfamiliar territory and Celaena on a new path, this is a transitional phase for her. I did miss Celaena’s interactions with her friends from the first two books, but we do meet a kick-ass new character in exchange so that’s almost a fair trade-off.

The fantasy elements really ramp up in this installment, and we get more acquainted with fae and witches. The action shifts between three separate but related stories in Heir of Fire- Celaena’s journey, the characters left behind in Adarlan (Dorian, Chaol, etc.) and the Blackbeak coven. I have to admit the chapters with the witches went over my head. There is a new character named Manon Blackbeak who seems important but for the life of me I couldn’t keep up with that storyline. I will definitely have to read a Recaptains recap before the next book.

What kept my interest is Celaena’s personal journey and revelations. I liked her alliance with Rowan, the fae prince. The prickly Rowan is a great addition to the series, and I’m curious to see what role he takes going forward.

Back in Adarlan, Chaol and Dorian are quite downcast without Celaena’s company, though it’s not long before they get distracted other pressing matters. Chaol seemed kind of lost in this installment and I hope for more Chaol and Celaena in the next book. A new character causes some trouble for Dorian and Chaol and I’m interested to see how the situation in Adarlan shakes out. Dorian really got to me in this book – lots of character growth there.

The romance is downplayed in this installment compared to Crown of Midnight, but that makes sense considering the journey Celaena is on. The strong friendships that build in Heir of Fire make you (almost) not notice the lack of romance.

This series really shines in audiobook format, with the excellent performance by Elizabeth Evans. She pronounces all those tricky words for you so you don’t have to try to make sense of them on your own. Evans gives a strong and consistent performance here and doesn’t distract for the story. She brings many different types of characters to life and is especially successful with capturing Celaena’s essence. Since Heir of Fire is over 20-hours long, you’ll get your money’s worth of your Audible credit.

This installment is a game changer in a lot of ways with so much to ponder and digest. The slow-burn action pays off in the end and leaves you clamoring for the next book.

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  • Utopian Souljah
  • 2020-01-22

The book in the series that got me hooked

This is the book that takes a huge turn to such a grand story. I’ve read all 7 and this is where I couldn’t stop. The rest of the series is amazing with such detailed character development, adventure, heartfelt relationships, laughter, tears and a satisfying ending.

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  • Sam
  • 2019-04-08

Great Series!

Easy to follow well written series really like the books right to the end of this one. The next one was Ghost written and a sickly sweet romance don't bother

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  • Samantha Sophia
  • 2018-11-11

This book is the epitome of a filler book.

This book is the epitome of a filler book. A jumble of plot. Characters that are inconsistent and incredibly underwhelming.
#Dark #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • DUBOIS
  • 2016-02-26

as amazing as the other books

this third book, though a little longer and sometimes slower than the other, is as thrilling as the first two. what I particularly appreciated was that we finally discover Celaena's story, understand what she went through. I can't wait ti read the fourth book !

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