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 exhilarating. 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 bought this book because I became a huge fan of her work A court of Thorns and Roses – the series.
And somehow, I feel that reading this after ACOTAR was a bad decision.
I felt like there was a lot of predictability and repetition in characters.
Also, I did not like the same old idea of a love triangle. It bugged me since I came across the same thing in ACOMAF (I love that book). It also felt like a clichèd dystopian scenario (smh, it was like Hunger Games, smh).
But the book surely made me flip through the pages and asked me to keep reading ahead. It got me hooked into it. Since I have heard so much about this series, I am hoping much more in the second book.
Apart from the criticism, I love how SJM writes magic so magically. It is amazing how she makes the reader feel with all the details. The way she writes down the feelings is perfect and makes one’s heart flutter. If she were to write an erotica, she will slay that genre.
Favorite characters: Chaol, Dorian, Nehemia and Nox.
Despised characters: King of Adaralan, Duke Perrington, Katlain and Cain. I hated a lot of champions.
Ship I want to sail : Chaol and Celaena. I love their pair. Toast to their friendship and more.
I rate this book 4 🌟 out of 5 for giving me a good time.
Stay tuned for another review!