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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.

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My soul has been utterly ensnared by this series

words cannot express how utterly enthralling these books are I'm completely hooked. I read books 1-5 then doubled back and re-read 3-5 then read the prequel (the assassins blade) then carried on again reading 1-5 all without pause. they are SO ridiculously good I have no words. every time I read them something new comes to light. some new angle or plot twist or hidden delight is revealed they're Oh so good.!!! have not been this entwined with a series since the Harry Potter books. a must read! push on after book 1 the story gets so damned good you shouldnt miss it!

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What Happened????

Where does Heir of Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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

What other book might you compare Heir of Fire to, and why?

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What didn’t you like about Elizabeth Evans’s performance?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Amazing

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.

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incredible series

dreadful narration, but fantastic story.
if I hadn't already been familiar with the series, I wouldn't have continued listening.

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Brilliant

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.

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  • 24-09-16

amazing this series just gets better and better!

amazing this series just gets better and better! already downloading book 4, need to know the next part of the journey!!

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loved it

a brilliant book, very good performance. only problem is that the next book is not due for release until autumn this year

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Ebbs and flows

This is more of a 3.5 book. I preferred it to the second book, more interesting as more narrative threads and characters. However it is a little bit long and the pacing is off at times.

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Incredible

What an incredible series this is, Elizabeth Evans performance is a joy and the journey is so triumphant and magical. A series packed with hero’s and heroines that will stay with me, none more so than Aelin; a fantastic, empowering, witty, clever and shocking heroine, so refreshing and exiting to read.

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Now this is more like it!

I enjoyed the first two books well enough but the story really kicks off In this one!! The Narrator is excellent, the story is Gripping making this my favourite of the Throne of glass series so far! I cannot wait to get the next one started!

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  • Adam Goudreault
  • 29-08-16

Shocked

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 :)

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  • Striker
  • 10-09-14

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...

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  • Kaelah
  • 26-10-14

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:

1. Celaena
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.


2. Ronan
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.

3. Manon
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.

Overall:

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.

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  • Utopian Souljah
  • 22-01-20

The book in the series that got me hooked

This is the book that takes a huge turn to such a grand story. I’ve read all 7 and this is where I couldn’t stop. The rest of the series is amazing with such detailed character development, adventure, heartfelt relationships, laughter, tears and a satisfying ending.

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  • omar conger
  • 16-11-18

Overkill

OMG. Character development overkill. The amount of time spent developing the relationship between certain characters drove me crazy. This book could have been cut by a third... but that's just me. There was also development on a separate set of characters that never actually come to play in this book and that irritated me too. The author seemed to like making things confusing as hell when it comes to Salaena, specifically with giving her so many alias (4, I think?). The base story is still pretty cool and more magic is being used now. While it would seem that the next book is going to bring the direct conflict between Salaena and the King, I wouldnt be surpised if book 4 dwells on Salaena and her assassin story and getting the word key back.

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  • nope
  • 14-11-18

jumps all over

the main plot is good, but the author jumps between 5 or so barely related plots

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  • Samantha Sophia
  • 11-11-18

This book is the epitome of a filler book.

This book is the epitome of a filler book. A jumble of plot. Characters that are inconsistent and incredibly underwhelming.
#Dark #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Sinmara Jotunn
  • 28-09-18

Self-flagellating misery porn.

This entire book is nothing but misery porn. The melodrama is so thick it could hold up a fork. No one is happy. Everyone is completely irrational. I want to spike everyone's punch with Zoloft. This book makes Catcher in the Rye seem cheerful by comparison.

I loved the first book. The main character was strong, sassy, bold, intelligent, brimming with defiance. The second book had its flaws and an overdone love triangle but I still liked it. This one is so bad that I couldn't even finish it. I had to stop because the main character's constant irrational, petulant behavior and relentless self-flagellation actually made me feel depressed. The negativity just never let up. The only bight spots were when the story left the main character and focused on what the supporting characters were doing, and even that was mediocre and not worth suffering through the whining. I won't be continuing this series, which is very disappointing because it started so strong.

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  • christy mitchell
  • 06-06-18

Disappointed

I’ve loved all the books till this one!!!!!! The story is all over the place. It’s been so frustrating trying to follow this story line. And all the nonsense about these stupid witches. And the main girl that I don’t know what to call her because she now has 4 or more different names so far. Ugh I have a headache this book is so frustrating. Half of it doesn’t make sense.

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  • irvy
  • 18-02-17

big holes in character development

the writing was good but the characters had big holes.
the world's greatest assassin who is a virgin? she was physically abused by her master but he never had sex with her? she had no knowledge of the outdoors? I guess she only worked in the city and how did she travel between cities? the first book to the third book she increased the foul language.
a Captain of the Guard who had never killed despite working for the K ING of Blood?

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