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Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas at Amazon
What it's about (from publisher Bloomsbury Children's):
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?
Why you should read it: Wow. Just wow.
And … wow.
I loved the first two books of this Cinderella-as-an-assassin epic fantasy (read the recs for Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight), but Heir of Fire// kept my pulse pounding through every one of its 562-plus pages.
Following dangerous revelations concerning Prince Dorian and Celaena, Chaol is having a difficult time finding a foothold — especially since Celaena has been sent away and he and Dorian, the friend who was once closer than a brother, are barely speaking. Meanwhile, in a faraway land, Celaena is broken and hopeless after being revealed for what she really is to the man she loves — only to see his disgust. Finally summoned to meet the dangerous Fae queen who might enable her to fulfill a promise given to a dying friend, Celaena is tasked with learning to control her powers by training with a powerful and harsh Fae warrior, Rowan.
Introducing of some seriously B.A. witches (can I say B.A without offending anyone? Hmmmm... I guess we'll find out...), a vicious wyvern or two you might end up wanting to hug, and mysterious beings so dark they make the evil creatures of the last two books look like tame little fluff monsters — oooh! And don't forget my latest book boyfriend Rowan: that harsh, silver-haired and tattooed warrior of Fae awesomeness! — this book cranks up the scale of the world, its inhabitants, and its lead character's emotional growth.
Don't let the length of the book scare you off from experiencing the violent, nasty, intriguing, beautiful, heartbreaking, romantic and exciting story therein. This story will consume your imagination and leave you drooling for more. Heir of Fire is epic fantasy gold.(this review originally appeared at USA Today's Happy Ever After blog)
RATING: 5.5 STARS -- so good!
CONTENT: EDGIEST (YA bordering on NA due to protagonist age) -- due to language, graphic violence, alcohol use, references to sex