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 kings 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.
After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to be escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.----------
5 stars out of 5----------
I absolutely adore this book!! It had everything: action, intrigue, romance, fashion, and a kick-butt heroine. Celaena was great as were Chaol and Dorian. I honestly don't know which of the two men I like better.
Celaena's backround was intriguing. I have my suspicion's on her life in Terrasen, but we don't learn much about her early life. Looking forward to learning more.
It was so beautifully written. Take this line for example:
"I like music," she said slowly, "because when I hear it, I . . . I lose myself within myself, if that makes sense. I become empty and full all at once, and I can feel the whole roiling around me. When I play, I'm not . . . for once, I'm not destroying. I'm creating."Isn't that lovely? And the phrase I will not be afraid broke my heart everytime I read it. Those five words hold sentiment, meaning, and love. Oh!! I cannot wait for news on the sequel!!!