I can’t believe I’ve had “Heir of Fire” sitting on my shelf for over half a year without reading it! This has without a doubt been my favorite book inI can’t believe I’ve had “Heir of Fire” sitting on my shelf for over half a year without reading it! This has without a doubt been my favorite book in the series so far! I loved everything about it – the storytelling, the world-building, the characters (both old and new) … really, everything.
It really feels to me like with every chapter Sarah J. Maas writes the tale that she spins becomes bigger and more intricate. The story that she started in “Throne of Glass” has since split into multiple storylines that all serve the same plot and I honestly cannot wait to see them all come back together in the end!
Of course these multiple storylines also mean that there’s a constantly shifting POV, but I thought it all felt very balanced. Some characters got more focus than others, but that made sense given that some parts of the story simply needed more focus.
I *LOVED* the growing friendship between Celaena and Rowan. Actually, I liked the entirety of how their relationship was portrayed in this book – from their open dislike in the beginning to them gradually coming to a kind of truce and then becoming actual friends. It was such a slow build, and I can’t help but hope that it will build into something more in the next book because I think these two would make a really great couple.
Celaena was such a broken person for most of this book, reeling from Nehemia’s death and trying to come to terms with what it means that she is actually Aelin Galathynius, the presumed-dead princess - and rightful future queen - of Terrassen. It often felt like she was ready to give up on herself and afraid of her own powers, and much of it was due to the crippling guilt she felt for things that she could not have stopped no matter what she did. Rowan – through his taunting and his relentless training methods in the beginning of the book and through his support and belief in her and her abilities later on – really helped her work through all that and get past it. And I really liked that Rowan himself was also someone who was far more broken than he let on at first. I’m just a sucker for stories about two emotionally broken people finding strength and support in each other and helping each other heal.
For me one of the most powerful moments in the book was this:
>> “He had come for her. She held his gaze as she grabbed her own dagger and cut her palm, right over the scar she’d given herself at Nehemia’s grave. And though she knew he could read the words on her face, she said “To whatever end?”
He nodded, and she joined hands with him, blood to blood and soul to soul, his other arm coming around to grip her tightly. Their hands clasped between them, he whispered into her ear, “I claim you, too, Aelin Galathynius.” <<
It was the natural conclusion to the connection that had been building between them so slowly but surely throughout the book, and it was a moment that gave me goosebumps.
Another character I really came to love throughout this book is Manon! A blood-thirsty, war-hungry witch raised on the principles of “obedience, discipline, brutality” … honestly, who would have thought that a character like that would end up being one of my favorites? I loved her fierceness and intelligence, and her never-say-die attitude. Plus, she really got great growth and development throughout the story. There is something special about this witch, something that makes her different from most of the rest of her clan, and I can’t wait to find out what it is!
Chaol and Dorian definitely suffered from communication issues in this book. I kept wanting to lock them in a room so they could just have it out and be done with it. But I suppose driving a wedge between them was necessary in order to pursue separate storylines for them. I liked seeing Chaol work with Aedion and the rebels, but it always felt a bit like he wasn’t really ready to commit to one side or course of action. With Dorian I would have liked a bit more focus on him learning more about his powers and how to use and control them, but perhaps that will come later on in the story. I really liked his interactions – and budding romance – with Sorscha though!
But speaking of … Sorscha – dear god! I liked her a lot and I was rooting so much for her and Dorian, and to have it end like that. That was honestly one of the most shocking moments in the series for me (so far) simply because I did not see it coming at all. But I get why it had to happen – something like this was necessary to trigger reactions from others. It was needed to make Chaol fully choose and commit to one side and cause. And narratively it was needed to truly bring out Dorian’s own powers and reveal them to the world. Although what happened to him as a result of it just made me want to scream “Noooo!”.
“Heir of Fire” was a whirlwind ride with never a dull moment. In fact, reading this book felt like watching a movie. I could see every scene play out in my head right down to the last detail. Bring on the next one … :o)...more
I must admit that I prefer the films by Peter Jackson. As far as the book is concerned --- well, the story is interesting, of course, but I just neverI must admit that I prefer the films by Peter Jackson. As far as the book is concerned --- well, the story is interesting, of course, but I just never warmed up to the style of writing which is very long-winded and actually really boring at times. In fact, I found reading "The Lord of the Rings" to be a tedious chore most of the time, but after I loved the first film so much I really wanted to read it ...
Anyway, the story is good but - like I said - I really do prefer the movies. I definitely won't be re-reading this book ever again!...more
I was really intrigued by the premise, and then the rave reviews did the rest and convinced me that I must read this book. I have to say, though --- II was really intrigued by the premise, and then the rave reviews did the rest and convinced me that I must read this book. I have to say, though --- I don't get what people are so excited about! Yes, the style of writing itself is fairly good, and the idea is certainly unique ... BUT ... the characters stay flat throughout, and there was so much that was completely unbelievable that I just couldn't enjoy it.
You see, the space ship inside which this story takes place is huge. It is so large that it can accommodate a city, farms, rolling green hills with sheeps and cows grazing on them, and a hospital that is four floors high and has an actual pond in the garden. And all of that is just one (!) of the four levels of the ship. Apparently the grass grows even without the sun (they only have artificial light), and it also looks like there is room enough to store enough water to last over 2,000 people plus animals for 300 years --- without an external water source. I mean, we're not only talking drinking water here, but also water for showers, laundry, and artificial rain (to water the fields and gardens).
I'm sorry, but that is just soooo unbelievable, even in a novel of the fantasy/science fiction genre. At some point I couldn't even concentrate on the story anymore because my mind kept going back to trying to figure out where they got their water from.
If it had been a normal space ship (well, what we would imagine to be normal, anyway) then I might even have liked this book. But the fact that I just could not believe that there could be fields, and gardens, and ponds and cows chomping away on grassy hills inside the metal walls of a space ship just really spoiled the whole thing for me!
The basic idea of the book definitely sounds intriguing, but in reality this books turned out to be pretty boring, and the characters were flat and one-dimensional ...
There is nothing special about this book, other than that the idea really is different from other Young Adult books. Don't read "Across the Universe" unless you are happy, willing and able to completely suspend a huge amount of disbelief!
Reading "Fire" was a bit of a rollercoaster ride in that it took me a while to get into it at first, then I loved it for a while, and then it went dowReading "Fire" was a bit of a rollercoaster ride in that it took me a while to get into it at first, then I loved it for a while, and then it went downhill again ...! Or, to put it differently, the story started out slow, became really interesting after a while, and fizzled out again in the final third of the book.
I liked the character of Fire at first, but she really annoyed and irritated me throughout the final 150 or so pages. Brigan was a great character and I loved him. The supporting characters were really good, too.
As for the writing ... again, rollercoaster ride. Meaning, sometimes the writing was really good, sometimes it was really slow-paced and almost boring.
In my opinion, "Fire" definitely cannot compare to "Graceling" which I enjoyed a lot more!...more
I am not a fan of futuristic stories or science-fiction --- unfortunately it didn't say anywhere on the front or back cover (or even in the first chapI am not a fan of futuristic stories or science-fiction --- unfortunately it didn't say anywhere on the front or back cover (or even in the first chapter) of this book that it is set 150 years in the future in post-apocalyptic America, or else I wouldn't even have picked it up.
As it is, I did give the book a chance and actually made it through the first 150 pages ... after that I gave up.
I am sure there are many people who will enjoy this book --- it wasn't exactly badly written, but it's just not my kind of story, and I couldn't really get into it....more