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Event Recap | Meeting SJ Maas

Saturday 23rd November 2015

Dear Reader,

Today was very eventful.

I woke up and packed my Throne of Glass series along with ACOTAR in my Shakespeare & Co. bag in the hopes that by the end of the day they would all be signed by my favourite author. I also tried to cram in exam revision without any success.

Walking 50 paces into Supanova I spotted a queue labelled ‘SARAH’. I honestly hadn’t expected such an overwhelming fan base.  There were a few girls Cosplaying Caelena and it was so exciting to fan girl over meeting Sarah while waiting in line.

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Given my short height I also continued to stand on tippy-toes to get a view of Sarah and squeaked to my mum about how pretty she was especially in person.

As luck would have it I arrived right at the head of the line before Sarah had to attend a panel. I stalked her to the panel as you naturally do.

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The panel had discussions about Kick-Ass Characters and it was great to see some new authors talking about characters in their books, also Sarah is extremely funny mainly because of how honest she is.

When I finally managed to meet her after she gloriously finished eating her chocolate, I was shaking all over.

I soon fell into casual conversation. Sarah takes great interest in her reader’s lives and I love that. She asked me about where I’m from and school.

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I also discovered she’s busy blurbing novels at the moment but also that she cannot wait to read C .S.  Pacat’s Captive Prince series.

We also spent a good amount of time fangirling over The Lunar Chronicles and she asked me if my mum was my sister and my mum felt greatly complimented by that so THANKS SARAH!!

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Epilogue: With my pile of signed books in my hands I walked out of the signing area and graciously stumbled and fell on the floor of Supanova along with all my books.

My clumsiness never evades me

Yours,

Infinity Reads

 

 

Book reviews

Book Review | Heir of Fire

Title: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah.J.Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #3

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Page Count:  562

Synopsis: 
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

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Now that I’m finally done with this hunk of a book let’s get talking. Reading Heir of Fire was like being hit with a tsunami of knowledge and emotion and I loved it!

Plot

Adventurous would be a very fitting word to describe the plot. You’re thrown from one magical place into another, from kingdoms to witch covens. There is never a dull moment or should I say a moment to catch your breath because everything happens in a sequence of action and adrenaline.  We finally fully get to experience magic whether it’s in Dorian or Celaena or Rowan and I’m down with it.

Although I am a bit confused about the geography and all the new discoveries that were made in the book I think the events unfolded nicely and the book was well paced. I wasn’t too fazed by the first book but in Heir of Fire I just felt like the book had more substance and the ending was definitely not what I expected.

Writing

I’m just gonna reiterate what I said just then, the book just had more depth and clarity. Although I can’t help but feel that the third person narrative restricted me from completely engulfing myself in the character’s misery or victory. I could still feel the feels but I just wasn’t drowning in them.

Characters

Celaena’s badassery was finally exposed in it’s full glory. Her character development was so well done from being miserable over her friend’s death to finding confidence in her magic and herself. Celaena kicking butt and then in the end when she’s all sassy to Maeve and she accepts the role of Queen (kind of). I also absolutely loved the fact that we travel to her past and that just provides so much clarity to her character now.

Celaena’s relationship with Rowan was interesting to say the least.  I love how they grew onto each other and opened up until finally they’re pretty much besties aw. I want to elaborate but I shall do that in the spoilery post.

Manon’s POV was by far my favourite. There’s something about ruthless, cruel, hard beauty that has me intrigued. The idea of competing in games and clan rivalry is cliche but in the best way.  It was interesting to see her perspective on things and how certain creatures changed her for the better.

Heir of Fire is one hefty book filled with supernatural powers, friendships, love and just plain badassery. You can’t go wrong with that combination so it was no doubt a highly enjoyable book.

Rating

4

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