I don’t know why it took me so long to pick up this book and read it. (probably because my library card was expired) It was amazing, and here’s my review on it.
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.
*see also: when there is a dog in a book, madeline loves this dog even more than the actual characters.
|literally Celaena the whole time.|
Chaol* Westfall is the captain of the guard, and one of Celaena’s potential love interests (I’ll get to that in The Bad). He’s pretty cool, but honestly, how the heck is he captain of the guard?? I mean, he’s young, and he’s never even killed anyone! I do think he has a lot of potential to develop in the next several books, though.
*I keep pronouncing his name like “kale” and picturing a leafy vegetable. how do you pronounce this??
Dorian Havilliard is the crown prince of Erilea. I personally hated him at first but grew to love him as the story went on. He is the other potential love interest in the Celaena-Love-Triangle. I personally think that Celaena would be better off with Dorian, based on the sole fact that he is the only one (maybe??) who can make her laugh. also, their chemistry seems better, in general. But what do I know? Nothing, so you can’t just assume I know what I’m talking about. I’m going to open the next book and like Chaol so much more than Dorian, aren’t I? who knows!
– the perspective. The book was written in third-person, which, at first, I was unsure that I would like since I usually gravitate towards books written in first-person. BUT I really enjoyed the perspective for a couple of reasons.
1) remember how I said that I love first-person books? well, this book was a teensy break from that, and it was refreshing. maybe I’ll even read more third-person books now!
2) This is the big reason: we got to see perspectives other than Celaena’s (!) such as the King (aka the Evil Guy), Kaltain (aka Crazy Caste-Climbing Woman), and even sometimes Dorian and Chaol (aka the Leafy Green Vegetable)