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.
I keep asking myself the same question WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS SERIES????? This book was just so good…SO GOOD!
Where do I begin with this book! I loved Celena as a character she was just amazing. She was so powerful and it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book where a female didn’t need a man to teach her how to be strong/protect herself, this was a decision Celena made on her own. Celena Sardothien does not let anyone else control her or tell her what to do. She speaks her mind and gets on with the task at hand.
Loads of people who’ve already read the book have been asking me who I prefer Dorian or Chaol (Captain Westfall) and I can now confirm after reading the book that I am leaning towards Chaol because he was everything that Dorian wasn’t and even though both men changed throughout the novel I just feel like Chaol was more my type of guy (plus I felt sorry for him especially when he was looking up at Celena from the garden)
The characters in the book were described and written beautifully, it was just perfect. I also like the love triangle as it was different and not too full on. The mythology aspect of the story was great as well as it made it even more interesting!
This book was completely different to other books I’ve read this year it was on another level! I’m going to see if I can try and catch up with the series before September 6th ( I highly doubt it but I’m going to try)
Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing