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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Heir of Fire by Sarah Maas (Throne of Glass book 3)
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, Stop! I don’t want to ruin my absolute, all-time favorite series for you.
Please visit the Recaptains blog if you need a refresher on the first two books in the series.
“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”
Celeana Sardothian’s world was turned upside down by all of the events that occurred at the end of Crown of Midnight. She has been in Wendlyn for the past two weeks and decided almost immediately that she couldn’t carry out the King of Adarlan’s plans. He wants her to assassinate the King and Prince at the midsummer ball and steal their naval defense plans so that he can attack. Failure to do so will result in the deaths of Chaol and Nehemia's family. Celeana vowed on Nehemia's grave to free Eyllwe. She must locate and destroy the Wyrdkeys the King has used to build his empire. While in Wendlyn, she decides that the first step she must take in order to succeed is to go see Queen Maeve of the Fae. She has certainly been living long enough to know the answers Celeana seeks. Unfortunately, all of Celaena's plans crumbled when she first laid eyes on Prince Galan Ashryver and saw how his subjects loved him. Dejected, Celaena has hit rock bottom, Drinking and lounging on rooftops during the day and gambling at night.
She climbs down from the roof one day to meet face to face with another vagrant. Celaena realizes that she is in horror shape, so unlike her normal put together self. Trying to back away, a voice chuckles behind her. The vagrants of the alleyway make themselves scarce when the male Fae warrior comes towards Celaena. He is taking in her smell, not the one of her unwashed body but the one that marks her true heritage. She hopes that he doesn't call out her name or the Prince would come back into the city and all of her plans would be laid to waste. Striding up to him, she tries to maintain her bravado for the crowd knowing that the Fae won't be fooled. He tells her "let's go" the two of them mount horses. Not knowing if her sarcastic attitude was from her drinking and new level of apathy, Celaena asks the warrior his name. Rowan, he states and he is taking her to where she has been summoned.
Chaol is trying to keep Celaena and Dorian's secrets safe from the King but Celaena's from Dorian as well. When Aedion Ashryver, the King's infamous General of the North and Celaena's cousin arrives back in court, Chaol wonders how he didn't realize Celaena's secret earlier. Looking at Dorian, Chaol sees that Dorian may be starting to put two and two together. As Aedion reports to the King about his delay, Chaol notices that Aedion wears the same black ring as the other members of the king's trusted circle. Even if he speaks to the King in a less than dignified manner, Aedion is still under his control. Bypassing the main table, Aedion sits with Chaol and Dorian where he begins to bait the two men. He inquires of the king's new assassin and Chaol is thankful that he sent Celaena away. He wonders how badly she will react when she discovers the bloodshed Aedion has done in Terrasen. Realizing that Dorian is quickly losing his calm, Chaol makes an excuse for the two of them to leave the room. Walking back to Dorian's tower, Chaol waits until they are safe from eavesdropping to ask Dorian if he is alright. He says that he is but Chaol stops him from further details. He doesn't want to know anything more in order to keep his secret safe in case he is questioned (tortured by the King). Dorian asks why he sent Celaena away but Chaol just walks away.
After traveling for several days with the silence stretching between them, Rowan and Celaena arrive at a Fae outpost high in the mountains. He takes her into an office located in a tower. There Celaena comes face to face with Maeve for the first time. She quickly realizes that Maeve knows all of her secrets. Maeve tells Celaena that she didn't approve of her parents' marriage and her mother promised to let her see Celaena once she was born. Eight years passed without her mother's promise being fulfilled. Maeve wants Celaena to master her Fae abilities before she will allow her to enter the Fae kingdom. Maeve wants Celaena to reclaim her crown and become the Queen of Terrasen.
What happens when Queen Maeve forces Celaena to master her Fae powers? Who is Rowan? Why did her mother renege on her promise to the Fae Queen? Will Dorian realize who Celaena really is? Can Chaol keep Celaena safe? Why has Aedion Ashryver really returned to Rifthold? Does someone else in the castle know Celaena's secret? How will Celaena handle her assignment in Wendlyn that the King gave her? What lies ahead for Celaena and Chaol?
The story will continue with book four hopefully sooner rather than later. That ending killed me!
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