A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy
Summary – 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 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.
Initial Thoughts – I had heard a lot of good things about this series, and I decided it was finally time to read my first Sarah J. Maas book. So I did. And I LOVED it.
Plot – ★★★★★ I never wanted to set down this book. It immediately intrigued me with the story of an assassin and never let me go after that.
Characters – ★★★★★ I loved Celaena. She’s everything that I want in a MC. She was an intelligent badass. Then there’s Chaol and Dorian, who are both too adorable and helpless for their own good. Maas put together the perfect cast.
Story world – ★★★★★ Maas managed to sneak in a lot of details to her story world. There was the history, the war, the magic, and much more that I learned about, yet no prologues or monologues.
Style – ★★★★★ I was enchanted by Maas’s fun and witty style throughout this novel.
Closing Thoughts – I can’t wait to read the next book in this series and the rest of Maas’s books.
Recommendation – Recommended for fans of mystery and badassary.