ABOUT THE BOOK
“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 exhilarating. 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”
*May contain spoilers
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, because every almost every booktuber out there has been raving about this. Maybe they set my expectations a bit too high, because while it was a good read it didn’t blow my mind or leave me amazed.
The book was realistic in a way since the main character, Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s Assassin- doesn’t have ultra-superhuman strength, it’s clear that her skills have been procured through training and her time spent in Endovier has worn them down. It’s quite refreshing to see that the writer has not tried to make her seem macho- Celaena wears dresses- gorgeously beautiful dresses – although she does prefer her tunic and pants, she cries and surprisingly she is even kind and pretty soft hearted. So what made her an assassin? It’s not explicitly given in the book, it just has a few teasers her and there. Maybe the novellas (which I have yet to read) contain the stories.
Then there’s a love triangle which consists of The Crown Prince, The captain of the Guard and Celaena. If we are taking sides, then I’m definitely rooting for The Captain. The romance angle isn’t all that interesting. I’m pretty sure Chaol, The Captain of The Guard will win her over by the end of the series. Then of course, there’s Sam- the assassin’s dead lover. I have a feeling he isn’t really dead.
The friendship shown between Nehemia and Celaena is beautiful. It has all the elements real friendship would- trust, suspicion, secrets, love … you get the idea.
The book was wonderful in so many ways, so why did it not sweep me off my feet? Simply because when you open a book about an assassin, you expect more action and more suspense, and in that facet the book lacks a lot. You don’t really try to figure out what’s going on as you read the book, because it’s not that interesting. The world in which the story takes place doesn’t grip you and make you want to be a part of it. I’m hoping that as the series progresses the book will get better. There’s a bit of magic and ghosts, but not all that much.
Overall it was a good book, and I’m glad they changed the covers.
Rating: 4/5 stars
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