Celaena Sardothien is a trained assassin. At the young age of 18, she was the best one out there. That was before she made a mistake and got caught. Serving a life sentence for her crimes, Celaena is approached by the Crown Prince of Adarlan and his Captain of the Guard. The men give her a proposition: compete in a competition to be the King’s Champion or stay to rot as a slave in the salt mines of Endovier. Upon accepting their offer to compete, Celaena traveled under heavy guard to the Glass Castle in Adarlan. There, she had to battle in a competition to the death for the Prince’s glory. She is given the alias Lillian Gordaina because of her terrifying reputation as Celaena Sardothien, which is to be kept hidden until the end of the competition.
As the weeks of the competition passed, Celaena built a friendship with Prince Dorian Havilliard and Captain Chaol Westfall. She started earning their trust as well as forming a friendship with Princess Nehemia of Eyllwe. But mysterious murders in the castle lead Celaena to question where her loyalties lie. Should she escape or stay and save her friends?
I am not a huge fan of fantasy, but I loved this book. It was absolutely amazing!
The characters, world, and storyline were all lovable and unforgettable. I found myself believing I was right there next to the characters while everything unfolded.
I often find fantasy confusing and I struggle to pronounce all the weird made-up names and places, but I decided to pull through for this one. While it was slightly confusing at first, I soon fell into a rhythm and used YouTube and other sources to learn how to say everything correctly.
The world-building was interesting and character development was well thought out and written. Each character was unique and lovable in their own way, and the romantic aspect of the book wasn’t overly cliché.
Being a book about an assassin, there are obviously some pretty gruesome scenes depicted in the book. Celaena’s thinking is often warped and not normal of a lady or an eighteen-year-old. But these aspects are not so gruesome as to be uncomfortable to read.
The book is one of an eight-book series and so there are obviously some places where things don’t seem to make sense because they will only be properly explained later in the series.
I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who loves fantasy and good action scenes.