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.
So, I gave this one a 3 star review. And yes, I will explain myself. Even though I truly enjoyed this book, there was some problems with it. I can see people who are fan of this series rolling their eyes and scuffing at me already but here it goes…
I love Sarah J. Maas’ story telling ability and this was no different. It was a neat concept and got me hooked to the book from the very first page. This was a very fast read for me, to the point that I couldn’t just leave the book, I had to read it all day every day. So needless to say, I enjoyed this book quite a lot. Below you will find what I liked and I didn’t like and the reasons for 3 stars ✨.
So here it goes… Celaena is a world known and very feared assassin who has been captured and slaved. One day the Crown Prince and the Caption of the guard come to her with an offer she cannot refuse. She’s playing for her freedom and get taken to the Glass Palace for training and the worlds deadliest competition. Everything was fine until this point with the book, but she gets to the palace, the feared assassin is gone and she’s a regular old teenage girl who’s way too into her appearance then focusing on her training.
I really enjoyed the mystery accept of this story, it was a good mystery, kept me at the edge of my seat however I was expecting a bigger reveal and bang 💥 (!!!) for the reveal than the simple ‘oh well alright’ feeling that I got.
I loved the friendship between Dorian and Chaol, it was a bromance in true form. Sarah, please don’t ruin this friendship by a silly old love triangle. Well, all of you who’s read the book knows that there’s a love triangle and yes these two are the love interests however, I won’t lie when I say it just confused me a lot… Many of you will hate me for this but I didn’t see any connection or chemistry between Dorian and Celaena, but only her speculations of how to kill him. Chaol on the other hand is the man for Celaena in my opinion.
Friendship between Celaena and Nehemia was amazing and grew very fast. I loved how Nehemia had Calaena’s back even before she knew about it.
I know this review makes it sound like I didn’t like this book at all, however, I truly enjoyed it. I just wish that it would have ended with a bang 💥 rather than the way it just sizzled out.
Have you read it? What did you think? Share your thoughts with me!! 🤗💕