18 year old assassin Celaena Sardothien has been serving a year of hard labor for her crimes. That is until the Crown Prince Dorian offers her a chance to win her freedom; compete in a competition to become the King’s Champion for the next four years and then you are free.
Weary of the Prince and the King, Celaena accepts and strikes an interesting bond with the King’s captain. As easy as the competition sounds for Celaena when dead contestants begin popping up Celaena learns a thing or two about herself and what it takes to truly be a champion.
I loved this book. Maas did a great job of making you curious about Celaena and surprisingly enough not about what she did or how the greatest assassin got caught but curious about how the competition is going to turn out. For about six chapters you continue to hear about this competition as they essentially groom Celaena as a member of royalty and as a champion.
Celaena was a very like able character. She was extremely head strong not too sassy, or blunt. She wasn’t cold either. She knew what she wanted and she fought to get it while also having some genuine warmth. I really loved the fact that she wasn’t boy crazy even when things begin to turn for her heart she wasn’t stupid.
I also liked the fact that for a while Maas left room for the reader to judge Celaena’s relationship with the captain and the Prince before actually making it known. I was surprised by her choice and ultimately the final choice but it made me like Celaena even more.
When the dead bodies start showing up things being to get more exciting because there is a magic element to it. & no it isn’t cliché; it is done very well which is unexpected because the book didn’t necessarily need magic in it.
Through the entire story Maas was able to keep a pace in which you wanted to know more. The ending was perfect. It didn’t leave you hanging too long but just enough for you to want to read the next book.
Overall the book gets 9 out of 10.
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