So, fun fact about me: I get claustrophobic in large crowds. Something about being around lots of people makes me really anxious. And cranky. Very cranky.
Because of that, waiting in a crowded line for 2.5 hours is normally my personal version of Hell.
But for the new Throne of Glass novel?
Totally worth it.
I picked up the last book, Crown of Midnight, at BEA last year. A day later I had finished the book and was screaming at the last page. At 2 am. Then I started counting down the days until I could get the next book in the series.
So putting up with my claustrophobia for a couple hours to get Heir of Fire months early? Yeah, worth it.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the series (in which case, get thee to a bookstore!) here’s what the latest book offers:
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 bestselling 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.
And yes, it delivers.
What Intrigued Me: Well, at this point, the first two books. Maas’s original concept for the series was a retelling of Cinderella where she’s an assassin sent to kill the Prince. Which is amazingly awesome. And at this point in the series, things have Gone Down. There is intrigue, there is drama, there is trauma. What more could you want?
What Hooked Me: …well, you could want new characters to fall in love with. Like Rowan. *sigh* Oooooh, Rowan.
What Made Me Fall In Love: What makes Maas (and her novels) awesome is that she keeps upping the game. She doesn’t play safe. She doesn’t stick to what the reader already knows. She expands, she takes risks. And they pay off.
In a way she’s like George R.R. Martin: there is no safe or predictable. And in that way, the reader is never prepared, always surprised, and in for a great ride.
Heir of Fire is available September 2 from Amazon and at your local purveyor of awesome (a.k.a. books). Be prepared to fight for a copy.