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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 listeners 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 listeners from start to finish.

©2014 Sarah J. Maas (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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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 :)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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.

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Best in the series until now

Would you listen to Heir of Fire again? Why?

Yes!!! I really love it, and I will probably listen it again before the next one come out.

What did you like best about this story?

Rowan and Celaena relationship.

Which scene was your favorite?

Celaena discusion with her aunt queen (sorry,forgot her name).

Any additional comments?

And love the new Manon story arc.

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awesomeness

what an amazing story the narrator did such a fantastic job I've listened to the series three times now. can't wait till the next book comes out

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My favorite Throne of Glass book

Would you listen to Heir of Fire again? Why?

I've already listened to this book twice since I bought it. I think the narrator does a good job with character voices; they match personalities well enough, although Rowan sounds so gruff!

What did you like best about this story?

Not only do I love this story because I love seeing how characters tackle trauma, but because Celaena's friendship with Rowan is beautiful. Manon was a nice addition to the books as well. My problem lies in how I feel Chaol's character was butchered for the sake of plot.

Which scene was your favorite?

It's so hard to pick a favorite scene here, but I really love the scene where Celaena tells Rowan the story of her scars, and the Doranelle scene.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at certain points in this book, which is a feat on itself. I hardly laugh when I read.

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Each book pulls you in deeper

What did you love best about Heir of Fire?

The series is layered and uplifting bringing character after character entering as the under dog and leaving victorious. I look forward to the next books in this well thought and marvelously narrated series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aelin Galathynius of course. She has strength, tenderness, and compassion. A great example for young women that speaks to navigating the world.

What does Elizabeth Evans bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her vocalizations of the characters and inflections giving insight into the words.

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Must Read!

Great book. Lots of humor, suspense and twists. I can't wait to read the rest of the next book.

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love this series

This book does not disappoint! Maas makes you care about her characters deeply and Evans does a great job reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • paula
  • 04-08-17

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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  • Miss M L Creamer
  • 01-21-17

Beautifully Read

Love Sarah J Mass - read before listened too. Always listen to my books when I'm at the gym rather than music. Elizabeth Evans told the story beautifully!

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  • ms sd thompson
  • 12-10-16

Fantastic

I think this is the best one so far in this series,
I love the new characters, especially Rowan, but I also like the storyline about the black beaks witches, I feel this is leading into a great storyline. If this story isn't made into a film/ tv series, it will be a sin.

I really love the narration, the different inflections in the voice for different characters is excellent, I could listen to her all day .

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  • Alaina Carroll
  • 11-02-16

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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  • Tazmin
  • 10-20-16

A hugely awesome series! Spoiler Alert.

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!!!

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  • Michelle Lennon
  • 10-07-16

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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  • 09-24-16

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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  • CeNedra Red
  • 09-14-16

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?

Don't know

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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  • michelle
  • 05-13-16

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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  • A.E Clayden
  • 03-14-16

this series just gets better and better

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

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  • ElleDee
  • 02-12-17

Scene setting

I did listen to the whole book which is very easy when you have an hours drive morning and night.I got a little fed up with the setting the scene for it to all come together in the last few chapters. i believe this is very much a series written for teenagers and I think they would enjoy and relate to the language and sarcasm used constantly.
Yes I will listen to them all.

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  • Kristin
  • 06-02-17

And so it goes

One thing I appreciated in this book is how deeply and debilitating grief and guilt can be. Mass is not afraid to show her protagonist as flawed and struggling in the pit of her despair. This makes her return to form all the more exhilarating and satisfying.

Here we get introduced to some great new characters and settings, who fit in well to the narrative. Even if some of them are a little predictable, each have an interesting twist to their characterization.

Again, it's clear Maas has planned a long game for this series, and it's good to see some of those threads come into play

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  • Maria Rose
  • 02-26-17

Female characters

Very disconcerting for a beautiful female character to have a voice like a witch - better to read it in your normal voice - enjoyed the story

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  • manga_me_over
  • 01-20-17

Book 3

So book 3. Wow just wow.
sarah j managers to somehow keep you interested in every book from the throne of glass series. From new characters, to new abilities, flashbacks and existing character developments.
I have to say one disappointing moment of this book was Chaol's development. He (for me personally) went from a beloved character in book 1 and 2 to a bit of a disappointment book 3. However I'm constantly loving Celaena and Dorians development and the new characters Rowan and Manon.
Overall book 3 was a exciting and interesting.

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  • Mary
  • 09-07-16

Story just gets better & better, gripping!

Plot twists & superb character depth and development kept me totally engrossed in the story. Immediately downloading the next in the series!

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  • Cagri
  • 08-08-16

Heir of Fire

An amazing story told in a fantastic way. Performance was amazing. To sum it up, I couldn't stop listening!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-16

Awe inspiring, magnificent

Words fails me to describe how i feel about this book, beautiful doesn't seem enough, compelling seems too light of a word. A masterpiece yes now that sums it up. Sarah J Maas is a master story teller who enthrals you and enchants you from beginning to end. Elizabeth Evans as the narrator is a master of her own way, she captivates you from her emotion filled narrative. X

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  • Bonita
  • 02-17-16

Riveting

Couldn't put it away! Loved the narrator and the story. Can't say anything but good things about this series

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  • The reader who failed English!
  • 09-19-15

An amazing story

I was immediately hooked on this series of books, both by the story and detail but also by the Narrator Elizabeth Evans. I think Elizabeth brings a lot to the book, her abilities are without doubt the best I have ever heard.

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  • lee
  • 05-13-15

Love this series

I usually try to keep my audio books for when I do long drives, which I do fairly frequently but I have gotten so sucked in by the entire series I listen to it at home, don't know what to do now this books finished. I thought this book was the best in the series and loved getting the different points of view .


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