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.
- I love Celaena, she is badass, but realistic, kind-hearted, loving and strong all at the same time. I feel like I say this a lot because that is definitely my favorite type of character.
- The boys are SO swoony. I love both Dorian and Chaol for different reasons. Although there is kinda a love triangle situation, it did not bother me at all. I was happy with where the book went and the relationship status at the end of the book.
- The clothes in the book were awesome. The big, fluffy Renaissance dresses felt right at home with the Championship fight. It was an odd mix that totally worked and showed both sides of Celaena.
- I loved all the Champions and the descriptions. Another blogger suggested that it would make a great TV show and I totally agree. I would love to see more time spent on each champion and their stories. Maybe there will be more in the way of novellas.
- The mix of magic, mystery and historical kingdom lore works so well. It would almost seem out of place, but Maas does a great job of weaving the stories together.
- Not a single one, this series is quickly becoming one of my favorites! I only hope the 5th and possibly 6th books come out quickly! Maas definitely has a way with words and storytelling!