Heir of Fire is #3 in the Throne of Glass series. In the last book, Crown of Midnight, Celaena struggled with serving the king while trying to undermine him. She was really struggling with the fact that she wanted to resist the king but she didn’t want to be in the resistance movement. She still held on to the hope that at the end of the day, after everything she had learned, she could escape into a life with no obligations. In Heir of Fire we watch this hope slip away as she realizes that she has to accept her birthright and her magic.
Celaena is sent on a mission by the king to kill in Wendlyn but she ignores that mission to seek out Queen Maeve of the Fae. To get answers about the Wyrdkeys, Celaena makes a deal with the Queen that results in her living with the Demi-Fae, dealing with the bossy and demanding Rowan, and having to fight monsters from outside and in.
Calaena isn’t the only character we follow in the book. Chaol is left trying to figure out which side he stands on as Dorian grapples with magic. There’s also a few new characters thrown in like Manon, head of a powerful witch clan.
One of my favorite story lines is a new character named Manon. I really liked learning about the dynamic within the witches. It’s interesting to see into the enemy’s eyes and it makes me wonder if Manon will always be the enemy to Celaena.
I really like this series and I really like the new characters coming in. I love that we’re now seeing characters like Manon and the Queen of the Fae introduced into the story. As always, I continue to look forward to reading the entire series.
One issue I have with the book is that Celaena was sent to Wendlyn on a mission that had to be completed by a certain time frame or else people she loved would be killed. After she joins up with Rowan, she never thinks about it again even though she has no idea how long her training is going to last. She doesn’t worry about what will happen to Chaol when the deadline passes because she has no intention of completing the mission.
Here is one of the scenes that stood out to me in the book.
“That was when they noticed that every musician on the stage was wearing mourning black. That was when they shut up. And when the conductor raised his arms, it was not a symphony that filled the cavernous space.
It was the Song of Eyllwe.
Then Song of Fenharrow. And Melisande. And Terrasen. Each nation that had people in those labour camps.
And finally, not for pomp or triumph, but to mourn what they had become, they played the Song of Adarlan.
When the final note finished, the conductor turned to the crowd, the musicians standing with him. As one, they looked to the boxes, to all those jewels bought with the blood of a continent. And without a word, without a bow or another gesture, they walked off the stage.
The next morning, by royal decree, the theatre was shut down.
No one saw those musicians or their conductor again.”
― Sarah J. Maas,