heir of fire

acc03b702d4119e85b12f74474e29965HEIR OF FIRE by Sarah J. Maas
YA Fantasy
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Chef’s Notes:

The third in the Throne of Glass series promises adventure, political machinations, and dangerous games as Celaena Sardothien, King’s Champion and Ardalan’s Assassin, must explore an old part of her identity, one she’d thought long dead.

Maas really brings you into this world, making the fantasy realm seem liveable and a place you could lose yourself in. Easily one of the best parts of the books is Celaena’s training: the assassin must now learn how to use the magic that is her birthright, under the tutelage of Fae warrior Rowan, bound to Queen Maeve. The romance, the other area that Maas excels at, felt a bit flat this time around– Chaol and Celaena are separated for the entire book, and while it’s understandable that she and Rowan have a complicated enough relationship without adding romance, I’m so used to seeing it in Maas’ books that it felt weird reading through without her trademark romantic tension between characters. Characters grow, but Nehemia’s arc is frustrating and seems geared to cause Celaena more pain than have a clear purpose. Manon’s sections with her witches add an intriguing extra arc, and it was especially nice to see more women taking the center stage and Maas’ usually male-dominated work. Maas also seems to be making an effort to up the representation of marginalized people in her work across the board in this book. Also interesting are the likenesses between the faeries and magic in the Throne of Glass series and the Court of Thorns and Roses books– we now have enough Maas books that we’re starting to see what her archetypes are, which is a cool thing to analyze in itself.

A worthy successor to the series, if very long, and while the romance may not catch you this time around the adventure and excellent training scenes will.


a court of thorns and roses

c250e365c5caa22223a350156c69219aA COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas
YA Fantasy
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Chef’s Notes:

An exercise in pacing and character-driven romance with a knife-sharp edge of sensuality.

Beauty and the Beast meets fairies– it’s hard to think it’ll work, especially in a saturated market, but it does. Maas’ fae are dangerous and beautiful, and often the most beautiful people are the most dangerous. Everyone suffers from something in this book, right from the start: Feyre’s family presents a complicated conflict that Feyre must work through, but she does, and never loses her edge and her ruthless drive even as she finds her own (brief) happiness before going off to rescue her beloved. Maas, always, presents a wide variety of guys for her protagonist to choose from and her descriptions bring you just enough into the world to make it real without bogging the reader down in detail, perhaps a holdover from her fanfiction days. Still pretty staunchly heteronormative, and I would have liked to see more women doing things.

This book draws you in and does not let you go until the very end; everyone is scheming amidst luminous details, and while you may figure out how things’ll go before Feyre does , you’ll still enjoy the whole ride to the finish.