My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
Cover: Beautiful (Though after reading it, I think I like the original cover best! The new ones are still stunning!)
Rating: 5 Stars
Overall: Exciting, Enjoyable, and Delightfully Entertaining!
Plot: An Assassin must put her skills to the test to earn her freedom, or be sent to her death a failure.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Favorite Character: Nehemia
Review: Another delightful tale by the talented SJMaas! After reading ACOTAR & ACOMAF, I wasn't sure I would enjoy her earlier works, but I was wrong! I love her writing style, and enjoyed this book just as much as ACOTAR, and have high hopes for the rest of the series! Full of action and suspense, intrigue and a dash of romance, this is perfect for fans of YA fantasy and especially for fans of a sassy female lead, and complex characters!
About the Author:
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.