Ever since The Crown by Kiera Cass came out, I’ve needed to get caught up with the series. So I picked up The Heir. And I have to say that I was surprised when I started reading because I didn’t realize the story was continuing so many years later.
Synopsis: Maxon and America are happily married, but dealing with conflict in the country. Not all of their people are happy with the casteless system. In order to calm the public, they decide to have another Selection, with their daughter Eadlyn, the next queen. Eadlyn is not completely on board with their idea, but she eventually concedes. And she may be unhappy about having to go through with it, but along the way she realizes that she may actually find happiness with one of the Selected boys.
I decided to pick this up after reading Crown of Midnight—I needed something lighter after all the drama and intensity. The Heir was great for fulfilling my needs: something much more fluffier.
I loved all the cutesy moments and anytime America and Maxon were mentioned, but I honestly had no clue before starting this book how much Kiera would fast forward into the future. For me, it was more of a spin-off series. I was a little bit confused and surprised that I didn’t hear more about the book not really revolving around America/Maxon. But it was still the same fun and awkward moments of finding love. Though it wasn’t as great as the original Selection.
I’m all for a strong female lead, but, like some characters in the book, I felt like Eadlyn was cold. I couldn’t connect to her as well as I did with America. I understand she had a different upbringing, but she was just so spoiled and obnoxious most of the time, it was hard to get past that. She did open up gradually as the book unfolded, but hardly as much as I would have liked. The boys were adorable, and even the not-so-good guys were intriguing. They were the ones who kept me going.
The Heir receives 3 out of 5 stars.
It only took me two days to finish Sarah J. Maas’s Crown of Midnight. It kept me up late at night because I just could not put it down. This series will completely ruin my sleep schedule! Exhibit A:
Goodreads Synopsis: From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
This book was twice as intense as the first. SO MANY FEELINGS! Celaena has serious anger management problems and boy did she let loose. My heart beat a mile a minute because her anger was frightening. Once I finished reading the book, I took a break and read The Heir by Kiera Cass to get some lighter reading in and calm myself.
I’m sorry, but I’m still Team Dorian. Chaol is great, but, to me, Dorian is my baby. I can’t get enough of him. And this book also upped Dorian’s cool factor, so I’m still holding on to that ship.
As for the plot, it was just as intense as Celaena’s emotion. So much happens and I can’t risk spoiling anything, but it is well worth the read.
I’m still reeling from all that I’ve read that I’m practically speechless. I can say this:
Just like my Throne of Glass review, 5 out of 5 stars to this one too.