Verdict: This is a series I want on my shelf!
Hmm, yes, this one is interesting. Dark and cunning are just how I like lead characters to be, and Celaena the assassin is exactly that. If only there were some forbidden romances and –
But wait. Yes, we have two. Maybe even a future third. It’s practically a love triangle.
Okay, I’ll stop that. Maas has style. Voice. Her writing is strong, and her characters even stronger in all senses of the word. I can’t wait to read the whole series, especially with such as dark leading gal to follow through it.
Celaena Sardothien, notorious assassin, has spent the last few years in slavery. She’s snarky, arrogant, and lethal, which is exactly why she’s chosen by the Crown Prince to compete in a competition to become the king’s champion, or personal assassin.
The third person POV also hovers over the shoulder of Dorian, a cocky and charming prince who is nothing like his ruthless father, and his best friend Chaol, the stoic Captain of the Guard. Both spend enough time with Celaena to realise she’s fascinating… I bet you can see where this is going.
There was always something to keep me reading., like the tension between the characters with blossoming romance, as well as the characters who I wasn’t sure whether they could be trusted. There’s danger, a competition with few rules, secret passageways, violent murders, and more than one great line to make me really appreciate the writing too.
This book is probably best for those who like the idea of epic fantasy, but don’t want to get bogged down with place names, unpronounceable characters, and lengthy world building which is more for site seeing than plot. I can see why there was a lot of hype around this one!
Source: Bought it!