“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
Synopsis taken from Amazon:
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
Okay – a female assassin, a competition to become the King’s Champion = awesome. The love triangle/romance side of the novel not so great for me. I won’t delve into the synopsis/plot too far, firstly because I’m sure you’ve already heard of this book and secondly, if you haven’t I won’t spoil it for you.
So, the actual storyline and character development in this book was great. I enjoyed the world building and Sarah J Maas’s ability to describe is admirable. I really felt as though I was there in the action throughout the whole novel. I thought Celaena was a superb character – a strong, fearless, brave female assassin who had men falling at her feet (quite literally in some cases!). She also loved reading – what?! A female assassin who is also a bookworm, I’m in!
But, my ultimate favourite character had to be Chaol Westfall. Oh my word, I love this man! He fast became one of my favourite ‘book-boyfriends’. He is the perfect combination of strength, courage, vulnerability and longing. From the very first moment they met I wanted him and Celaena to become an item. I cannot tell you how much I love this character, he was one of the redeeming features of this book for me.
The last third of this book is what made me give it a four, nearly five star rating – this is where most of the action starts to happen and the story really moves along. The love triangle prevalent in the novel got a little tedious at times – I wanted more action not romance! I don’t enjoy books that are too soppy, I like the thrill of fights, chases and violence – call me crazy! I was absolutely overjoyed at the ending of the book, this alone made me bump up my score. Considering the author began writing this book at the tender age of 16, it deserves all the praise and recognition it is currently receiving.
I will most definitely be picking up the second book in the series, if only to find out what happens to the lovely Chaol! I will probably pick up the E-novellas too.
Source: Paperback First Published: 2 Aug 2012
Pages: 432 Score: 4.5 out of 5
‘A great plot full of romance, handsome guards, dark rulers and magic. A kick-ass female assassin who shows what true girl power is all about!’