Celaena 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. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
The best-selling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.
©2014 Sarah J. Maas (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Wow. This series just gets better and better. I loved this book. I fell even more in love with the characters, especially Dorian. And Rowan. Love him. I cannot wait to listen to the next book. My only gripe is that I still loathe the narrator. If I had a pound for the amount of times I heard her swallow I'd be a very rich woman. Every male character still sounds the same, which I hate. The only plus was that she's slowed the narration down slightly from that of the previous books. She also pronounced words differently than she did in the first books. If I didn't love this series so much the narrator would put me off reading the rest. I certainly wouldn't listen to another series with her narrating it. It's testament to how good this series is that once I finish listening to all the books, I'll immediately re listen to them.
Story was as usual not wat i predicted. It alwaus seems to.get me. i could have sworn her and Rowen werw going to be a Thing but they kept it ao PG between them and now Cael is leaving so whp is shw gping to fall irrecoverably in Love with!! Need to know!!!
amazing this series just gets better and better! already downloading book 4, need to know the next part of the journey!!
It should have been one of the best, but for some reason Elizabeth Evans seems to have forgotten how to read in this book. Thanks to her faltering, stuttering narration, this is no more than a so, so book
In the first three books of this series (that would be the Novellas and books one and two) Ms Evans had a lovely smooth, very professional reading style, which I really enjoyed listening to. For some reason, in this book, she seems to have had some sort of reading glitch, and her performance was halting and filled with annoying pauses, so that the thread of the story was lost. Having read these books in paperback format (except the latest book, "Empire of Storms") and having absolutely loved them, I was relieved when I listened to the first three, (the novellas and books one and two) to hear that they were being narrated so beautifully. Book three is one of my favorite books in the series, as it introduces the characters of Rowan and Manon, so I was not at all happy with Ms Evans stuttering, clumsy performance.
Several (in the paper back format). The impact of certain scenes was lost, thanks to Elizabeth Evans' inexplicably poor narration. Odd pauses, chopped the scenes up, so that they lost their dramatic impact. Very, very annoying.
I absolutely loved this book when I read the paperback format, but thanks to an inexplicably dreadful performance by Elizabeth Evans this was ruined. I really do hope she finds that smooth professional style she had in the first three books, when she reads the next book in this amazing series.
I loved it. It has action and it's really exciting. I wouldn't down any of it. It contains a bit of violence so I would say 10+. To understand it you probably need to read the first two before, but overall amazing.
Bookshop Manager, and lover of books. Listening on my hour commute to and from my bookshop.
lots going on in this one. multiple storylines to follow, but done in a way that makes it easy. well read and a great story. I can't wait to listen to the next
The story was mostly character development, and a bridge to the next portion of the series. This book was much different to the previous two, and I enjoyed this one much more because of it. The ending was amazing and many new and wonderful characters were introduced.
The narrator was wonderful at portraying all the characters voices and was easy to listen to. If anything I wished she'd pause longer when the story changed perspective, but it flowed like it was a continuation and not a new segment which often confused me briefly.
I was amazed as the book was as great as the previous ones or even growing better! Worth reading on! It is still managing to deepen the story even further with more interesting details and explanations of past events that matter a lot to move forward in the story.
I didn't like only one difference from the previous books - that here the story split up in three parts, telling the parallel stories and events of 3 protagonists. They were usually so separate that you actually didn't want to jump from one to another so much. When you got deep in one's story, it was cut off and you were left disappointed that you'll have to wait for the continuum. When you got taken away in the second story, you got cut off and were followed by the third. And so on in a disappointing loop. It all came together well only by the end of the book. Of course, it was understandable that we needed to know the events chronologically and to understand that they were happening at the same time, and I guess I also don't know how else to better present it.... but it irritated me a lot... though all 3 of the separate stories were great to say the least!
I cried and I laughed, the book managed to take me into it's world fully and not wanna leave! I didn't feel that the book was longer than previous ones at all (not 12 but 20 hours)!
The book is extraordinary and so worth reading! Can't wait for the next one!
Narrator was amazing as always! Loved her way of telling the story!
"Amazing Story, Just What the Series Needed"
If you have read the other books... This is the book you have been waiting for. Not only was it a great story in itself, but it also provides a lot of the back story about Celaena, including flashbacks from her childhood as princess and early use of magic. The book is full of Fay, Demi-Fay, monsters, LOTS of magic, battles, betrayals, and on, and on.
If you haven't already read the rest of the series, then you probably won't get nearly as much from this book as you would have if you started from the beginning. Even if you haven't though, you will certainly still appreciate it.
Celaena spends the entire book in Wendlyn, where she was sent at the end of the last book. She goes through a great deal of self discovery and understanding while learning how to use (and more importantly control) her magic under the direction of a bitter yet likeable warrior Fay. Although she fears the power she hasn't been able to access since childhood, she none-the-less rediscovers how powerful and unique her gifts are, and how valuable and necessary they will be in defeating the King.
Chaol and Dorian tell the story from back in Rifthold where both of them, despite being at odds, plot against the King in their own efforts. One of the new characters, a cousin to Celaena and general to the king, joins the two of them in an attempt to destroy the King's ability to suppress magic.
A new character also gives a perspective of the kings plans from elsewhere on the continent, in a very interesting independent story line. Even though this character is completely isolated from the others, I have a feeling she will become a major player in the next book.
Another thing I liked about the book was that is wasn't just told primarily from Celaena's point of view (as in the last two books), but all the characters get an equal share of the story. In many other book series, I find this annoying because I really only care about what is happening with the main character, but the other story lines are interesting enough that I was just as happy to hear from them.
Although this book is (unfortunately) just as much of a cliffhanger as the last was, it at least left off in a good place. I also finished feeling satisfied given all that that happened, all the new developments, and all of the new material.
With as great a story as this was, and another excellent performance by the narrator, this is without a doubt worth the credit I spent...
"Standard YA girl series, which I loved"
I've noticed trends in a lot of the YA scifi books that I've read, particularly those with a strong female lead, and this one followed all of them. It has the usual love story/triangle, and the usual rise from the lower class, and a strong female protagonist - which to be clear, I always enjoy, AND, this book still managed to give you a plot line to love, even though you've kind of heard it all before.
I didn't love this book as much as the previous ones, but I'm certain that I will still be listening to the next book in the series.
"Heir of Greatness"
In the third installment of the Throne of Glass series, Heir of Fire, Celaena Sardothien embarks on a life-changing journey. New alliances are formed as tensions run high in the kingdoms.
Though I don’t usually have a lot of luck with fantasy series, I do enjoy this character-driven series quite a lot. Celaena’s a great heroine who has grown a lot over the course of the series. And the stakes keep getting higher for her. With the action moved to unfamiliar territory and Celaena on a new path, this is a transitional phase for her. I did miss Celaena’s interactions with her friends from the first two books, but we do meet a kick-ass new character in exchange so that’s almost a fair trade-off.
The fantasy elements really ramp up in this installment, and we get more acquainted with fae and witches. The action shifts between three separate but related stories in Heir of Fire- Celaena’s journey, the characters left behind in Adarlan (Dorian, Chaol, etc.) and the Blackbeak coven. I have to admit the chapters with the witches went over my head. There is a new character named Manon Blackbeak who seems important but for the life of me I couldn’t keep up with that storyline. I will definitely have to read a Recaptains recap before the next book.
What kept my interest is Celaena’s personal journey and revelations. I liked her alliance with Rowan, the fae prince. The prickly Rowan is a great addition to the series, and I’m curious to see what role he takes going forward.
Back in Adarlan, Chaol and Dorian are quite downcast without Celaena’s company, though it’s not long before they get distracted other pressing matters. Chaol seemed kind of lost in this installment and I hope for more Chaol and Celaena in the next book. A new character causes some trouble for Dorian and Chaol and I’m interested to see how the situation in Adarlan shakes out. Dorian really got to me in this book – lots of character growth there.
The romance is downplayed in this installment compared to Crown of Midnight, but that makes sense considering the journey Celaena is on. The strong friendships that build in Heir of Fire make you (almost) not notice the lack of romance.
This series really shines in audiobook format, with the excellent performance by Elizabeth Evans. She pronounces all those tricky words for you so you don’t have to try to make sense of them on your own. Evans gives a strong and consistent performance here and doesn’t distract for the story. She brings many different types of characters to life and is especially successful with capturing Celaena’s essence. Since Heir of Fire is over 20-hours long, you’ll get your money’s worth of your Audible credit.
This installment is a game changer in a lot of ways with so much to ponder and digest. The slow-burn action pays off in the end and leaves you clamoring for the next book.
"Exactly Where the Series Needs to Go"
Okay, so I am going to be 100% honest. I wasn't a huge fan of this series. I enjoyed the first book, but I felt like Maas focused too much on a possible love triangle than on this incrediblely awesome world she has created! It was also extremely frustrating that the characters didn't know what was going on like what "wyrds" were, and it seemed like we were never going to learn. Then the end of the second book happened...
I am absolutely thrilled with where this series is going. We are FINALLY getting some answers! I'm crazy about the world-building that is going on, and, yes, everything is starting to click together. I almost feel like re-listening to the first two now, so I can understand the hints at what is happening.
So, if you know me, you know what sets books apart from being "good" to "amazing" is character development. And, boy oh boy, did I get some character development. Let's break down by characters since it's a mixed POV:
Poor Celaena. I will admit I really didn't care for her at first! I didn't find her arrogance charming. She seemed one-dimensional to me...Until now. She has so. much. depth. I loved learning about her past and why she is the way she is. I was a little weary that we, the listeners, were going to be bogged down by her despair (like in Mockingjay), but we weren't. Her fears are tangible, and it was thrilling to watch her become the woman she was born to be.
The training scenes were beautiful. The development of her magic was beautiful. Her friendship with Ronan was beautiful.
I am always hesitant about the introduction of new males. Celanea was just coming out of a terrible break-up, and I truly did not want to have another book focusing on Celaena developing a new boyfriend. Ronan was not that. They had a wonderful friendship, where, if it developed into a romance, I would be completely fine. Ronan was broken, just as Celaena was. They healed each other. I'm still not over how beautiful there last couple scenes with Ronan were. My only complaint is that he probably won't be too prominent in the next book.
We are introduced to another new character...which, again, scary. But, Manon's POV ended up being my second favorite to listen to! She is a witch, but in a different clan than the only witch we have been introduced to - Baba Yellowlegs. She is a cruel creature that revels in violence. I've never read anything where you are hearing from a deeply mean person's perspective, so that was neat. Her development gave me chills. The witches are preparing for war, and they are given these creatures as their mounts. The mounts are supposed to be mindless killing, flying machines. However, Manon develops a relationship with her mount, Abraxos. Abraxos is a literal slave, and he shows Manon that she is a slave to her culture. I cannot wait to see where the series takes her - hopefully with an alliance with Celaena.
4. Dorian and Chaol
I didn't want to hear from these two. Is that bad? Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed them both in the past books. They just aren't as exciting as witches or fay. I'm sad for Dorian, and that is all I have to say on that front. Chaol was annoying. He could not chose a side; he felt like it was between Caleana and Dorian BUT THEY ARE ON THE SAME SIDE. That just annoyed me. Chaol ended up making his choice in the worst possible moment...I won't spoil it.
Yes, I loved it. Yes, you will love it. Yes, you need to drop everything and listen immediately. You will laugh, and you will probably cry. It is worth it.
I first started listening to this series because i found it was suggested on a "books similar to Harry Potter" search I did. I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much.
The first book was good. It seemed a little cliche at first, and it felt like the narrator hadn't quite mastered her craft. And yet, I downloaded the second book immediately after I finished the first. The second was better. There were some palpable plot twists, more complex characters, and the boom wasn't afraid to get a little darker, which I loved.
But then, bam, this third novel hits you like a freight train. Intense, emotionally and psychologically gripping writing. And the narrator has really come into her own. She's like a different person!
Honestly, never thought I'd be recommending this series so strongly, but you should read it. I'm downloading the 4th one right now :)
"Celaena is the most annoying person ever"
Maas did a really good job of trying to push me away with this book. For 7/8 of the book, all we hear about is poor Celaena, her life is just terrible, no body else in this world has problems like her. It drags on and on and it's annoying. And then there's Chaol whose almost as bad. I just wanted to punch him near the end. He's just turned into the worst character after being the best character in book 1.
The only things that kept me going were the Dorian and Manon chapters. I was literally only listening for their parts by the end.
Then Celaena stopped being a whinny little brat, and oh look, the book is good again. I won't finish the next book if Maas sends her back into her ball.
"Best in the series until now"
Yes!!! I really love it, and I will probably listen it again before the next one come out.
Rowan and Celaena relationship.
Celaena discusion with her aunt queen (sorry,forgot her name).
And love the new Manon story arc.
"Meh - until the end"
The last 15 or so chapters mostly make up for the rest of the book's unimaginative story and poor writing.
"I loved it"
Still Don't know. I thought her thought process has changed to ad her trainer's view to be important to her and I really thought her self Loathing was unexpected. The whining was a weird change coming from her.
Celaena of course.
She can bring out the characters where a very few readers can be
Be quick about the next book Sarah. The anticipation is killing me.
"Another great book in a fantastic series."
Thank you to Sarah J. Maas for the entertainment during my daily drives. I enjoy the drive so much more now!
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