By Sarah J. Maas
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.
That was my first reaction. What on earth is this.
I'm an avid reader. I read all the time, I talk about what I read, and I write about it too. I've come across some great, bad, fast paced, slow paced, incoherent, etc. books in my days.
But THIS book right here was just so hard to understand. The beginning did not make sense at all, the background story lacked important information that I'd like to have just to UNDERSTAND what I'm reading. Feeling clueless of what's happening 250 pages in is just not right. But as the real fighter I am I kept going. Kept fighting this book.
AAAAND I did not like it. I think there's a great story that's being told BUT everything went super fast in my opinion and not much facts to why everything that happened was given. The biggest issue I had with this book though was that I had a very hard time remembering all the characters. They kind of just melted together.
To sum things up, nice story, poorly told.