Year Published: 2012
Published by: Bloomsbury
Number of Pages: 404
First Sentence: “After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.”
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
This book was so brilliant. I’ve had it on my shelves for over a year and just never got round to reading it. Right now I’m berating myself for not having read it sooner.
It was a fun book with a lot of action. By fun, I don’t mean ha ha fun, but it was super entertaining and had me loving every word. The plot is fast-paced, filled with action, but it also has sections where you are allowed to catch your breath. It also has moments where you find yourself slightly terrified.
The characters are just superb. Celaena is an amazing main character and she is badass whilst admitting weakness. She is pretty much the perfect heroine.
Chaol and Dorian are also brilliant. They are two different characters but with a lot of heart under the sarcasm and sneer. The dialogue between them and Celaena is hilarious and filled with wit. I would love one of each, please.
Overall, this book is just fantastic. I’m glad I finally picked it up.
Do I recommend it?
Hell yes, I do!