Genre: Fantasy / YA
“We all bear scars, Dorian. Mine just happen to be more visible than most”
Plot Summary: Celaena Sardothien, the World’s Most Notorious Assassin, was sentenced to life as a slave in the salt mines in Endovier after being betrayed. She endures the hard labor camp for a year until the Crown Prince makes her an offer she cannot refuse: Act as his champion in the Kings’s competition and win her freedom as the prize.
Review: This book has the feels of the Hunger Games without so much death (I don’t mean this as a bad thing / I loved the Hunger Games). Although, there is a competition with very well written scenes, it is a NOT a do or die competition for most. I say for most because it is a a competition to the death for Celaena. If she does not win, she will be sent back to the labor camp where she will surely die.
Along with the games, there are many subplots that keeps this books interesting and keeps the reader’s attention. There is an evil in the castle that is killing competitors one by one. There is a mysterious princess who is more than what meets the eye. There is an evil King and an evil duke that have all sort of world domination plans. And there is a Fae queen that forewarns Celaena of her fate. That same Fae also gives the reader a sense that there is so much more to Celaena’s past that neither she nor the reader knows about (it is a still a mystery at the end of the novel – it is a great way to get readers to read the next book).
Mostly, I like how the main characters around her: Prince Dorian (the crown prince), Chaol (the Captain of the Guard) and Princess Nehemia, put away their prejudices and become her friend, her support system and her love interest (some instantly…other very, very slowly).
Side tangent: I am totally team Chaol. That is all.
On the other hand, I must say I was a bit disappointed. I have conclude it is because I expected more. However, considering this is a very popular YA series with 7 books and one novella, I find it is imperative to read the next book in the series before I pass any judgement. It is no ACOTAR series, my friend. But I hold out hope that it does get to that level.
Recommendation: It’s a fast read with a lot of excitement. I read it in an entire weekend.