by Sarah J. Maas
This story is so delicious. An assassin pulled from the slave mines to compete in a contest to see who will be the king’s Champion. But Champions start turning up dead and Celaena realizes something evil is afoot. She has to figure it out. Reminds me a tiny bit of the Poison Study world, no magic is allowed and the current king wants to rule all the lands.
“she gaped at the bluish-gray sky, at the clouds slipping on their shoes and shuffling towards the horizon.” (pg 22)
The language is visual and lovely and the storyline is my favorite type with the “bad” heroine proving her mettle. Celaena is an awesome heroine, because even though she is the land’s greatest assassin, she is fair, honest and open, her work and her year in the horrible slave mine didn’t break her mind or her spirit and her job doesn’t define her. She is also only 18 or something ridiculous, but whatever, two years or so of work was enough for her to become infamous.
There is a little bit of a love triangle for a while, but Celaena makes her choice and sticks with it. It even makes sense! 🙂 A YA that dithers a bit, but sticks to her guns. The bad guy is really bad and scary and people are dying off. Celaena is at a disadvantage but makes friends who help even things a tiny bit. (Isn’t that how it goes?)
Highly recommended if you like YA kick-booty paranormal heroines. I heard that the next book is even better than this one, I am so excited to get my hands on it! This is a 4.5 stars woven into a tapestry that covers a secret tunnel through the castle book.