Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Magic, Historical, Mystery
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Book Blurb from Goodreads:
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 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.
WHOA. Just. WHOA.
When I first pick this book up, I was praying that the English used in here is not Old English cause if it was, I'll probably just put this off my list. Second, I didn't read the summary. I just picked it blindly cause some friends convinced me to read it with them. But well, as you all know, I was sick for almost two days that's why I haven't finished this sooner.
I was glad that they made me read this book! Celaena (I pronounced it as Selena. >_<) was a kick-ass assassin. Soooo... From the first part, I was waiting for her to be like one. I mean, I want to see some of her kick-ass assassin skills. I'm kinda disappointed that I haven't seen it in actual work. BUT the author makes it up with me with all those action scenes.
I started grinning whenever Celaena interacted with Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, and Dorian, the Crown Prince. I like how Celaena didn't give up and just escape from the castle, how she made friends - to Nox, Pelor and Nehemia. I really really really like her guts. She was told by Chaol to lie low cause people didn't know that she's the famous assassin, Celaena Sardothien. And when she was fed up with the guys taunting her, I like how she kicked ass of her sparring partner in just a numbered moves.
I really wish that Chaol would have his chance on Celaena in the next book. Cause I totally root for them even though Dorian made me smile too. I just love Chaol's and Celaena's chemistry better than Dorian's.
I kept remembering Hunger Games while reading it. Maybe because of the part of 'games' to be the King's Champion. Well, anyway, that's just the resemblance. :) So surely, The Hunger Games fans would love this one too.
And... And... I just really really liked it. I couldn't explain myself clearly. LOL. I'm on Team Chaol by the way. ;) Giving it 4.5 stars.