Book Review: Heir of Fire (Spoiler Free)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Page #: 562 pages
Format Read: Hardback
Date Read: 7/31/2019 – 8/8/2019

This review is going to be a hot mess but here we are.

So, this review will be short since it is the third book in a series, and nothing can really be discussed without spoiling but I do still want to point a few things out. So here we go:

  • This book has a lot less romance than the first two in the series and that really allowed for an amount of personal growth with the main character. I did really enjoy how the representation of depression was displayed, and I really enjoyed how there was a lot of backstory that we didn’t get in the first two books. However, the romance that did have was very badly developed. It was really sudden and really felt that things developed off the page when it shouldn’t. Mostly because certain actions done later in book needed that context.
  • The pacing is a bit off given the many characters we are following. There are chunks of time where we don’t see a specific character and then when we do, it continues on without much catching up. This is easily seen on the new character that is introduced in the series. She has less chapters than the other characters who have been there since book one, however this caused a stunt in her character development. Her decisions and her characteristics that were just put there were done without any explanation or development due to the lack of time spent actually exploring this character.
  • Lastly, there is a lack of discussion on the events that happened. I notice this with SJM, but she adds a lot of these cute scenes where the characters are all siting together, eating and chatting instead of exploring actual plot points. I do enjoy the fun and cute scenes, but they end up taking space for actual discussions to be happening. This could be a personal thing, but I do think that in fantasy there has to be discussion and exploration and not a lot of cute moments. So, there are important things that happened that either contradict moments beforehand or just happen at random and everyone just accepts it and move it. This also go for a lack of explanation. A lot of characters discover things, but it isn’t told what they discovered. And it just seems sloppy that there can’t be a one or two sentences giving context to what happened. Mostly this deep into the series.
  • Lastly, this is still a surprisingly quick read which I enjoy. SJM really knows how to grip the reader. I didn’t want to put this book down and I really like that expect of it. It is a book that I looked forward to picking it back up. It was something that could be quickly and easily read. There were so cute moments, and funny moments that developed through the book and I can’t wait to see how they continue to develop throughout the series.

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