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Author: Sarah J. Maas
Synopsis: Celaena is a slave in a distant area called Endovier, living in a world of turmoil without magic thanks to the vicious King Adarlan. When his son, the Crown Prince (Dorian) along with the Captain of the Guard (Chaol) provide Celaena with a proposition that’s hard to refuse. Win a competition, gain your freedom and become the assassin everyone knows you to be. But there is more happening than just this competition, deaths start arising at the Castle, something outlawed and washed away by the new King. Celaena will need to conquer this new threat, win the competition, while being protected by Chaol, flirted with by Dorian and befriended by an unlikely person, Nehemia.
Review: In the beginning I found this story to be pretty slow but once it picked up (just like some of the ACOTAR series) I honestly couldn’t put it down, I wanted to take breaks at work to read it, that’s how interesting it got. For the most part, I really enjoyed all of the characters, especially Chaol (sigh). They were all different in their own way, they had their beliefs and lifestyle but while they knew their differences among themselves, the main characters were able to see what they had in common. I do wish Celaena’s assassin back story had been shown more but maybe I will see that in the next story. I didn’t always feel like I was seeing her as a “bad ass” female like everyone was afraid of. Though on the flip side, I loved that she was still a vulnerable teenage girl going through girl things while people were still afraid of what she might do. I also liked that there wasn’t much romance which is different from a lot of YA fantasy lately. I wish Celaena trusted a little more but I can understand why she doesn’t.
While I liked the story, I felt like the mystery behind the deaths was wrapped up a little too quickly, I know this is the first in the series and it was definitely a good first book to get you to understand the story line and where it’s going but I sometimes felt like there wasn’t enough detail.
Overall, I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars. Have you guys read it? Did you feel the same way? Is the rest of the series good? I already bought the next one, should be here soon!