A few weeks ago, I asked for book recommendations from one of the Facebook groups I belong follow. I asked for books with assassins. This series was one of the recommendations. I’m glad I picked this one. I read it in one day! It was that good. It was a my-family-can-just-eat-cereal-today-because-I’m-too-busy-reading kind of book. The world building is rock solid and the main character is as strong as I like my women. There was no wimping out for her. However, Mass created Celaena, the main character, as a well-rounded hero with emotions and struggles just like the rest of us. I found the fight scenes to be very descriptive and I even found myself moving a couple of times as I read them. I need to get through my current TBR so I can move on with the rest of this series.
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.
Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.