Rating 3 Stars ★★★☆☆
After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.
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.
This book made for some very fun reading. Sure, it has a lot of flaws, but overall, I really enjoyed the story. It centres on Celaena Sardothien who was the most famous assassin until she was betrayed, caught and sent to a labour camp.
She returns to the city when dreamy crown prince Dorian and hard-as-iron Captain of the Guard Chaol choose her as their champion to compete in the king’s tournament. Whoever wins, will become the king’s champion and have a chance at true freedom.
I liked Celeana, though she’s not much of an assassin. Sure, she always says she could kill so-and-so if she wanted to but at the same time, she’s prone to boasting (real assassins probably don’t want you to know they’re assassins).
“Are you allowed to be here?”
“Allowed? Again: I’m a prince. I can do what I like.”
“Yes, but I’m Adarlan’s Assassin.”
He wouldn’t be intimidated, even if she could grab that billiards cue and skewer him with it in a matter of seconds.
And then there’s the fact that she tends to sleep and not wake up when people enter her bedroom. She’s surprised by people all the time. And she’s prone to fits of anger, which sort of clashes with my idea of a cool-headed assassin.
Then there’s the fact that she’s too perfect as a character. She’s great at everything she does, she’s beautiful to boot and there are two guys in love with her. But still, it was fun. I really enjoyed the banter between her and Dorian and I thought the relationship between her and Chaol was sweet.
She very much wanted to stand close to him and have her skin warm under his breath. She liked that. Worse than that, she realized, she liked him.
The story had enough action to keep me going, though the “mystery” was pretty clear from the beginning. Basically, it’s very light-hearted fantasy with some really cool elements.
A fun, light read-