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 four 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.
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Published: August 7th 2012
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Will not lie, I read this a while ago. And I didn’t bother doing a re-read because I only re-read from Heir of Fire and up (for canon reasons). It was a pretty basic book, Celaena was not the badass that was advertised, but I was entertained, which is something.
Keeping it short
because I don’t remember much ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Celaena is taken out of Endovier to participate in a competition to be the Crown Princes’ royal assassin. Though during the time spent in the castle before the event starts, contestants start ending up dead. Again, I read this the summer of 2016 and not much stuck with me because it was a basic story. Everything was underwhelming. Not a lot of assassining coming out of Celaena either. But, she was a cool character… if not a bit bland.
I swear not much happened. I think what pissed me off the most was how she’s claimed to be the “most badass, feared assassin in all of assassin land”
how many times can I say assassin? Because this was the worst case of show not tell. The… love interest? You know what? He’s not going to be called a love interest here because nothing happened between them and it wasn’t going anywhere. Dorian was a notch above bland? I liked his and Celaena’s banter and such, but again, kind of bland. And Chaol was the suspicious, I don’t trust you guy.
I’ve notice a lot of people being bothered by Celaena sitting around in nice dresses, playing the piano-forte and eating sweets instead of, you know, being an assassin. I think I didn’t put too much stock in her actually being this badass enough for it to bother me.
The thing the actually kind of irritated me was the whole “retelling of Cinderella” thing. Because I saw no Cinderella in here. And if I have to reach, it’s not worth it. Overall, this isn’t really a re-readable book, but despite all the griping said in the previous paragraph, I did have mindless fun. So there’s that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.