Reviewed in Australia on 7 February 2020
Heir of Fire is undoubtedly the best book in this series so far. It is wonderfully long and I was hoping it was longer, it kept me occupied from the beginning to the end, making me want more and more. So many new characters are introduced and new sides to our beloved characters are shown. I really enjoyed this book and I think it is the most enjoyable one so far. The character development and growth is phenomenal and the new connections and characters and great addition and can’t wait to see how these books continue to go.
After being ordered to sail to Wendlyn on a mission to retrieve Wendlyn’s naval defense plans and assassinate its King and Prince at their annual midsummer ball, by the King of Adarlan. Celaena finds herself on a roof having to steal and fight each day after having no funds or coin left over. But after running into a Fae Warrior, that is there to collect her to take her to meet Maeve the Queen of the Fae. But once again nothing ever goes easy and everything has a price so finding answers about the Wyrdkeys won’t come easy. But having a little fun with the Fae Prince Rowan in the process may just make her time in Mistward while trying to prove herself worth it. Training and scullery duty isn’t all that Celaena is going to have to deal with while staying in Mistward, while discovering herself and her abilities a darkness is lurking around that is closing in and won’t stay away for long.
In this book you will see Celaena broken more than she has ever been, and she is relentlessly blaming herself for the deaths of her beloved ones. She has given up and has no fight left in her, after leaving Dorian and Chaol behind she has no one and she isn’t sure she will have anyone if she returns back to Ardalan. She is spiralling into herself and she has no anchor. But Rowan, oh Rowan may just be what she needs to help pull her out if the darkness that’s trying to swallow her. We witness how she becomes Celaena Sardothien, how her life changed forever on that horrific night ten years ago. But by facing all that sorrow, she is able slowly heal and start to become the Queen that Terrasen needs, one more powerful and deadlier that you could ever imagine.
I LOVE Rowan Whitethorn, when he and Celaena first meet up he is so stubborn, broody and secretive. But when he opens up, oh wow, a girl can use an extinguisher especially when he smiles and Laughs. *swoon He is an alpha-Fae-male in all his glory, with the moves and wind and ice power. He's scary, intense, protective, caring, but also lethal. Rowan is finally the first person that is not going to put up with Celaena’s crap, and that is just what she needs.
The two of them develop a friendship and something so soul deep and important, no not romantic, that will fill your heart, as Celaena finally has someone she can trust truly, completely. No secrets, no barriers, no judgement between them, they would die for each other, kill for each other, fight for each other. But most importantly are there for each other no matter what.
“Gods, he was brilliant. Cunning and wicked and brilliant.
Even when he beat the hell out of her. Every. Damn. Day.”
“I claim you, Rowan Whitethorn. I don't care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend.”
Dorian Havilliard oh swoon-worthy, humble Prince. He has grown since the beginning of the series and in this book, he has grown more and is on the path to become the King we know he will become. Since Celaena being sent to Wendlyn, Dorian has had to deal with having powers but having no one to talk to, but to make things worse his best friend Chaol is acting like his magic doesn’t exist. Or that what happened in the dungeons was real. Having no Chaol or Celaena to talk to, Dorian starts a connection with the healer Sorscha, then things start to become more, he is moving on from Celaena. I didn’t really like who he was moving on with, as he does deserve happiness, especially after being abandoned by Chaol. Regardless Dorian will win your heart because he stands up to his father.
Chaol Westfall, you selfish, self-centred a**hole, you really did my head in in this book. I thought you were a great guy, you were dedicated, loyal, selfless but this book showed a new side to you and I do not like it. At the end of Crown of Midnight, his friendship with Dorian is left in shambles and things don't get any better in this book, they grow further apart. The Captain does only have the Prince's safety and freedom in mind, but keeping secrets, lies, not being able to accept Celaena's and Dorian's powers just makes Chaol a very ugly character.
Aedion Ashryver the Northern Wolf, Celaena's cousin and childhood best friend. He's all smiles, muscles, wild, clever and set on taking down the King of Adarlan. He seems like he is under the spell of the Valg rings and the Kings puppet, but so things become clear and you fall for his charm. When he finds out Aelin is alive, he makes a pack to do whatever it takes to see his true queen back in Terrasen. He's loyalty and determination to Aelin has him in a terrible place at the end of the book and I really hope that things work out for him in the next one.
Manon Blackbeak, the new Antihero you are going to love, she is the Heir to the Blackbeak coven of Ironteeth Witches and Leader of the Thirteen. She is bloodthirsty, wicked an loyal. The Witches are part of the dark plans that the King of Adarlan and Perrington have, they are to be the riders of the Wyverns that have been created in Morath so they can be lead into battle. The Witches are not supposed to have hearts, they are supposed to have Obedience, discipline, and brutality, these are the only three things the Blackbeak Witches are to live by. By when a Witch from a Yellowleg coven knocks Manon into a Wyvern pit she meets Abraxos a bait, scared and weak Wyvern and a instant bond is made. Manon’s interactions with Abraxos had me cracking up and I was so glad that she had him as he Wyvern as the 2 of them together are a perfect match of hard and soft together. As the story goes along Manon starts to see things more clearly and that maybe her Grandmother's rules might not be the best to follow.