After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
This book was one of the best that I’ve read in quite a while. Celaena is both a badass and loves girly enjoyments, which is a refreshing change from pure tom-boys or all fainting princess. The dynamic between her, Dorian and Chaol constantly had me guessing how things were going to work out and what the end game was. Throw in a magical mysterious twist and I am absolutely in love with this series. Maas does SUCH a good job balancing the different plot lines without any of them ever suffering.
I have a few theories as to what’s going to happen next in the series and I can promise you that I will be devouring them in the near future! My only disappointment is that the series is not yet finished. I will warn off those who are a bit squeamish, there are certainly some descriptions that may be too much for some.
Warning: Contains explicit violence and some sexual references.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Fans who equally love George R.R. Martin and Tamora Pierce; this is a series that isn’t afraid of descriptive violence, but also has a great female lead.
Want to read the whole series?
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