The first time I read Heir of Fire I gave it 2.5 stars (here’s my first review). But I just did a reread and gave it five stars! I think this is really interesting so I want to talk a bit about why I think my rating changed so much.
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 2, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Magic
Source: BookExpo America
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat—and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
My first read
The first time I read Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, I read them each as soon as ARCs came out. That means there was about a year in between reading each book. Although this didn’t cause a problem for Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, I think it did cause a problem for Heir of Fire. By the time I got to reading it, it had been so long since I’d read Crown of Midnight. Maybe I wasn’t really in the right frame of mind to devour the book. I still remembered the overall picture, but had forgotten details along the way.
Plus, I was so enamoured with Celaena that I couldn’t give two shits about Manon. I hated her chapters. I wanted nothing to do with her. This just frustrated me.
Then, I think I was so disappointed with Heir of Fire that by the time Queen of Shadows came out, I was just deflated. I read about two chapters and called it quits. Once again, I just think I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I wasn’t hyped up enough.
So I never read Queen of Shadows or any of the following books.
My second read
Everything changed the second time around!
I was determined to reread Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, then push through Heir of Fire, and finally make it to Queen of Shadows and beyond (where many people assured me it would get better than Heir of Fire). Rereading the first two was an amazing experience; I was so glad to find out that I loved the books just as much the second time around—maybe even more. Then Heir of Fire…
…Man I was super nervous. I was so afraid I’d hate it and that it’d just be a repeat of the first time. But then suddenly I was halfway through the book and I realized… I liked it. Then I realized I loved it. I just kept reading and reading and was content to never stop! I think this came down to two reasons:
- No gap between books. I had just finished the first two books and was firmly hooked on Celaena’s world. I was so invested in the story and it was all right there at the front of my mind. There was no year long gap. I was already pumped to continue the story and remembered every single detail.
- Managed expectations. In a funny way, I think knowing the direction the book was going to go made me love the story more. Knowing that Manon was going to be part of the book ahead of time (and here to stay) allowed me to slow down and take the time to appreciate her chapters. This time I loved them! And knowing that (romance spoilers ahead) View Spoiler » [Celaena and Chaol were so over allowed me to let Chaol go instead of pining for him to come back and be with Celaena again. The first time I think I spent most of my read being pissed off that Celaena and Chaol weren’t together. But the second time I accepted they were never going to happen and I gave Rowan a chance as the new love interest, which I suspect he’s going to be! « Hide Spoiler]
In short, I think the first time I read Heir of Fire I wasn’t truly in the right frame of mind to read the book, and I went into it with a clear idea of how I wanted the book to go. I wanted Chaol to go chasing after Celaena and I wanted them to have this huge lovey dovey reunion and spend the rest of the book making out. When that didn’t happen, I was just mad, frustrated, and bored because it wasn’t going my way.
The second time I knew what to expect so I focused on giving the new events and characters a chance instead of hoping for something that would never be. Turns out it was actually pretty awesome! Now I’m pumped that I can finally get caught up with the rest of the series.