Thirteen Days of Ash & Fire: An Heir of Fire Blog Tour Day 2

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I am SO excited about today’s post! I read Heir of Fire a few months back and of course loved it. I got to talking about the book/series on Twitter (as one does) and ended up chatting with 4 other lovely ladies: Alexa from Alexa Loves Books, Rachel from Hello Chelly, Judith from Paper Riot, and Jaz from Fiction in Fiction in Fiction. We are all enthralled by this series and knew we had to do something to pay homage. We came up with the Maas Thirteen! Also seen on Twitter under #MaasThirteen or #HoF13Tour. The Thirteen is an important part of Heir of Fire and we couldn’t think of a better way to represent the book.

Tour Schedule

August 25 – Jaz @ Fiction In Fiction In Fiction
August 26 – Katie @ Polished Page-Turners
August 27 – Kelly @ Belle of the Literati
August 28 – Elena @ Novel Sounds
August 29 – Nicole @ The Quiet Concert
September 1 – Gillian @ Writer of Wrongs
September 2 – Judith @ Paperiot
September 3 – Melanie @ The Daily Prophecy
September 4 – Magan @ Rather Be Reading
September 5 – Andi @ Andi’s ABCs
September 8 – Gina @ Behind the Pages
September 9 – Rachel @ Hello Chelly
September 10 – Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books

When brainstorming ideas for my post with my fellow hosts, I knew as soon as someone mentioned food of the Throne of Glass world I was sold! I love baking and have recently been testing my skills at cooking. I contacted Sarah as well as browsed my Kindle copies of the books for quotes and ideas for food of the Throne of Glass world. Today I present you with my creations! Making my choices was hard because Celeana loves to eat. The first item I have today was my easy choice…Chocolate Hazelnut cupcakes! Chocolate Hazelnut has come up several times in the series…

THE QUOTES

In Throne of Glass, Celaena talks about hazelnut truffles and how chocolate is important (which it TOTALLY is!)

All of her favorites were there: chocolate-covered gummies, chocolate almond bark, berry-shaped chews, gem–shaped hard sugar, peanut brittle, plain brittle, sugarlace, frosted red licorice, and, most importantly, chocolate. She popped a hazelnut truffle into her mouth. ‘Someone,’ she said in between chews, ‘is very good to me.’

In Crown of Midnight a very special cake just happens to be chocolate hazelnut…

When they’d eaten the last crumb of chocolate-hazelnut cake and drunk the last of the sparkling wine, and when the servants had cleared everything away and bid their farewells, Celaena found herself standing on the small balcony at the far edge of the roof, the summer plants buried under a blanket of snow.

And last but not least we have Celaena once again swooning over chocolate hazelnut truffles. This is a scene that involves Celaena and a new character Rowan.

She pointed out the pretty sign swaying in the sea breeze. Confectionery. ‘If we can’t win them with charm, we might as well win them with our business’

‘Did you somehow not hear what I just-‘ But she had already reached the shop which smelled divine and was stocked with chocolates and candies and oh gods, hazelnut truffles.

THE FOOD

I pulled my recipe for the chocolate-hazelnut cupcakes from Bird On A Cake.

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These turned out fabulously! They are super moist and a great flavor. The only thing I would change would to have a stronger hazelnut flavor in the actual cake (most of the hazelnut flavor comes from the frosting). I am going to keep my eye out for hazelnut extract and maybe add some next time I decide to make these because I am definitely adding these into my cupcake rotation.

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My next dish I made was couscous! Sarah recommended this one, saying she thought it would be something found in The Assassin and the Desert (e-book novella, also part of The Assassin’s Blade). I have never made couscous but I was excited to try, especially after looking up some recipes and drooling a bit at the pictures. I am extremely pleased with the outcome! Even my sister, who isn’t a picky eater but she’s not a very adventurous eater, loved it. I was originally was going to go with couscous with peppers and chickpeas but found this recipe from Epicurious that used zucchini. I have a zucchini plant and knew this would be the perfect way to round out the dish.

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I used spices I’ve never used before and wow am I blown away! I was also surprised with the addition of mint and lemon juice to this dish. I didn’t think it would work but every few bites I could taste it and it was phenomenal. I rounded out the meal with a glass of ice water with lemon because it’s totally what Celaena would do..”Celaena took a long, long sip of water. It was flavored with slices of lemon—and was unbelievably delicious.

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THE BOOK

HeirOfFireHC_USHeir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date (US): September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Goodreads

Synopsis:

“Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?”

Buy Links:

THE AUTHOR

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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series: Throne of Glass,

Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.

Find her at the following places:

THE GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY (OPEN INTERNATIONALLY):  copy of Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, The Assassin’s Blade & Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas + tote bag + signed print of Crown of Midnight!!

I am also currently running a Twitter giveaway for a signed/personalized copy of ANY Sarah J. Maas book! This one is US only.

A few thanks

I must first thank Sarah Maas for writing this book, series, world, characters! This would not exist without her. I also need to thank Emily (@simplyemmalee) because she looked up quotes for Heir of Fire for me since I did not have a e-copy of the book. I also have to thank my fellow tour hosts for being AWESOME. Alexa gets so many brownie points for working her butt off and thank you Rachel for the awesome Maas Thirteen badge! All the ladies involved with the tour are awesome and if you aren’t following them yet, you need to be!

All the quotes were pulled from the e-book version of Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Assassin’s Blade and Heir of Fire.

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37 thoughts on “Thirteen Days of Ash & Fire: An Heir of Fire Blog Tour Day 2

  1. kara says:

    I want to read, because of this badbutt heroine. I’m a sucker for books like this. I hear good things. That food look so good right now. Mind you… it’s almost 7 here and I’m starving.

  2. Rachel says:

    I love that you did a post about the food in Throne of Glass! The cupcakes look delicious but omg that couscous dish! I’ve never made couscous before either but that looks amazing. The presentation is great! 🙂

  3. deduvick says:

    I’ve heard so, so many great things about this series, but haven’t had the time to pick them up yet. With all three books, I’m sure I’d read them straight through! I’ve heard the heroine is FANTASTIC!

  4. Natalie says:

    I’ve only heard good things about this series and I’ve never read it! It’s like YA sin, and I need to get my hands on a copy 😄 Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Orchid (@HauntedOrchid) says:

    Those cupcakes look soooo tasty! I’ve only read the first two books, thanks to my library, and am absolutely dying to know what happens next! I still cannot believe it has taken me this long to start reading Sarah J. Maas’ amazing Throne of Glass series.

  6. Pili says:

    Oh wow, what a fantastic post! Hazelnut cupcakes?? Now I know I must give them a try! And that cous cous looks absolutely delicious!!
    Celaena being such a fan of foods and chocolates are one of those things that make her a lil bit more real to me! Along with the puppy, the love for books and the shopping sprees!
    Thank you so much for the international giveaway!
    I’m already up to date with the series, just pending the arrival of my Heir of Fire preorder, but since I have the series in Kindle only, I’m dying to get my hands in the gorgeous hardcovers!!

  7. lizzydreamer says:

    This sounds like a fantastic story and one with characters that develop and have characters of their own which are always necessarily likeable. I would love to read Throne of Glass to find out how true that statement is, and if it comes with some of those delicious looking cupcakes I will be a very happy bunny 😛

  8. nymeria says:

    i wanna read throne of glass because i love assassins and kick-ass female characters 😀 i feel like i would love this book, plus i’m in a fantasy kick right now so it’s just the perect occasion!

  9. Nikki Robinson says:

    Those cupcakes look amazing. I haven’t read any of these books yet, but really want to! I’ve only heard good things about them. I’m even more intrigued knowing their are lovely descriptions of food…

  10. Morgan says:

    Your post is so clever and delicious! You clearly put a lot of thought into the choices. I love to bake and really want to try these cupcakes, thanks for including the recipe link. Looks like they turned out great 🙂 I’m not as adventurous about cooking but that couscous looks yummy too. I can’t WAIT to read Heir of Fire next week, it really is such an amazing series! They just get better and better.

  11. La La in the LiBrArY says:

    My feature co-host and I decided to reccomend a series to each other this is the one she reccomended to me, so winning all of the books, including the novella compilation, would be stellar. Thanks for the fab givie. 🙂

  12. Georgia says:

    Wait HOW HAVE I NEVER READ THIS BLOG? I mean I found it through someone else’s tweet and really only checked it out because I wanted to enter the supposed giveaway but I actually LOVE it. 🙂

  13. Georgia says:

    Oh and why wouldn’t I want to read the Throne of Glass books? The heroine is supposed to be a total badass (already sold) and Sarah J. Maas is an EXCELLENT author!

  14. Melancholy Pierrot says:

    I’ve only read the first book (and LOVED it); unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to grab the second or third. However, thank you for the giveaway!

  15. Isabel R. says:

    I want to read Throne of Glass because I’ve really amazing things about it and it seems like the perfect book for me with action, romance, and fantasy all rolled into one awesome book 🙂

  16. alanalaufeyson says:

    I read Throne of Glass and absolutely loved it and I really want to continue on with the series! It’s so epic!

  17. Saniya Shaikh says:

    I’d like to read this series because of several reasons;

    – The heroine is an assassin and, who doesn’t love a strong protagonist?

    – The story line of the first book sounds intriguing and action-packed. It also includes romance which…for me, is always nice to read about 😉 😉

    – There are a lot of good reviews about it, and a lot of my friends recommend reading the series.

    – I’m in need of a good book – especially one that I won’t have to wait an eternity for the sequel, let alone the third book 🙂

    – I like all the covers :3

    Great cast btw 🙂

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway! 😀 x

  18. Jaime Lynn says:

    I have wanted to read this series since I first hear about it. It sounds absolutely amazing. Adventurous, bad-arse MC. FANTASTIC reviews. Why wouldn’t I want to read it?! Thank you so much for the giveaway. And I cannot wait to make some of those cupcakes!

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