Gr 9 Up—When 19-year-old Feyre kills a wolf in the barren woods near her home in Prythian, she thinks it might be enough to help her family survive another long winter. Instead, a monstrous creature soon comes to the cottage, accusing Feyre of murder and demanding she return with him to the Fae realm as payment for the life she took. Feyre finds herself held on a lavish estate belonging to an elite Fae creature known as Tamlin. Over the course of her captivity, Feyre soon learns that life in the Fae realm can be as much of an opportunity as a punishment. When her feelings for Tamlin shift from loathing to lust, Feyre also realizes little will be able to keep them apart—not even the threat of evil lurking on the borders of the estate. Something that has cursed Tamlin for centuries may destroy him and his realm if Feyre can't find a way to stop it. Maas follows up her "Throne of Glass" novels (Bloomsbury) with this series opener. Readers will find the author's trademark blend of action, romance, and witty banter as well as a sexier, edgier tone. This retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Tam Lin" (with elements from ancient Greek mythology thrown in) has a strong focus on Feyre's physical attraction to Tamlin, but characters lacking in dimension detract from Feyre's strengths as a capable but rash heroine. Uneven pacing includes a slow start followed by a game-changing information dump, and then a more action- and less romance-filled second half. VERDICT A weak fantasy with strong romance elements. Good for fans of Maas's previous books looking for a more mature read.—Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library
"The pages fly by." "--""Booklist "on" Heir of Fire" "Will leave readers ravenous for more." "--""Kirkus Reviews "on" Heir of Fire""" "Readers will devour Maas's latest entry . . . A must-purchase." "--""School Library Journal "on" Heir of Fire""" "An epic fantasy readers will immerse themselves in and never want to leave." "--""Kirkus Reviews," starred review, on "Crown of Midnight""" "Series fans . . . will be thrilled by the prospect of deepening adventures in the next volume." "--""Booklist" on "Crown of Midnight""" "The action will carry you right to the end, leaving you eager for the next installment." "--""RT Book Reviews "on "Crown of Midnight" "A thrilling read." "--""Publisher's Weekly," starred review, on "Throne of Glass""" "A must-read for lovers of epic fantasy and fairy tales." "--""USA Today" on "Throne of Glass" "A welcome breath of fresh air to the oft-neglected epic fantasy field." --Tor.com on "Throne of Glass""" "Fans of Tamora Pierce and George R.R. Martin, pick up this book!" "--""RT Book Reviews" on "Throne of Glass"
I was afraid to put the book down!--Tamora Pierce, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, on HEIR OF FIRE
An epic fantasy readers will immerse themselves in and never want to leave.--starred review "Kirkus Reviews on CROWN OF MIDNIGHT "
A thrilling read.--starred review "Publisher's Weekly on THRONE OF GLASS "
A gorgeously written tale as lush and romantic as it is ferocious. Absolutely spellbinding.--Alexandra Bracken, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
Simply dazzles. . . . the clamor for a sequel will be deafening. . . . Maas' Throne of Glass series has been a smash hit. . . this new series is primed to follow in its footsteps.--starred review "Booklist "
A dazzling world, complex characters and sizzling romance. Feyre is a charming heroine with a perfect amount of flaws and strengths, and her chemistry with Tamlin is wonderfully tangible.--Top Pick "RT Book Reviews "
A thrilling read.--starred review "Publishers Weekly on THRONE OF GLASS "
A gorgeously written tale as lush and romantic as it is ferocious. Absolutely spellbinding. Alexandra Bracken, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
Simply dazzles. . . . the clamor for a sequel will be deafening. . . . Maas' Throne of Glass series has been a smash hit. . . this new series is primed to follow in its footsteps. starred review, "Booklist"
Readers will find the author's trademark blend of action, romance, and witty banter as well as a sexier, edgier tone. "School Library Journal"
Sarah J. Maas delivers what may be her best work to date. . . . Enchanting, spellbinding and imaginative. . . . The world-building is stellar, as only Maas can imagine it. "USA Today"
Suspense, romance, intrigue and action. This is not a book to be missed! "The Huffington Post"
[T]he sexual tension and deadly action are well-supported by Maas' expertly drawn, multidimensional characters and their nuanced interpersonal dynamics. . . . Sexy and romantic. "Kirkus Reviews"
Elements from 'Beauty and the Beast, ' 'East o' the Sun, West o' the Moon, ' the myth of Persephone, and the legend of Tamlin are seamlessly interwoven with clever allusions. "BCCB"
A dazzling world, complex characters and sizzling romance. "RT Book Reviews"
A well-developed world. . . . [Feyre's] grit and boundless loyalty demand that her foes--and readers--sit up and pay attention. "Publishers Weekly""