By Molly Kelly
Assassins trained to kill from childhood, rogue royals, and magical creatures - this is just a taste of the glittering and lethal world described in Sarah J Maas’ Heir of Fire, the third book of seven in the Throne of Glass series.
After facing her demons, both literally and figuratively, Aelin, Queen of Terrasan and a deadly assassin, is now in Wendlyn, the country ruled over by her immoral aunt. She has already won the trust of the king, as well as her freedom, and now must fulfill her promise to Nehemia to save her people from a lethal fate. With the blessing of Chaol, Aelin sets off to begin her journey and, hopefully, recruit allies with her old family and friends. Despite these good intentions, she runs into many obstacles, including a fae warrior, and secrets that could very easily tear down all the hope she and her people have. As Aelin begins to train to fight for the future that she hopes to have, it begins to become clear that salvation will not come for her kingdom as easily as she thought it would. Just how far is Aelin willing to go in order to build her throne?
Though every book in this series completely ensnared my thoughts, it was necessary to write about the book that truly started Aelin’s fight for her lost kingdom. Throughout the book, Maas’ expert use of plot twists will keep you on the edge of your seat and her complex characters, who are extremely relatable, will engage you.
The previous books in the Throne of Glass series follow Aelin throughout her escape from slavery and her participation in the competition to become the king's champion, all to gain her freedom and eventually avenge all she has lost. As this series continues to follow Aelin’s quest to save her people, many must sacrifice what they hold dear.
This fantasy book is suited for a more mature audience due to depictions of violence. Despite this, I think that any person fourteen or older could truly enjoy these books.
Heir of Fire has received 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads and is available at Barnes and Noble for $10.80 in the paperback form and $15.99 in the hardcover form; enjoy!