Author: Sarah J. Maas Goodreads rating: 4.34/5 My rating: 5/5 Pages: 416 Reviewed by: Amy
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 exhilirating. 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.
Words cannot even begin to describe this book, so I will try my best. This is probably one of the best books I have ever read. There wasn't anything I could find that really bothered me enough to give any less than 5 stars. It made me laugh, it made me mad, it made me think, it made me go "awwwwwwwwwwwww", yes this book did it all.
The characters were fantastic! I absoultely LOVED Celaena (after I figured out how to say her name correctly lol). She's hard, but as Chaol states many times in the book, she has come from the worst life and conditions imaginable, and has had so much done to her, physically and emotionally, but she still knows how to smile and laugh. I love how you really see her true personality. You find out that this hard assassin, she has a huge sweet tooth, she loves to read and has a soft spot for animals. She is definitely in the top 5 of my favorite characters of all time :)
Chaol and Dorian are really good as well. I would describe them as two sides of the same coin. One is hard and contraolled while the other just looks for the fun in almost anything. With these two and Celaena, it makes for the perfect love triangle ;)
Which brings me to my other point. I love the fact that the story wasn't completely drowned in romantic drivel. Now I love a good romance, but I love story lines even more. There was a perfect balance of romantic tension to help make the story interesting but didn't distract from the plot.
Which brings me to another point. The plot was great and kept me hook from day one. Now it says on Goodreads it took me more than a month to read this. However, I was trying to read multiple books at once so when I cam back to this book, I flew threw it. Really, it took me 2.5 days to read this. There is suspense and action in the book that really helps keep it moving and makes it almost impossible to put down. The story is also very unique to me. The assassin, in a fantasy and magical world who gets to win her freedom by participating in games to win her freedom and become the champion of the man who ruined her life? Yeah, who could say ho hum to that??
Overall, this was an amazing book that I would recommend to everyone! (mostly YA fantasy/romance fans). Her descriptions are fantastic and writing style are astounding. I also cannot wait to read her prequels to read more of Sarah Maas :)