Buddy Review| Heir of Fire – Sarah J Maas

So far you’ve been able to read our reviews for The Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. Today it’s time for Heir of Fire. Things are definitely getting really interesting in this series!

Once again WARNING: This is a reread for us, so this review contains spoilers for people who haven’t read this series yet!

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 bestselling series that has captured readers 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 readers from start to finish.


Candyce: Heir of Fire was the gamechanger for me. I loved the previous books, but this one introduces so many new and amazing characters! And we learn a lof more about Aelin. I mean the ending of Crown of Midnight kind of left us hanging!

The multiple POV in this book was such a smart idea, because it opens up this world so much more!! I have to say the first time around I wasn’t sure what to think of Manon. I didn’t dislike her like many did, but I wasn’t the big fan Isabelle was either, haha.

I know this is a book a lot of people ended up hating Chaol in. Reading it for the third time, I have to say I was really irritated at times by his behavior, but he was also really kind if you think about it. Even though he knew there was more going on, he still wanted her safe. I mean he could’ve stopped her when he found out who she was!

I loved that Heir of Fire gives us more magic. Meeting Rowan opens up a part of this story we couldn’t even dream of. Then again, I loved all of the characters we meet while Aelin is training to be able to speak to Maeve.

I loved just about everything about this book, haha. If I were to write every reason I love Heir of Fire, I would have my own book!

Isabelle: This book is where the tone and I think even the direction of the whole story changes. The first book is more of a generic YA fantasy story and the second one follows in that tone. We did get a lot of hints however that things would change. And oh my, things have changed in this third novel! The beginning was a bit slow but in my opinion the ending makes up for that. So much happens in the last third or so of the book and I can’t believe I had to wait a year for the next book the first time around.

We get to see some new characters in Heir of Fire and I couldn’t be happier. Manon is one of my favorite characters ever, she is a ruthless Ironteeth witch and she is an amazing addition to the story. I still can’t believe there are people who skipped her chapters the first time around, sure I can understand not liking her, but skipping part of the story? You just know you’ll miss important information and this is just something I will never understand. I for one was intrigued by Manon from the first chapter and the Thirteen has wiggled their way into my heart.

Aedion is another new character, I was feeling so sad for him and Aelin, they were so close to meeting each other! It was so interesting reading about everything Aedion had tried to do for Terassen in the last decade and I immediately loved him. Dorian had a really interesting story in this book as well and my heart just broke for him. The person I didn’t like was Chaol, I don’t think it was too bad in HoF (compared to Queen of Shadows) but he was just so annoying. Since I wasn’t a fan of him to start with, he was even more annoying to me in this book.

And of course we meet Rowan. I know he’s a favorite of a lot of people but I still don’t really care about him. It’s not like I hate him or think he shouldn’t be with Aelin, I just don’t care about him. I do think he and Aelin are made for each other and hope they will be happy together but he won’t ever make it into a tag or a TTT like Dorian does 😉

Thoughts after the reread

Candyce: I don’t know what it is, but reading this for a third time makes me feel so much more invested in these characters. Even though I know all of the hardships they’re going to face in the next few books, I just want most of them to live happily ever after. My reread of Heir of Fire was definitely an emotional rollercoaster.

The third time around, my love of Manon grew even more and I don’t understand why it took me so long to warm up to her, haha. Once again, there was so much I had forgotten and then I think, how is that possible when I have already read two times before? Sometimes things would happen sooner or later in the story than I remembered. Weird how a series kind of becomes one long story that’s hard to pull apart after awhile!

Isabelle: This was the third time reading Heir of Fire and I enjoyed it more this time! It was a 5 star read the first time around, but I had more feelings the last reread. I cried quite a couple of times while reading the book and that hadn’t happened before.

I had forgotten so many details and even some important ones. If I do another reread, I wonder if I remember more haha. Heir of Fire had always been my least favorite book, possibly because it was a bit slow and I didn’t really care about Rowan. But this time around I’m not so sure about where I stand on HoF. I definitely care more, as shown by my many tears 😉


We really remember how amazing these books are. All the emotions are definitely back! What was your favorite part of Heir of Fire?

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