By Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury Books (Penguin)
Suggested Ages: 13+
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Description: 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 kings 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 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
The Good Stuff
- Intriguing, well developed kick ass heroine. An assassin with a bit of a softness to her, you gotta like that (Reminds me a wee bit of Gin from Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassins series)
- Fast paced, had a hard time putting it down when real life needed me -- but I did cause that is the way I roll -- but it was really tempting just to keep reading
- Lots of little hints about Celaena's back story kept me intrigued and guessing
- Even though there are hints of a love triangle its not all irritating or overly angsty (Though I am definitely cheering for Chaol)
- Love that she is an avid reader - a kick ass book loving heroine -- that is so awesome! And a book burning evil king to hate - hello you hooked me in Ms Maas
- Great mystery weaved with Magic - gives the storyline an original edge in what could have been a predictable story
- Excellent uses of humour - love some of the snark and swagger that came out of the characters
The Not So Good Stuff
- Jumps around a little and uneven at times
- Cover doesn't do Celaena justice - have seen another cover which gives me a much more realistic image of her
"Oh, how wrong he was! Libraries were full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons."
"Though it was the oldest and most shameless trick in the book, he reached over her and put his hand on top of the one that gripped the cue. He then positioned the fingers of her other hand on the wood before lightly gripping her wrist. To Dorian's dismay, his face became warm."
His eyes shifted to her, and to his relief, he found that she was as red as he, if not more so.
"If you don't stop feeling and start instructing, I'm going to rip out your eyes and replace them with these billiard balls."
"There was good in people - deep down, there was always a shred of good. There had to be."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Both teens and adults will get something out of it
- Definitely will appeal more to women than men
I received this from Razorbill/Penguin in exchange for an honest review