"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 three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. 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."
This story is one that I would recommend to anyone. It has everything you might want in a great fantasy novel. Excitement, lots of action and your romance all thrown in one.
Celaena Sardothien didn't have an easy upbringing. Her parents died when she was young and she was taken in by the most feared assasin to be trained as his protegée. Celaena, after being chosen as the Champions for the Prince, sees a way out of her misery. No matter the nightmares that might await her, everything is better than staying in the mines, where only certain death awaits her.
Being taken to the capital, she does what she's expected to do and takes part in a tournament to determine the Royal Champion, an assasin that will kill people on the king's order. Not anything that Celaena necessarily wants, but her freedom is at stack, so she does what she needs to. But when the tournament starts, weird things happen all of the sudden and like the synopsis said, all of the sudden you don't know who to trust anymore. Celaena has to work together with the people that she was least expecting to trust to figure out the mystery surrounding the tournament.
While the story itself slowly unfolds, you as the reader, don't realize that you get sucked into this magical world, that isn't all happy and sunshine, but full of pain, brutality and fear. Celaena is a highly likeable heroine, no matter what she does for living. You see a raw, real character, that made the best of the situation she was thrown into. She's fierce, loyal and under that hard shell, there is a woman inside of all of this that also cannot deny growing feelings for the people around her. She wasn't dealt the easiest hand, so some of her choices might leave you to question her, but once you really get into this book, you understand her choices a lot better. She's badass, that's for sure.
The characters itself are another reason I loved this story so much. They are diverse, you get to know them really well, greatly portrayed and highly enjoyable. While you might not like all of them, there is something that each of the different characters brings to this book that makes reading it such a great experience.
My favorite character was Chaol. With his brooding and I-don't-miss-anything-that's-going-on-here attitude, there's just something about him that draws you in, no matter how hard you try to resist. Slowly but steadily he worked his way into my heart and I just enjoyed his scenes all the much more. At some point I was just going like this:
Sarah J. Maas' writing style honestly did get some getting used to, but once I did I didn't want to put any of the books down again. You could get absolutely lost in the book and forget that you live in a reality, and not in this fascinating world that she created.
If you are a fan of fantasy, with a new twist to it, you should definitely pick this book up. I LOVED it and once I finished I REALLY wanted to start reading it again!!!!