I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait to get my hands on the second book, Crown of Midnight!
Celaena Sardothien has been imprisoned in the salt mines of Endovier for nearly a year, yet still remains unbroken and alive, that’s more than can be said for most of the other captives that arrived with her. The mines are a life sentence, given only to the worst and deadliest criminals, a category that Celaena falls into due to her reputation as the best assassin in the kingdom of Adarlan. However she got caught and hauled away, never to be heard from again. That is until the Crown Prince, Dorian, asks her to serve as his Champion in a competition the King is having. If she can beat all the other contenders then after a few years serving as the King’s Champion she will be free. This competition is going to be harder than anything she’s ever faced before, that coupled with the fact that she is not allowed to reveal her real identity has the other champions looking down on her in triumph and distain. Something else is going on in the castle as well, something dark and sinister and possibly even more deadly than Miss Sardothien herself. Will she be able to win her eventual freedom, or will someone or something take her down first?
I really enjoyed this book, Celaena was a great character to read and i loved her backstory that explains exactly why she has become what she is today. I also liked how she reacted to all the strangeness going on around her as well as the amount she has been able to accomplish. Dorian and Chaol (The Captain of the Guard) were great supporting characters and i found myself enjoying the parts from their PoV’s and their reactions to the deadly young girl. The Plot was a pleasure to read and try and guess what was going to happen next and i loved some of the twists within the story as well as one of the main side-plots. (I’m not going to mention anything because i don’t want to spoil the book). I also really like the relations within the palace and the fact that the book wasn’t just about the competition. In all i would recommend this book to any fantasy lover and am definitely looking forward to learning more!
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