Sarah J. Maas’s story of a young girl’s survival is both gripping and beautiful. You won’t want to put this one down.
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 three 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.
“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
After a year in the salt mines of Endovier, a slave camp in the country of Erilea, renowned assassin Celaena Sardothien is surprised to be summoned by the crown Prince of Endovier himself, Dorian Havilliard. He has a proposition for her, one that she certainly cannot refuse.
“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters.”
He offers her to be his champion on his fathers competition. A competition to see who will become Adarlan’s Assassin, the person who will do all of the king’s dirty work for him. 9 weeks in the castle competing with other men, the thieves, criminals, and assassins from all around the continent. If she wins, then she will be work for the king for four years, and have her criminal record pardoned, and she is free to live out the rest of her life however she chooses.
“Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us–to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.”
As the best assassin in history, Celaena agrees, and they leave for the castle. Not long into the competition, something, or someone starts killing the competitors, and Celaena must find out who, or else she might be the next to perish.
“Still, the image haunted his dreams throughout the night: a lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back.”
Before I read this, I didn’t really know much about this book besides the basic premise and that it was supposed to be really good. I had just read two other books by Sarah J. Maas, her A Court Of Thorns And Roses series, which was awesome, so I thought I would give this a try. I thought it was really good. I definitely rooted for the characters and was invested in them throughout the novel. The premise of this book felt new, I haven’t really read any books about assassin competitions before, nor have I heard of any, so that was cool too. The characters were really nice, I love that Celaena loves to read as much as I do. These characters felt like real people. The pacing of this novel was good as well, which is always something that I look for.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars, and I am already reading the second one, I can’t wait to see where this series goes. I’ve heard it’s great and I must conquer. I would recommend this to fans of Sarah J. Maas’ A Court Of Thorns And Roses series and fantasy in general.