Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

Heir of Fire
(Throne of Glass #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Published: September 11, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
My Rating:

5 stars new

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Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

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“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”

I have no words that will serve this book justice. This sequel is spot-on perfection!

We all know Sarah J. Maas’s writing power can’t be debated, so let me just tell you that once again, I was beyond amazed with the way she delivered this sequel using her usual scheme– surprising her readers with a series of twists.

Things got more and more interesting in Heir of Fire. In this sequel we can see Celaena’s different side– her vulnerable and helpless side. She’s now delving into a new world called Wendlyn, the land of the faes. From there she met the ferocious Queen Maeve and her devotee, Prince Rowan Whitethorn who later on trained her to unfold her fire abilities. Meanwhile, Chaol and Dorian are having conflicts in Adarlan. Chaol is trying to protect Dorian from unleashing his magical abilities and exposing himself to the King and at the same time, he’s allying with the King’s General Aedion Ashryver, treading in dangerous waters in order to fight back against Adarlan.

The character development of Celaena in this book truly amazed me. It’s nice to know that she isn’t a complete Mary Sue. She is brave yet at the same time she is flawed. In this book, I saw a Celaena who was haunted by her past and was constantly visited by those nightmares that will forever etch her mind. What happened to her when she was a child opened my eyes and made me understand her even more. The moment those flashback scenes were narrated– I died a thousand times. I wasn’t able to help myself but cry and feel so sorry for her. What a cruel, cruel experience it was for Celaena!

What also impressed me was the establishment of the new world, Wendlyn. Wow. It was utterly refreshing. I loved how SJM described this magical land and all those faes and demi-faes that are living there. Not only did the author give us a new setting but she also introduced a bunch of new characters that in a way, changed the entirety of the book– like Rowan, Aedion Ashryver, Manon, Sorscha, and Ren.

I especially loved Rowan. For me, he is character-driven and full of mystery. And I loved the way he’s too brave to protect Celaena and guide her all the way to becoming what she is. He is simply… adorable. 🙂 Aedion, on the other hand, also enthralled me with his masculinity (Am I too shallow? Lol). Actually, I kind of hated him at the start but later on I warmed up to him when I discovered what his true motives are. His dedication towards his people and his queen was truly remarkable.

And Manon. This witch is so kick-ass! I have never fangirled over a female antagonist before but there was something in her fierceness that strangely gave me goosebumps. She’s still a mystery to me, though, and I can’t wait to read more about her character in the next books.

Now on to Chaol and Dorian. Their friendship was tested big time here but I was amazed to find out how deep their bond is and how they’re both willing to give up everything just to save one another. Dorian’s character development was great here. Where’s the weak Dorian we’ve met in the first two books? NON-EXISTENT. I loved how he stood up against his father. I also loved the way he schooled Chaol and said these things to him:

“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love.”

Oh, Dorian, I LOVE YOU EVEN MORE! Now while I saw a huge development in Dorian’s character, I found it lacking in Chaol. I don’t know but it seemed as though his character only shined in the final chapters.

The action scenes in this book, on the other hand, were too terrifying and so beautiful I can’t help but gasp. I particularly loved those scenes where Rowan trained Celaena. I loved the banters and the way their friendship bloomed.

What I also loved was how secrets were slowly unfolded. Celaena’s past and roots, the missing Wyrdmarks, Maeve and her sister’s history, what really happened before the magic in Erilea was vanished… Wow, there were really lots of things that were unraveled here and I’m so glad. It was definitely a huge improvement.

So I wrap everything up by saying that this sequel lived up to the first and second book. There were so many things that happened here that wowed me. I’m now excited to dive into the fourth book, Queen of Shadows. I know there will be a lot of huge obstacles that need to be overcome by Celaena and the rest of the characters, so I’m crossing fingers that they will get through it and defeat the King.

Rating:

5 stars new

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Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

Crown of Midnight
(Throne of Glass, #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Publication: August 15, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
My Rating:

four stars

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Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

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I was so ready to rate it 3 Stars, but the ending totally pulled the whole thing off. TOTALLY. It was so amazing and beyond perfection!

I admit the there were parts of the book that made me roll my eyes. Especially Celaena’s attitude– but damn I don’t mind that at all because I now finally understand why she has that bratty and spoiled attitude. *zips my mouth because I might spoil you*

I’ve seen such a remarkable character development in Celaena. Although she was still perfection, this time I admire her even more because she seemed to be a lot more human compared toThrone of Glass. She became tougher and yet there were times when she was not able to contain her emotions and finally broke down and wept. That alone erases some Mary-Sue-impressions.

The plot progression of this book was not perfect. There were times when it became fully messed up, but thankfully the last few chapters succeed in achieving a satisfying storyline. There were so much mysteries and so many things that needed to be answered. Gods above, the world that Sarah J. Maas created was so vast and completely overwhelming, it basically promises something beyond your imagination!

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The romance was… good. Okay as much as I want to say I feel so bitter because I’m Team Dorian and my ship did sink so bad in here, I couldn’t make myself hate Chaol. I felt drawn to him in this book. He was simply irresistible and just totally swoon-worthy my heart betrayed me! At some point I found myself questioning if I still ship Dorian and Celaena but then… I STILL. And I WILL STILL GO DOWN WITH MY SHIP no matter what!

Here’s one of my favorite parts of this book. The lines taken from Celaena and Dorian’s conversation which made me sort of freak out:

Celaena: “I have nowhere else to go.”

Dorian: “Then you will always have a place in here.”

YES. I WILL GO DOWN WITH MY SHIP. 🙂

Crown of Midnight, as a whole, mesmerized me. The ending was a huge bomb and it was surreal. There was a great character development not only with Celaena but also with Chaol, Dorian, and Nehemia. And though there was predictability in some parts of the book, still, the story was exquisitely done. Sarah J. Maas, you did it again!

Rating: 4 Stars

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Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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The Assassin’s Blade
(Throne of Glass, #0.1 – #0.5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Publication: March 4, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
My Rating:

five stars

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Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

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She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow.

Absolutely fantastic and breathtaking! It’s hard not to love everything in The Assassin’s Blade. Even if it offered lots of achingly horrible events because of what happened to Celaena and how the book concluded, still, you could not deny the powerful and captivating effect that only Sarah J. Maas can convey.

The Assassin’s Blade is a series of prequel novellas including The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. etc etc… It basically entail the story of Celaena before she entered the glass castle and became the King’s champion.

Words are not enough to express how devastated I was after reading this book. Everything was perfectly written. I totally became an emotional wreck after reading it and worse, I found myself depressed and I don’t know if it’s good or not. All I know is that the book surprisingly gave me a hangover.

Rating: 5 Stars

(I’ve also reviewed all the five novellas separately. Check them out here:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

The Assassin and the Healer

The Assassin and the Desert

The Assassin and the Underworld

The Assassin and the Empire

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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(Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: August 2, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

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“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”

This is something I never truly expected. Guess this is the best thing about setting low expectations in a book– you get to be surprised! The moment I started Throne of Glass, I was already sure that it’s going to be just an okay book. I didn’t even wish to read its sequels for the reason that it’s quite a lengthy series. I was just curious because of the hype.

But holy crap! What was I’ve just read? Seriously, did I just read such a freaking amazing book? Wow, just wow!

Miss Sarah J. Maas, you’ve just gained another fan right here. Count me in!

I love everything in this book. From all its epicness glory to its impressive world and character building. Such a beautiful, high-fantasy read! If you want to know why I love it, here are the reasons why:

1.) It’s compelling and a total page-turner.

Ever had that feeling when you just want to devour word after word just to sink everything in to your mind because you just want to savor every little detail in the book and enjoy it? I’ve just felt that in every chapter.

2.) I love the characters.

Celaena Sardothien, the main character of this book, is my kind of character. Kick-ass, strong-willed, and not angsty and annoying. I love how she turned out to be such a strong girl despite her awful past.

Dorian Havilliard. Holy mother of all Gods! I just love him so much. And don’t be mad at me guys (I know there are lots of you, Team Chaol. Ha!) but he’s such an adorable character. I have always been a fan of princes, dukes, and royal characters so it was not hard for me to like him, and even adore him from the first up to the last chapters. I’m Team Dorian all the way!!!

Chaol Westfall. All right, so even if I’m Team Dorian, I have to be honest that I do admire this guy. I love his character and the way he’s too composed and protective towards Celaena. He’s a character every girl will drool over, okay! (which makes the love triangle really, really hard af)

3.) The author’s writing style is perfection.

In every book, the author’s writing style is the one that really matters. In Throne of Glass, the author just made a perfect job. Sarah J. Maas was able to pull me into the high-fantasy feels I’ve always wanted to delve into. I love how her words were easy to digest. It makes everything smooth, given the fact that there were many terminologies and names that readers need to get to know.

4.) The love triangle.

I have to admit that love triangles in books are a bit challenging for me, because they could either hit or miss. But this book– it’s just… I don’t know what to say. The love triangle is amazingly done. Have you experienced being put in a situation where you just don’t know who to choose between two guys because both are just amazing? I experienced that during the first chapters. But well, I have to say that I’m biased because like I said, Dorian won my heart. (But the series is not yet done, so I don’t know. Maybe I could change my mind. But for now though..) *sigh*

5.) Perfect plot.

The plot is really good! There were no dull moments. There were lots of twists and turns and surprising events that will absolutely blow your mind!

6.) Epic action scenes.

Best of all, I love the action side of this book. It’s just the beginning of the series and yet the energy is already there!

As a whole, the book is AMAZING. I was not prepared for this, but yes– I already decided to invest in this series and read its sequels. It’s now a new favorite!!! Hopefully the series will continue to become epic. Looking forward to that!

Rating: 5 Stars

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