I finished Heir of Fire last week, just in time for Celebration.
Heir of Fire continues the story of Celaena Sardothien. Celaena travels across the sea to Wndlyn and seeks her great aunt Maeve to obtain information on the Wyrdkeys and the Wyrdgate. Maeve only agrees to give them to her if she trains to use her powers and learns to shift to her Fae form. Desperate for the information, she agrees.
Celaena spends the majority of the novel training at the Fae fortress of Mistward with the her distant cousin, Rowan. During her training they discover the bodies of murdered Fae and begin to investigate. Their discovery of the culprit is not only shocking, but puts not only Mistward but the entire country at risk. If they are to survive, they must defeat evil that is lurking in the woods, and Celaena must deal with the past that haunts her if she wishes to move forward with her quest.
Back in Rifthold, Aedion Ashryver, a general in the King’s army and a cousin of the lost princess Aelin of Terrasen, arrives at the castle. A suspicious Chaol tails him and discovers his true loyalties. Together, they try to help their respective peoples while never fully trusting one another. At the same time, Dorian struggles to control his magic and is helped by a young healer, Sorcha. But there are spies everywhere, and it isn’t long before one of them might have to pay the ultimate price for the cause.
We are also introduced to Mannon Blackbeak, heir to the blackbeak clan of witches as she and her coven train to ride the wyverns the King has been breeding in secret. Mannon struggles with her choices versus what her grandmother wants of her. Mannon also begins to suspect that something isn’t right about the wyverns and the men in the mountain.
This one was much longer than the other two. I think this was due to the new locations and three separate story lines going. However, I think I enjoyed it more. It still had an element of mystery, but we got more world building and history and lore than before. I really have to give Sarah J. Maas credit for creating a unique world that has both medieval fantasy and Victorian elements, to have pocket watches and running water besides swords and sorcery makes for an interesting and fascinating world. We also finally get an epic battle.
I give this one Four Lightsabers for the added story, lore and world building, and finally having an action packed battle.