by Sarah J. Maas
Published August 7th 2012
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 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 was actually nervous about starting this book. So many people love it and I didn't want to be disappointed. Kind of like how a movie is built up by people, you are so excited to see it, then it doesn't meet your expectations - that. But I really really liked it.
I love how everyone is so afraid of Celaena. I want to read the prequels to get a better picture of how good she really was as an assassin. You hear that she was the best, but don't really get a good picture. I have a theory as to who she really is, but I guess I will have to wait for it to be confirmed. There are tons of hints - but nothing is outright stated.
Oh, Chaol. Stop being stupid and pursue Celaena! I really want the two of them to end up together. I just makes so much more sense than Celaena and Prince Dorian. I also hope to see a lot more of Princess Nehemia in the next book. She was fantastic and I love how she came through for Celaena when she really needed her - and vice versa.
I am glad I waited until closer to the next book's release date to read this one. I don't know how I could have waited a year.