[Review] Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Heir of Fire Review

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.


I know I’m going to crucify myself here and that this post will probably include many unpopular opinions. But I did not like this book. I was bored to tears.

Here’s the deal: this book as been the bane of my existence for the last 3 weeks or so (maybe even more). Since I thoroughly enjoyed the other books in this series, I thought I owed it to them to finish this one. But my goodness was it a struggle. I came so close to “Did Not Finish”ing it so many times it’s not even funny.

Heir of Fire is basically pretending to be the first book in a series. We’re in a whole new setting with all new characters and it’s almost like Maas was like “hey I sort of want a do-over for how my story starts” and just decided to write the most boring start to a series ever.

The entire thing is just a set up for Queen of Shadows which is so obvious and a complete let down. I did not care about most of the new characters that were introduced (except for Rowan) and I actually found myself getting angry whenever Manon’s parts came up because I. just. did. not. care.

Honestly, I spent so much time of my life on this book that I barely want to spend any more of it on writing this review.

I’d been told by many people that Queen of Shadows is better and to just stick it out – and I have. I’m about 250 pages in to QoS and yes, they were right, it is much better. I’m enjoying it but to tell the truth I will be quite happy to move on to a new world soon. I definitely need a break.

I gave this book 2.5 flames instead of 2 because the last quarter of the book did (finally) pick up and was somewhat enjoyable to read. For the most part though, this book was boring.



5 thoughts on “[Review] Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

  1. I can understand how you feel, I was like this with Dreams of Gods and Monsters and I just skipped the chapters with the side character and I think it would help with Manon’s story. I can see why it would be relevant but it just went on a bit too long. And in all honesty I think you would have been better just skipping her parts if you were struggling to get through.

    I think I had a weird relationship with this book because for some reason I thought it was the last book so I think that allowed me to enjoy it more. I also think these books would be hard to read back to back which is why I’ve left a 6 month gap between Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows which I just started today.

    It sucks to read a book you don’t enjoy and I hope you find that book that brings a spark back soon 😀


    1. I just have such a hard time skimming! It makes me feel bad for some reason lol. I’m glad I stuck with it because Queen of Shadows is actually quite good and Manon’s storyline has gotten much better. I think you had the right idea with spacing them out though! I’ll be happy to move on to something else soon.

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      1. I sometimes think that if I don’t skim or skip I will just give up and I would rather see if I enjoyed the other parts to warrant continuing on or re-reading it.

        And I’m glad to know that I should hopefully enjoy Queen of Shadows


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