Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
It’s been awhile since I’ve read this kind of story, and I’ve definitely missed it. This is a great high fantasy book, packed with heaps of action, a bit of romance, and a whole lot of sass.
I loved so many characters in this book! Celaena was an incredible lead character, though I thought she should have been a little tougher, particularly at the start, seeing as she’s an assassin and all. Regardless, I thought her development throughout the book was great, and I really grew to love her.
I loved Celaena’s relationships with Dorian and Chaol. Both characters were very different and complex, and unique in the way they interacted with the assassin. It’s hard to choose who I think Celaena should be with, because they’re both so lovable! Both of the relationships developed in really natural ways, so it made for a good read.
I couldn’t really find any major faults with this story, to be honest. I’m sure there are some, but I was so caught up in the exciting story, that I didn’t really care. I had read a review where someone was sick of reading about how pretty Celaena was, but I didn’t really feel like it was that in-your-face.
I’m glad I caved into the hype surrounding this book, because I really did enjoy it. If you’re one of the (seemingly) few people who haven’t yet read this book, I’d definitely recommend it. If you like any type of YA fantasy, you’ll likely enjoy this book.