Book Review: Heir of Fire (Spoiler Free)

This Review is Spoiler Free! If you want to read the 100% spoiler version, Click HERE


Name: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: September 2, 2014

Blurb from US edition

Celaena Sardothien 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. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength not only to fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this third book in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

Book Cover Comments

US Edition

It’s kind of sad that this time, Celaena didn’t use her outfit from the book cover. And I feel like the outfit seems too manly-ish. And in my opinion, the outfit looks like the Terracotta Army by this famous Chinese Emperor who was obsessed with having horse and soldier statues buried with him. Click on that sentence to hyperlink to Wikipedia. Thank god they made the background a glow effect from lime to green, so we can see Celaena clearly. The opaque 3D font is still outshining.

Same same with the side, but the color is so, yellow lime, I can’t tell between CoM and HoF unless I look at the “” thing on the back cover.

The back is quite tragic. They threw green spray paint onto Celaena, so other than her face and her existent bow, I literally can’t see shit.

UK/AUS Edition

As for the UK edition, we have the white background, this time with a emerald-turquoise green aura and then Terracotta Celaena. AND GUESS WHAT, THANK GOD THE FONT DIDN’T FALL OFF, BECAUSE BLOOMSBURY USED A GOOD MATERIAL FOR THE WORD PRINTING.

One thing I noticed with the UK editions is that for the cover copyrights, other than Talexi drawing the Celaenas, apparently the plain backgrounds and auras are from Shuttersock. Lol.

As for the back, green background, A FULL VERSION OF CELAENA, AND I CAN SEE EVERYTHING. THE GORGE DRESS, ETC. So it’s always nice to have a copy of UK edition around even though you can find the illustration online.

The Actual Review

Heir of Fire was even wow. Maas once said that Heir of Fire was the book of her soul. I think I quite agree. This review is so long I cut down a lot of parts.


Maas has put in never-ending elements that allows Celaena to face what happened in her past, around her, and how to face her fears and events that shattered her. And it is that where one person grows up to live the next day. So of course it was nice to see her PERSONAL TRAINER helping her grow out of her shell.

“What are you doing?”
“To that girl. What are you doing that makes her come in here with such emptiness in her eyes?”

OH whoever you are THAT WAS SO SWEET.

And somewhere far and deep inside her, and ember began to glow.

I deleted two sentences of this quote because it was sorta spoilery. Anyway, what you should really do, is to read this spoiler free ver, and then go read the 100% spoiler ver, because that’s more of a fangirling and awwing lol.

“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love.”

ALL HAIL WHOEVER SAID THIS (the name is in spoiler ver but i’m not supposed to spoil you). This was so true in every single way. I cannot. Maas does not only provide us readers with wonderful writing style and scenes, she also gives us wonderful quotes that is so meaningful, it’s unbelievable. I can’t even describe how I feel.


GODS. THE CLIMAX CAME ALONG. And I totally call this Heir of Fire’s ultimate finale. The  development, Celaena losing control of her ability and then she started her journey of confronting her past. It was amazing I cannot. Maas has did a great job of building the world and past of Celaena, and the journey to how she would overcome the walls. It was so heartwarming and beautiful, I sob in my heart. (I ain’t that sentimental so I can’t cry)

Gods above. I haven’t even started on Manon the witch and Dorian baby.

Manon Blackbeak. So she’s an ironteeth witch that’ll appear quite often in Heir of Fire for absolutely unknown reasons until you read book 4. Even I don’t know back then lol. Manon is such a cool and strong character, its just so ahhhhhhhh!!!! ANd what she would do in order for her “flying media” to fly more smoothly. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Manon has like a team of entourage called the Thirteen, and they’re like woooohoooooooo! It’s the contrasts between the entourage and her that makes things really interesting, as well as the fact that Manon’s story in this book really sends the message of “even those who seem weaker can be stronger.”

I also never mentioned the fact that Maas using a POV switching style allows you to explore more of this certain character, and that it’s really creative, and… who knows. Amazing.

Dorian. Oh Dorian.
WE all know that Dorain Havilliard the prince of Adarlan is absolutely amazing, and basically everything about what happens to Dorian cannot be spoken here because its 100% spoiler. SO, just, yea. Read.

There’s so much more I can say but is impossible to put down in words, I don’t even know what to say. There are so many parts where the characters grow, and its that grow that makes us readers swoon over them and eventually love them even more, as well as the never-ending climaxes and events that happen in the book <3<3<3

Feel free fangirl with me over any book by Sarah J. Maas. I'm like, dying. Of course.
Thanks for reading!!!

The following two tabs change content below.

Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Heir of Fire (Spoiler Free)

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.