This is a great start to a series and I am ready to dive right into it.
I think one of my favorite things about this book is that it wasn’t all “Wow I am automatically really good at kicking butt and doing things better then people who have practiced all their lives. And all I did was just pick up this sword.” No, this girl was the Adarlan’s most notorious assassin because she had been trained since she was just a girl. She wasn’t given her talent, she was trained to her bone for it.
She was an assassin who was betrayed and taken into basically a death camp where she spent a whole year. She is taken out because of The Prince of Adarlan needs a champion.
The King basically wants the strongest, most cunning, and wisest lap dog to do all his bidding without questioning his intent. Here’s a hint: His intent is never good.
So Celaena has a choice to either work for a country she hates or she can die in a slave camp in a few months. Prince Dorian wants to prove to his father he is fit to be king after him, so he is hoping that this former assassin is the perfect key to prove that.
So when Celaena agrees (because there wouldn’t be a story without her agreeing), she is up against other murderers, assassins, criminals, and all kinds of brutes. All men. She just has to win the championship, be the king’s champion for a few years, and then she gets a lot of money and is free to go.
If that wasn’t enough, there is someone going about killing the rest of the competition. Celaena finds herself fighting not only for her freedom, but for her life as well.
Sarah J Maas is a tremendous writer. This was the third book I read by her, starting off with her other series A Throne of Thorn and Roses, and her writing is excellent. Her story telling is even better, even though I could tell she was holding back a lot in this starting book. If it is anything like the other series though, I know this book is just the beginning and is an introduction book to the rest of the series. I have a feeling it is about to get nuts.
A lot of people feel as if Sarah J Maas writes all her relationships in an abusive way…
and I would have to say HA to that, because I didn’t feel that at all. But I do feel as if they kept Celaena under heavy guard because she is an assassin!
I loved this book. I can’t wait to read the next!