Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication date: August 7, 2012 Summary: 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.
This book was AMAZING.
Celaena is definitely my favourite fictional woman. She is this high class crazy assassin that essentially passes off as a normal girl. She is so sassy and sweet and kick ass and just omg I love her to death. THIS is what I want in a strong female heroine. The characters are so well written in this book. Chaol and Dorian are entirely different characters, each having aspects that appeal to Celaena. The author was able to create these two men and make this less of a love triangle and more of a love line. The world they live in is also so interesting. There is the appropriate amount of background and world building to make this book interesting, but not excessive. The plot is really interesting and I kind of love the competition aspect of the story. It has a lot of different plot points that can get complicated, but they are easy to follow and instead of confusing you they just leave you wanting more.
Hey there! My name is Mel and I am a huge book nerd! I can always be found with a book in my hand, or in my purse. I love YA dystopian, fantasy and mystery the most, but love all sub-genre's of YA, and almost all genre's of books!