I think it is official: I love Sarah J. Maas’s books. I finally finished Heir of Fire, and although I didn’t love it as much as Crown of Midnight (book 2) and Throne of Glass (book 1), it still easily makes my favourites list for 2014.
For those of you who didn’t know, Throne of Glass is a high fantasy series of awesome written by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t want to make this post too long but if you want to learn more, you can find book one, book two, and book three on Goodreads.
What do I love about this series, exactly? Hmm. The question really should be: what do I NOT love about this series? The answer: not much.
Firstly, the main character, Celaena. Despite the fact that I have no clue how to pronounce her name (any ideas?), she is one of my favourite YA characters. Celaena is an assassin. Before you start worrying about my mental health and good judgement, I will just say this: even though she’s an assassin, she isn’t heartless or cruel. Quite the opposite, actually! She loves dogs, beautiful clothes and food. And books. You can see how I might relate to her.
I’m not normally a fan of romance, but I absolutely loved the romance subplots in this series, even though there is a love triangle. I never really decided which love interest I wanted Celaena to end up with, since the plot twists kept coming.
Romance was one of the things I missed most about Heir of Fire (book 3) since Celaena isn’t in the land of Adarlan anymore. On the other hand, the emphasis on friendships instead of romance in Heir of Fire was something to be appreciated too.
Yesterday, I reviewed Storyworld First by Jill Williamson, a non-fiction book for writers that focused on world-building. The world building in the Throne of Glass series really stood out to me, especially as the characters travelled around the continent.
Speaking of characters, there are A LOT of perspectives in throughout the series. Some are added in later books, while others are dropped (or at least the frequency is decreased) later on. Now, I absolutely love multiple POVs, especially in large-scale stories like Throne of Glass. There are several new perspectives added in Heir of Fire, namely for the characters of Manon (a Blackbeak witch), Sorscha (a healer for Adarlan) and Rowan (a Fae with an *ahem* interesting relationship with Celaena that involves beating each other into a pulp).
In case you haven’t already figured it out, I’m just going to say it: I loved this series. I can’t believe I have to wait a year for Untitled #4, but you can be sure that I’ll read it as soon as I can. Until then, I am going to satisfy my need for more Throne of Glass by reading all of the Throne of Glass novellas, and then haunting the author’s spectacular Pinterest boards.
Have you read Throne of Glass? What did you think?